Thursday, May 22, 2014

Go fly a kite!


It's been a few weeks since I last shared here. We've been busy, but it's been a good busy. A busy full of times with friends and family, times of rest and worship, times of work and play.

My Bradley's recent diverticulitis attack (which lasted for three weeks, by the way) gave us the opportunity to hit the reset button on a few things. It gave him time to evaluate the ministry needs of family and church, which led to finally having the down time necessary for discerning prayer and conversations - conversations which gave us new leadership within the church plant, allowing the two of us a chance to shed some hats. And that is definitely a good thing.

We've spent the majority of our evenings taking walks through our city. What started as a way for him to come off of modified bedrest with some easy activity and food-free date nights has evolved into building a regular workout. I imagine that with time we'll be able to get up this hill we live on with less complaining.

In my own time of reflection and prayer I've come to a decision on my James memorization... It started with a week that I just couldn't let go of James 1:1-5. Those verses were verses I memorized at the beginning of the year, but yet here I was drawn back to them. Let perseverance finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete... Finally, after much prayer, I felt I needed to go back through James 1, entirely. This has never been about wanting to just be able to recite this precious Word of God. It's always been about application and committing it to heart and mind. At this point, honestly (and at first I didn't quite know what to make of it myself) I feel like James 1 is my memorization project. Possibly for the entire year. I'm taking this as it comes and as led.

In other news... we're wrapping up another school year. Julie... she's done. Finished. Completely. No more high school, we now have a graduate! So we're gearing up for a party in a little over a week and her ceremony on June 1st. The others each have just a handful of lessons left to complete and we're all eagerly awaiting the beginning of our summer break! Julie and I both registered for our fall classes for college, which begins mid-August (all the more reason for us to wrap up these lessons and start our break!)

Life is just moving right along. In the fullness of it all, we recently took some time away with a GINORMOUS kite. No lie, this thing was bigger than Ellie. We gave it to the kids as an Easter gift because we just knew it would be so much fun to fly.





Once we got it all assembled, Brad and the kids took it for a test run. 



We each took a turn with it. The wind was just about perfect for kite flying that day so it was pretty simple, even with it being so large.



After a while though, the wind picked up a bit more. During my last turn, I was having some trouble controlling it, so Brad took over. And during his last turn, the kite and the wind kind of took over.
 
That thing just flew higher and higher, and the string just kept going further and further out. And then... well, it was a blur. I had told Ellie to be careful, because I saw Brad was struggling with the string and I could just imagine it wrapping around her ankles or something. Next thing we know, the string had wound itself around Brad's arms, and in an attempt to free himself, he got rope burn (string burn?) and lost the string.

And the kite flew away!
Can you see it up there? Just floating away, over the trees?

This was the point where I pretty much lost it. Ellie, Elijah and I tried to chase it down, but it was long gone. And we were left with tears from laughing so hard.

Brad has since recovered.

After losing the kite and regaining our composure, we decided to walk over to the scenic overlook at the park and take some pictures of our ever-growing babies.






I don't know if they'll ever reach an age where we can get a decent pic of all four of them at the same time.

So, the kite was lost but we had such a great time reconnecting, laughing, and relaxing that it was hard to be upset. It was a good day. And, can I just say, I am SO glad to no longer be working on Saturday's!

oh - and we bought two more of the same kite! More adventures to come...