It's been a whirlwind summer. We had so much going on that we even got out of the habit of writing to you. For those of you who know us, we moved from Estevan to Moose Jaw last year. Then, this spring, our book "Dirty Socks and Banana Bread," was released on Amazon.
We were on the road in June and worked for a kids camp at Kenosee Lake for all of July. While we were there, we were offered a position as camp directors for the upcoming year, and campus managers for the entire facility year-round.
Kids camp finished on August 1. I DJ'ed on August 2. We flew back to Moose Jaw August 3, frantically packed an entire house in four days, packed a U-Haul truck, arrived back on the camp grounds with the truck, and unpacked all on the fifth day, just in time to DJ the next day. Three full weeks of programmed camps started the following day.
So, needless to say, we stopped writing the column in August and had to take a break.
Now that everything has settled down somewhat, and we are getting a chance to "play house" – unpacking more boxes and actually using furniture instead of boxes to sit on – we have the chance to sit and write.
As I reflect on our journey these past few months, one of the first things that comes to mind is that we are both still alive. There may have been some moments when the stress level got to us and we may have felt like killing each other, but we didn't.
I would have to be honest and say that we used almost every tool in our bag, including the Five Love Languages. There were many times we had to say, "Can we start over?" after a death-defying argument. There were many times we had to work with our differences rather than against them. There were many times we had to celebrate our victories by recounting the things we did right rather than gloating on what went wrong.
All in all, because we made the conscious decision to keep loving each other, despite our stress levels, we naturally gravitated toward using the tools and techniques we share with others like you. It becomes as natural as breathing and it all starts with a decision. See you next week.