Monday, June 15, 2009


School is finally out. I didn't think the last day was ever going to come, and I honestly don't know who was more excited about the end of the school year- me or the kids. I am a mom that loves summer vacation. No schedule, care-free days, swimming, late nights, and just being able to be together as a family.

A few things that I have learned over these last several weeks and months is to stay rested and to not allow myself to stress out. Even though I had been warned and encouraged that these last few months of having a daughter graduate from high school would be tiring, I had no idea until I completely crashed and burned for two days last week. I am now feeling back to normal (whatever that is) and look forward to having this summer to rest, regroup, and relax.

I know that this summer, however, brings a lot of change. I am trying to honestly get my mind wrapped around all the changes that have presented themselves in my life right now and accept that change. I don't know that there has ever been so many big changes in my life before, or at least all at the same time like they are now. Jessica will be leaving in September to attend YWAM in Maui, Hawaii. She will be returning then in March 2010. What a difference our home will be like not having her here. My parents also made a move to Virginia a few days after Jessica's graduation. Up until this move, we have always lived within 15 minutes of each other. This is also the first big move for my parents as well. They are both from the Cincinnati area and for the last 40+ years have made Ohio their home. I think the process of this move has been somewhat easy to accept and embrace because they have no doubt that this is where God has led them. It's exciting to watch someone follow God. Once summer comes to an end and school days start again, I will be sending both of our boys to middle school (6th and 7th grade). For the umpteenth time, I am asking myself, "Where has the time gone?" One thing I do know is that I am going to have a lot of time on my hands. I have always been a stay at home mom for which I am so incredibly thankful. Now I am just wondering what I am supposed to do with my time while they are at school.

Even in the midst of all the changes and the stress that it can bring, I am so longing to find that place of being in God's presence again - to hear Him, talk to Him, and to find and have everything I need in Him. It's been somewhat of a struggle for me here recently, and I have allowed busyness, tiredness, and other things to take from that. God has been drawing my heart to His again. It's times like this when I just can't grasp His character. One of steadfast love, patience, and so full of grace. I can be so distracted by the cares of this world, caught up in my own little self, and not make my relationship with Him the priority it should be or want it to be. He always calls me back though. He is always there.

This summer I want to embrace the changes and allow them to grow me and transform me into the woman God wants me to be. I so want to purposeful about making memories and enjoy all the special moments. To live in the moments and have them really mean something. I want to find rest, joy, and to be a woman that surrenders to His holy ways.


  1. Great thoughts Christy. Change is such an opportunity to draw us to or push us away from Him.

  2. You do have some changes in store for you and I will be praying for all of you as it is hard when our children leave the nest.

    I just posted about Empty Nest or Great Memories just last week. It is sad to have all my kids grown, but I certainly am thankful for all the great memories we made over the years.

    Many blessings Christy!

  3. You can occupy some of your time in the fall by more trips to TN! ;)

  4. Virginia is a great state, so if your parents had to move anywhere, they chose a wonderful place at least! Not that I'm biased or anything... ;)

    But seriously, I do realize that life will be very different without them close by, and I pray that their transition--and yours--to the new living situation will go smoothly. Ditto for your daughter's big move! Will you get to visit her while she's in Hawaii? :)

  5. Lots of change, huh? I feel as though I am facing that as well within my family. Hey, is this late enough at night for you? ;)

  6. You are definitely going through some big chagnes, which I know for me can be so unsettling. It's hard not knowing what the days ahead look like.
    You have such a great attitude and a great family though I know you'll embrace the change as an opportunity!
    I hope you enjoy and treasure this last summer with Jessica at home!

  7. I have little ones and am still dealing with diapers and preschool. My friends are all where you're at. I love this post because it reminds me so much to just stop and enjoy the moment I'm in right now, even though there are some days the grass looks greener.

  8. Stay rested and not stress out...such great advice!

    I love your blog design, Christy. It is so calm and beautiful.

    It's great to be back,


  9. Ah yes... God turns another page, another chapter begins as the sweet memories & lessons linger.
    I always "try" to think of the changes in my life as pruning. Pruning so I can grow!

    Keep seeking Him my friend! I am so enjoying this journey we are all taking together. It's a privelege to follow your journey via blogland!


  10. I know you are busy right now, but I'm starting something new for moms over at my blog that I'd love for you to join in.

  11. I just found your blog and I really enjoyed reading some of your posts. I am adding myself to your follow list. Have a praise filled day!
    Filled With Praise

  12. exciting!!!
    sandy toe

  13. Hi Christy, As someone in the middle of a chaos, this is a great post. I pray God shows you time to sit at His feet and get rejuvenated this summer. And, I pray you and your sweet kiddos will have so many great times together. What an exciting time with so many mixed emotions for you. God bless you and your family Friend.


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