Savoring Summer {Being Present in the Moment}


Summer is my favorite season.

As soon as school was out, our 8-year-old made a bucket list of things he hoped to do this summer. He included some pretty creative things on that list, some we have accomplished and some that we are still working on.

Summer is a very busy time for our family.


June started with a bang. My husband went on a mission trip to Mexico, then we had Vacation Bible School, followed by a week-long youth convention/camp (where that sweet husband of mine was out of town again), and ended with another youth convention/camp (where I was gone for a week).

We were able to take a deep breath at the end of June and prepare for the rest of our summer.

One day as we were driving to work, my husband said he was so thankful for the opportunities he had in June to do the things we did, but he was looking forward to the rest of the summer.

He said, “It will be nice to drive to work and talk about the height of the corn and how the soybeans are doing, and enjoy the view.” I agreed and as we turned the corner in between corn fields, I laughed and said, “Yep, that corn will be knee high by the 4th of July.”

Right then and there, our summer changed for me. I decided I wanted to savor every last bit of summer.

And we have.

We have visited the fair, gone and saw a movie in the fancy movie theater, got frozen custard, gone to the park, played with bubbles, sidewalk chalked our brick sidewalk, chased lightning bugs, visited an international food market, been to swim at several friends’ pools, helped friends out with projects at their house, and many more fun activities.

I don’t want to miss out on one single second of this summer. It’s not over yet, so get out there and enjoy the view of the beans and the corn because the harvest is coming!

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Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.