As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer Pleasures

I must say that summer is not my favorite season for two very simple reasons: heat and humidity. I really don’t. like. to. be. hot. At all. And hot and sticky is worse.

Even so, there are things that I love about summer. Here are some (in random order):
  1. Iced coffee

  2. The rotation of blooming lilies, yarrow, 4 o'clocks

  3. Respite from the school schedule

  4. Planning for the next school year...I love to plan!

  5. Berries...strawberries, blueberries, raspberries...pies, muffins, cobbler...

  6. Organizing...closets, drawers, cabinets, even the laundry room

  7. The beach...I am awed by the ocean; it speaks of the Creator.

  8. Slow, quiet mornings

  9. Fresh vegetables...especially in this dish

  10. Lots of daylight hours

  11. Buying bargain school supplies in July

  12. A 1000-piece puzzle on the dining room table

  13. Reading Little Women with the girls

  14. Birthdays

  15. Birthdays
What are your summer pleasures?

P.S. The fact that #14 and #15 both say birthdays is not a typo. There are LOTS of summer birthdays in our husband, one daughter, my son, two granddaughters, one grandson, my mother, my father-in-law, my niece, me...not to mention numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends...and three anniversaries!


  1. I just LOVE reading your blog and seeing your beautiful pics. In the very first paragraph, I love those periods after individual words. Such emphasis. And it's fun to read about the things that you enjoy about summer. I guess the main thing I love about summer is flowers. And watching the birds come to my feeders and splash in the bird baths. And watermelon. And strawberries. And blueberries. And central air after being outside on a hot day. Hugs to you .... Frances

  2. I'm going to try that recipe. Sounds delicious!
    I hate to break the tradition of the August birthday party. And the beach trip. And the back to school trip. We need to make some plans. :)


  3. I totally agree with the "not's" of summer! Heat and Humidity. But I have learned to enjoy quiet evenings outside with my kids, Iced coffee is a big plus here too! Strange but I too love to organize in the summer months. I love school supplies..."I would buy you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils" quote one of my favorite movies!(and yours)
    Have a blessed summer

  4. Ditto on all those things... especially the back-to-school sales! And add in the State Fair and coming home covered in dust, smelling like we spent a little too much time admiring the goats and horses, and sticky from cotton candy.

    Kim :-D


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