I love summer. It is by far my favorite season of the year. I love to be outside where the warmth of the sun invigorates me. I love going to the beach, feeling the sand in my toes, the misty breeze off the ocean, and hearing the gulls (which, I must say, also kind of scare me a little!) as they wait and hope for a tiny morsel of something we’re munching to fall so they can fight over it and gobble it up! I love a good summertime thunderstorm that comes up quickly and sends us all to the basement, when we’d really rather be standing at the window watching, but we know it’s safer to go ‘below!’ I love the smell after a summer rain, when the air is a little cooler and everything seems new again. I love it that the sun wakes me up in the morning, instead of the alarm clock, and that the sun is still up when Kurt gets home from work, so it feels like we have more time together in a day, and more time to do things together outside. I know it might sound strange, but everything just seems more happy and pleasant in the summertime to me!
Pete’s sermon on Sunday was so helpful to me, to remember that these wonderful summer days are pale in comparison to the beauty of heaven. I honestly have thought about that each day this week! It is such a gift to enjoy life on this earth. But, the truth that heaven will be even better than the best day here, stirs my soul to marvel at the creator and my savior who has bought my way!
One of my favorite things about the summer is the abundance of things to do together as a family. (or maybe it’s just easier, since there are no extra clothes, boots, coats, hats, gloves, etc to get on everyone before heading out!) What do you enjoy about the summer? I’m always looking for new ideas for family time over the summer months. Is there something you do with your family over the summer that you’ve come to look forward to each year? Is there a place you’ve found that lends itself to family memories? is there something you did in the past that you love to recall? I would love to hear about the simple things of summer that bring a smile to your face as you think about them.