I've lived in So. CA for 26 years now and I never get tired of the beach. It is beautiful and majestic. When I look at it I know God loves us, for He gave us it. And, when I look at my children I know how God loves us in spite of our mistakes. He wants only good for us as we want only good for our children.
I had a BIG scoop of Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream from B&R last night. I did walk over there (with the fam) to get it, but I inhaled it. Needless to say, I didn't get a photo of it :(. I LOVE the beach! It is the most amazing, awe-inspiring, beautiful location on earth. So, I am thrilled that my kids are doing Jr. Lifeguards. It is challenging and, sometimes, intimidating for them (it would be for me, too). They are troopers, though! No Fear! (okay, a little fear).
We had a really good time this past week. We were together, we had time in the sun and the pool, we saw some family, and our little girl performed really well! It was so much fun to watch her. I, also, enjoyed the maid service, the food out, no chores to do and having no place else to be. Though it was a trip with a purpose, we had a little vacation time, too!
Yesterday was Jake's birthday and I felt blessed beyond measure. It is the summertime in Southern California, my third child is 13, happy and healthy, all four of my children are loving and supportive of each other and us, and we were all together. Really, what more could I ask for (okay world peace and salvation for everyone)?
We went to Soupplantation (one of Jake's favorites) with all four kids and their girlfriends (just the big boys :) ). We went back home to have cake and presents. Jacob was loved-up! Nothing warms my heart more than seeing my children being so caring and unselfish. The Lord has given me more than I will ever deserve and I will try to honor Him in every way I can.
My third teenager! Wow, 13! I remember when you were born, like it was last year. You are a special boy, turning into a very special young man. I love you for your generous heart, your sensitive ways, your athletic abilities, your sense of humor and your love of the Lord. I am so proud to be your momma.
Jake with his chocolate chip pancakes, that his little sister made for him! Lucky boy.
Jake on his way to Jr. Guards with 40 warm brownies for his group. I bet they'll be happpy it's his birthday.
Tonight we will celebrate with the rest of the family. More to come...