I had hoped to share some pics of our recent vacation to Arizona...and maybe I still will. Just too busy with a million things right now to take the time, but I'll try later.
Arizona in the middle of summer is not usually the most desirable vacation destination unless you love it hot, hot, hot. But the main attraction for us is our beloved families, and for that it was wonderful. A sort of mini-reunion with both sides of the family...barbeques, sight-seeing, good talk, fabulous meals, three (!) birthday parties for me, heartwarming hugs from little nieces...got my cup well filled. Even got to reconnect with a junior high friend whom I haven't seen in years (hi, Sue!). Our thanks to each family member for all the loving hospitality showered on us--you're the best!
The drive home was a gift from the Lord--everything lush and green from so much rain, the high deserts studded with wildflower color and contrasts of red sandstone and the greens of sagebrush and junipers. Then the astonishing panoramas of the pine-covered Rockies. Honestly, I LOVE the southwest and am so happy to have been able to live my life here!
Back home, I was delighted to discover that my hail-smashed vegetable garden had made a full recovery and we've been enjoying the miracle all week--green and yellow beans, collard greens and kale so far. Next week it'll be the various squashes, cucumbers, and maybe some tomatoes. What is it about home-grown veggies that is so incredibly satisfying??
And now it's already time for school planning. I confess to not being in gear yet to get back to the daily routine and it's demands. I want some more time lazing in the back yard, nature journaling, soaking in the Word, riding my new bike, hiking with my family. Having said that, I realize I'll have to make it a priority to not get swept right in to the "musts," but savor the season while it's here. Soon enough it'll be cold and snowy and we'll be glad to hunker down indoors. (Ugh. Did I say that?!)
Blessings on your summer day!