Monday, August 3, 2009

We're back "for real" this time!

As I mentioned before, our "Back Home" moment earlier this month turned into more of a "landing, re-fueling, and take off!" My husband had a two week training class that ended up getting re-scheduled. The location of his training also changed so we were provided the opportunity of driving him to his training location (gas paid for by his company), dropping him off, and then continuing south to visit more family and friends. The cost effectiveness of the trip was amazing (fuel paid for, hotel paid for on the road, staying with family and friends, energy & water consumption minimized at home...)

It ended up being an unexpected gift that we prayerfully considered and chose to receive!

I don't believe we have ever been away from home for almost an entire month before (with children.) It definitely has it's ups and downs. The positives include things like being able to connect with people we love and rarely get to see and spend time with, along with fun new experiences and foods. The negatives proved to include a bit of exhaustion, indigestion, and enhanced sibling discord.

All in all; it was wonderful month. But never have our own beds and showers been such a luxury. I am behind in almost all things "home" related; so please bear with me as we unpack and get into an established family routine again.

We will be re-focusing on our "family verses," Philippians 2:3-4

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Do you have a "family verse" or any kind of a "theme Scripture" for your household?

Blessings to each of you as we enter the last month of summer!



HappyascanB said...

Welcome Home!!! Glad you guys enjoyed your time away, and I totally know the feeling of returning home after a long time away! Our verse at home right now is Zephaniah 3:17 ~ "The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to Save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

We don't, but we need one!! :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

So glad you are home. Nothing better than the smell of home, the feel of your bed and all things familiar after being away.

A scripture that we love is "Unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain". Hope you get all caught up.

Warren Baldwin said...

This passage from Philippians is actually one I stress. It has such wide-spread application. I like the idea of a "family verse." wb

Warren Baldwin said...

Thanks for the visit to Family Fountain, Shanda. I thought I sent the email address already but I may not have. I'll try to find an email from you to reply to, but I just deleted a bunch! Thanks for letting me know. wb

christy rose said...

Wow! It sounds as if you have had an exciting month. Fun yet tiring. It is always so good to get home to your own bed when you have been gone for a trip.
The only family Scripture that comes to my mind that I speak regularly is "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I do have that on a picture hanging in my home.

Daveda said...

So glad you are home. It's good to have you back, but what an amazing opportunity! I am glad you had a great time. This will be a summer your family will remember forever.

Jennifer said...

Welcome Home!!