Written By Amy

Hey There!

Our family is wrapping up the school year like so many of you are too…getting ready for the transition of kids home for the summer.  For me it’s the yin with the yang!  No more 6:00 am wake ups, dreary-eyed lunch packaging, and hustle out the door mornings (yay!).  We can now enjoy lazy summer days at the pool, camping trips, and family dinners on the patio.  BUT welcome to messy house twenty-four-seven, copious snack consumption, and the two week how-to-get-along-with-eachother-in-eachother’s-space-and-life-again-sibling-boot-camp that we go through each June.  “I’m bored” all of a sudden enters my children’s repertoire of language. Family field trips to the grocery store….(Anyone?)

A few years back someone said to me, “Life can be hard but good at the same time.”  It was such a freeing statement for me.  It freed me from my thoughts of: “When things are hard in life, life is bad.”  I was enlightened!  I started to say, “Some things in my life are hard, but that doesn’t have to negate the parts of my life that are good.”  I can have both, and feel both.  This summer, I can feel overwhelmed at the state of my house,  non-existent time for myself, and hearing many, many, more little voices shouting  “Mom!” BUT, I can also be grateful for the time I will share with my family this summer.  We will swim and take walks and travel together.   I will appreciate eating frozen yogurt with my daughters and seeing the joy in my son’s eyes when he catches a fish.  For three months, we will reconnect as a family in deeper, stronger ways.

While these examples of the good/bad in life  may be surface compared to the challenges you face today, remember in all circumstances there is joy to be found.  You can be happy even when the unhappy lurks in the next room.  Failure and success can ride in the car with you, just let success have shotgun.  Disappointment and satisfaction may both be your neighbors, but you can  invite satisfaction over for dinner more often.

May God be with you and His blessings upon you.

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