Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Things I Learned in June


1. Saturday mornings don't get much better than when I'm kayaking down a river. Having my daughter spend that time with me makes me smile.

2. I'm going to miss my daughter when she heads off to college in another year. She began babysitting full time this summer, so this is the first year we haven't spent our summer days together. (She says she misses me, too.)

3. Knowing that a friendship is over isn't so bad when you think about what a friend is supposed to be. It took other friends to help me realize that. (Thank you!)

4. Renting a beach umbrella and chairs is so worth the price. How else would I be able to hear the sounds of the ocean, read a book, and not have to worry about those pesky UV rays.

5. Learning to let go and let God take care of things is getting easier, but it's still a struggle for me sometimes. As my daughter gets older, I've had to let go a bit.... Part of me wants to keep her close by my side, forever. But the bigger part of me wants to see her become the independent woman she is meant to be. Knowing God is there for both of us makes it a bit easier.

6. It's okay to relax and do nothing sometimes. During my summer break, I tend to feel guilty if I'm not always doing something productive. I've realized that I need this down time to re-energize for the school year. It's soul-feeding time.

7. Serving my family is fulfilling. I've never been much of a cook, especially since my husband does most of the cooking during the school year, but this summer I have really enjoyed trying new recipes and taking requests for favorites. In the past, cooking seemed like more of a chore. In June, I realized that cooking tasty meals is a gift from me to my family.


I've linked up with Relyn at Come Sit By My Fire and Emily at Chatting at the Sky for "Things We Learned" posts. I would love to see what you learned in June if you'd like to share! 

8 comments:

Nancy said...

What a beautiful post of the things you learned in June. An amazing list of wisdom.....

Lisa Gordon said...

What a wonderful post this is, Roban, and oh I do know just how hard it is to let go. I'm still working on it, and probably always will be. :-)

Ally said...

I found your post via Relyn's Mr. Linky.

I like what you've said here-- direct and kind. I especially relate to #3. I need to remember that one. And #7. I could focus on that too.

amanda said...

love your list! popped over from Emily's link-up...

Rebekah said...

Stopping by from Emily's link up. You've got a great list her. I think the one that pops the most for me is #3. I've been in those shoes, and really, if a friend isn't being a friend, saying goodbye can still be sad, but it doesn't hurt as badly as you think it might. Good stuff!

GraceGal said...

I love this post. I can so relate. I missed my daughter so much when she was gone and still miss those days. Now I am having to let go all over again as her daughter, who is very close to me, becomes more independent at 17. This letting go thing never seems to get easier.

Relyn Lawson said...

Oh, I am so glad you are playing along. I don't know Emily so I am especially curious to meet her. I just love those moments of synchronicity where several people think of these same things at once. I am hoping I'll get to meet another kindred spirit.

I loved your list. I ached a little with the bittersweet feeling of it. You have been a real encouragement to me as my own heart aches as I begin to let go of my own sweet girl.

LaTonya Baldwin said...

I'm finding my way around the kitchen again and I'm liking it this time. Enjoyed your list.