Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Measure of Summer (This Is the Giveaway)


A maple tree sown in plastic cup in late Spring. The measure of Summer.


Here we are, at Summer's end.

You thought that was a month ago, right?

I was confused myself, a time or two.

But in true fashion, I'll white-knuckle this thing until there's nothing left to hold on to.

I'm sitting in my hotel room, in between sessions. The drive down yesterday was all eyeshadow-blue skies and tiny flowers that glowed like butterscotch candies in a sun that lazed down around the horizon. It was gorgeous and bright and serene, miles upon miles of flat earth, and I sat back and took it all in. Summer's end.


Seven hours is plenty of time for some honest contemplation and I was in need of a little sort-through time.

What I found was a little clarity and even more hope than I already held. I found hundreds of miles of small gratitudes that stacked up to one very big truth: This is the end of a season, the beginning of another.

Because my love for you is somewhere near the top of that stack, I want to send one of you a present; some of my favorite Summer things, boxed up and shipped.

It's all random, but I hope by now that you know to expect nothing less.

One of my favorite Summer things is my family.


Specifically, my sister, Keisha.
(My mom would probably like me to point out that those are not my bra straps showing under my brown shirt. All day long she fretted that people thought my unmentionables were on display. Alas, a tank top.)

Keisha does missions work in Zambia, Africa. She's in the States right now. And no, I'm not going to box her up and send her to your door, although you'd thank me if I did because she'd probably clean your tub and spin your kiddos until they're falling-over dizzy in a heap of giggles.

When she came back from Zambia this last time, she brought a bunch of African bags, made by Zambian widows using traditional African fabric. I sorted through the stack for about 75 minutes straight until I found my favorite.


This is it. And even though I love it and kind of want to keep it for myself, and even though it matches my shirt, I'm giving it away. It will totally bring out the blue of your eyes. Or the gold of your highlights. Or the brown of your skin. Or something. The point is, it was meant for you.

(There are just a few more left for purchase here.)


I also loved-loved-loved my Summer days at my mom and dad's house, in good ol' Pleasant Hill, Ohio. This grain sack is for you. It's not a fabric-y one that you can make into a pillow. It's more of the nylon variety. But you can totally frame it or something.


This is mine and Siley's favorite Summer cd. I bought one for you. Think of us when you're singing along at the top of your lungs. (I promise, you will.)


And these? Well, they are roasted and salted green peas. Calvin loves them and I do, too. We discovered them this Summer at a favorite local haunt, Grandma's Pantry. They're nutty and crunchy and revolutionary.


I'm also tossing in some of my pink columbine seeds. I have no idea how receptive they are to being grown from seed, so let us know when you find out. It's a small piece of our farm, and I'd love to know that it lived on. But no pressure.

To enter, leave a comment telling me one of your favorite things about Summer.

I'll announce the lucky winner sometime on the flip-side of this trip.

xoxo,
FPFG

238 comments:

  1. oooh... I love that bag!! My favorite thing about summer? That's a tough one... I honestly think it all comes down to running around barefoot though. To me, THAT is the ultimate little pleasure in life, warm grass under your tootsies!

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  2. Wow! Only one favorite thing. A lot of milestones this summer but just ONE would be the amazing miracle that God has placed in my belly for now and in the hearts of family that can't wait to meet him or her. After heartache in 2011 losing a child in an unexpected pregnancy we have been blessed again; with another unexpected (by us but not by HIM) pregnancy. We were "done" having children and without divulging my entire medical history- this is TOTALLY GOD! Every child is, I know, but I'm saying that the only way this happened is because of God's will and we can't wait to see this little one and pray for purpose.

    Heidi Smith

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  3. one of my very favorite summer memories a sa child was staying up late to catch lightning bugs and it was something i always looked forward to doing with the kids. this year we did it several times and it diod not disappoint--me or them. lightning bugs just =summer for me.

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  4. Oh, how fun! My favorite thing about summer is tomatoes. I just love tomatoes and they only taste good then. Is that wrong to pick food?

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  5. My favorite thing about this summer is that we got our son! We are adopting through foster care and our new little guy was placed with us in July!

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  6. My favorite part of summer was spending tons of time with my girls!

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  7. On the shirt tails of summer, which I sadly prepare to say goodbye to like a really dear friend you're not ready to leave, until next time, I have to say that it's hard to trump summer - sleeping in, sunshine, neighborhood outdoor movie nights, farmer's market visits, stargazing, grilling out, bike riding... I love it all! And I love that Zambian bag, which truly would bring out the blue in my eyes! =)

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  8. Twilight that seems to go on forever :)

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  9. I love the unhurried feel of summer. Everything slows down and demands to be savored. Oh yeah... and flip-flops!

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  10. My favorite thing about summer is spending time with my nieces. We eat outside as much as possible. We ride bikes and fly kites and go to the beach or just sit outside on a blanket enjoying the weather. I love how summer makes me feel like a kid again. :-)

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  11. My most favorite thing about this Summer was that I met you, in person!!!

    Ahhhhhh! I still can not believe that me, and my little homebody self did that. It was crazy, and irrational. I loved it.

    Besides that, all the usual stuff.

    xxoo

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  12. My favorite thing about summer is taking sunset drives and passing Amish buggies. And having my kids all to myself with NO PLANS!

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  13. I shouldn't answer being that I don't particularly care for summer. My favorite part of summer is when it's time for fall :) But I do love all the things you're giving away, so I'm responding!

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  14. I'm sorry BUT I am only entering if the kids are sent to me. OH MY GOODNESS they are so scrumptious. Look at those little cheeks. And those faces. And those smiles. I LOVE THEM! And no, don't worry, I am not a kidnapper...although, holy cow, if any kids ever looked portable...it is yours. And you know how I feel about portable children.... ; )

    That bag DOES look good on you. You are beautiful. In every way. Love, Becky

    PS You are the only really skinny person I ever want to be friends with. The rest of them I want to poke in the eye. True story ; )

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  15. My summer fav is soggy kids just out of the pool in their adorable flip flops & glaring sporting booty tan lines! =) Columbines do incredibly well from seed actually & I would love to win those most of all! A favorite of my grams (man I miss her and all of her flowers!) & just a little something to remind me of one of my favorite blogs!

