I have to say, this has been an awesome summer for me. As much as I love autumn, it is going to be difficult to say goodbye to the summertime of love and family that we’ve been enjoying.
For the first part of summer, I was able to take our lively 8-year-old granddaughter to see my own mother in another state. We took my Charger on a trip halfway across the country together, stopping whenever we felt like it, learning things about each other. I think, for me, the best part was seeing all the things I grew up on in new ways through her eyes. To see her interact with my Mom was amazing. Sweet Thing was so gracious to want to help take care of Grandmom’s needs. She also got to hang out with her Aunt and Great-Aunts and Uncles and get to know them. For me, watching a new generation form and take its place in our family fills me with hope and joy.
This summer, I was also able to spend a lot of time with our grown children. When Man of the House and I were first married, we decided to start a family early so that now we can enjoy life together with them. Sitting with Panda while she tells me about her job and her friend’s wedding delights my soul. Seeing her giving and giving and giving again to those she loves, her family, blesses me and plays a little with the guilt strings in my heart. She fills my soul with grace and joy, and time spent at a poolside picnic table will never be enough, but will have to do for now.
I also spent much quality time with Cowboy. Just to see him growing into manhood amazes me. His interaction with his own family brings peace and joy to my heart. His hugs are always so good, all the way to my bones. A perfect day on the lake at the end of summer just made my year. I truly did not want It to end. His S.O. brings out the best in him, which is how it is supposed to be, right? I thank God for her daily, too. And, oh, yes, there was music!
Man of the House and I just returned from a vacation to the West Coast where we toured, boated and walked together for four days. We were never more than a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Such a dreamy time for us; another wish of our honeymooner-selves come true. God has been good to us.
All I ever wanted to be was a wife and mother and to live inside that dream for 32 years and counting is a real blessing from God. I’m not saying it’s all been beaches and roses, but I’m saying the work, worry, struggles, love and blessings all mixed together are definitely worth another 32 or more years. By the grace of God, I plan to live in every minute He allows.