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!