Actually, I'll start with the end of June. We went to a wedding of a sweet young couple in our church family. Luke took a picture of me with each of my girls!
Then there was the Fourth of July, of course!
They were so generous in sharing all of the fruits of their hard labor with us.
The second week of July Luke headed to NGU with the youth group for a week for Mission Fuge camp. While he was there, the girls and I went up to the mountains to visit his parents and brother. We enjoyed a fun evening in Hendersonville one night and even got some frozen yogurt (sherbet for Caroline!).
Eleanor and I also were able to spend one afternoon and evening at camp with Luke and the youth group! Here we are at the bell tower of Luke's alma mater.
When we got home I took the girls to Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A. Anything for a free dinner...especially while Luke was still away at camp!
This is where Caroline spent a couple of the nights Luke was away. Summertime thunderstorms can be pretty scary when you're two.
Also last month we did a bit of Waldo hunting in our little downtown. We have a bookstore in town that sponsors a Where's Waldo hunt all over our main street. A little 6 inch cardboard Waldo is hidden in 25 different stores/restaurants. The girls had a great time finding him and receiving some fun prizes (Caroline was just a little shy about getting her picture taken)!
We've had a few Poolside Bible Studies with the youth which have been lots of fun! The girls have really enjoyed swimming this summer!
(This picture was borrowed from my friend Renee's blog. Thanks for the sweet picture, Renee!)
We decided to go on a fun family outing to a splash pad and playground about 45 minutes away. We had a great time...until Anna Kate fell off the rock climbing wall. Turns out it's probably not a great idea to have a playground right next to the splash pad. Rock climbing while wet is not a good combination. She fell on her right arm and had a buckle fracture in two places.
She has been so brave though and has hardly complained at all. She kept the big cast for two weeks, and then we just went back Monday to get a smaller cast that just covers her forearm. She will be so glad to get it off in a couple weeks so she can get back to eating, coloring, writing, etc. with her right hand!
Just two days after she broke her arm, we headed up on the church bus with 20 other people in our church family to Morganton, Georgia, for a family mission trip. The girls did a pretty good job of taking naps on the bus!
(Side note here: The stuffed animal in the picture above is Caroline's beloved frog which she named "Lblblblblb". She is very consistent that this is it's name and she even came up with the spelling!)
We slept on air mattresses and cots in some empty classrooms in a church building. We spent the week doing various community ministry (food distribution, clothes closet organization, yardwork/construction, and Vacation Bible School). The girls had an absolute blast helping with many of these ministries.
Anna Kate and Caroline helped deliver sacks of food to families in need
They also really enjoyed the time spent with our church family!
My main job for the week was leading the music for the VBS. Caroline helped each night lead the motions on stage!
Our last full day there, we did a little sightseeing. Aunt Allison also joined us for the day since she lives only an hour and a half away! We went to an apple orchard with a fun general store/restaurant first.
Then we explored the town of Blue Ridge, Georgia
After that we took a scenic train ride up to a town on the border of Georgia and Tennessee.
Here we are in both states at one time!
After a long, but fun, week of missions activities, we were all exhausted. Even Daddy fell asleep on the 7-hour bus ride home!
The only other news from the summer is that Caroline's hair is getting quite long and very curly, especially when it's hot and humid outside!
I'll just leave you with that face. What else is there to say?