Celebrations of LifeThe Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team won the National Championships for the sixth time!
My youngest brought home several medals and qualified as a Team USA teen athlete for the Olympic Hopes (not the big Olympics) Regatta in Poland in September.
My oldest brought home a few medals, despite only practicing for three months ahead of time.
My husband is regaining his health (just in case you didn't hear).
My husband and I celebrated our 22nd Anniversary!
I celebrated my birthday, but the day took a somber turn when I discovered a childhood friend had passed away from an unexpected heart attack that morning. I spent most of the afternoon in mourning. I feel like my life has been shaken and stirred in a somewhat cliched way - live life fully, take time to tell people you love them - but also in other ways. I remember some advice my friend gave me a year ago, advice I didn't follow, and I'm considering a rather big change-up to follow it. She was right. She usually was. And, she impacted thousands of lives around her as a teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent - she had a short life, but a life well-lived.
On a fun note, I get to sing with the Praise Team nearly every Sunday these days. It's a blast!
We bought a used car for our older daughter. We packed it up and we packed up the van, then she and I drove to Montana State University to prep her apartment for her second year of college life.
I walked between 6-10 miles a week and rode the exercise bike (no hills inside) between 6-57 miles a week, depending on the week.
I cleaned up our yard a bit more (trying to keep the wildlife out of the main yard, out of the garden bed, and off the porch - meeting Bambi's dad on the deck or on the way to the trash can is unpleasant, especially when he thinks he owns the place). Less rampant foliage = fewer critter crossings.
I made some tiny progress on my Greenling Chronicles Book 1 revisions (baby steps, but steps).
I tackled some non-fiction project revisions (baby steps).
I re-created four class syllabi for the school year.
I purchased my plane ticket to Poland. I'm so excited to travel and to see my youngest daughter compete with and against athletes from all over the world. There's just nothing like hearing all the parents shouting for their kids in dozens of languages. :)
I decided (99%) that this is the new cover for Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 (The whole micro-series, release date October 8th).
Bonus: I didn't realize just how busy life has been until I wrote this. ;p
BTW - I thought I would pick up speed with blogging this summer and fall, but so far, September is looking very busy with life, so I will probably only post twice then. See you for IWSG!