Monday, June 13, 2022

Summer Break is Here

We are starting our first full week of summer break and a lot has happened already!

On Friday, we visited our local amusement park for the first time of the season! Since we get season passes, a visit to our local amusement park is a weekly adventure for us. 

This is the first year that Laney is able to ride the kiddie rides and she absolutely loves it!

We had a busy and great first weekend of summer break! On Saturday, I worked a few hours at our family’s diner and then I took Piper to her friend’s birthday party at the playground. After that, we went to our friend’s going away party where the kids played on an inflatable water slide!

On Sunday, we went to church and then our friends took Piper for the rest of the afternoon while Nick and I traveled about an hour away to look at a new used vehicle. Our H3 SUV is at the end of it’s life and so we snagged up a great deal on a Honda Pilot. We have some work to put into it but it should be good to go in no time!

Later that evening we picked up Piper from our friends house and visited with them for a while. An ice cream truck came by which was the hit of the night! 

We had a late summer night type of dinner by the time we got home. It was one of those nights when it was nearly bedtime and we all thought - “hey, we didn’t eat dinner!” So, I ran to the store in town and grabbed some sub rolls, meats and cheese. We quickly made ourselves some subs which I think might be a new summer staple to get us through these long summer days!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

School’s Out for Summer | 2022

Today is the first day of summer break! Hip hip hooray!

Piper has finished first grade! Laney and I are both so happy to have her home with us during the days, again! Yesterday, Laney greeted Piper with flowers when she got home from her last day of school. It was the cutest thing!

The remainder of this week will be spent settling in and creating new routines/rhythms at home. One of our most fun and favorite summer routines is to go to our local amusement park every Friday night! Tomorrow will be our first visit of the season!

Today was more relaxed. It rained during the morning and so we played inside. When Laney went down for her nap, the sun started peaking out and so Piper and I went outside. 

When we got outside, we saw the lettuce I had planted last month was ready to be harvested and so I taught Piper how to cut and clean lettuce for the first time. 

When I planted these seeds, I didn’t realize all the lessons I was planting with them. There is so much joy to be found in the garden, and we have plenty of garden to explore this year.

We are really excited about all of the growth this summer will bring!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Finding Refuge in the Garden

Wow. It's June! The first day of June. I am still a bit in shock. My garden is filling up with plants, school is winding down for the year and, the weather has been consistently warm. There are a lot of indicators that it is the beginning of June, however, I am still orienting myself to that truth.

The past few weeks have been incredibly productive and busy in the best way! 

Piper started coach pitch softball and has games twice each week. She's doing so great learning and growing with her team. She is about to finish first grade and we couldn't be any more proud of her!

Delaney is growing and expanding in her development seemingly each day. She keeps saying more and more things, and we seem to be understanding one another in almost every way. 

My husband and I really hit the ground running once the weather became consistently nice.

We (mostly Nick and my grandpa) got our new garden fenced finished just in time for me to put in all 18 of our tomato plants last weekend.

This garden is becoming quite the transformational space. Not only in it's looks but also in a way that it is helping transform me, my daily rhythms, and my heart. When I am stressed, I run to the garden. When I am happy, I run to the garden. When I am sad, I run to the garden. And when I am in the garden, I am in the presence of God.

This past week has been challenging for my heart. The recent shooting in TX has been weighing on me heavily. Tears are escaping my eyes right at this moment just at the action of typing those words. Since I found out about it, there have been many moments in each day where I have cried about the horrific and tragic loss of those innocent children. Usually, it all comes out in the garden. Through my tears, I have prayed. Mostly, I have prayed wordless prayers allowing my tears to be carried by the Holy Spirit. It's too much for my heart. It's more than our souls were meant to endure. It feels like too much because it is far more than too much.

My garden is quickly becoming a refuge not only for me, but for my entire family. My daughter, Piper, loves to meet me out in the garden with a cup of decaffeinated tea. I know God meets her there too, because it is in the garden when I hear her talk about God the most. The other morning, as we walked around the garden with our tea in hand, Piper said to me "Isn't it cool mom that God made this morning for us to be together here in the garden? He planned out this time for us right now! He knows what's going to happen today. I bet it's going to be good!" ... for reference, Piper is 7, and yes, she is very wise.

So, even though my heart is grief stricken about the world right now, I lament with hope.