Welcome Summer!

Welcome Summer

Even though it feels like summer most of the year in my small corner of the world, tomorrow marks the official start of summer.  I have only the fondest memories of summer as a kid, when my mom would throw us a “School’s Out” Party, endless water fights in the backyard with my siblings, getting water-logged from all of the swimming we did, and of course, spending all day playing at the beach.

By the end of August, our hair had turned lighter and our skin would be golden brown, all thanks to the hours we spent in the sun.

Our family always looks forward to our annual summer vacation to Wildwood, NJ, with its miles of beaches and boardwalk, the roller coasters and water parks that nearly touch the Atlantic, and of course, the food!  It’s a tradition that we’ve had for as long as I can remember, and that I’m most looking forward to this summer.

What are some things you’re looking forward to this summer?

Read about what my friends over at Circles of Faith are looking forward to, as well!

i live here

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I was waiting in line for ice cream at Day’s in my town the other day with my brother. As I was contemplating the all-important decision of which of the four soy ice cream flavors would be mine, the two ladies in front of me kept remarking about my dog. Cody has a habit of sniffing ankles, because that’s all he can reach. It’s a great conversation starter. We got to chatting and one of the ladies asked me, “Are you staying here?”

Little did she know what she was asking. No, in fact I’m not staying here. I’m leaving. But I didn’t tell her that.

Instead, I replied, “Oh, no. I live here.” Her face lit up and she remarked that it was a wonderful place. I wholeheartedly agreed. But there is only one week left until I don’t live here anymore. Wow! Definition of bittersweet.

I went for a run yesterday around town and down the boardwalk and was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude that I got to spend four years of my life with my sister here. I will surely miss everything about this town! If you’re ever in NJ, you need to visit God’s Square Mile at the Jersey Shore.