It has been a couple days since school ended and we have welcomed our summer vacation with open arms. Every year I look forward to these lazier days. The privilege of greeting our mornings with unscheduled time. The slow linger into hours, if we so choose.
I lay under sheets, quiet, unhurried, soaking. Husband up before me, downstairs eating the word and sipping coffee. Our girls still snuggled in their bedrooms with cracks of sunlight peering through curtains.
There is a sense of unexplainable joy in these precious moments. When life isn't rushing wildly by and we can simply take it in. Engage all that is given.
Here in this home, summer is time for pause. For living outside of the planning and inside the adventure of anything-can-happen. Out-of-the-blue invites for bbq's, bumping into friends at the park, bike rides after bath times, roasted marshmallows at midnight, and lazy mornings of pajamas and peanut butter lips.
I thought I was a planner by nature. Organized and orderly. A part of me still is, but God has shown me a different side of myself, one I hadn't known was there... it came in the form of Freedom.
Freedom from the expectations I put on myself. Freedom from scheduling life to full-capacity. Freedom to move off course from what was written in that 1" x 1" box on my calendar.
I greatly enjoy the relaxing, go-with-the-flow, freedom of summer.
Freedom in life.
Days of splashing giddy in pools, sand stuck between toes, and watermelon drips from the chin.
To bring out the basket load of play-dough and make rainbows, pink poodles, and rocket-ships with your children. To invite friends on picnics and days at the river. To lay next to your spouse, looking deep into their eyes until you fall asleep knowing you are loved.
It is all opportunity to engage and relish the moment... then to wake and do it all again tomorrow.
What do you love about summer days?
What are the unscheduled moments that bring joy to you?