10 Fun Things We Did This Summer

10 Fun Things We Did This Summer

It’s been 5 weeks since school reopened for our boys.

We’re back to waking up early, tighter schedules, packed lunches, homework, and early bed times.

Saying it’s a whirlwind, is putting it mildly… 😀

Although we prepared for the transition from summer to school, it has hit us pretty hard and we’re only now getting used to the new routines.

The summer feels long-gone already. But before I push the events of this summer back into the recesses of my mind, I wanted to jot them down here, and relive those memories once again.

We intentionally took time off from the daily monotony this summer, and truly enjoyed ourselves as a family. And we didn’t even have to leave the city to do it!

So, here are the 10 fun things we did this summer… in no particular order.

1. A Week of Worship, Word & Prayer

We started the summer off with a week of fasting and prayer at church. We had some amazing speakers throughout the week. It was refreshing to spend everyday worshiping and learning together in the presence of the Lord.

2. Bob Fitts Concert

We also had Bob Fitts leading worship throughout the same week. Apart from the regular worship sessions, we also had a special concert the evening before Easter. I was personally inspired by the way Kathi Fitts stood alongside her husband, supporting and serving him as He served God.

The boys with Bob and Kathi Fitts

At the end of the concert we got to meet the couple in person and get our CDs autographed! 🙂

3. Vacation Bible School

No summer is complete without VBS at church. This was the second year our kids got to attend, and they loved every minute of it! The theme this year was putting God’s love into action which was emphasized through music, dance, stories, skits and crafts.

4. The Avengers Movie

We’re all superhero fans in the family, so once we knew the second Avengers movie was out, we had to go see it. I did a background check on the movie to ensure my 7 year olds could watch it. Captain America disparaged any foul language in the movie and the Indian censor board did a good job of bleeping them out too!

Kids posing with a abike

After having their fill of popcorn at the movie, the kids browsed around the mall for a little while. They couldn’t resist going in to see a cruiser that was displayed at a TGIF outlet.

5. Bowling

May Day was fun as we all got a day off work. We met friends at the bowling alley and had a good time. This is only the second time I’ve been bowling in my entire life, and I’m absolutely no good at it! 😀

The kids had a lane for themselves, and they had a blast too. They followed it up with a quick detour to play a few video games, and then we all headed out for a nice meaty lunch.

6. Metro Ride

We’ve never been on the metro in our city, although it’s been operational for a couple of years. We decided a metro ride would be the perfect way to end the day out. The kids loved every minute of the ride, and surprisingly, so did I.

7. Auto Show

With a husband and sons who are crazy about bikes and cars, they’ll find every excuse to drag me to interesting events across the city. In this year’s auto show, we got to see a bunch of vintage cars and other fancy automobiles.

Posing in orange!

The highlight of the evening was a bike stunt riding team that kept our adrenaline high for almost an hour.

8. Football Camp

My husband is a huge football fan who never misses a chance to better his game. Since the kids’ school had a football camp this summer, we enrolled all three of them for just two weeks.

Jason, Jon and Judah learnt the basics of how to kick, tackle and pass the football. There were quite a few falls and bruises, but they are learning to take it in their stride.

9. Couple’s Night Out

For the first time since our wedding 8 years back, my husband and I left the kids at home and spent 24 hours by ourselves. My mother was visiting, so we knew the kids were in good hands.

We checked into a nearby hotel and spent quality time together. We did find it a bit weird at first – not having kids around to correct, convince or comfort… But we soon got used to it and enjoyed our 24 hour getaway.

10. A Day at the Pool

Since we did take a day off as husband and wife, we didn’t want the kids to feel left out. The very next week, we headed back to the same hotel, kids in tow.

The family at the pool

We spent the majority of the day at the pool, taking a break only to have a nice buffet lunch. The kids loved the water, and even put up with my feeble attempts to teach them swimming.

It was a lovely summer, probably the best we’ve ever had. A big chunk of our fun time was spent in church, which made it all the more special.

One important thing we realized was that, unless we considered something important, we’d never make time for it. Things were just not going to happen on their own. We had to be intentional and make them happen!

Surprisingly, my husband’s impromptu nature and my detailed planning skills both played a part in how this summer turned out!


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An Apology & An Update

An Apology & An Update

The Apology

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post. While I know no one is waiting with bated breath for a new post to hit their inboxes… I feel I’ve let God and myself down by not writing in this space.

This blog is more than an online journal for me. It is a calling to embrace my love for the written word, and to encourage others through it. For ignoring that, I apologize…

Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve experienced a lot of physical and emotional lows that waged a war in my spirit and left me drained. With the boys falling sick, pressing deadlines at work and a new dimension of my husband’s ministry through our local church, I couldn’t handle it all and I flailed.

