summer days.

Summer is here! The lingering days, the sun-kissed skin, lakeshore beaches with their waves crashing into sand toys and kid-dug holes, sand nestled between the toes (and other hidden places), candles glowing at the beach, outside lunches that make everything taste better, gleaning fresh produce and flowers from the farmer’s market, wagon rides to the bridge and “popcorn store,” frozen apricot brandy and strawberry/pineapple slushes, the smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of rhythmic sprinklers, slides and swings, friends that talk and laugh and play, and gorgeous sunsets that say, “All shall be well.”

Ahhh…we love summer! Something about this time of year feels more alive, more laid back, more lovely, better.

10 steps gets us to the backyard and kiddie pool and shade trees and swings and trampoline.

20 miles gets us to Holland State Park.

25 miles gets us to Oval Beach in Saugatuck.

30 miles gets us to Grand Haven State Park.

These are the West Michigan lakeshore beaches we feel giddy driving to as we sing our favorite songs. We have water all around us, tucked into little spaces that shout, “Let me refresh and enjoy you!” That’s one of the best parts about living in the mitten state. Heck, we even have our own Michigan clothing website that celebrates this good land shaped like a hand. Come drive up the shore and visit some of the most beautiful northern country and make some family memories in Pure Michigan! (I love these ads!)

Some of my favorite lazy summer pictures so far…(Secretly, I wish I was a photographer.)

I hope you’re breathing in these summer moments and taking the time to soak the memories you’re making…in…deeply. Hopefully you are able to capture your moments with pictures or words or videos or maybe just tuck them away in your mind. Life moves by us so fast, if we let it. I know that for me, this summer, is about making room on my calendar for more days, more moments that I will choose to be more fully present, more playful, more engaging. For me, that may mean saying NO to some really good things and maybe some really good people. For you, it may mean saying YES to some new things and to some new people. Whatever it looks like for you to enjoy summer – stepping into or stepping away from – may it be a choice that brings fresh perspective, a simple smile, a new gratitude, and memories that are worth remembering.

Here’s to summer 2012 and to all the LIFE and BEAUTY and JOY it holds!

PS – If you have a favorite summer time place or escape or activity, please do tell!




2 thoughts on “summer days.

  1. Carissa, this summer I am thanking our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this wonderful blessing…Sherrie Eldridge and I co-authored a book entitled, Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted, Orphaned, and Waiting Children’s Hearts and it is now available on for only $10.00 at this link:
    Also, you can download a FREE eight-page Preview of Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted, Orphaned, and Waiting Children’s Hearts on at this link:
    “There’s only one way to find peace with a painful past and that is through a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. He alone, through His Spirit, can place a healing balm on our deep wounds. The Bible says: “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!” (Jeremiah 6:14 TLB) We (Beth and Sherrie) have found that in the places that hurt the most, God brings a promise from the Bible to our memory at just the right time. We have experienced comfort and growth through our growing relationship with Jesus and how we long for the same growth for you!” (excerpt from Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted, Orphaned, and Waiting Children’s Hearts)

    • thrilled for you and sherrie! what a gift this will be to the world. grateful that you two have shared the powerful healing truth can bring. may God surprise you in this author journey!

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