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Gee Whiz, It’s Summer, Have Some Fun!

June 19, 2014

Ahhhh summer! Vibrant blue skies and fluffy white clouds. We are free from the grips of winter and green once again surrounds us. Lawn chairs are calling and porch swings are creaking. No matter your age, summer always brings with it the hope of freedom from the required. Although there is still plenty to do, it is easy to set all requirements aside as we run and dive into that sparkling pool of refreshing water. We remember the countdown to be free from school. We waited with baited breath to throw off our shoes, sleep in, and play outside late. No homework in sight, only days of warmth, fun and freedom.

I look forward to summer just as I did as a child, maybe even more now. Days seem shorter and time passes more quickly than when I was young. As a young girl, summer seemed to stretch before me. Wow! Three whole months! Now I just blink, and the months fly by. I want summer to linger, and I want to linger with it.

I invite you to throw off your shoes, wiggle your toes and have some fun. Summer is not only for children. It is also for us. With the change of season, is a chance to add some change to our lives. I am giving you a list of ideas so that you can enjoy this summer. Don’t sit indoors and follow the same ole routine. Let summer, and this list entice you to get outside and remember why this used to be your favorite season.

  • Start by finding a porch swing, lawn chair or just any old chair and sit outside. Feel the breeze on your skin. Feel the sun on your face. Listen to the birds and the breeze in the trees. Spend some time thanking the creator of it all.
  • Take a drive down a back road, corn on the right, soybeans on the left, and green as far as you can see. Meander.
  • Pick some fruit. Call a friend, daughter or grandchild and head to a “U pick it” farm. For strawberries try or for blueberries try take a picnic and take your time.
  • Girls ages 5 to 99 would love to join you for a visit to the Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections in Carmel. This is a treat that you must indulge in.
  • Saturday morning, head to the farmer’s Market. Buy an Amish pie, some kettle corn or some yummy fresh tomatoes. Pick up an extra pie and take it to a friend or shut-in.
  • Summer and good books just go together. Choose a read-aloud and take your kids or grandkids, a quilt, cookies and some lemonade and head outside. Choose a classic and give yourself a treat and your family a lifelong memory. Some suggestions – “Tom Sawyer” is a summer time must. Be prepared to try out your best southern twang. “The Wind and the Willows” is a delightful tale and one of our favorites. “Anne of Green Gables” is perfect for girls and “The Hobbit” is perfect for everyone.
  • Choose a book for your own pleasure. Sit under the shade of a tree and dive into your own book. Choose something to lift and enlighten. Tales that make you dream or just bring a smile to your face are always a good choice.
  • Take time to write your own story. Record your memories for your family. Share your heart and your adventures for your children and all those yet to come. Share your journey with Jesus. Teach and delight those who can learn from your testimony.
  • Stop by the bakery on your way to visit a lonely friend. Think of those who you’ve been longing to see and those who have been missing from church for a while. They need the fellowship and you do too.
  • Beatrix Potter stated, “I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child.” Take a special child in your life and create a fairy garden together.
  • Grab a jar, grab a kid and head out into the summer darkness and catch a firefly. Be adventurous and take off your shoes. Feel the damp grass and squeal with delight like you did as a child. Remember to let the lightning bugs loose before you go to bed.
  • Homemade ice cream is a must!!
  • Buy two books, one for you and one for a friend. Read them together and find time to chat and share all that you learned about and loved.
  • You can’t have summer without picnics. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it can be in your own yard. Invite a friend. Relax and linger.
  • Water just soothes the soul. Go to a creek, a pond or a lake and just sit. Watch the water float by. Take deep breaths and let your stress and troubles float away with the current. Don’t rush away. Sit and let the Lord talk to you, He is just waiting for you to listen.
  • Turn on the sprinkler and have your kids or grandkids run through it. Listen to their laughter and let it cheer your heart.
  • I remember drive-in movies. No one could see and no one could hear, but oh they were such fun. A summer night is great for a movie, and don’t forget the pop-corn.
  • While you enjoy this wonderful season, remain vigilant. Keep your gaze on Jesus and pursue Him. While we love summer, let us love Jesus more.

Think of ways to slow down, ways to fellowship and ways to bless others. Before you know it, the seasons will once again change and our pace will quicken, and this summer will only be a memory. Make sure it is a good one.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura Kidwell permalink
    June 20, 2014 12:10 am

    Love this!!! 🙂

  2. Dad permalink
    June 20, 2014 8:52 am

    You have me convinced. I’m going to try it this weekend.

  3. Noah permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:57 pm

    Loving the ideas, Debbie! You forgot to add “hang out with the Spence’s”. That’s always been one of my favorite summer activities 😉

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