finding beauty in a simple summer

Contentment. What an elusive word.

Rest and relaxation do not come naturally to me. In my mind I have at least 50 things to do each day, some creative (like developing content for this site) and some basics: keep our children alive (ha!) laundry (!), pay bills, walk the dog, and feed the fish. Did I mention we purchased a fish? At the moment its name is Mary.

making time to play in our new playroom

making time to play in our new playroom

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”  Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

a day trip earlier this summer to Lake Lure

a day trip earlier this summer to Lake Lure

"True contentment is a real, even an active virtue - not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it." G.K. Chesterton

from our Charleston getaway. he napped and I read books. perfection! 

from our Charleston getaway. he napped and I read books. perfection! 

And then, if I am completely honest, there is summertime jealousy. I see beautiful trips to Hawaii and Europe on Facebook and Instagram. I forget that just last month my husband and I snuck away for a few nights in Charleston and dwell on the fact that I want another vacation. Vacations are not at all a bad thing! But dwelling on something to the point of bitterness: that will not go anywhere good.

So today I am choose contentment. Joy in present circumstances. A thankful heart for all God has given us. I am thankful we are not dealing with the craziness of moving (like last summer!), that our kids have made friends, and we feel settled in our new state. I am thankful for this site to write, create ideas, and develop new content. That we have an adorable (mischievous) puppy after months of saving.

That for the first time we grew vegetables in our back yard. And every day we can pull up a little basil and mint to spice up recipes.

That when our kids are bored enough: they magically start getting along and find water balloons to fill, papers that need painting, and scooters that need riding.

What are you thankful for today?

++linking up with Emily Freeman to share a few things I learned in July.