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  16. i still feel like it's summer here. it was 85 today...still humid.

    my favorite part of summer is barefeet. i adore just slipping on flipflops and heading outside. so easy peasy. you got me wanting to try those peas. sounds yummy. hope you're having fun:)

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  17. my favorite part of summer was the time i spent watering tomatoes, visiting with a neighbor in the wee hours of the morning. just at first light. too early to be awake, but just the right time to nurture a new friendship.

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  18. My favorite thing about summer is that life has a way of slowing down... from a less frenetic pace than it seems to adopt the rest of the year. Can I get an "Amen?" =)

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  19. LOL "No Pressure"
    My favorite thing(s) about summer are the smells; freshly cut grass, watermelon and tanning oil, etc!

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  20. My favorite part of summer is sitting outside on the porch reading and listening to my kiddos running around the back yard!
    This is such an awesome gift - thanks so much!!
    Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  21. My favorite part of summer is NO SCHEDULE. I am not a schedule kinda girl, even though we all kinda thrive when school is back in session!

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  22. Summer means a more relaxed schedule. Friends come over and continue hanging out until waaay past time (even when we have to go to work the next day) and it seems "allowed". I would love some pink Columbines.. I have plenty of white columbine seeds to share if you want some...they grow really well from seed. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  23. Ahhhh, summer. I just love swimming in the pool and getting a wonderful summer glow.

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  24. Well this is one of The Most down home lovely give-aways, I think I might have ever layed?, laid?, lay-ed? my eyes on. My favourite thing about summer? Mini water balloons. We had so much fun with them on the trampoline. Worth the 45 minutes of filling them up, each and e.v.e.r.y time. Note: They work much better in summer. In winter they are kind of hard : )
    Dana

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  25. well what a precious give away!! I love it!! :) I would love to win your sweet summer treasures. Summer...ahh, I think it was lazy days at the pool with my kids. Fun times!!

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  26. What a generous bounty of goodness! My favourite thing about summer is the sunshine and flowers. Oops that's two!
    xo

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  27. Oh my word...I totally forgot you were gone! I hope you are having a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear about the whole thing when you get home.

    Ok, my favorite thing about summer is wearing flip flops and doing everything OUTSIDE. I consider it pure joy :) The sun is hot and I'm free to wear what I please. I just love everything about summer...even those 100 degree days.

    Have a great time friend!

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  28. There's something amazing about the air - or what is the word I'm thinking......aura? Anyway, I can become so stinkin busy in the somewhere and forget to slow down to feel that amazing presence in the air. There is so much beauty jumping out (literally) from all around me in the summer. How to pick a favorite, I don't know. It always takes to long to come and is gone in the blink of an eye. By the grace of God, I plan to see another and hope to do a better job of taking it all in - slowing down, breathing in the best of what summer brings.
    On the practical side, I love giving my dryer a break and hanging out the laundry. Washing all of my linens and opening the windows to feel the beautiful breeze move through my home.
    Were we supposed to just share one thing? Sorry, I guess I just can't do that. God has blessed my life allowing me to be present for 38 summers now - blessed, blessed, blessed.
    Enjoy your down time and all that you have to embrace at this conference! xo

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  29. I don't want to win. I just want to tell you that for some reason this post brought tears to my eyes. I think it was the part about your farm flower seeds that really got me. Well...that and the pictures of all your kiddos with the giveaways. Made it seem so very much from the heart as I know it is intended to be.
    Renee W.
    Austin, TX

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  30. This is what all giveaways should be like. :) I love your pictures. All of the items made me smile just reading about them.

    One of my favorite parts of summer is my sister coming home every week with one of those tiny watermelons. She calls each a "personal melon" and chomps away happily in the backyard while I water the gardens in the evening. Personal melon rines were a big part of the compost pile this year. :)

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  31. Just one thing I loved about this summer? Cause I'm threatening to stay up late tonight and howl at the moon to frighten away the equinox. And I'm kind of big and scary. Anyway. I'd have to say turning fifty with my BFFs Ethel and Rock-Star Diva by my side, sharing a bottle of wine at a local winery after spending the day together at the beach. I want to live inside that day. Forever. World without end.

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  32. SWIMMING!!!! sarahunt88@gmail.com

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  33. My favorite part of summer is having more daylight! Thank you so much for the give away, your kids are just the cutest things ever! Marsha

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  34. Can I say that my favorite thing about summer is when it is switching to fall? That is when I met and started dating my husband and it makes me feel all giddy even still.

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  35. My favorite thing about summer is the break from classes and therefore more time with my husband!

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  36. My favorite parts of summer. hmmm. Waking up with the sunshine streaming through my windows, sun tea, babies splashing in kiddie pools, and digging in my garden!

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  37. My favorite part of summer are the vegetables! tomatoes, and corn specifically :)

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  38. Oh my this giveaway is fantastic! There is a place near my house that sells okra like those peas and it is divine. Trips to the beach are my favorite part of summer. There is nothing like the salt air in my hair.

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  39. I love summer because my husband and I get to travel! Yay for school year jobs! Colorado calls our name, and we always answer. I love these picks. So fun. Makes me wanna rewind summer.

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  40. My favorite thing this summer was seeing my dad setting on the dock he built fishing with my two youngest grandsons, a three & four year old. They were just chatting, fishing & catching. Yep back at the pond. You know which one. :) :) Brenda Crist

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  41. This one is easy, fire flies. Yep, fire flies.

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  42. What a fun Giveaway! One of my favorite things about summer is camping with the family. My parents camped every summer with us and now my husband and I are carrying on the tradition with our children. Summertime rolls around and I get that itch to go camping. Terry

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  43. My favorite thing this summer was watching my two year old squeal with delight over buggies - of all varieties (eww)- but especially over lightening bugs/fireflies. He "grew up" from baby to little boy in a matter of just a few months. sigh.

