Over the weekend, I actually got to wear boots and a jacket. It was cool outside under overcast skies, to the point of needing a jacket (quite a rarity here in the South so early in September), and delightfully rainy and snuggly for days! I could not have been more thankful for a break in the heat. The weather was truly a blessing...
It made everything go from feeling like we were in an oven to being comfortable and was just wonderful, and ultimately made me realize that Fall is just right around the corner. So, with only 5 days until the first official day of Fall, I have been reflecting back on this Summer, what it was like, and what it meant to me...
Here are some of my reflections.
I have a different feeling coming out of this summer than I ever have. I feel pleased and more accomplished at the things I decided to learn, the priveleges I had, and the ways I used my time. There are many aspects of this summer- things I did, skills I learned, knowledge I gained- that I feel will stay with me for the rest of my life, positively reminding me of the important things...
~This Summer, one of the things that I feel blessed to have learned more about is the Home Arts!
I feel it was placed upon my heart to become more interested in this, and I am
so glad I acquired that interest. Growing up, I have always enjoyed these things to a
point, such as baking and home decorating and crafts. This year, however, I saw
these things as more than hobbies... I began to see them as skills that I could serve my
family with, and serve my future family with... baking them desserts, cooking meals,
just knowing even the simple skills for running a home... I baked my first pie,
tried new desserts and meals from my cookbook, and became passionate about
making the home comfortable and welcoming... taking another step
towards being that true 'Southern lady' that I hope to be.
On that thought, I also love the fact that I have broadened my knowledge of
home-cooking and baking as to always have something to make for anyone
needing it, showing hospitality and kindness through more than just words.
Another area of the home arts I enjoyed learning this summer, perhaps most of all,
was sewing. My adventures in sewing really began earlier in Spring, but I learned so
much over the course of this summer and I'm so excited to learn more and more
and sew something amazing someday :) It has been exciting to progress and learn
new things, taking up something useful and completely new to me.
I also believe that learning more about homemaking and the like has allowed me
learn about how that relates to life, family and living, and has brought me
closer to my roots which is priceless.
~The trip I had the opportunity to take with my family this summer was another great
blessing. Going to Colorado was absolutely wonderful and so beautiful and scenic.
Reflecting on getting to travel there I am still thankful to have experienced it, just getting
a break from everyday life,and seeing all of that beauty and serenity in the scenery,
reminding me more than ever of God's graces through the landscape and nature.
~One of the most enriching parts of my summer has been deepening
my love for the Lord. It was important to me to make my summer count in this
sense, to gain a better understanding of God and the gift of life, and to always recognize
the blessings in my life! It has given me great joy to do this and to focus on my
faith and resolve to stay focused on it, because I know that's where my heart
and thoughts need to be... the same with prayer and the role it plays in life,
as well as thanking the Lord for the things I feel I often take foregranted, and
seeing how He works within all our lives.
~As a combination of all those things, this summer I ultimately have gained a
greater appreciation for life and for the simple things altogether!
I find myself journaling about and thinking about how thankful I am for the various
blessings in life, the smallest joys, the big ones, having the opportunity
to learn and grow. My appreciation for life overall has become greater.
I feel I have always been thankful in this way, but I am now so in a deeper
sense... just waking up and being thankful to be alive, to be living another
day, to have family and loved ones, seeing beauty in new things.
...And I am very thankful for the entire summer. It has been such a lovely one, a summer with more meaning to me than just soaking up the sun (I'd just burn anyway!) or some of the things you might think of relating to summer as a season... it has been a summer of learning, of blooming, growing towards who I am meant to be, and a summer- I feel- of purpose. I don't feel like I changed really, I just gained a better appreciation for everything and the desire to learn and grow.
And even though this season felt like it went by so quickly as I'm looking back on it, I am so excited for Fall to be here so soon!
How was your Summer?
What was memorable about it?
Thankyou for reading.
Have a beautiful & blessed day :)