When one isn't a student-or have children who are students-then summer takes on a different meaning. No longer is summertime a small spurt of months in which to cram countless projects and books, a time to forget studies and become utterly lazy in many respects. Instead, not much-objectively-has changed in our lives since summer began. My husband still goes to work, I continue to write, volunteer, and have random adventures, and our baby continues to grow in my belly. However, I think there is a special atmosphere that comes with the long days of summer.
The Earth feels more lively, a particular festivity imbues gatherings and parties, and instead of sitting at home behind screens, many people flood to parks in their free time. And with all of this, I experience a deep tranquility. I know that some people pack their summer months with as many activities as humanely possible (I used to do this!), but aside from giving birth, I have not developed any "big" plans for the summer-I think that childbirth will be a big enough adventure to fill my summer days :)
|Coconut cremes, peanut butter chocolates,|
and chocolate truffles were my main
focus last week as I mixed, rolled, and
dipped like nobody's business!
Friends, it can be so easy to turn the summer months into one big marathon of continual activities and chaos. However, I invite you to make some time in your life to soak up the peaceful joy of the summer months. Catch fireflies at nightfall. Walk around the lake and look for baby turtles. Make extra time for silent prayer and spiritual activities. And enjoy the beauty and specialness of the summer days.
|And enjoy some iced sweet tea, if that's your thing. |
Tea is awesome all of the time, but especially
when it's made from Raspberry Leaves
and you're trying to chug it continually
to prepare for childbirth ;)