Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer of 7 continues...

During possessions week, my sister and her family were here so while we did have good intentions, and we did give away a ton of stuff, we continued the "possessions" week last week as well as doing our "media" week.

Since I gave up blogs as part of this week, I wasn't able to update until now. Wow. What a week. In short...all last week, our family fasted from:
  • Facebook
  • Netflix
  • iPods
  • iPad
  • Ds(s)
  • Wii
  • TV
  • Internet that isn't related to work
  • Blogs
pretty much all that was left was to sit in a tree

I'm kidding. But the kids did spend about 1/2 the week in this tree. They have a "shelf" up there and ate, read, played, and spied on the neighbors from there all week.

It was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Ok, it ended awesome. The first two days, I was I didn't know what to do with myself. The kids didn't either. They read books. Lots of books. They learned to play Solitaire. With actual cards. (Previously, they could play on a computer or DS but to actually have to know how to play, that was all new to them. And they loved it.) We played cards as a family and just enjoyed the time together. It was great.

The first night, we went to be early....and slept. Lol. Normally, if we go to bed early, we turn on Netflix and attempt to find something decent to watch (we don't have cable) and settle on something to veg on. Instead we went to bed early...which made me wake up at 5am. I laid there praying and asking God what he wants me to learn this week. And when he didn't answer in 3 seconds, I asked again. Then He slapped me with "wait". Hmm....I'm not big on sitting around and waiting. I'm not used to it. My kids aren't used to it. If they ask me something and I don't know, they just tell me to look it up. Why "wait" and figure anything out on our own? But what else did I have to do last I laid there.....and waited. I had a great praise and worship time in my head that morning, and every other morning. And by Saturday, we had decided to sell our house. Really.

Since I could use the computer for work only, I got a ton of work done. Amazing what you can get done when you aren't wasting time reading what your friends had for dinner or wish they had for dinner. The world didn't stop spinning because the kids some something hilarious and I only got to share it with Troy. Believe it or not, I'm quite sure no one would have even noticed we weren't on FB if I hadn't bid them farewell ;) What is funny, after the first 2 days of wondering what to do with my time, I didn't miss the distraction.  It was actually really nice to slow down and wait. For dinner, I used a *gasp* cookbook, instead of google to find my recipe. I'm very pleased with how this week went like all the other weeks, there are definitely things that will carry over into the next weeks. Aspects of the fast that we need to make be permanent changes in our family.


  1. Love the picture, and AMEN to what you wrote! :)

  2. Hey that is what being a kid is all about. Climbing trees, being outside, going on walks, etc...You can't beat a great climbing tree.
    I think I'm going to follow suit with giving up a good ammount of techno stuff (minus the blog). It does sap a lot of precious time though.


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