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  44. what a peach you are! i too, have contemplated a give away. alas, the 2 old maid aunts of mine and the handful of old high school friends would make for a woeful competion.


    watermelon baby! camping. the beach. swimming in the snow run off up by our cabin in the mountains (that my husband's family settled in 1930s!)

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  45. LOVE the pics! What I'm already missing about summer is going for a run at 9pm and it's still light out. Everlasting sunshine! Have fun in SL!
    xoxo,
    HBY

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  46. Well, OK! This is the most thoughtful blog give-away I have ever come across. I sometimes feel like if I enter a blog give-away and win, that will be it. My 1 win. So I save my entries for only things that seem awesome. This seems awesome! What I love about summer: picnics. I love eating outside!

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  47. My favorite summer "thing" is the possibility that each summer holds...it's like the doors of opportunity are slung wide open and I get to go a shopping spree. My brain switches from it's cool weather fog into a clear, creative open space. I often am at my most creative and receptive place when the weather begins to warm :)
    I love your blog. It makes me smile. You give words to my thoughts and I love that about you! I was in Indiana this summer, as my husband is from there and we go visit his family each summer. I asked all about some of the places you talk about! Thanks for all of the sunshine and joy you spread!

    ~Katie (k.marshall0918@gmail.com)

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  48. Oh what cute giveaways. I like how the kids got involved. I'd love to win. My favortie thing about summer is.......air conditioning. Hope that doesn't offend you. I don't do heat well. But, I love snow.
    I will cross my fingers and toes until you draw the winner.

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  49. Favorite thing about summer: napping in the sunshine.....and I love all the giveaways! how fun

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  50. Oh that' so much fun. I love summer. the smell of kids that have played in the sun. Or a sticky Popsicle, covered in sidewalk chalk kid. Those are my favorite things of summer. probably because I know they won't last forever. Someday they will be too big for all of that. so I have to soak it up while I can.

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  51. Normally I'm so ready for fall, but this year I'm just not! I want more summer and sunshine! I'm greedy this year. My favorite thing about summer? To name a few... Cricket and toad chirps. Storms that teach you humility. Feeling the world against your bare skin.

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  52. My favorite thing about summer is sitting out after the children have gone to bed on our front porch rockers listening to the sounds of the warm evenings while talking about loving and life. I'm gonna miss these warm nights. Wyoming gets cold starting in September and lasting until June.

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  53. My favorite thing, barefoot travels. Definitely. My feet get so stained black I cannot get them clean!

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  54. OH MY GOSH!
    When I saw the photo of you and your adorable sissy, I said to myself 'Gosh that looks like Keisha!' Well hotdiggitydog it's the lovely lady herself.
    Crazy story. I found her blog several years ago. . . she was such an encouragement to me while I was living in China in 2009. Golly. What a small wonderful world.
    Hug her for me sometime!
    xoxo

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  55. Love this giveaway! It's SO fun and SO you. Your sister looks lots like you. That's a good thing. ;-)

    I love open windows and flip-flops. Seriously.
    ~FringeGirl

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  56. How to choose one thing....this year's food faves, kabobs and fresh salsa. Both straight from the garden!

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  57. Summer days off with my babies.... and this summer? One of my favorite things was a summer evening spent with a gorgeous group of women on a gorgeous lawn, eating a wonderful summer supper before seeing The Help. I'd take more nights like that more often.

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  58. Awwww...I love how sentimental your give-away is. I got all choked up. I'd almost feel bad keeping it if I won.

    I said almost.

    My best summer days were with my whole family together in my Mom's hometown of Orange City, Iowa. It was everything I love about summer...family, fresh food, old family farms, fireflies, cornfields, story telling, sharing memories,making memories... and relishing every.blissful.moment.

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  59. A solo hike in the woods just down the road.

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  60. my favorite thing about summer, when we're at my parents and get to hang out by the pool all day and then cookout for dinner.

    ps-I am so ready for the end of summer though, but Texas didn't get the memo :)

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  61. I love how much more relaxed people are in the summer.
    And, I live for flip flops and sandals....yes, I think my favourite thing about summer is exposing my toes!

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  62. Lightening Bugs - hands down the best part of a summer evening.

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  63. Afternoon thunderstorms, popsicles with my daughter, bare feet, splashing in rain puddles all became favorite summer-y things this year.

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  64. One thing...that is hard. I guess I would have to say I love all the fresh fruits and veggies during the summer. Fabulous meal making! ;) Thanks for your generosity. :)

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  65. Quiet nights in the kitchen. Even better - loud nights in the kitchen... friends, family, pets. What's better than fellowship with our favorites?

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  66. Dreaming in the hammock with a canopy of green overhead. Wineglass in hand, book open, cat sleeping on my chest.

    p.s. I love your blog -

    Choral
    California

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  67. This one is easy for me. Ever since my kids have been big enough to stand up, I have had vegetable gardens. And every year, it is the same, we barely get any veggies or berries inside the house because they help pick and eat so much outside in the garden, that we don't get much of the harvest inside. When they were very young, I would grow the green beans up 3 poles into the shape of a teepee. They would crawl inside of the teepee and pick the raw green beans and just sit there and eat them. Now it's strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, wine berries, beans, herbs, tomatos, corn, you name it. They would just assume eat them raw fresh off the vine than bring it in and prepare it. Knowing that I am growing organic veggies and fruits that my kids love and will hand pick and eat make me so happy. My "babies" are 14, 16, 18 and 20 now, but we still LOVE the garden in the Sweet Summertime:)
    Debbie

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  68. Super tanned bellies,red popsicles smiles, fire flies and fresh cut grass...definition of summer. Though we are ready for crisp cool walks, brilliant walks and apples crisp!

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  69. Kid~

    You are entirely too cute.

    My absolute favorite thing about summer:

    The sound of the water lapping against our little fishing boat every year. I honestly think "I need to record this sound!" every year and I never do.

