The hot, humid weather turned extra crispy and has me wondering where the summer has gone. It was a busy summer of days melting into one another.
Things I’ve learned (and still learning) this summer:
- A week-long vacation, alone with your husband, is a good thing. Honestly, besides our honeymoon, we’ve never vacationed without children in tow. I came away wondering why we waited so long to
escape the clutches of our childrenget away! We managed to leave the stresses and pressures of life and focused on having fun again. Now, if only our finances would allow us to explore the country every year. Would it be terrible of me to set up a GoFundMe account? Asking for a friend, of course.
- God is everywhere. He is in the good, the bad, and the not so pretty. He is working in all things whether we see it right away or not. This is not new to me, yet, something I need to remind myself from time to time. I think it is a continual relearning every time a crisis arises. He makes himself known at the right time reminding me of His presence, love, and open-eye-faith to see is a wonderful thing.
- Summer of surprises. Our dad fell in June breaking his ankle, a long recovery hampered by many things. It’s still ongoing. Decisions made and life as we all knew it came to a screeching halt. Our focus became our dad. Phone calls, cleaning up, cleaning out, and more things than I or my brother expected to do at warp speed. Yet, family.
- As much as I hated our dad falling, forcing his “normal” to change, a wonderful turn of events happened. My brother and I have a relationship again. Honestly, I don’t think we were ever very close. I mean, he is the reason I have a powerful arm punch, a hint at our relationship growing up. However, we worked together to complete the tasks set before us this summer. Working together formed a friendship. Will it always be this way? I can’t predict the future but I can say, in all honesty, I’d like to try.
- My brother and I became close because of all the time we spent together. Every day we were in communication in one way or another. Yet, it was the time we spent in each other’s presence that made the difference. Which, hold on for the ride, is what got me thinking. Presence every day is what made the difference. If I want to have an incredible relationship with our Creator, God, I need to spend time with Him every single day. Is this a new light bulb moment? No. And, that is the sad part. Transparency has me telling you, dear reader, that I struggle with this. I mean really struggle. I don’t read my Bible every day. I don’t pray every day. (confession is good, right?!) So, how can I fully know my own Creator? Yet, He is still in my life loving me, waiting for me. What a work in progress I am…
- My immediate family still loves me even when I’m nasty. When the kiddos were little I’d hear how good (behavior) they were for grandma or a babysitter. Yet, when they entered our house after spending a few hours away from us, mom and dad, I’d often wonder if grandma or the babysitter was a full-out liar. Oh my. Even though I didn’t like it, I knew their unwelcomed behavior stemmed from a place deep inside and they knew we and our home was a “safe place” to let out the grumpies they held in while away from us. So even though I’m not little (in any way), my family is safe. I hated the words and tones that often came out of my mouth and my immature behavior at times. Stress is a nasty thing. I know they didn’t like it either but they loved/love me unconditionally. That Christ-like love was and is truly awesome especially when I was/am in the storm of this trial.
- I don’t like and/or can “do” podcasts. Listening to a recording of someone talking, no matter how interesting the person or the topic, has my mind wandering aimlessly here and there until I remember I am supposed to be listening to the podcast and not the conversation I just had with myself in my own mind. I’ve tried and failed so many times I’ve had to accept my auditory short-comings. Give me a video and I’m all yours!
What did you learn (and perhaps still learning) this summer?