Taking It Outside

This time of year, our weekend our full.  Our Saturdays are back and forth with soccer games and all the places our kids need to go.

This weekend our Sunday was busy too- it was time to close one chapter and open a new one.

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Our pastor and friend of 13 years has been “called up” to a bigger parish and yesterday over 400 people attended to celebrate him and thank him.

Our new pastor is quite wonderful, but I must admit I am having a hard time with the change.  I miss not being able to go and talk things through with him.  I am sure I will get there soon with our new pastor, but for a girl who is pretty outgoing, it takes me longer these days to get comfortable with people.

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When we returned home, we were all pooped and vegging out.  Hubby pushed us to get out of our church clothes and come outside.

And I was so thankful we did – the light was glorious and we spent a long time just being outdoors together.

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There was even a long planned climbing rope installed.

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I may or may not have pulled muscles trying to get my way up as high as hubby did.

I did not succeed even with my helper.

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A great reminder to take even the small pockets of time to be together and relaxed.

Thanks so much for reading!

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  1. Laura…you have such a beautiful family and truly love and enjoy each other…you can see the love in your girls’ eyes!!
    I love how you always keep your life in perspective…to embrace your family first…loved this post!!

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your pastor friend, but it looks like you ended your weekend on a happier note anyway. Outdoor Fall fun is the best! You have a beautiful family.

  3. Your husband is a smart man! I think we need to head outside more often too.

  4. Change is sooooo hard the older we get, isn’t it, Laura? Friends get called away, new ones arrive. But your sweet family is always there for you! I love that you all “play” together! What a blessing!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. It looks like a blast and eveyone had a good time. Being outside is so healthy.


  6. You have such a lovely family and this post was so sweet, endearing. I really enjoy your blog.

  7. You have a beautiful family, and the pictures are wonderful…what memories. I remember when the minister from the church I grew up in passed away, it was so sad. Even though I hadn’t been there in years because I’d moved to another city, whenever I go home and see my old church I feel strange knowing he isn’t there anymore. And that was over 30 years ago! So, I understand how it can be hard to adjust to something/someone new, but I’m sure this pastor will be just fine once everyone gets to know him. And I think it will be just as hard for him to adjust to a new congregation…just my thoughts.
    Debbie :)

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