    My husband loves to fish. I just like being in the boat with him with THAT sound and the warmth of the sun hitting my shoulders.

    Throw in a couple of Twix candybars and a Butterfinger or two and I'm golden.

    LOVE the photos of your littles holding the prizes. A-Dorable!

    Hope you're having a splendid trip!

    xoxoxo~

    TT

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  70. Getting buzzed on a half-a glass of red wine on my front porch-surrounded by my neighbor ladies-just a chattin' and soakin' our feet in salty peppermint water

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  71. Favorite thing about THIS summer.....visiting my brother and fam at an Air Force base in ND and my brother, dad and hubby playing baseball in a field with every kid within blocks til it was so dark we couldn't see......which was after 11pm.....absolute perfection :)
    I love the seeds (planted my first wild flowers this summer....LOVE!) and the grain sack :)

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  72. Hello,

    I've never posted before, but I've been a reader for awhile. I love reading about the changes that you are making in your family and in your own heart. Our family felt called to "do more" about two years ago, 8 months later I found myself in Haiti holding a 3.5 pound 10 day old blind baby. Six weeks later, that little baby was in my arms in the U.S. and one month ago his adoption was finalized. My husband and I have two girls (10 and 8), life was easy and we needed a shake up. We've been shook up real good and I wouldn't change it for the world. I couldn't have expected what was to come when we opened up ourselves to "doing more". God's plan was greater and way more complicated than I expected. The shake up required crying, confusion, sickness, hospitals, the unknown, sleepless nights and much prayer. Whatever God has in store for you will be complicated, unexpected and all together life changing. It will be grand and humbling all at the same time. You will not feel worthy...but you are.

    I had no intention of writing that. Either way, my favorite part about summer was enjoying a healthy family and watching my little boy learn to crawl and explore the world.

    -Melissa

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  73. So many favorite things about summer...number one favorite is that I get to wear flip flops all day, every day :) Love that bag...would love to win!

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  74. I want to win!!!!! I love the less scheduledness (it's a word. prettysure.). and the smell of grass and sunshine on my kiddos. and fresh fruit!

    Xo ellie

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  75. My favorite part of this past summer was watching the establishment of our farm...a new chapter in our lives. I would be honored to sow your pink columbine seeds around our new place!

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  76. We go south every winter so my favorite part of summer is getting to come back home. Home to my children and grandchildren. Home to our cabin and my craft studio. Home to the chipmunks and the smell of the forest so strong and fresh it makes you want to bottle it.

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  77. I too have been thinking about the change of seasons... summer is slipping away and my favorite thing this summer has probably been the growing independance of my children, which is actually both my favorite and not-favorite thing this summer... *sigh*

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  78. Awesome, awesome giveaway! My favorite things about summer would have to be roadtrips and the garden :)

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  79. My favorite thing about summer is driving around at night with the windows down, listening to the wonderful sounds of nature.

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  80. My favorite thing about summer is the grill. Our family seems so much more excited to be together, and specifically eat together when we cook over the grill =) Corn on the cob, parsley potatoes, steaks, chicken, mmmmm. Sitting outside feasting on our grill food is simply perfect!!

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  81. That bag is adorable! I love to swim and take my kids to waterparks. I like the long days and the flip-flops and sandals. Ok, so that's more than one..

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  82. My favorite thing about summer is sitting out in the evenings with a glass of iced tea and watch the fireflies light up the yard. Oh I also love all the flowers in bloom! Traci

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  83. on this, the last day of summmer, it's REEaly hard to narrow down my favorite things, but here's a stab at it off the top of my head: barefeet, swimming, and frozen treats. not too original, i suppose. but there you have it. :) parting is such sweet sorrow, but even my summer girl is looking forward to the first day of fall tomorrow.

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  84. i love laying out on a float in my pool, I love Iced cold glass bottled Coke, while eating boiled peanuts, these things I do only in the summer, I love fresh salsa made with home grown tomotoes I love our family camping in the summer..i love just about everything about summer! And I love those pink flowers you have posted!!

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  85. Wathing my garden grow. I'm always amazed by the wonderful food and flavors that are transformed from tiny seeds.

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  86. My favorite part about summer is spending time at my grandparent's cabin and hanging out with my cousins. We are all so close, we're like each other's siblings. It's so wonderful to be able to spend time with them and to grow so close to them.

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  87. The bag is beautiful. Summer...I love the loooong days, the breezes, being able to go to the pool, camping. I guess a smaller list might be what I DON't love about summer. But that would be beside the point. Oh, and I love summer because it's not winter. :)

    Enjoy your conference! beth

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  88. My favorite thing about summer was not being in school:) and spending time with all "my kids" and the Wanrer family all together:)

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  89. I'm a teacher so my favorite thing about summer are lazy days spent out in the sunshine with my little man. I love soaking up every extra minute with him and pulling out the memories when school has worn me down and the kids have me frazzled and at the end of my rope.

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  90. My favorite thing this summer? Discovering (quite by surprise!) that we are expecting Baby #2 to our home, sometime around the 1st of March! This will be a summer I remember forever. :)

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  91. i love everything about summer....vacations, wearing shorts and flip flops, watermelon is really high on the list, my little boys' tan skin and blond hair. i could keep going on, but i'll stop there.
    p.s. saw that you won one of the giveaways on danielle's blog! congrats!!

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  92. My favorite thing about summer is going to the zoo, then coming home and sitting on the swing my dad built (and husband installed) while reading a book. I love sleeping with the windows open and driving with the windows down. Also, it's easier to dress children in the summer.

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  93. favorite part about summer?
    SUMMER CAMP
    hands down. I live for summers at camp. no sleep. no money. but lots of loving on God's children!

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  94. What a fun collection of goodies!

    Favorite thing about summer...that's a hard one. I'd have to say the long days. There's plenty of daylight hours to squeeze in all kinds of fun and some quiet moments too.

