As School Ends...

Loveys, in about four days, my kids will finish preschool and 2nd grade and I'll have a kindergartner and a 3rd grader. (Pause while I take a breath and try not to cry.) While we're super excited for summer, I've noticed both my kids getting emotional here at the end of school. Ash's teacher will not be back at our school, and one of Ash's best friends is moving this summer. Two major things that make Ash emotional whenever she mentions them. Linc doesn't want school to end. He loves his teacher and I think he's just sad that he won't see his friends every week. I'm ready for school to be out (I also start to twitch, however, when I think about ALL DAY EVERY DAY with the kiddos over here), but the reality that they are growing so much so fast, of course, can make me a little sad.

Time goes fast.

I'm sitting here, blogging, while I wait for friends to come over. Friends from a small group we were part of years ago (pre-kids). A few of us get to see each other this morning and I'm excited about it. But, gosh, it's another reminder of time passing. Life changing. Seasons that come and then move on like leaves in the wind. I'm glad for it--for the years of life and experience. But with that comes some nostalgia and a feeling of getting older.

So in just a few minutes, friends will fill my house and we'll make sandwiches and feed kids and  hear the sounds of yelling and laughing (probably crying and screaming at some point). Lily will throw her lunch on the floor. Kids will come in and out and in and out of the back door. I'll most likely have a second cup of coffee after lunch (and a cookie, despite my diet, sadness). And tonight I'll be tired and Jeff will help clean up. And another day will have passed.

We're right on the brink of summer, which means Texas is in my future in just another month or so. More time with precious family and friends. FOOD--have mercy. China Delight. Margaritas. Catfish. LOTS of heat and humidity.

Bring it.

Bible studies with friends. Laura and Wes coming to visit. VBS. Trips to the mountains. Camping in the backyard. Outlander book club (YES PLEASE) with drinks and appetizers and maybe some chocolate fondue. Then summer will come to an end, and my little blondie will head to 3rd grade. For Linc, we'll make a big deal out of getting ready for kindergarten. He'll go to a much bigger school than he's used to, bonus, he gets to go to school with Ash. It's all very exciting, of course.

What do you want your summer to look like, lovey? I read a really good article about a family that scaled back one summer. Erased all the busy activities from the schedule so there was lots of room for playtime and down time. For the Bruce family, there are experiences and goals I have for summer, but most everything will just flow with us, not the other way around. We'll add in things here and there, but the overall feeling of summer will be laid-back. It's how we roll. Family and friends and playing all day in the backyard (with popsicle breaks)--that's what summer will hopefully look like over here. And when it ends, we'll be sad. But excited for school and fall. All good things.

The next several weeks are busy as we finish school, I finish an editing job and dive into edits and rewrites for my book (the one coming out next summer! Happiness!), then get ready for company and VBS.

Last night, I was cleaning the kitchen, and Jeff and I were talking about the future. Not the immediate future, but a little farther down the road. We can talk and dream together, and we'll see what happens and where God takes us because you just never know. As a girl growing up in Texas, the thought of living in Colorado and working for a decade as a book editor never even entered my mind. But God gives us adventures, and I love it. I love dreaming with Jeff, and falling asleep with a prayer for my kids on my lips. To me, that's everything.

Loveys, summer is just about here for us. I hope it's all you wish it will be.

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