It always comes about this time, that antsy feeling, that unspoken longing for schedule, routine, order to our days. Summer….that glorious time of freedom, sun, water, and play…it takes its toll and our God-given desire for order and productivity begins to cry out.
I love summer. I love the heat and the endless sunshine. But I am eager this year for the return of school and routine even if that means the coming on of fall and even winter. I have come to realize that all these things are (literal) seasons and do not last forever, even if a Kansas winter can find a way to drag into May sometimes.
Tomorrow we begin a new school year. Two children are begging me to let them start today. Two more are enjoying their last day to sleep in, in spite of the roofers tearing off shingles above them. Over the next month activities will come back in on a weekly basis and – amazingly – we will slow down into that steady routine of a school year. After a wild summer that seemed determined to spin wildly with things to do it will be comforting to know that every week will look more or less the same from now until May.
I am thankful for the past three months. A family road trip, a house remodeled, swimming pools and lake beaches, our dossier almost complete, and so much more. And I am thankful for the start of a new school year. New books, new curriculum, new opportunities. God is so good and His gifts are endless.
1299. yard sales
1300. crazy heat
1302. God’s protection of the third born. Again.
1303. a weekend away
1304. first date anniversary
1305. wedding anniversary
1306. spending life with my best friend
1307. team planning
1308. sweet friend who prays over me while we run
1309. dear women who help clean Amania’s house
1310. pool time with the littlest
1311. McDonald’s ice cream cones
1313. school entered for the coming year
1314. relaxing Friday
1315. Camp Enosh
1316. Tad’s Tropical Snow
1317. a sign in the yard
1318. a whole week of slowing down
1319. family bike ride
1320. last day of summer break
May your week be full of His good gifts.
For His Glory ~
*photos from a recent family bike ride; please note that we do not typically let our children play in the public fountains, but with the heat index at 109, we made some concessions. 😉
5 thoughts on “A Return to Routine”
Thank you for the Dick Carter asterisk note.
I love the beginning of a new school year! Found you at Ann’s. I hope you have a blessed week.
I was going to say, “Where is that pool, I want to swim”:) Looks like so much fun! Such a fun filled summer but I agree, there definitely is a time to get back into routine. Blessings to you and yours.
counting your joys with you this day… and, yes. there is something wonderful to returning to a steady rhythm (at least for a season 🙂
May His blessings continue to abound to you & yours :]
Wow..what a great list.
the pictures look so refreshing.