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  95. I love evenings at the ballpark, swimming in the lake, reading books in the hammock, and going on adventures with my kids. I love summer!

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  96. Normally-tropical sno, summer fruit, vacations, and flip-flops. This year that, plus becoming a mom for the first time :)

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  97. Oh,fabulous bag. It reminds me of Uganda, where I was this summer....which was my absolute favorite thing about summer this year....I think I need to go back...I left a peice of my heart there. Sigh.

    Rosa


    emt136@myway.com

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  98. My favorite thing about summer is when I head off to the nursery for the first time and I see rows and rows of beautiful plants. They all call my name and make promises that this will be my year and my yard will actually look like I know what I am doing.
    Abbie Miller

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  99. My favorite part of summer is how time slows down for us. It's so nice to just hang out and be.

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  100. My baby was born. The baby they told me probably wouldn't make it. The baby that, while still inside of me, they told me "Downs Syndrome is a good-case scenario". The baby that was born one hot, sticky, Saturday night in June. Perfect, healthy, and beautiful. She may be my third girl, but she's brought so many new memories and new meanings to life. Summer will forever now make me think of her and quiet nights with the breeze blowing - where it's just me and her, so thankful for this blessed life.

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  101. You're in my city! Hope you have a chance to take in the art museum or science center and enjoy some of our fabulous Italian cuisine!

    There are so many wonderful things about summer, but I have to say that COOK OUTS are at the top of my list.:) Enjoy St. Louis!

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  102. oh wow! how sweet of you!!! i'd love to have a piece of your flower patch in my yard. and that bag... swoon! my summer favorite: ceaseless sunshine and extra long days.

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  103. Flip-flops. Ok, I actually wear flip-flops all year round, so not really summer specific. But, boy do I love my flip-flops. This summer I loved watching my son learn how to ride a bike (thanks to your tip). The pure joy on his face when he accomplished it, makes me teary every time I watch the video. Sunsets are a close second.
    Julia
    -Seattle

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  104. This summer we spent a month by a lake . . . without internet or disruptions. It was just plain old good family time, and I loved every minute of it.

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  105. Wow! I love reading your blog and hearing about your life! You are such an inspiration! I love tank tops, skirts, and flip flops! That's my total summer attire! I love spending time at the beach with my entire family! Toes in the sand, swimming and dodging the wave, finding shells, laughing, eating, reading! Then that good tired feeling you get after being in the water and sun all day! The beach always makes me feel closer to God! It's so beautiful!

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  106. Oh my what a great giveaway! You are so thoughtful and generous :) My favorite thing about summer is the grill - it means my husband does lots of the cooking and we have lots of family barbecues. And we eat an abundance of watermelon.

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  107. This was a very touching and reflecting post for me. Like you said, when one ends another begins. A mantra for my life at the moment.

    Anywho, the bag, the sack, the flower seeds, the peas!!! Love it all. AS for me and my summer thoughts; I always go home. I remember running in wet grass in the morning from the dew and chasing lightin' bugs at night. Most of all, sleeping outside in a tent made from an old sheet draped over the double clothes line. My Sis and I had our pillows, our babydolls and an old camp lantern with us. I can remember the smell of that thing too. Like dirt and oil. Sigh. Good memories that I treasure and ones I hope to NEVER forget.

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  108. one of my favorite things about summer??? right.. like i can just go and pick. like the minute i say one out loud the thousand other things won't remind me of their goodness and i'll call a take back. if you forced me down the decisive path.. i would have to say it's the sun. the deep, turns me inside out sun that melts me into a puddle. the kind of sun that warms your bones and leaves you mellow and good straight through. summer can't be over... except fall is pretty good too. it's possible my favorite part of every season is the very first day it arrives. :)

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  109. My favorite thing about summer is that is comes just before Fall :)... Just kidding, kind of... I do really love the slower pace, and the possibility of much needed vacation time away from the mundane of regular daily life at home.

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  110. My favorite parts of summer are the warmth, lack of furnace need, and the longer days. I'm sad that summer is gone again. It just seems so short.

    Love the bag & have never seen such pretty pink columbine. I have had purple columbine but never had seen pink. I'd definitely do my best to get those growing.

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  111. Hi from up here in Canada! We've already had a hard frost up here, minus 5 degrees! I'd love to win just to have that last bit of summer-ish-ness(yes, I know it's not a word) I think my favorite part of Summer is having my four kiddos at home, taking walks with my two girls, beautiful sunsets, watching the boys have waterfights and catch frogs, realizing it's supper and I don't have anything planned, then getting the kids to gather some sticks for a fire and opening some hotdogs and marshmallows and instantly becoming "the bestest cook".=)
    Please pick me, I've been following your blog for a week or so and have been so encouraged and challenged!
    Amy Kirby, Saskatchewan, CANADA

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  112. Thank you for the opportunity to receive these things. What a treat - for someone. My favorite thing about summer has to be seeing all that the season has to offer through my daughter's 4 year old eyes. Everything is magnified 1000 times which makes it magnified fun...the state fair, the pool, the sight of a butterfly, tan lines....everything is wonderfully wonderful.

    Teri Selbher

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  113. My favorite thing about summer is spending the evenings outside just hanging out and winding down. We play on the swing set, read books, catch bugs, see who can spot the first star of the night, take walks & watch the sun set. I love summer evenings.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  114. My favorite thing about summer is that I get to spend it with my husband and little girl because we are both teachers!

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  115. My favorite summer things: Sunshine, warm weather, NO snow, family reunions, swimming, grilling and chilling, neighbors hanging out in their yards, birds are singing, the grass is green...what's not to love?!

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  116. swimming! watching the littles love the water. perfection.

    (and yes, my name is autumn - happy me! - ha!)

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  117. you are at another writing conference? this thing is getting serious, my friend!
    i love so many things about summer. this summer one of my top favorite things was sitting on my porch watching my kids and husband play football. it was my happy place.

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  118. My very favorite thing about summer is knowing that I have my kids all to myself for ten whole weeks! No homework, no schedules, just fun!

