I absolutely refuse to realize the new school year is around the corner. It’s lurking, stalking, hoovering, looming – but I purposefully turn a blind a eye and choose to enjoy the beautiful state of ignorant bliss of summertime. Therefore, although we’ve shopped for new clothes, pencils and backpacks, all of which are intentionally hidden from our every day view, I remain in a honeymoon state of summer. Ahh…
10 things I love about summer:
1. Nuzzling my nose into my children’s hair and breathing in the smell of pool chlorine.
2. Thunderstorms – any time of day, preferably at night (we are praying for rain for neighboring dry states!)
3. Flexible plans or no plans – it’s so refreshing to fall off the grid for awhile!
4. I have more of myself to give my husband. His work cranks right through summer, and I so appreciate his efforts so I can be home with our kids. During the summer, I have more of myself to give wthen he comes home by way of flexible dinner hours, evening walks and long talks. I get way too rigid during the school year with schedules, so it’s really nice to toss it all in the wind and enjoy him.
5. Time with my kids. I make intentional efforts to connect and reconnect with my kids whether we are doing something big or just hanging around the house.
6. Doing things we don’t always take time to do during spring, fall and winter. Bowling, matinees, breakfast for dinner, long bike rides, and house cleaning projects that have waited the entire school year (or longer!) like gutting our garage and tackling the dreaded our “project room” a.k.a. office. Okay, so maybe my husband and I are the only ones who enjoys this in our family, but we can live with that. 😉
7. Opportunities. Summer brings opportunities for misison trips, escaping with the family to our favorite respite, exploring our state and sometimes a new part of the country, taking up a new hobby, rekindling a love for old hobbies, sef-introspection, ministry and personal growth.
8. Time with my girlfriends. I LOVE it when I receive a text or phone call and it’s a dear friend asking me to go for a walk, have lunch or go for coffee. The school year is so busy, and it’s great to steal some downtime with my friends to recharge our batteries and stay connected.
9. Dreaming. Summer allows time and energy to dream. Making lunches, signing permission slips, volunteering at school, etc. are a distant memory, if just for a season (all of which I love to do and am thankful to do it). I can use that mental energy to dream and follow my dreams. It’s like catch-up for the part of me that lays dormant in other seasons of life.
10. Nothingness. I don’t know about you, but I need time alone. Time to be and not do. Time to absorb and not expend. Time to listen and not speak. Time to reflect and not project. Time to be still and not move. Time to Hear from God what He is saying and not me always the one doing the talking. Time to sleep. Time to laugh. Time to cry. Time to breathe. Time to do absolutely nothing. No other season gives me that time. So thankful for summer.