We are finally free from the grip of winter. Summer, the long dreamed of season, has arrived. School books are tossed on the shelf, as lawn chairs call our names. Summer always brings the hope of freedom from the required; not only for school weary children, but also Moms are ready for a break. Before you continue on auto-pilot, and sign your kids up for all the regular summer activities, try to remember the summer vacation of your childhood. We waited anxiously to throw off our shoes, sleep in, and play outside. We were thrilled with the thought of no homework, and nothing in front of us for the next three months, except fun and freedom. Our children need to experience the summers of our youth.

I still look forward to summer, just as I did as a child, maybe even more now. Days seem shorter and time passes more quickly than when I was young. As a young girl, summer seemed to stretch before me, Now, I just blink and the months fly by. I want summer to linger, and I want to linger with it. Summer is an opportunity for our children to have some old fashioned fun, and for Dads and Moms to join in.

I invite you to throw off your shoes, wiggle your toes and have some fun. Turn off the electronic devices, get outside and remember why this used to be your favorite season. In case you lack ideas, or your children are moaning from boredom after the first week, these suggestions will enrich any summer vacation. Just as people now opt for staycations instead of vacations, these fieldtrip and outing suggestions include ideas for fun right at home.

Photo by Bobbi Jasay

I love fishing… as long as I don’t have to touch the worm or the fish.

Think of ways to slow down, ways to fellowship, and ways to bless others. Before you know it, seasons will once again change and our pace will quicken and this summer will only be a memory. Make sure it is a good one.

This article was originally published in The Informer a couple years ago. Most links are for the state of Indiana but if you live in another state, just Google it for your area. I’m enriching my summer, so I decided to share a little summer re-run. Go have FUN!

2 Responses

  1. Well, Joshua said it all. I thought having lived so many years with you I would just say she really does live this way. She really lives!!! I had a time reading it all Debbie as Travis lived it too. He knew what to do in all season. I guess the picture with the fish you caught said it the most for me. It the 4th and we hit the ponds always with our children. It was all day fishing with a carry out picnic style for lunch and home by dark to take the kids to see the fireworks. Good days to remember. Jody

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