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  119. My favorite thing about summer is the color! Flowers, food, sky, clothes....

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  120. My favorite thing about summer is my garden. It's so peaceful out there!

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  121. Summer is the paycheck for a stay a home mama. Nowhere to be, no time to get up, lots of chances to say "yes", popsicles, and sand in the toes. That's why summer rocks here!

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  122. I love the traditions that summer brings. The county fair, watermelon, and firefly catching are just a few. I will welcome you back wholeheartedly next year, Summer!

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  123. I can't decide! I'll go with having my kids around and watching my garden grow.

    I have a sister in Africa too! Tanzania to be exact.

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  124. Simply the peepers at night! I love hearing them and have since I was a kid!

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  125. There are too many wonderful things to pick from. But it's kind of fun to leave a comment immediately after my sister in law, Jen...hmmm. Long and exhilarating bike rides with my family on the Pumpkinvine Trail.
    Jodi, at themillertroop@gmail.com

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  126. Ahhh, that's easy peasy! BBQ's, flip flops and water fights! Oh and the lack of need to wear 50 lbs of clothes... I loathe wearing to many clothes! Would love to try culivating he seeds....
    Tisha

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  127. My favorite thing about summer is that our routine is a little more relaxed and I get to spend more time with my kids :)

    I LOVE the bag, great choice....here's hoping I win it, if not is there a way to link us up with buying our own.?

    Thanks and enjoy your trip :)

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  128. One of my favorite things about summer is early mornings in the garden. Even in the wee hours, there's a lot going on out there. Everything is dew-kissed and sparkly. It reminds me of the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day in Genesis. Blessings!

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  129. Awesome giveaway! Your blog is one of my FAVORITES, hands down. My favorite thing about summer is that there are way less time constraints. Laid-back schedules, sleeping in, etc. It's always good to take things slower.

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  130. My favorite thing about summer is....

    For a brief moment, you can remember what it was like to be a kid and relish in the simple pleasures of life, so easily forgotten.

    As you get older and feel the weight of the world pressing on your shoulders, you forget how to play & be carefree. I have loved watching my kids and seeing life through their eyes, catching glimpses of my past when life was simple and I knew how to have fun. It inspires me to take a moment & laugh. To get messy and remember why I was so good at being a kid.
    Life has taken us through many twists & turns and along the way I lost so much joy. I allowed the stress of life to replace the little bits of me that knew how to be silly & throw caution to the wind. It was through experiencing one of lives biggest challenges this year, that helped me to step back and assess life and the deepest places in my heart. My Mom passed away almost a year ago last October. While reflecting, crying, laughing.... during these past months, I realized that the things I loved & missed the most about my Mom were the simple things. The little things that she did that made us all feel like we were the most important person in her life. I didn't want to take anything for granted anymore. I am on a new journey, trying to figure out how life will work without one of my dearest friends by my side and just a phone call away. "Summer" was a defining moment for me this year. I felt the warmth of the sun on my shoulders and felt gratitude in my heart that I was alive to enjoy that simple pleasure. Laughing with my kids & seeing them play helped me to know that life goes on & that I can carry on all of the blessings and teachings that my Mom gave to me and our family.

    My husband and I have been married for 23 years and we are in the process of purchasing "our farm". It has been a dream in the making for a VERY long time. I know how special it is for you to give a piece of your heart, a piece of your dream with every little seed from the flowers you loved and watched grow. When I read that part of your "give away" I got all teared-up. I can feel how much your farm means to you and how hard it is to say goodbye. What an incredible tribute to carry on the legacy of that dream by giving away a "moment" from the joy that you've received.

    I am very new to this whole blog thing, but I felt that it was a blessing to stumble across yours. I spent hours reading & catching-up on all of your posts. I laughed, I cried, I felt like there was another "farm girl at heart" out there who could relate. We too have adopted all of our children, so it was fun to share in your journey of you bringing your patchwork quilt together too. I can't thank you enough for taking time out of your busy life to share with others. I even got the idea from your blog for my twins' "2nd grade science project" to share w/their classes. (Homemade lava lamps). THANK YOU for that one.

    I don't know if this qualifies for a giveaway, I've never done this before but I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you & let you know how much joy you've brought into my life.

    From one Farmgirl @ heart to another, Cindy

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  131. Sweet bag...love it all! Would try my best to keep your lovely farm going with the seeds! Favorite summer time activity...the pure laziness of it all!! Can't be beat!

    carmela

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  132. I love to hear cicadas singing on a summer night,stars shining in the sky,the smell of jasmine and honeysuckle .

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  133. What is not to love about summer? For me it is the sloooow mornings - no rushing for breakfast, searching for homework or running for the bus. It doesn't get much better than that. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  134. Ok....stand back ya'll.....aaaahhhhhum.....

    OOOOOOOh, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things!!!!

    Whew, now I feel better I got that outta my system!!! Heeehehehee!!!

    Sorry, this Ozark Farm Chick just can't pass up beltin' out a great tune and I to tell ya'll I really need to work on my self~control. :o)

    Oh, I'm a summertime kinda gal all the way! I love everything. My acre of flower gardens, my swims in the afternoon sun, mowin' the lawn, new calves in the fields and crops growin'. I make no bones about how I fee about winter...this chick is no snowbunny!!!

    What a great giveaway!!! Woohoo!!!

    From the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a blessed and beautiful day!!! :o)

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  135. You know, for several years now I haven't been a person who liked summer. Something about really disliking being hot. But this summer was a good, good summer. And perhaps it was because It was being able to truly and fully be present in each moment for the first time in a long time. The peace, contentment and joy have been second to none. And that has been the single greatest thing about this season in life.

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  136. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway. I think one of my favorite things about summer is the food! All the fresh veggies, and fruits and just being able to run to the farm market and having a fresh salad. Love it!

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  137. My favorite thing about summer is watching my daughter swim and play outside with all her cousins. Good times!

