Summer Plans

Monday, June 20, 2016

May 30, 2016
I was at an end of the school year party that my church hosted for the kids in their co-op a few weeks ago when Kristi asked me about my summer plans. She was the first person to bring that question up this year and I stumbled as I tried to come up with an answer. For the first time in YEARS, I don't have solid plans. I'm too far away from the ranch and Alice's and Wendy's to let working for them shape my summer. I came up with something to tell Kristi and then steered the conversation to be about her plans for the summer.

For days after that, the question and my answer were bugging me. It dawned on me that I can honestly say that I don't really have plans for the summer and that I just needed to be okay with that. Summer is here and it will look different, but it will also be very familiar.

I'll be working in my garden. I'll be making countless batches of cold brewed coffee, sweet tea, and lemonade. I'll be eating ice cream and going geocaching as much as I can. I'll be keeping house and cooking meals and running errands. There will be cook outs and late nights and quiet mornings on the patio. I'll have my camera handy so that I can capture things I want us all to remember. I'll spend evenings shooting hoops with my brother and afternoons touring with my sister. When I don't know what to wear, I'll reach for my summer uniform even if I already wore it once or twice that week.

I'm hoping to go swimming at 25 because I never did while I was 24. I'd like to put the fire pit that we got on sale last fall to good use. Maybe we'll finally have Kevin and Joan over and get a game night group going a few times each month. The dogs next door will bark and bark and I'll say their names in an attempt to get them to stop. I'll work on my summer reading list and jot down titles I want to read in the fall. I'll go for walks and bike rides and do just about anything my brother and sister come up with.

These are the kinds of things you take with you wherever you go. I'm here and I've brought them with me. It turns out that I do have plans for this summer after all.

What about you?


  1. It turns out you DO have plans! I love the way this post ended up. It's amazing how many wonderful things there are to do when you stay home. Traveling is awesome and I love it, but there's a lot to be said for time at home. And it sounds like you are going to have a wonderful summer!

  2. Your summer sounds amazing! I wish I had a yard where I could plant and have fire pits and cookouts and friends over!

  3. Chill summers without concrete plans are the best. We aren't taking any vacations during the summer, so we are ALL ABOUT having friends over for bonfires and swimming. Hope you have a wonderful start to your summer :)

  4. would you like to come work my garden - it's non existent haha

  5. That all sounds so fun! Greg has gone geocatching but I have yet to try it out! Ice cream, lemonade, and sweet tea all sound delicious (probably not at the same time, though, haha). I hope you get to do everything on your list!

  6. Mehmaw8:04 PM

    You're being a stay-at-home mom with three kids that need to be shuffled here and there, fed, and have clean clothes...just to name a few things!

    ...and I really want you tell people that and when they ask, tell them the ages of your three children! :-D


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