What I did this summer VI

Following my tradition for the last five years, here is my what-I-did-this-summer post:

This was a summer of a lot of personal growth as I pressed through and learned new skills. I learned to go with my gut rather than what people think. I swam outdoors and I swam indoors, I hiked in the woods with my dog, I made cookies with my granddaughter,


I hung sheets outside, I laughed until I cried, I picked four strawberries from my garden, I picked lots of dog poop from my yard, I went to a block party and met my neighbors, I celebrated a radiation graduation and a 32nd birthday party for a very special lady, I cried as my dear friends buried their son and we hugged a little tighter, I worshiped with joy, I sat around a few bonfires, delighting in the moment, I learned to meditate wisely, I bought a house and had so much fun scrubbing it, redecorating it, loving it. I traveled and listened to audio books in the car while drinking hot coffee, I had a massage, I turned 57, I celebrated 36 years of marriage. I went to a pool party and ate my friend Michelle’s cheesy dip, I successfully coached a few people and it made my heart so full. I realized that I don’t play enough, so I practiced playing and loved it. I made a huge personal goal and accomplished it, realizing the power of planning. I weeded, planted, harvested and enjoyed the beauty of the outside, I started a few books and finished some. I drank some really good wine and some really bad wine. I made some fuzzy water. I bought some cool shoes, and I finally threw away some worn out shoes. I cleaned my closet, I dreamed and called my mom. I hoped and my hope was crushed but God remained God. I marveled at the resilience of the human spirit and I laughed until I cried. I went to the zoo but the giraffes weren’t out. I went to a reunion where we saw people we had not seen in 40 years, I made some new friends, I drove in traffic–a very big deal for me–and survived, I walked with a friend through cancer and she made it to the other side full of joy and insight, I let go of some expectations and grew stronger in others, I did a lot of growing up. I learned to reframe things and to say yes to the season I am in.

We are a group of women who help each other stay accountable as we go through life and learn to #ownourlives. You are welcome to join us here!

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 Home,SDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing Home,Play Dates with God, Monday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Into the Word, In and Around Mondays,OYHT, gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays,Extraordinay,Lessons from Ivy,Denise in Bloom, Sweet Blessings, Faith Filled Friday,Finding Joy,WholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life, Still Saturday. Wildcrafting Wednesdays, WFMW, Tell His Story



  1. Your summer sounds delightful except for the sad parts. I need to do something fun too. A small group of us go out for tea on Wednesdays after our morning prayer hour at our church. That is fun and I enjoy it. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.


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