Shifting Seasons

Can you feel it?  The season is starting to shift.

The days are still long and hot, but Summer doesn’t feel like the wide open expanse of June and July.  The end is in sight.  Not everything that’s on our Summer List is going to find a spot between now and the start of school.

The hard stop for my family is when my husband returns to work at the end of the month.  This coming change has really helped me to clarify what needs doing.  My time and attention is finite, but there’s no end to the list of things to do between now and then.

So how can I make sure there is time to get the essentials done, preserve a sense of spaciousness in our days, and make plans for what is left undone?  This verse has been singing to me:

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psalm 90.17

The beauty of the Lord rests on us.  Our work is blessed with God’s beauty.  That’s what I want to live into in these last weeks of Summer.

I’m working on school planning and meals ahead and summer hospitality and my own creative practice.  I won’t get to everything on my list.  But absolutely everything is progress.


  1. At the beginning of the last weekend of July, I went to visit my sister an hour south of me, and when I got there I said, “Did you feel it this morning?!” And she replied, “Yes–fall!” It’s not here yet, and here in Florida likely *won’t* be here for ages, but that was the first day we could feel that it won’t be summer forever. Just a subtle difference in the breeze, the tiniest shift in the light.

    In the coming weeks all our usual activities will start back up–homeschooling, Girl Scouts, co-ops–but in the meantime I’m trying to stay in the moment for these last few lazy days.

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