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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Things I've Learned This Summer

The leaves aren't crunching beneath our feet nor is the air cool and crisp, and yet the school year has begun seemingly without notice.  Has your summer gone terribly quickly? 

I feel as though we have once again blinked and it's time again for getting the girls up on time, school work, field trips, co-op, soccer, and much more.  Before I know it, the holidays will be upon us!  I am so not ready to think about that yet.

I've been reflecting on the things I've learned this summer and thought I'd share them with you. 

  • Hospitality isn't about my home being perfect - it's about the door being open, friends and family being greeted with a smile and perhaps a hug, and making each and every person who comes through feel welcome.  I've had such fun with friends and family this summer!  My girls love spending time with their friends and I think this summer has created some great memories for them.  At least I hope so.
  • Inexpensive potting soil is just that - cheap.  Miracle Gro is my brand from now on! 
  • My girls don't care what I look like in a swim suit - they just want to spend time with me in the pool!  I've gotten past my own insecurities and been in the pool with my family and plan to do so a few more times before the summer ends.  This may not sound like much, but considering I have not been in a pool or swimming with my girls for probably 8-9 years, this is huge for me.  My girls were hugging and kissing on me and it was great!  Ok, so much for vanity - in I go!  
  • Sitting still and doing "nothing" is okay now and then.  I confess this is a frustrating concept for me.  For some reason, I feel guilty about relaxing.  I am working on it...and I must say that I've put my feet up a few times this summer and tried to relax.  It's not easy for this Type A personality!  
  • Badminton is so much fun!  Love playing with my hubby and girls!  We played too with my sis-in-law and husband and it was hilarious.  I think we have started a new tradition! 
It may not seem like much and none of it is mind-blowing, but they are lessons for which I am thankful for this summer. 

Have you reflected on your summer at all yet?  Lessons learned?  Great memories?  I'd love to hear about them! 

All my best to you today,


Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

Those are some great lessons, Susan. I've learned some of the same things this summer, especially about the swim suit and sitting still:) I've also learned that I create much of the stress that holds me down and, well, stresses me out. It's okay if I don't can 2 kinds of pickles, 3 kinds of jam, and every other spread, fruit, and veggie that I think of. Canning is great. But I can't do it all AND enjoy time with my family and friends. There is a line there...and I think I'm finally learning where that is. We're starting homeschooling in 8 days, so I will need to say "no" to many other 'good things' that come along. I'm learning to be okay with that. Blessings to you today!

Rachel @ The Cupcake Sprinkles In Life said...

I learned that I truly adore heirloom tomatoes grown in my garden.

That- if I look like crap after hiking, biking or swimming- who cares... my family had fun!

Check your canning lids prior to jam making- I had 3 bad lids and 3 pints of spoiled jam... :(

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Rachel said...

What great lessons Susan! I learned this summer that I am capable of doing much more than I ever thought I could.

Andrea said...

Oh, I love what you said about how your girls don't care how you look in a swimsuit! Such a great reminder!

Susan said...

All wonderful lessons Ladies! Thank you for sharing them with me. :)