What I Did Over My Summer Break

So. It’s September, like next week. Isn’t that crazy? Of course, I will say the summer has seemed long to me, not long as in wearisome but long as in it seemed to last a long time. In other words, it seems like forever ago that we were finishing up the last school year, my oldest son was moving home, and the summer was just beginning. Now, of course, school has resumed and my son returned to college and we are slowly getting back into some semblance of routine and order.

As I reflect on the long summer now ended, I offer up the blogger’s version of the ubiquitous What I Did Over Summer Break essay…

Projects. Yeah, really. I stained the porch floor, I framed some old recipes, and I painted and distressed an old chest. I also hung bamboo shades in my dining room so, yeah, go me!

Reading. By my Goodreads list, I read something like 22 books this summer! That’s some good reading! Some favorites: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, and the Call the Midwife series by Jennifer Worth.

A mini-vacation. We spent a few days in Savannah on a business trip with my husband early in the summer and then took a short vacation to Atlanta to combine both fun and family visits in one trip.

Shuttling kids. Basketball practice, football practice, band practice, choir practice–it’s what summer is for, right?

Watching Foyle’s War. It’s my new favorite show (thank you, Netflix!). A new season premieres in a couple of weeks so I’m trying to catch up.

Prepping for (and worrying over) the start of Bible study. We begin September 10!

Anticipating (and dreading) my second son’s senior year. That’s all I want to say about that.

Realizing the privilege of loving in sickness and in health and seeing God’s varied grace firsthand as so many friends and church members have loved and served us. The Lord’s mercies are indeed new every morning and His faithfulness is great, so great I am humbled and amazed. He has been so good to us in these weeks following my husband’s accident. It was an unexpected ending to our summer, to be sure, but we have discovered the Lord is strong and His promises sure.

So there’s a glimpse into my summer. What about you? How did you spend your summer? Did it seem short or long? How have you seen the Lord’s grace and providence in your life these past couple of months?


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

2 thoughts on “What I Did Over My Summer Break”

  1. hello there, Lisa! Love the new look around here. Summer has been very weird around this old house. Definitely have seen the Lord’s grace and providence around here. Sorry I missed any info about your husband’s accident if you posted it before. Hoping all is well or that he is on the mend? Katie will be living with us for the next 6 months or so along with her netflix account so maybe we’ll get a chance to watch Foyle’s War. Praying for your dear family right now…

  2. Comments are back, yahoo! Thanks for sharing your summer, Lisa. Mine also involved a LOT of shuttling…can’t get used to this chauffeur stage of life. Glad your husband is on the mend.

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