Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just So You Know...

My family and I are going to be traveling off and on for most of July. My husband and I have decided that some relatively remote spots are needed at this point in our lives. We are ready to break away from:
the often insane traffic/commute that we deal with,

the combat shopping at the new Wegmans (grocery store - have you EVER heard of police having to direct traffic at a grocery store?!?),

the constant flurry of activities around us,

the phone calls and e-mails from work,

the difficulty of connecting with our children when they are being sweet or good just so they can finally play the computer, X-box, or Wii game that they have wanted to play since the moment that they woke up...

We're ready to break away from ALL of those things (and more); but we are also ready to:

slow down,

take our time exploring interesting places,

play games with our children that we know how to play better than they do,

learn some new games/things together with them,

talk late into the night around a campfire,

lie on our backs and star gaze listening to waves rolling in.

So although we will have internet access here and there during our adventures; my husband and I have made a bit of a pact that we will be minimal in our activity. We are choosing to be intentional about connecting as a family, relaxing, laughing, playing, and taking a vacation.

I have pre-scheduled a few posts - some new and some older- to post while we are traveling; but I will not have the opportunity to be leaving comments on many of your posts for awhile. I wanted to make sure that you knew that there hasn't been any loss of love on my part toward you; I'm just taking a bit of a break.

Please plan to join me on my 1-year "Blogiversary" on July 20th for a giveaway!!

As a friend recently pointed out to me anew; "we often have not because we ask not." So, I've decided to ask. Would you include us in your prayers for safe travels/adventures, strengthening of bonds between our family, and restoration of body and soul?

I would love to be praying for you as well. Please feel free to leave any prayer requests that you may have in the comment section below or you are welcome to e-mail me at

Many Blessings to each of you!


"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20, 21

"he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." Psalm 23:3

For my Titus 2 Tuesday ladies...If one of you (who participate regularly) would like to host while I am away; please e-mail me (or mention it in the comment section below). Otherwise we will resume with Titus 2 Tuesdays on July 21st!


Daveda said...

Wonderful! I hope you have a great time, above and beyond what you can dare ask think or dream of!

I will be gone most of July as well. Going to spend time with family in Ohio. My Granny has terminal cancer and I miss her so! I will really miss her when she is gone, so I want to spend as much time as possible with her while I can.

Have a great time with your family! That sounds wonderful!

That's Who I Am said...

Have a wonderful and safe vacation with your family. We ALL need a break from the world of technology and the fast pace lives we live in. A police officer directing traffic at a grocery store? NO WAY! Sounds like you, especially need a break from the fast pace life. I will keep you in my thoughts and pray and I hope you have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable time with your family.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Have a wonderful time! I vowed to stay away from the Wegman's for at least another 2 weeks. ;)

Keystone said...

Shanda and family,

Ephesians 1: 15-23


In days of yore, folks parted and said "God be with ye". This has been contracted over the years to "Goodbye".

Sometimes, the original is better than the new.

God be with ye!


Ps. My word verification says readst. Take a book.

Jennifer said...

That sounds like a great time!! Will surely be praying for you while you're gone - looking foward to your previous posts (to catch up a bit) as well as when you return! Be sure to take pictures! Have a blessed time...

El said...

Hi Shanda!

Your vacation sounds like it's going to be amazing, and restful! I hope you have a great time and come back rested, refreshed, and reconnected!

Pam D said...

I am so proud of you! You "get" it, more than so many bloggers do. You now blog about life, rather than living to blog. And your family comes first.. hurray for you, Shanda! While I glean so much from your blog, I would never want to think that your family is left with the "tares". Have a wonderful, blessed, "unplugged" time, and know that most, if not all, of us "get it" and love you for doing it! BIG hugs....

Rachel said...

So glad you will get a chance to "escape" with your family for some rejuvenation! Praying for a wonderful time, for safety and for guidance and growth together.

ENJOY your time. Will look forward to reading about it!

Rachel said...

but before you go... will you PLEASE explain "personal flashlight" and "hunch"??? :)

Sue said...

Shanda, I hope you & your family have safe travels and a very special July as you spend quality time together! Sounds like a great getaway :-D

Farmgirl Paints said...

That sounds wonderful. Enjoy your peace and quiet with your hubby and kids. But thanks for the warning I would have been looking for your comments. I enjoy hearing from you everyday;)

BTW my July is pretty busy too. I'll be doing the same. Have a great weekend.

Dawn Jenkins said...

I have tried to slow down my "web time" this summer too. Enjoy yourself and your family!

Busy Mom said...

Praying for safe travels--and relax and enjoy your time together as family.

Anonymous said...

Have a most wonderful peaceful time...enjoy relax and come back full of stories to share. Safety Prayers for you and yours
Rhonda from The Joy of Denim and Lace

Kristen said...

Wonderful! I will pray for you and your family. Please enjoy your down time! I'm so, very excited for you. I love that pact! I love your intentions for your family. right on!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your precious family time!

Gretchen said...

Blessings on your summer. Enjoy! xxxooo

christy rose said...

Have an absolutely wonderful time away Shanda! Praying for a wonderful time and safety all around! Amen!

the wild raspberry said...

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