Friday, July 20, 2012

On The Farm Friday ~ Summer's Slipping By

Does anyone else feel like summer is slipping by?? Yesterday I sat down to clean up some of my photo files and came across these snapshots of Charlie that I took on a lovely day back in May.  The weather was beginning to really warm up, and with Charlie loving to explore everything outdoors, I let him roam through dirt and sand, mud and grass.  Then, into the sink for a scrub!
Savoring these photos made me pull back from life for a moment.  I remember when the summers seemed just right - not too fast, not too slow. Bathing babies meant taking my time, playing with tub toys in a mound of bubbles, combing their curls and singing them songs....not rushing through because there's still so much to do before bedtime and four other little hearts who need my attention too.  
The days slip by so quickly around here.  There's only one reason for that - we're all a bit too busy.  Between baseball games, preparing livestock for the fair, swimming lessons, wrestling camp, and the general craziness of work on the farm, the summer is melting all too quickly into fall.
A wise woman once told me that busy is simply an acronym for Burdened Under Satan's Yolk.  Ouch. That's not where I want to be. So, today I'm freeing myself from the busy and holding on to the living.  I know it won't be easy, there are things that have to get done. But, I'm at least going to slow things down a bit, open my eyes to all the life that is passing by, and rein in the rest of summer.  Doesn't that sound good....want to join me??

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Love those pictures. New follower from the TGIF Blog Hop :0

  2. Wonderful photos! I made it a point to take advantage of lazy summer days as much as possible this year. Our oldest goes to high school next year, which means morning soccer practice most days will take a bite out of lazy. Although, I have rushed two little ones through their shower/bed time quite often. Enjoy your reining in and slowing down.

  3. Hi Susan,
    Just wanted to know how you were following me so I could repay the follow (couldn't find you on GFC). Love your blog and all the Catholic blogs/resources. I've been able to stop and explore a few of them. I also enjoyed your post on Mother Theresa.

    Beautiful family, five boys! I have trouble with my three!

    One Chic Mom

  4. He is just so darn cute!!! I want to smoosh him. Thanks for linking up my friend, you have no idea how much I appreciate all your support!!

  5. Cute photos! Found you from Two in Diapers. I'm trying my best to prolong this summer break. So far, it's been lovely.

  6. Pictures are wonderful, and I couldn't agree more. Summer is slipping away and especially for a teacher. Newest follower from Mommy Brain Mixer. :) Would love for you to stop by Port Of Thoughts.

  7. This is wonderful! Your words really hit home right now, and the photos are fantastically beautiful and precious. I'm so glad you linked up to the Mixer and I hope to see you again on Thursday! Also, come on by and enter to win a super adorable Thirty-One bag or some awesome discounts on a Thirty-One order! :)


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