It’s deep into the hot, hot summer here on the Gulf. I’m snatching little bits of vacation in between work when I can. Today is another treat of a day. With the 4th falling on Tuesday, I doubled the summer fun. Stretching our summer days.
Friday evening and Saturday, little bit and I jam packed girly-goodness into our time together in the city. (Lord knew I needed a girly girl!) Then we dashed out of town early Sunday morning to enjoy family time at the farm.
We took in the summer breeze on the porch, played games, and ate lobsters on the porch for Bray’s momma’s early birthday dinner. We even got to sneak in a mini-moon when all the kids stayed at the main house with grandmother and grandfather, and Bray and I got the bayou house all to ourselves.
One of our favorite things about a farm 4th is the fireworks. We’ll head into town today to stock up on fireworks and pick up ingredients for a birthday cake. I feel compelled to bake and write while here. Swaths of time I don’t typically have.
This morning, Bray and I sipped coffee on the back porch and watched the sun rise and listened to the birds and bugs wake up. There’s a breeze down here you can’t get in the city.
The boys had to move cows before the heat of the day, so we grudgingly trekked back to the main house so I could rustle up a hearty breakfast. Then, after all the activity, quiet again.
I can see the American flags waiving in pots on the back porch from this window. It’s been a heck of a spring, but I’ve found great joy here. All five us in one spot. Food. Leisure. Rest. Laughter. Nature.
Oh sure, there’s mosquitos that want to carry you off and the kids bicker and I smell like sweat and bug spray. But everything is easier.
The dryer clicks in the background even though I know some of that mud and grease will never come out. Badges of honor on the boys holey jeans.
It’s time to get moving. The baby is begging to walk down to the dock and cast his line. Fishing is his favorite pastime. Little bit wants to play hide and seek. And the guys down the road probably need cold water.
Hoping you’re finding rest and joy in your summer days.