These Days

It's summer.

Maddie and Merry at a Memorial Day cookout

And thus, schedules shift and slide.  The hours of light are longer and everyone wants to enjoy the ability to simply be outside, to not need a coat and boots and salt and four wheel drive.

Jacob's celebratory hotdog

My days are full of many things -- getting to know more people from my church, and getting to know some far more deeply.  Preparing for summer Bible camp (known to most as VBS.  ;-) )  Working at Crumble, of course.  Biking back and forth across town, in 90 degree weather and in sudden cloud bursts.  (Biking in the rain is great... braking... um.... not so much.)  Spontaneous trips for ice cream with friends and tree climbing.

Anne, Laura and Jane, waiting in the froyo shop

Writing and reading tons of books.

Speaking of books, here are a few recommendations:

Howl's Moving Castle.  The anime is a classic; the book makes far more sense and is hilarious to boot.

All the Light We Cannot See.  Set in Europe in WWII, this is a lovely story that doesn't shy away from the atrocities of war, but doesn't fixate on them either.

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You.  Practical wisdom about your soul and spiritual disciplines.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.  This is what I'm currently reading, and I'm finding it insightful and revelatory, with parts that make me laugh out loud and parts that make me stop to reflect.

strawberries and scones


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