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  138. Oh where to even begin? My favorite thing about summer has probably been the flowers in my yard. Being a new homeowner, I came home every evening to take a peek at my babies and be sure they were cared for. The birds outside our bedroom window at the bird feeder are a close second. They rocked my world.

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  139. There are so many "favorites" of summer it would be impossible to list them all, but on the top of my list this summer would be finding your blog which I stumbled upon in July and have been a faithful reader of since. Thank you for sharing your life, beautiful photography, and the ever encouraging word with me. I just can't wait to see what the fall will bring!

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  140. One thing?? Okay :) My favorite thing about summer is the way the days go on forever. Summer feels so...easy compared to the rest of the year!

    p.s. I'm praying for ya this weekend :)

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  141. What a giveaway, my dear!

    My favorite part of summer? Sitting on the front porch, rocking in a rocking chair, watching the sun set in the West and drinking a glass of wine with my husband. It's a summer tradition at our house: we sit on the porch, stare at the setting sun and just take it all in. Sometimes, we talk. Other times, we let the sunset do all the talking. It's blissful.

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  142. I love love love summer. It's my favorite season, love the long days, beach with the kids, popsicles!

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  143. Camping-- sitting by the lake, bicycling on paths through the woods, campfires...

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  144. I love the long evenings and later, leisurely dinners out on the deck.
    angiechadwell@yahoo.com

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  145. My favourite thing is when it's warm enough in Scotland at this time of year to take a cup of tea outside and enjoy a few more rays of sunshine before the winter sets in properly

    Ann

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  146. my favorite thing about summer: sitting in the garden with my kids picking our bounty!!!

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  147. My favorite things are the beach early morning and the treasures and beauty to share with my kids. My kids and I would love to live the farm life so appreciate this give away.

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  148. My favorite thing about Summer is THE POOL. It makes me sad that my husband is not a fan. Also SUMMER VACATION. I love being 31 and having my husband at home all summer long. It's like we get to pretend we met in Elementary School & get to play all summer long - instead of when we were 25.

    What a lovely giveaway - congratulations to the lucky winner!

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  149. My favorite thing about summer is kneeling in the dirt weeding and planting while my girls swing high and laugh and laugh at the funny (they think) words they can come up with.

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  150. Staying up late, sleeping in, swimming, the hot, hot sunshine, beautiful flowers, ice cream, grilling out

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  151. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SOME comments? whoa. My favortie thing about this past summer was my new granddaughter, Natalie- born in March. She is a nature girl just like Grandma and loves to be outdoors. She looks up at the trees and sighs. Nothing better.
    xo, Cheryl

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  152. Fantastic giveaway! So generous & kind. I love floating down the river on our boat with friends the most :).

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  153. I love how absolutely random and sweet and wonderful your giveaways are. I'm also excited for you about this new "season" you're getting in to!

    Oh, and my favorite thing about summer was... Lake adventures with my Hubby. Great memories. Oh, and the humid humid mornings. And visits to PA. And...

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  154. Summer comes so late here in Maine, that one of my favorite things is the heat! Enough heat to head over to to the local pond, where the two boys immerse themselves for hours on end... learning to splish and splash, put their faces in the water, and laugh and laugh. It doesn't last long, but it's totally worth the wait!

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  155. Your posts always make me smile!!!!!!!!!!! Such a unique and heartfelt giveaway. I guess my favorite things about summer are...flip flops, juicy watermelon, and campfires at night :)

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  156. My favorite thing about summer is the long days...not dark until 9pm and liight when you get up in the morning! Yay sunshine!!

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  157. Living in Seattle, where we saw about 2 weeks of a 'real' summer this year, I have to say that the best part about summer is the sunshine!

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  158. coming in a little late on this one...been busy schooling my kiddo's!! LOVE your giveaways and how each are a little part of you and your heart <3

    My favorite thing about summer is the freedom in the schedule..you can laze around by the pool, watch movies all day in your pj's, have bbq's with all of your best people and also the gifts from my garden, from flowers to beets, each wonderfully perfect in it's own way <3

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  159. Every Friday during the summers, I would pack up my little red suitcase and travel all the way across the street to spend the night with my grandma and grandpa. We would swing on the porch, catch lightening bugs to put in the bug house grandpa made me, and then we would go inside to eat sliced apples with salt on them, popcorn, and cheese (Weird, I know, but nothing has ever tasted so good.) just until the weather report on the 10:00 news. Then it was bedtime - no if's, and's or but's!

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  160. My favorite summer thing ever, is sitting ouside on my front steps with my hubby and my puppy. We turn on the front light and read whatever books we are currently into in our most comfy shorts and flip-flops while the puppers (not quite sure how our dog became known as "the puppers" but it works" snoozes next to us. Sometimes we bring ipad outside for some light tunes and a bottle of wine but most nights it was just the three us, out there until it was time for bed. It became quiet and peaceful summer ritual for us. Nothin' fancy but it was great :)
    -CeciLoves

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  161. I love having my son home in the summer... I love our lazy days of swinging in the porch swing and reading...

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  162. My favorite thing about summer is the rest. I'm a teacher so the Summer break is a much needed rest and much needed time spent with my husband and daughter. And popsicles, and sno cones, and swimming pools.

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  163. Summer used to mean weeks at my grandparents' house in Oklahoma, backyard wiffle ball games with my cousins and rides on the tractor. Now it's time off teaching, waking up late at home with my little boy, deciding to all sorts of things or all sorts of nothing with our day. Super sweet giveaway I'd love to win. Oh, and congratulations on the sale of your house. We spent almost two years trying to sell our last home and I remember the relentless, in-between uncertainty. I wish you peace wherever the wind blows you next...you will flourish I'm sure.

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  164. What a fun giveaway, I would love to recieve a box from you...the highlight of my Summer! The bag is so cute, love it, and the extras are so fun to have passed around...but what got me was your flower seeds. Your comment made me a little sad, but honored if I had the opportunity to keep the farm alive... : ) What a gift to pass along!! Hope you have a great trip away, enjoy your time without kids!

