It’s hard to believe it’s already July, isn’t it?
It seems like I was just looking out my rainy spring window as the tree blossoms popped pure whites and brilliant pinks.
How has your summer been? Have you made glorious memories?
And by glorious I don’t mean complicated or extravagant. I mean memories that will last a lifetime and make you happy deep within your soul.
One day last month, on my way home from work and daycare, my husband texted me and said, I’m setting up the sprinkler for when you get home with the kids. Don’t tell them. It’s a surprise.
My kids are 5 (Elias) and 2 (Adeline). Elias had only run through a sprinkler a few times and Adeline never had. I was SO excited to see their faces… and I was not disappointed.
For 45 minutes before dinner they shrieked and squealed running back and forth through that sprinkler. I tried to capture the moments on my camera, but frankly, the most beautiful ones could only be captured with my heart. I was so thankful that Matthew broke up our normal routine for that activity.
I will never forget that spontaneous, simple, joyful night.
Because, you see, making memories doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
And while at the beginning of summer, I made one of those Pintastic summer bucket lists, the most glorious memories have been made in the ordinary moments of popsicles and pool visits.
I think we often get consumed by the comparison game of what it takes to make a “great” summer. My Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of people on “perfect” vacations with Mickey and the gang, on the boat or at a beach. Trips are wonderful, but so are bike rides at sunset and dinners on the deck.
Comparison is a thief.
Proverbs 17:22 says “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Comparison can crush one’s spirit quickly, can’t it?
Don’t look at Instagram to judge what makes a good summer memory. Look in your own backyard.
Because you WILL see the glory of God in sandy shoes left next to the sandbox and hoses strung across the yard.
I have seen it every day and it has made my heart full. No, we won’t be taking a beach vacation this summer. But yes, our summer will be glorious.
What glorious summer memories have you made this year?