It took me a while (and a whole lot of God’s help) to get back on my feet and regain my focus! 🙂

The Update

I’m amazed every time someone tells me they were encouraged through my blog or the verses I share on Facebook. But I know I shouldn’t be – God has some use for even the cracked vessels of this world! God has a way of coating my imperfections with His grace to give His children the words they need to read… and for that, I’m grateful!

Considering that this year has been the most pathetic ever in my blogging career, things can only get better, right?! 😉

I hope to write more – even if it’s imperfect and not very pretty. Writing about God, His grace and the lessons He’s teaching me is a balm to my soul, and I pray it will be to yours as well.

Wishing you God’s best,

~ Sheena

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When a Balanced Life Seems a Myth

When a Balanced Life Seems a Myth

It is so easy to make sure our kids have a balanced life.  Their only responsibilities are to:

  • Eat
  • Pray
  • Sleep
  • Study
  • Play
  • Do chores (after 10,200 reminders!)
  • Repeat as required

But when it comes to balancing life as a wife, mother, homemaker, employee, mentor, friend, etc., it seems an almost impossible task.  I learnt a few years back (when I was trying to cook, while on the phone, and trying to fend off 3 curious toddlers), that I’m no good at keeping all my plates up in the air! 🙂

I’ve read dozens of blog posts about the importance of making sure that all aspects of our lives are in balance.  I’ve also heard of various ways we can do it – juggle it all, let some drop, delegate, go crazy…  OK, maybe the ‘go crazy’ was my own addition :).

I used to make a list of my priorities – God, husband, kids, work, family, friends, blog…  It makes sense to always base decisions and spend time on things that are higher up on the priority list.  But sometimes life doesn’t give us time to sort out our priorities.  I read in Pursuit of Proverbs 31 that it’s best to keep God first, follow His leading, and eventually all the other priorities will fall in place.  So, that’s what I’m doing now.

My house is a mess, I haven’t cooked in two days, the washed-but-not-yet-folded pile of clothes is towering behind me… Oh and I forgot to mention I’ve been sick for the past three days!  But I’ve got a great husband who brings home takeaway for dinner and 3 boys who understand (kinda) that Mama’s not feeling too well.  I’ve let some of my duties slide, choosing to concentrate only on the stuff that is non-negotiable.

And for now, I hold on to the hem of my Father’s cloak, praying for healing.  For strength to get back to my normal routine.  And for grace to not mind the plates that are crashing all around me.

What about you?  Do you think a balanced life is a myth or is it something you believe can become a reality?


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Random Lessons Learnt On A Holiday

Caribbean near Tulum

This is just a random post to jot down all that’s swirling in my mind.  If you’re looking for some deep inspiration, you may not find it here today… 🙂

So, we went to my husband’s hometown for our summer vacation last week.  In no particular order, here are 10 things I learnt while there.

1. A ‘kinda’ vacation is (almost) as good as a real vacation.

I call it a ‘kinda’ vacation because my husband worked a few days and I had to be online to fulfill a few commitments I’d made.  That didn’t make it any less of a vacation though!

2. I stress out a lot.

I had planned to continue posting verses on Facebook and Twitter on the weekdays, and also blog while I was there.  Unfortunately, our laptop charger refused to cooperate.  I was not happy.  It kinda got on my nerves that all my plans were in vain, and sadly my husband bore the brunt of it.

3. My husband is awesome!

He is really good at figuring out when I’m stressed.  He enters a problem-solving mode and rattles off simple solutions to my seemingly complex problems.  I’m glad at least one parent in the family has a good head on their shoulders!

4. I over-complicate things.

Yup!  I am someone who makes a mountain out of a molehill.  Nothing much to add there.  I’m learning as I go that things aren’t always as bad as I think they are.

5. Backups save the day.

My father-in-law installed power backup to keep us going during the power cuts.  And the very slow computer helped me keep my online commitments when my laptop didn’t cooperate.

6. Quiet time helps.

I usually miss out on my quiet time when we’re travelling.  But this time, I was determined not to.  I lugged my journals and Bibles along with me on the trip and spent some quality time with God every day.  And when we go to God, He does not disappoint!  Love Him for that! <3

7. Family time rocks!

Whether it is praying together at bedtime or spending a rainy day at the beach, I’m glad to be able to spend time with my husband and sons.  So blessed!

8. Baby goats are cute.

My mother-in-law raises goats.  And she continues to do so knowing the little ones eat up her roses.  The boys visited the goats several times during the day and had fun feeding them.

9. Things I love to do aren’t always a priority.

I love to blog and hope to do so for years to come.  But when I’m short of time, and I have to fulfill my commitments to family, friends and church, blogging falls by the wayside.  I have to learn to be okay with that.

10. The days are long but the years are short.

My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary last week.  I can’t believe we’ve been married that long.  Living life one day at a time makes each day seem long, but the years are flying by.

Photo Credit: mdanys

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