My Summer Vacation
1. Apparently it is the muggiest summer since the 1948 and it's not over yet.
2. I stripped my wallpaper in the kitchen and repainted a lovely blue-gray.
3. I had a wonderful visit with my brother and his wife. Amish country and Cincinnati sites made for wonderful memories.
4. My kids were all home under one roof for eight days, including the CUTEST BABY IN THE WORLD.
5. Somehow I was able to read 3 books and they were some of the best reading I have EVER done.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
Seriously, you need to run out and get each of them right now.
6. My nasty, filthy, rough, uncomfortable, off white (what was I thinking?) carpet was removed in the family room and replaced with wood. It is clean, cool and so pretty.
7. I grew a vegetable garden and discovered that deer hate cucumbers and peppers and both plants are prolific. I also learned that growing sunflowers is fun and the birds love them.
8. I got to be reminded of what fun my kids are.
9. I discovered a new summer favorite drink.
9. I got to see what a good mother my daughter-in-law is.
9. I learned that it is possible to go an entire summer only knitting one item and to get to the last two rows and run out of yarn and not be miserable about the whole thing.
10. I learned more of God's grace and forgiveness and goodness and sovereignty.
“The Bible’s purpose is not so much to show you how to live a good life. The Bible’s purpose is to show you how God’s grace breaks into your life against your will and saves you from the sin and brokenness otherwise you would never be able to overcome… religion is ‘if you obey, then you will be accepted’. But the Gospel is, ‘if you are absolutely accepted, and sure you’re accepted, only then will you ever begin to obey’. Those are two utterly different things. Every page of the Bible shows the difference.”
How about you? How was your summer?