Does anyone else have a love-hate relationship with summer?
I love the extra time with my kids, but hate how little I get done around the house.
I love spending time outdoors in the sun, but I hate the extreme heat.
I love the relaxed schedule, but miss my normal routine.
All of this led me to thinking about the seasons today.
Not just the seasons of the year, but the seasons of life.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says (ESV):
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
The Seasons of Life
For me, every summer brings a season of beautiful chaos.
There’s no real schedule. The house is a mess. The front door is left open as kids run in and out.
It’s a season of frustration, but also a season of love – of hugs and giggles. Of late nights and early mornings. A season of camping and bonfires. A season of family and friends.
I know that all too soon fall will be upon us. School will resume (I got the supply list yesterday), football and cross country will be in full swing, and my normal schedule will be back on track. I’ll be productive, but I’ll miss roller skating in the street with my little girl. I’ll miss the morning snuggles and afternoons at the pool.
And then again, the seasons will change. Football will end and basketball will begin. The leaves will fall and the weather will turn cold. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be gone in the blink of an eye. The weather will turn warm again. Track and baseball will start and summer will upon us once again.
That’s the seasons of life for my family right now. I know those seasons in and of themselves are only seasons though. My oldest starts high school in the fall. Four short years and he will be grown. This is also my last year with children in the elementary school. The seasons keep changing.
Embracing the Moment
Thus, I’ve decided that no matter how messy my house is or how much cold air seeps out the front door, it’s time to embrace the beautiful chaos of this season.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
To help do that, I’ve connected with some other bloggers to bring you some summer blog posts from around the web, and some fun quotes about why they love summer.
Summer Blog Posts From Around the Web
Sharon posted 10 Reasons to Go On A Picnic
Betty came up with 10 Activities You Should Add to Your To Do List This Summer
And last, but not least, Megan is on a search for herself this summer. She’s identifying who she is, and embracing it. Her search is definitely worth following. Check it out here.
Why Do You Love Summer?
“Summer is a time to slow down, and invest in relationships with my children, spouse, extended family, and friends.”
~ Jessica Harris from HarnessingHappy.com
“I love that I get to slow down and enjoy Gods creation of this world with all my kids. We spend so much time together and just going slow…it’s a wonderful thing to share what God has put on this earth with them. Hiking allows us to bask in His creation and gift to us.“
~ Lauren Jane from BellowsInTheBerkshires.com
“Summer for me means family time and ministry. My husband is a Family Pastor and we are so blessed to have a church family committed to both strengthening their own families and reaching out to new families through VBS and camps.”
~ Sarah Liberty from LibertyGraceLove.com
“My favorite thing about summer is enjoying being outside doing summer activities, which one of my favorites is golf!”
~ Candid Gal, Debbie Erickson
“Root beer floats with the kids – it’s been a tradition since they were little that we go get all the fixin’s on really hot days, and enjoy them together.”
~ Candid Gal, Sherry Chamblee
What About You?
Tell us about the beautiful chaos of your summer or share something you love about summer in the comments below.