Life has been very full this summer.
The picture above was taken from inside my house far away, but it’s what I want to most remember. Just how there is simple bliss found in creating space for life to happen.
My kids are thriving this summer and I think it’s due in large part to us striving to find a better work/life balance. When I work and have a sitter here (let’s not kid ourselves and think anyone could run a conference without at least a baby sitter some days) I focus on that. When she’s not here, I have been pretty vigilant about not working as much as humanly possible. (Which for the record, is much more possible than I’d convinced myself a few months ago.)
And then there’s the thing of where we live. We could be moving, or we might not. Who knows?! A few months back, we found 100 acres with a pond, barn, etc and it’s pretty dreamy. We have a contingency contract on it with the clincher being the sale of our house. If we sell, we’re moving. If we don’t, we’re not. It’s bittersweet for me both ways. The limbo is just a place I’m not thinking about right now.
We have been intentional this summer about spending good time with friends, with one another, and generally getting out to enjoy living. We took the boys camping and met up with my friend and Allume speaker, Kristen Howerton, and her family a couple of weeks ago and it was the most fun! We met at a festival that we (my family) honestly didn’t really attend because we really went to camp and spend time with the Howertons. We had a blast getting to know Mark & Kristen and their kids, who for the record, are a fantastic family! Within 5 minutes you would have thought that our kids had grown up together! My boys are still asking when we get to hang out again. (And before you’re confused below…the littlest fella belongs to our new friend Micah Murray.)
I broke out all my international jewelry, tied a scarf around my head, wore a long skirt, and got pretty dirty. People thought I was a legit hippie.
We have gone to the lake and to the beach.
Wind and water are good for the soul.
And we have had our fair share of projects at home.
Mostly, I have had a zillion things to write about, but have given myself the freedom to just not. Sometimes our “no’s” make way for more “yesses.” And when I’m old and gray, I feel sure that the things I’ll remember most, are the yesses that I say to the people around me…to the experiences we walk through…and to the moments I happen to capture on a front swing outside seen from behind a window of margin from within.
How are you spending your summer? And in the times that you aren’t planning, what are some of your favorite moments that have happened unexpectedly?