We had a great weekend of camping and activities with 32 Webelos Scouts. It was hot and humid, and a nasty thunderstrom blew through to end things a little early on Sunday. But all in all the boys had a blast, and got LOTS of work done, earning 5 badges and 3 belt loops each. That was the final campout of the summer for us. Now we'll begin to have den meetings and get into the school year schedule.
Band camp is going well this week. The kids are way ahead of where we were last year. We already had pre-game on the field, marching with instruments. As of last night, we have 3 of our 4 contest tunes on the field, marching drill. Today, we finish the contest show. The weather has been cooperative, and the kids have a graet work ethic and level of focus this year.
I won't be able to hit the noon meeting this week due to band camp and work, so I've been working in a little extra prayer/quiet/reflection time in to support good emotional sobriety. I've also been reading a couple new books on personal spirituality in preparation for CCD. So, that has helped me stay on a reasonably even keel. This has resulted in a feeling of calm, peace and acceptance during a really busy time.
These personal spiritual efforts have also helped me not to begin worrying excessively over our finances. We're burning through savings and a less rapid clip than before, but it isn't going to last a lot longer. Thankfully, my real estate business is picking up so that has helped us. And, I have begun to feel a sense of change coming, as if perhaps a career change/job offer or some other long term financial stability opportunity is on the near horizon. Things just seem to be changing in my professional world, but I cannot put my finger on it. I think it's REALLY important right now for me to remain positive, have faith, do the next right thing so as to position myself to be ready to accept a positive change in our financial circumstances. So, I am focusing on gratitude and service to God and those around me (because I am taught that this is the proper use of my will, and is my true purpose).