There are so many blessings that come with summer – more time with my children – no nagging about homework – less roaring around to get to things on time – less lessons – less stress!
Every morning I wake up to the beautiful songs of the many birds that share our neighborhood with us. In return, I leave my big strawberry patch unprotected so they can enjoy a strawberry or two. I tried several times this week to get a picture of one particular robin that loves the strawberry patch, but it kept hopping behind the big rock to hide or flying off. A friend suggested I cover the strawberries to keep the birds out of them, but I know God is generous to let my patch produce so many strawberries, so I want to be generous to His other creations. Thursday morning we picked and ate as many as we wanted and these are the leftovers…with many more ripe soon. We have made 4 batches of freezer jam and shared bowls full.
This beautiful purple flower is full of honey bees – love the buzzing they make. The little brownish specs are the bees – there are about 7 bees in this picture.
My little rose garden is blooming and most of them survived a mass die back this winter and are growing beautifully. They make me happy inside and they smell so good.
Green grass to play on, a neighborhood we feel safe living and playing outside in, enough water to drink, keep things green and to play in. Notice the white stripe right down the middle of the lawn? That is from the slippery slide the kids enjoyed last week. After such a cloudy gray spring, I am especially enjoying our beautiful blue summer skies!
Let’s not forget popsicles, picnics, sunrises, sunsets, bike rides, working in the yard in the early morning coolness before the sun peeks over the mountains, hikes in the mountains, tubing down the river, camping, reading in funny places, and family reunions. I didn’t get a picture but one day we had a family of Quail bobbing in and out of our raspberry patch. The dad, mom and 5 babies. They were so cute. We watched and watched for them again, but we never saw them again.
What are your summer blessings?