It's been three years since we have come home from Africa, and this was the year I really felt that our prairie winter was LONG...so. very. long.
I think I finally understand now why Manitobans really seem to covet summertime, with all the campfires, warm shine and activities. So, I've been thinking a lot more about what I am grateful for during this summer season, and am reminded of the need to foster an attitude of gratitude for all seasons of the year!
Here's a few things I'm thankful for this summer:
Our garden is a fun time for us in the summer. It takes up a chunk of our backyard. The fresh strawberries and saskatoon berries we pick get turned into pies, crisps and jam. Oh so delicious!!
Who picked those berries? Who helped stir the pie filling? Couldn't have done it without a little help from the kiddos. Doing things together is sometimes (okay, perhaps always) slower than if I did it on my own, but it's a good time learning to work together.
3. New Trails
Summer has been a fun time for us, exploring nature and new places! After our daughter's bone marrow transplant, there were months of isolation, which meant we weren't able to go out much. So, this summer has been a treat to enjoy our family's health and time with friends.
Summer mornings with our neighbour friends. Who knew that trampolines were so much fun??
5. Family Photo Op
Won't share all the pics, no spoilers here yet - gotta wait for the christmas card :) We hadn't done family pics since Samara was born, so it was time! (photocred: Janet Haslam Photography)
6. A Growing Garden
We filled the garden with seeds and plants in May, now we've got lush, green (over) growth. It will be a busy canning season!
The seasons will change. Green turns to yellow, the sun sets and coolness breezes over, dust kicks up as crops are harvested; the school year beckons. But until then, we enjoy the blessings of this season and look forward to being thankful in the next.
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 136:1
What are you grateful for this summer?