The long blog break is over, it is time to get back into the swing of it as summer is winding down.
The feeling of documenting everything is well looming, but the desire to document is non-existent.
Let’s start with 5 things to know to today!
1. Chase transferred to a different private school two weeks ago and football officially started yesterday.
He is headed to Bishop Guertin this fall.
Don’t ask me why….I am not even sure, but there are a couple of things that led us there including a desire for a little bigger student body. We loved every minute of Trinity High School but it seemed as if the inner soul was sending a message that a switch was needed.
He only knows two people there so it will be like starting over, but we feel great about it and he is ready to take the challenge on. It is exactly 17 minutes from our house vs. the easy 10 minutes we drove before so this will take some time to get used too.
2. We are back from Nicaragua with our non profit foundation, Color My World.
It perhaps was one of my finest moments watching the experiences people had there.
I felt 10 years of dreaming come together in a single, week long experience.
The power of watching people serve in a single purpose is overwhelming. I loved reading the social media posts after…it brought true joy to my life.
Here is a quick recap- as the experience is too raw to talk about right now.
1 school kitchen built, 2 communities fed, 28 bags of trash picked up, 50 solar cookers distributed, 100 pounds of hygiene kits distributed, 28 turtles rescued and launched into the ocean, 6 horses, 7 dogs, 392 cold showers, 763 mosquitos bites, 162 Gatorades, 1 asthma attack, 1 day powerless, 7 upset stomachs, 1 flatbed, 1 water fight, 6 boys who ditched out on painting to surf, 1 school bus, 3 tour buses, 3 crabs, 5 bats, 2 huge moths, 6 surfers, 8 boogie boarders, 1 husband caught in a dangerous current, 1 Surfer/”Julio” to save him, 18 pizzas, unlimited beans, rice and fish, 1 Carlos, 2 fish caught, 2 boats, 7 sleepless nights, 3 first aid kits, 3 pepto bottles, 10 hammocks, 6 massages, 3 yoga classes, 9 Pina Coloda (virgin), 27 blisters, $125.00 lost in the ocean, 123 toys distributed, 1 zumba class, 7 people who almost missed a flight home, 2 random stops by the police, 13 hours of travel, 1 outstanding lightning show and 28 lives changed and headed home! Job Well Done!
I am announcing our dates for our 2014 trip in a couple of weeks so stay tuned.
Here are my thoughts on the experience in in one easy quotes!
3. Hillary is off to college in exactly two weeks. The countdown is on!
I know it will never be quite the same!
We are frantically prepping to head out the door to dormitory life.
It is such an exciting time in her life, but seems a little anti climatical after sending her to China.
The difference is that things will never be the same from this point on.
4. As summer winds down I am looking forward to quite Fall, full of crisp weather and football games galore. #1 task at hand- I want to walk outside and enjoy the weather. I love New England in the Fall.
I look forward to reengaging into mundane tasks such as making lunch, doing laundry and controlling chaos.
I love the idea of not really knowing where my life is taking me next. I am just sitting still after a chaotic summer of travelling around the world and enjoying the silence of sensory overload right now.
5. Finally, I appreciate all of those people who stood behind us this summer.
I have to give a big shout out to my parents and my in-laws who without them we couldn’t have acheived all that was meant to be. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people on both sides of us supporting us and lifting us up.
Indeed, they helped us make big decisions, create dreams, accomplish goals and make the impossible happen.
We couldn’t be more thankful!
Hey I am blogging on a regular basis again….starting now! Keep in touch!