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  165. Oh, my favorite Summer memories...my boys loving the beach, camping, playing in the sprinkler, cousin camp memories that will last a lifetime, summer dinners on the deck, campfires with smores, and lazy days with no plans!! : )

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  166. I love LOVE your blog! Thank you for taking the time to write and share about your life!

    My favorite things about summer are:

    Lazy days at the beach with my family and watching my kids play in the surf.

    Cold nights sitting around the campfire making s'mores and laughing with my kids and my husband.

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  167. oh miss lady, what a sweet giveaway!

    my favorite things about summer are: opening all the windows and feeling the warmth blow in, fresh raspberries off the bush, camping with my loved ones, the sun staying up until 9:45, no school work (yay!), and garage sales a-plenty!

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  168. I love working outside all day, petting the chickens and riding the horses! :)

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  169. My favorite thing about Summer? Here in the Vegas desert? The knowledge that my beloved Fall and Winter are right around the corner. :)

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  170. Flip Flops, baby. I love them so much that I squeeze out every last drop of flip flop wearing time that I can. That bag...gorgeous.

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  171. How can I begin to tell you about my favorite things of Summer?

    It's a feeling, that ol season. A feeling of being carefree, happiness, and a special dash of bein' blessed all rolled into one. A feeling I like to bathe in and fill myself up with to tide me through the Winter months.

    You are a generous soul...I love that grain sack.

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  172. Beautiful bag! My favorite thing about summer is drippy Popsicles on the deck, right after going swimming.

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  173. So many things I love about summer, watermelon, flip flops, the beach...Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful bag

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  174. Unexpected rainshowers in the afternoon. Oh, and peaches!!

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  175. Favorite thing about summer...hmmm. honestly the noise of the kids at home :) Them running in and out...the door slamming. Them yelling up the stairs or out the window (or in...) Music blaring and open windows.... Splashes in friend's pools and giggles that are up WAY too late... I love the noise.

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  176. Wow, you will have quite the time reading all these comments. I will make mine short. Fav thing of summer? Working in my gardens and home. A lots of time just for myself. Take care, Kit

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  177. I could make a list a mile long but if I had to narrow it down to just one thing I would have to say fireflies or lightening bugs....I guess it depends on what part of the country you are are from....either way they are magical and mysterious and the first sighting of one every year never ceases to thrill me!

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  178. Wow! This giveaway thing is huge! I expect nothing less my dear friend. I don't need to win the giveaway, but I LOVE the bag and I must say it looks rad (yes I said rad :-) with that yellow shirt, straight off the runway! LOL My fav things about summer are:
    1. my sweaty smelly boys after playing hard in the backyard
    2. impromtu meetings with friends & nurturing the new relationships
    3. sitting in pure sunlight reading a mag
    4. running at 9 pm to clear my head to have quiet time with God, just me and the bugs
    5. kids selling lemonade on the street

    I love that you give to us without asking for anything in return, you are off the charts in my book and I miss our shinanigans, hurry home, can't wait to hear about your weekend!
    xxoo
    heather

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  179. Awww...can aussies enter minus the seeds?...what a wonderful giveaway...with summer coming up here I really can't wait for the kids Christmas holidays...lo.g days of swimming in the pool and eating and drinking and bbqing...loves it...now I am excited...

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  180. ahh, I was SO sure you were gonna put your sister in a box...that WOULD be awesome! (You could put holes in it to be sure she could breathe...and maybe handles...reminds me of trips to the pet store!)
    Anywho....my favorite things of this summer??
    1. camp with my new/old friend and her skirt
    2. a new house deal
    3. adoption drama that continues
    4. pinterest
    5. marinated ham and cheese
    6. fruit salsa in the Pampered Chef food processor!
    7. swimming races
    8. star gazing with My Prince
    9. pandora radio on my 21st century cell phone blasting through my 1961 Nutone speaker system. ;)

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  181. I love the summer sunsets ...being in Texas, it doesn't get comfy till 8 , so sitting on the porch rocking and talking is my perfect summertime night.

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  182. Summer:
    Pajama Days with No guilt
    Time spent with my boy
    Basil
    The Pool
    and a cold daiquiri

    XOXO

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  183. I love laying in the hammock with the kids.

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  184. This summer has been a rough one . . .a miscarriage after 1 1/2 years of tying. . .kind of put a damper on things. But, I'll have to say the short joy of being pregnant was my favorite. Oh, and my sunflowers. Love.

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  185. I love swimming in our pool with my son during the summer. Because I am a teacher, I get to be home with him and love that we can cool off on hot summer days in our backyard!!

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  186. Seriously beautiful post. I love the family time we eek out in big chunks during the summer... how the evenings don't end too soon, but linger on with campfires and chatting and stargazing and firefly catching....

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  187. I have many summer favorites...but a cold glass of sweet mint garden tea brings back memories of childhood:)...and floating around in the pool with good book has become a favorite too:)

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  188. I love summer, sisters, and other fun goodies! :)

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  189. the way kids smell after running around in grass all day, after eating watermelon and corn on the cob, and ice cream, after sweating in their superhero undies. I love seeing summer and smelling summer through my kids.
    For some reason, this post made me weepy. What the what?

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  190. spending endless amounts of time with my family!

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  191. Spending more time with my 7-yr old son was the best part of my summer :)

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  192. My favorite thing about summer is driving over the green bridge that spans the lake on the way to my husband's grandparents' lake cabin. We spent our honeymoon there, and now we return for our anniversary week every year, children in tow. It speaks of beginnings and continuity and futures far down the road, and it feels just as good every time.

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  193. My favorite thing about summer? July 9th. I celebrate being CANCER FREE on that day now!! I never thought i'd say that, but for the past 2 years, I've been blessed with good health, by the Grace of God alone... Summertime with my family and walks on the beach, and late night swimming also rank right up there!! I love to dig in my garden and plant a new flower each year... so sad to see summer gone again for another year, but my favorite quote is "In depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." (camus) :)

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