Hi Friends! Like most of you, I have a busy 4th of July weekend. I’ll be hanging out with friends at a barbecue and watching fireworks. Then my family is coming to visit for a few days (my two brothers and their wives and children) and we’ll be traveling to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Traverse City for the Cherry Festival. It’ll be a busy but very fun time!
Actually, summer tends to be busy all the time for my large family! Everyone is going a hundred different directions every day.
My oldest son is home from his first year at Cedarville University in Ohio. He’s a finance major and so has an internship this summer selling life insurance. It’s been an interesting experience for him to dress up in a suit each day and work at making sales.
My twin daughters are both working too. One is a lifeguard at a pool (and teaches swimming lessons) and the other works as a teacher’s assistant at a daycare. We have three cars to spread around the family, and let me tell you some days it’s a full time job trying to figure out who gets the car at what times!
We’ll have a little bit of a break from the hectic schedule when my twin daughters both go to Guatemala in a few weeks to work with AIDS infected orphans. I’m excited that they have the opportunity, but my mama heart is really nervous for them to be in such a challenging environment.
My two youngest children (12 and 10 years old) are on a swim team and so are getting plenty of time in the pool every day. My youngest daughter also really loves ballet and so is involved in a couple of ballet camps this summer.
As usual, I’ve been busy being an author and recently completed writing my second novel for the year. After finishing, I took a week to work on editing two other books. One is my Newton and Polly book, which releases in September.
While I had my usual moments of angst with the final edit, the story brought me to tears (in a good way) on a couple of occasions. To date, it’s the hardest book I’ve written, but it also has a very powerful message that I hope will bring many readers a fresh awareness of God’s amazing grace.
Within the next week, I’ll be jumping into writing my third novel of 2016. And whenever I’m in the midst of writing a first draft, I’m in happy-land!
Even though life is busy, we’ve managed a couple of fun trips. Our first one was a family canoe trip on the Chippewa River.
On another trip we hiked Silver Lake Sand Dunes (aka The Sahara Dessert of Michigan). Of course, I managed to twist arms and convince everyone to visit a nearby lighthouse, Little Sable Point Light. After climbing 139 steps to the top of the tower, we had a picnic at the base of the light and dipped our toes in the chilly Lake Michigan.
What are YOU up to so far this summer? We’d love to hear!
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