Thursday, September 3, 2009

Summer Wrap-up... almost

For us, we are kind of in denial that summer is over. Andrew has been going to preschool for almost a month now (and loves it). I am now babysitting a few weeks in the month at home and substitute teaching when I can. Mike is still looking for work/ working part time as a contract employee for his former company. We are busy, but our "real" summer vacation is coming in a few days.

Come Labor Day weekend, we are heading to sunny California to visit Mike's family and enjoy a little time away. Andrew's not happy about missing a few days of school, but he was more excited when presented the opportunity to visit his cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles and to play on the beach.

I have been busy putting together a few activities to keep the boys happy in the car. I'll post more on that later...

This summer has been full of highlights and lowlights. I find it so amazing that you really do appreciate the little things so much more during and after the time you weather the storms of life.

Two of the biggest lessons learned this summer are as follows.

One, I know, even more than before, that we have a loving Heavenly Father who helps each one of us along in our individual struggles and sorrows, as well as in the good times. We have witnessed His love and have felt His guidance along our journey in our own family. There is truly peace in righteous doing and hope amidst the storm.

Second, you can create happy memories at home just doing the simple things together. Eating meals as a family, playing a game, going to the zoo (when it's not 110 degrees...), swimming, even doing chores. I have learned to be more creative on a tight (and I mean TIGHT) budget, and I can honestly say, I am a better mom because of it.

This summer of table talks has been a great adventure and I have learned so much from the other moms out there. Thank you! I hope you all were able to experience your own summer highlights.


  1. I really enjoyed your post and thanks for sharing what you have learned this summer. I have also learned these same lessons. Have fun in California. That sounds like a fun vacation.

  2. I loved this post. As you know my husband also lost his job this summer and it has really turned our world upside down. But, it really does put things into perspective. What's really important and what's not. Have an awesome time in CA.

  3. This is a great post. It's so heart-warming that you find hope and optimism in the middle of difficult times. I hope that your husband finds a new job soon.

  4. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hope you had a wonderful time in California!! Cute picture in the laundry basket :)