THE SWEET THINGS OF SUMMER

Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain! 
How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout! 
Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain! 

Happy Sunday dear ones,

It started as a rainy morning and now it’s cool and cloudy, which is very welcome after a hot, dry week. I thought today I’d share a little bit about what what we’ve been up to.

Cooking | It’s been super hot and humid in our neck of the woods which means lots of easy crock pot and slow cooker meals. As I type this I have chicken and veggies slow cooking with some of my favorite seasoning and organic gluten free cream of chicken soup. I’ll be making some mashed potatoes to go along with it and that’ll be our simple Sunday supper.

Reading | I always have so many books on my stack. I seem to have a problem with starting and finishing one book at a time. Right now I’m reading Family Driven Faith, We Will Not Be Silenced, for fun the other night I read Night Road, I started it around 10:30 and finished it around 3:00 am, haha. My sis in law recommended it and it was a quick enjoyable read. I thought the ending was a little sloppy. It just felt rushed and sort of unrealistic compared to the rest of the story in how the characters acted. it just felt rushed. to me and I would have like to see the end detailed and developed a little more. I also just finished reading the book of Daniel and finished listening to an expository series on it and am moving along with my Bible in a year reading plan.

Boating | Earlier this week we spent a few days away with friends at the lake. It was a sweet little getaway and I could literally spend day after day on the boat just driving up and down the lake. The boys [and the adults] had a blast water skiing and tubing and just bobbing in the lake.

Swimming | This year we purchased a pool membership and it’s been so fun getting our morning work done and then heading to the pool for a few hours. We are very thankful for a community pool to get a some relief from the heat and spend time with friends!

Planning | I’ve been slowing planning our homeschool year. I’m hoping to share a detailed blog post on the subject this week. My hope was to plan the entire year ahead of time, but the summer has gotten away from me and we’ve been so enjoying the fun so I was only able to accomplish the first quarter [which is just fine with me] We officially begin our slow start tomorrow.

Cleaning | I’ve been sticking to my daily cleaning routine for summer and trying to stay up with all my daily work. This helps keep everything manageable especially when there are trips and days away. It makes coming home peaceful and not overwhelming when you come home to a tidied home. I always try to make sure the house is clean and the laundry caught up before we go away so that I’m able to focus on unpacking and taking care of all that comes along with that.

Cheering | This past week we also got to spend the night at the ball field, cheering on our local baseball team… ending the night with a perfect fire works show!

Listening | The boys and I were listening to a couple audiobooks in the car and while we sit around in the afternoons. They really enjoyed The Penderwicks on audiobook. I’ve been listening to a few podcasts here and there while I’m cleaning. A few of my favorites are Cooper Stuff, Alisa Childers, Allie Beth Stuckey, and For the Gospel. I also really really enjoy listening to the messages of Elisabeth Elliot.

Grooving | We’ve been grooving to some country music lately, mostly the classics it just feels appropriate when you’re sitting by the fire pit roasting marshmallows or jumping off the boat into the lake

Watching | I don’t watch a whole lot of TV but I enjoy watching You Tubers occasionally, mostly cleaning videos [which my husband thinks is the strangest thing and most boring this ever to watch] I really enjoy watching Lynnete Yoder, Carissa Cleans It All [new to me] and Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone. The hubs and I also had a little at home date night and snuggled up and watched the classic, Twister from 1996 – which doesn’t feel so long ago, but is in fact 25 years ago….so crazy. I always loved that movie and remember seeing it as a kid and wanting to be a storm chaser…what was I thinking haha.

Sipping | All the iced coffee. I shared a couple ways I make it on the blog. It’s just so refreshing and delicious in the summer months.

Learning | We are so thankful that our co-op has continued meeting this summer. We so look forward to meeting with our friends each week. We’ve been learning about invertebrates, our state and its landmarks, as well as some American history.

Thanks for stopping by and catching up today, friends! Be sure to check back later this week for my homeschool planning post!

Blessings,

Bree

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