Even though it has been a rainier and chillier summer, it is well under way. In fact, we are closer to going back to school than we are from the kids getting out. I had all these well intentioned plans of bike rides and completing workbooks and not turning the tv on before 8:00 and eating healthy but that has not happened because well...life.
There have been several unexpected things that have happened over the course of a few weeks. For one, Broderick went to church camp. As a middle schooler. This whole middle school thing has been kind of emotional for this mama. Okay...not kind of but really emotional. I was already having a hard time with him going to middle school and then to send him off to camp for a week...tears. He really wanted to and I knew deep in my heart it would be good for all of us. It may have been one of the best parenting choices we have made. He had a blast, made new friends, grew in the Lord, grew in being responsible and came home with a whole bunch of great stories and memories.
Mid week the camp had family night. Did I mention camp was only 20 minutes away...Ha! Rob and I went to spend time with him and participate in their night worship service. Can I just say...I want to go to camp. I never went to church camp as a kid. I did however spend half a summer with my cousin in Atlanta when I was Broderick's age. Best. Summer. Ever. Anywhoooo...back to Broderick....he walked us around the grounds, showed us his dorm, told us what he had been doing and eating and spending his money on (snacks, paintball, Mountain Dew...tweens, geesh!) He introduced us to his friends and told us what they do each night after worship. I absolutely loved hearing about all of it. I saw a grown up version of my son. I saw a happy, responsible, young man. I learned he is completely capable of showering and getting dressed and cleaning up with out me constantly reminding him.
I left camp that night with a new perspective on being his mom and our relationship. I left excited about what the next few years hold. I left with a desire to stay connected to my son and his friends. I am so excited about what God has in store for this boy and our family.
Oh...and we excepted an offer on our house last week. More on that later.