Summer pushes on, at this point I feel like I’m some kind of dog-earedÂ paratrooper fighting my way thru Nazi occupied France. So far this summer we have had a cottage vacation to Camp in Tennessee, took another cottage trip to Atlanta, done swim lessons three days a week, taken the kids kicking and screaming to tutoring four days a week and camped out for the fourth of July. And just this morning, my wife reminded me we were halfway thru summer vacation!
Today, we start vacation bible school. Our kids also have day camp this week, which is giving me a 30 minute window to slam some coffee and type a few words before hitting the trail again.
We are also getting a new set of HP’s to work the opposite shift with us. Words cannot express how much I am looking forward to this other couple coming in. They both seem to really enjoy what they do and the boys are really excited because the dude is like a local legend on acoustical guitar.Â
It’s been a busy summer and it looks like things won’t even begin to slow down until August. I have to admit, at the moment I’m notÂ exactlyÂ all pumped up on being a House Parent, I’m just kinda going thru the motions and doing what I gotta do to make it to the next day. I have my own opinion of our facilities schedule for the kids, but I also understand that if I express that opinion, it would be heavily swayed by my burn out and not very fair. This is one of those times in the ministry when you just have to do the job and trust the powers that be that this will all pass. InÂ layman’sÂ terms, I need to quitÂ whiningÂ and suck it up.Â
I still love what I do (In theory at the moment) and I can honestly say I do enjoy being with all the boys and being able to be a part ofÂ theirÂ lives. And yes, I still believe this is the greatest ministry on the face of the earth.Â
For all the brothers and sisters out there that have hit the wall, keep on keeping on. Get on the forum here at the Network and vent, get advice or post pictures of yourself shooting at watermelons or your empty Tequila bottle collection. Being able to talk and connect with those that are on the same playing field as you may help get you thru those dog days of summer…. -Launch