Have you ever felt like what you were doing just wasn't working? You're working as hard as you can, moving as fast as you can go, and yet, you feel like you can't keep up or get it all done? You're not alone. Life can be absolutely chaotic, and, no matter how hard you try, you can feel like a total failure. This is especially true if you're a parent.
Lately we have been struggling with the feeling of frustration as parents. A couple of years ago, we made the conscious decision to be more intentional with our kids. We were in a place where we realized that we wanted more for our family. We wanted to create memories, have adventures, write stories, and experience life together. But this last year has left the idea of being intentional in the dust.
parents to be the spiritual leaders of our family, to help them discover their purposes and to live lives that glorify God.
Starting now, we are reclaiming our family. No more busyness for busyness sake. No more running around like crazy. No more allowing the worlds idea of normal to be our normal. No more sacrificing family. No more compromising the call we believe God has given to us as parents, as a husband and a wife, and as full-time ministry workers.
By once again being intentional. That means thinking through what we do as parents, as a family. It means speaking Truth into the lives of our kids. It means creating moments, memories, traditions, and stories. It means laughing, crying, resting, and connected. It means living in grace, love, forgiveness, and mercy. It means putting our family and our faith, and the responsibility of being parents first and foremost. It means, we're having do-over.
What will intentional parenting look like for a family of seven? Well, there will be changes. We will begin thinking more about what we do and why we do it. We will focus more on God's call to care for, train up, and be with our kids. We will make more time for us as mom and dad. We will evaluate how we do ministry, so to be sure that we serve faithfully, while still making sure our family comes first.
Starting now, we are reclaiming our family. No more compromising the call we believe God has given to us as parents, as a husband and a wife, and as full-time ministry workers.
Life is too short, not to make family one of our highest priorities. Not to mention that God has given us the responsibility of raising our kids. This fall, our oldest goes off to college. Our second born will be a senior. Number three is now a freshman in high school. Five will be in sixth grade. And the princess, she's looking and acting more and more like a 'tween eery day! (And she's only 8!!!)
So we have to do this. We have to reclaim our family.
- the higham family
It's finally here! One of our most looked forward to weeks of the summer, Long Week at Pine Springs Camp AND the second week of PS Day Camp! So we loaded up the car and made the trip back up the mountain of one of most favorite places in Western PA!
Ever since when we worked at Pine Springs Camp, back between 2015 and 2017, we have loved the week of camp known as Long Week. When most weeks of camp at Pine Springs Camp run Sunday through Friday, Long Week is Friday through Friday! That's 8 days and 7 nights of summer camp fun! AND, it all Jr High and High School students!
Being a Jr/Sr High week of camp means you're sleeping in later and staying up longer! The food is better. The games are bigger. And the worship and teaching is unbelievable!
But along with it being Long Week, this week is also our second week of PS Day Camp! Amy is running the Pine Springs Camp Day Camp this summer, totally three full weeks at Pine Springs leads each week of games, activities and Bible Interactives. Day camp is an amazing ministry to the local families who send their kids to the week-long program!
In trying to keep our promise of posting a new family vlog every day this summer, we took the camera with us for the road trip! It's not a super long vlog, but long enough to see some of the fun as we get the week going!
As always, thank you so much for watching the vlog and reading the blog. We love sharing our story with you, and hope that you enjoy coming along with us!
- the higham family
There were fireworks, picnics, friends, traveling, and some great memories! Fourth of July in the Higham House consisted of 5 days of family fun as we tried to take advantage of a number of weekend opportunities and some pretty awesome weather!
It all got started Friday afternoon as we fired up the grill for some dinner and enjoyed our evening as a family at the house. We still weren't sure what the weekend was going to look like, but we knew we wanted to make the most of our time!
Saturday started with rain, which we thought might crush any hope for a fun day. But after the down pour, the skies cleared and the sun came out, and it turned out to be a gorgeous day. So we decided to get in the family van and make our way west. We have never visited Wheeling, despite living here in Western PA for almost 19 years. It turned out to be a wonderful adventure!
Sunday was a busy day with church in the morning, a great 4th of July picnic at the home of some friends from church, and a road trip to the Laurel Mountains to hang out with our friends the Pope's!
Monday was a blast as we enjoyed the day hanging out with the Pope kids! The Pope's are walking through a difficult season as one of their amazing kiddos is currently in the hospital. We love the Pope's. They have been dear friends of ours for years. So we want to go and spend some time with them and just love on them. So we did. But I think we were blessed more that we were a blessing.
We had so much fun this weekend. June was a super busy month with camp, VBS, kids working, Amy working, and me preaching and juggling the student ministry. We decided to try really heard to have fun with the kids; to slow down a bit and just breathe. Even though we did a lot, it was still good.
We hope you had a great weekend celebrating the fourth!
We'll see you next time.
- the higham family
We are so excited to announce that we are taking our vlog every day. For the last year or so, we have been playing around with our family vlog, Life in the Higham House. We were inspired to pick up the camera by other YouTube families who were sharing their lives online.
It was something said by ShayCarl of the Shaytards that really got us thinking about vlogging. In one of his vlogs, he was reflecting on the journey that he and his family had been on. Vlogging had open the door to a great many things for Shay and his family. But the one thing that he said he was most grateful for was the video record of his family and how they have grown. Now mind you, Shay put his families entire lives online, even the birth of some of his kids. But what a sweet idea, having the ability to go back and watch life happen, over and over again.
That thought is what encouraged us to vlog as a family. Our kids are growing up so fast. Life at times travels by lightyears and not minutes. So to capture a few of those moments on video to share, well...it's something we had to try.
Our kids are growing up so fast.
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