Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Well! It Didn't!!!

It is over
                                 It is done
                                        It will never be here again!!!

Summer 2016

My heart's cry for the summer was "don't fence me in!"  As school started yesterday the fall calendar became full.  Baseball practice, violin lessons and orchestra, church events and everyday obligations now highlight my desk calendar.  It really does make me want simpler days.  You feel the excited business all around you. Even the pastor addressed it in his sermon, wanting us to all make sure our priorities are in the right place.  Sometimes I wonder how God sees it? 

Now Summer 2016 is now gone and we must conform!

I am not a list writing person, nor a huge planner.  I look to the grander things in life and shoot my arrow in that direction.  I enjoy seizing the moment, more than over planning it and having the planning drag on and on, just sucking the life out of the event.  All that is to say...I Love SUMMER!
It is a time that society allows us to relax and not schedule, if both are not in our nature.  I didn't put charts up on the wall with all the things Ben had to accomplish everyday, even if the guilt crept in.  Instead, we lived the moments.  Summer was fun.  I must recap, because if I don't  then I am not giving the credit to the one who rejoices over us with singing.

My hidden heart's cry all last school year was a desire to go to the beach.
The Lord provided.
My second was to fill our summer with "adventures".  My two...two-year-old grands can now say "adventure".  I must get shirts that cry out - Grand Mommy's Adventures.
So off we went for  adventures.  This meant movies - yes, little ones, food and movies.  We went to a movie grill where they could all set by tables and eat food...in the dark...I still don't know why this is good.  I still never know what I am putting into my mouth  or even what it looks like!

Swimming and splash pads!!!
Yes, with my daughter's help I took all five grands to the splash pad. The movies were just with Grand Mommy and Uncle Ben.

I got to read this summer!  I soaked in my second reading of  The Road to Blessings by Penelope Wilcock.  To be honest the truths in the second reading were so strong I think I will go back through it again this fall. Summer allowed me time to just reflect, to inhale, to listen to the soft voice of God.  Life is just toooooooooooooooooo noisy with all it's demands and drama.

I also was able to design for a client.. I had a kitchen job that allowed me to pour energy into the creative part of me.  We totally removed the old kitchen and started from scratch. This energizes me. I am praying the Lord will open up more doors for me to do what He created me to do.  All Good gifts come from Him.

 Our last summer "adventure" a Vintage Train Ride!

So as I pencil in more "we have to be at or do" on our calendar, I longingly look forward to next summer, but between then and now, I am going to watch for every "Adventure" life has to offer.

11 Joining in with more words:

myletterstoemily said...

I loved all the grandkids' pics; what a full summer you had!
I'm going to read the Penelope book and see all the riches
it contains . . . when I have a minute to breathe :)

THank you for your sweet encouragement at my ole blog.
I miss blog world and the 2 or 3 friends I made, including
you ,of course!


Maryann said...

I always felt sad when the summer was over because the schedules always seemed to get full again. Even though I no longer have children going back to school I still feel the change of seasons because my schedule still seems to get full with the end of summer. I think I need more "unscheduled time" Your Grands are getting so big (as is your youngest son) where has all the time gone.?! Hope the Lord continues to provide opportunities for your creative side.
The Kitchen looked great.

Vee said...

My grands go back to school next week and one will be a fifth grader like Benjamin. Sounds as if your summer was great! It is fun that the twins know how to say "adventure," which with you as their grandmother is a given. =D

Lea said...

What a refreshing post Jeanette! Hoping this school year will be a good one for Benjamin and that you will be blessed with jobs to get your creative juices flowing. Blessings!

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you had a fun and fruitful summer! You have a real adventurous spirit!
The kitchen you designed is just gorgeous! I know the owners are so thrilled with it! Great job!

Farm Girl said...

What a nice post! I am sure it went by too fast.
I can't believe how fast all the kids have grown. Blessings indeed!

Theresa said...

Such beautiful grandchildren you have! We have a few more weeks of summer before school and our fall schedule so I'm squeezing in as much relaxing, fun moments as I can. I wish you were closer to help me with some redesigning :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow, it sounds like you had an excellent summer! Mine have been back in school for a couple of weeks now.

bp said...

Nice to visit you and see your summer adventures! This is our first week of school and it's been an adjustment for us all.

I'm clicking over after visiting CiCi's Corner.

God bless you!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What a fun summer. It is fading fast, although is is still hot. No kiddos here, all grown...but we do have sweet grands.
The kitchen is fabulous. Love the look! I would love if you shared this at our link party, Dishing It & Digging it on Sundays, 4:00 EST. Happy weekend.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Janette, I would miss all of that too! We have a new puppy who is finally ready to go meet the world. We've been waiting for him to be fully immunized and safe on public areas, so tomorrow we are off to the park! Not quite the same as taking the grands, but since they live out of state, we will have to make do between visits. You are so blessed to have yours so close!

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