Summer Season — A Change of Pace

Ah, June! Don’t want to let too much of the month get away without celebrating the start of the summer season. With one week already behind us, I can’t resist mentioning one of my favorite summer song titles. Sing it with me now! C’mon, just the title — June Is Bustin’ Out All Over! Now, didn’t that feel good? :)

I don’t know about you all, but June has certainly been bustin’ out all over around here. We attended a beautiful June wedding yesterday (congrats to Blaire and Andy!), kids are out of school and keeping the local pool in business, ball parks are beehives, our church sent a group on a mission trip last week, and our own grown-up kids have already enjoyed mini-summer adventures. Yes, June is in full swing.

Other signs of June in our family include birthdays for Kristin and Shawn and summer school for Don. Birthdays equal fun, but summer school? Not so much.

Poor Don. He teaches two 5-hr. lab courses during the month of June. For those of you not familiar with college lab classes, that means he’s in the classroom the entire day and must do all his clean-up and prep for the next day before he comes home at night. This past week, he didn’t get home on Monday and Tuesday until around 9. Thursday night was the earliest at 7, but he didn’t roll in until after midnight on Wednesday and Friday nights. Crazy ridiculous, huh?

If Don can just make it through his marathon month of June, come July he’ll be rewarded with a serious change of pace. Oh, he’ll have at least a week’s worth of work just to get his office back into some semblance of order and then will need another week to prepare for the fall semester starting in mid-August, but at least the pace can be more relaxed. We’re even planning a week’s vacation — knock on wood! Certainly don’t want to jinx it by saying it out loud :)

The summer season holds a lot, doesn’t it? Not only celebrations and all manner of recreation, but work and lots of it — whether the 9 to 5, work around the house, or volunteer responsibilities. In the midst of all the “stuff” crammed into the disappear-if-you-blink days of summer, we would be wise to schedule some time for rest as well.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 in the Word of God tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Well, the summer season is upon us, with all its work and fun. How about carving out a season of rest within its days, too? Then, even if we can’t say it in June, we’ll be able to say at some point, “Ahhh, summer…”

**Just for fun, tell me what you most enjoy about summer or something you’re looking forward to doing this summer season!

Flickr photo by Sophia Brightsea


  1. Cheryl I am so glad you posted this. My favorite summer time memories have always been of church camp both as a camper and a sponsor. I haven’t been able to do either for several years.This afternoon I finally decided that I was going to be a sponsor for Elijah’s camp. I just knew this is something God wants me to do. I was letting the details of it get to me. Like babysitting for Izzy and Gabe, if they would be able to cover the shifts at work and other things. I just went in and asked the days off and told my boss why and he thought it was great that I would do this. With in 20 minutes I had babysitters lined up for the week. God is so amazing and I really need to learn to trust his leading more. I can;t wait to get to be at a camp again. Not to mention I need a break from the normal life.

  2. sorry i didn’t notice Gabe had helped me type the beginning of my comment while I was dealing with a loose dog. I hope you got the general idea of the post. LOL

  3. This summer it is our Alaskan cruise of course and getting to see Aaron and family for a few days is an added treat. We started out the summer seeing you and the rest of the family which super, too.

  4. Mary, what great news that you decided to be a camp sponsor! So glad you followed God’s leading — there’s always great blessing in store when we do that. Hope you have a great time!

    Debbie, I’m not at all surprised about the things you’re looking forward to this summer. I hope each one holds lots of great memories!

  5. The mountains. We’re headed there in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait for the change of scenery. For the past several years, this has been a highlight for me. I can’t wait to get to my favorite pottery shop and spend some saved money for a special treasure.


  6. Summer time is a special time and goes by way to quickly. I pray a blessed, peaceful and enjoyable summer for you Cheryl and your hubby and family.

    Love and blessings.

  7. I’m looking forward to my children going away to camp for the first time. :) My favorite summer memories are of camp.

  8. Summer means my grand children (who live 500 mils away) get to spend some time with us.

    I love it. It’s exhausting to have little people running through the house 24/7 for a change. But what a wonderful, blissful exhaustion!


  9. We’re hoping to join you and Dad on vacation! :)

    Summer means family time, a relaxed schedule, and mowing! For us, it also means baseball!

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