We may have started our fall home school routine last week, but that doesn’t mean summer is over. We’re still in the thick of it; the air is beginning to smell hot and stale, and we still have two months of summer ahead. I’m trying to enjoy summer while we have it instead of wishing for fall too soon. Here are a few things we’re keeping busy with these last weeks of summer.
Walking…I’ve been walking every evening up and down our little street. When we first moved into our house, I loved our house, our yard, the woods behind our house, but I didn’t particularly like our street. However, once I began walking it regularly I’ve really grown to love it. The people who were strangers have become familiar neighbors. I have little chats with these new neighbors about their pets and their trees, and it’s become one of my favorite ways to end the day. There are 27 houses on our street, and getting to know the people in them one small conversation at a time makes the world feel a little friendlier and safer. My goal this pregnancy has been to walk 5 miles a day (about 10,000 steps). It gets harder and harder to stay motivated to move while pregnant, so making it a habit helps me walk even on days I don’t want to. Most days I feel better once I have gone out and exercised because that’s always what exercise does!
Baking…One of my resolutions this year was to bake less to make my life simpler, but then I remembered I love baking. So, I’ve been baking again. This summer I made my first batch of hot rolls. They made our entire house smell like my grandma’s house. The kids all love to take turns helping me. I know they won’t always want to help, so I’m glad they’re learning now even though it’s sometimes harder when they help. The girls are already volunteering to make things by themselves, and while I’m not quite ready to let them loose alone with a recipe (they’re 6 & 8), I’m excited for the day when they can stretch their independence and accomplish a meal without me!
Cold Suppers…Sometimes when it’s so hot outside, a hot meal is too much. Sandwiches, wraps, and noodle salads are refreshing when it’s feels too hot to eat anything warm. We’ve been having BLT wraps with fresh tomatoes from the farmers’ market every Saturday for lunch, and it’s become a tradition we look forward to all week!
Book gathering…I’ve been slowly reading one book the past couple months. I don’t read very much in the summer, so I’ve been stacking up a few on a special corner of the shelf for fall/winter when the longer hours of darkness makes reading more appealing.
Praying…We have been praying through some things over the past few months, and it has been a defining aspect of our summer. It’s funny how we naturally want to follow our feelings and make quick decisions, but wisdom often tells us to wait and make decisions slowly. I’m thankful for a husband that encourages slow, prayerful decision making. Waiting until we are in perfect agreement on things can take time and can be uncomfortable as we wait in an unknown, but we know it will make the end result sweeter to be 100% in agreement.
What about you? Does summer end when school starts, or do you let summer stretch until the weather agrees it’s time for a change of seasons?