Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer Manifesto

I loaded these pictures yesterday, from the blissful, vacation-esque comfort of my childhood home.
From that vantage point, the whole summer was my oyster.

But now it's Monday, laundry day, trying-to-work-with-no-internet day. 
Isn't that just life?

I trekked down to Ohio with my two littlests, while Calvin and Cory stayed back to work on the patio.
Our weekend away was full of the best types of things, much like the previous weekend.

I find I'm caught between the desire to go adventuring every week, every day, to explore and go and flit on the breeze. (I blame our cooped-up winter.)

But on the flip-side of that coin is the longing to slow down and just Be.

 This past week without internet has been interesting.
It's been good for me.

What I know for sure is that there really, truly is no pressure on my online self, other than the pressure I create. And though I'm famously good under pressure, "good" probably isn't the word I'd use. 

So I'm launching a new movement in my life, one in which I prove mostly to myself, my goodness under conditions of extreme rest and intentional leisure.

Some days I'll leisure quietly.
Some days I'll leisure wildly.

Every day, it's up to me. (Except for the days that nothing is up to me, sort of like this one I'm sitting in. In those cases, I'll toss off the feeling of "pressure" like a bad shirt and instead, I'll do my best to rapture on the whimsy. I like that word so much better.)

May this be a summer of patio sitting and perpetually wind-blown hair.

I want to choose well and listen to myself and my family.
I want to move with courage into the new territories God is laying out before us.
I want to be drawn together, enjoying whatever wiggle room we find as the gift it is.

I want to grow friendships and maybe some zinnias.

I want vegetables every day.
I want all the best watermelons and tan feet.

I want clear eyes.
A listening heart.
I want to be teachable.

I choose settled and sure, and it's okay that settled for us often involves long stretches of highway with the windows rolled down.

What's your Summer manifesto? What is it that you need and how do you hope to create it?


Guys, I just heard I made top 3 for the #styleforjustice trip to Rwanda. 

Voting officially starts again today.
You get one vote for each 24 hours, but this time they're requiring that you sign-in with your facebook account. Unfortunately, if you don't have a facebook account, you won't be able to vote.
They're doing this to ensure that each person only gets one vote per day.
It's a good thing!
But it's also different, so I wanted to warn you. :)
Cory just voted and confirmed that it's easy.
You can vote right here and the link will stay up on my sidebar. 
Thank you!!!

*All pics from last weekend, in Rockford with friends. Ohio trips to come...


  1. Yay!!! Also, glad to hear Calvin stayed at home because I was feeling a little sad that he wasnt in any of your Insta pics. Haha!

  2. I tried to vote. It didn't seem to go through. Can you check. I don't want others that are voting for you to not get there vote to go through.

    1. Hi Debby! I have no way of checking. It should start off saying "Vote", then switch to " Voted" if the Vite goes through. Hope that helps. Thank you!!

  3. voting isn't working for me either. at first i thought it was a school network firewall thing, but now i see it's broader than that. (i take back all the uncivil thoughts i just aimed toward sonicwall.)

    1. ACK! What is it saying/doing? It worked for me earlier. Oh, technology! (shakes fists)

    2. ugh, still seems to not be working. i can click the 'vote' button, and it asks me to sign in on facebook, and so i click on that guy, then it's like something's loading but the only thing that happens is the original screen with 'vote' reappears. no 'd'. :\

      i shall persevere, just in case it's counting my votes somehow. but God will get you here if he wants you here, with or without my imaginary votes. love you.

  4. I am thrilled to pieces that you made the final "3". My voting shall commence!!!!

  5. I have never wished I had facebook until this moment. Praying that you make it!

  6. Congratulations on making the final three! I was praying you'd make it. I found voting to be a bit problematic...kept asking me to log in to my FB account...but I just kept plugging through it and after about 8 tries it finally let me vote, so I did and will continue to do so every day.

  7. I've been voting and will continue! Hope you win!

  8. yay for top 3.
    summer manifesto's.
    patio setting.
    and trips to ohio!!!

  9. So excited that you made it to the top 3. And can I say I "know" you? :-)

    I've been thinking a lot about all of the adventures I want to have this summer. I like the idea of being teachable. I want to be open to all that God has for me and mine this summer.

  10. I've been trying to figure summer out since the week after Easter. Yes to Zennias and I also bought a Daisy seed mixture. Plus morning glories. I have painting to do since the drywall is almost ready- flood damage. I need to order a cooling vest, little one doesn't sweat and living in FL that rules out pretty much everything if we can't keep her cool! ( saying huge prayers she will wear it and it helps) yes, let's keep our hands open for what God has for us.