“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.” -Jim Rohn
*Justine did not ride the Sea-Doo, she only sat to take a photo with us.
We cruised on the lake this afternoon. I learned how to drive the Sea-Doo and took Ayla for a ride. Later we all took a ride on, what Avery calls, the “big boat.”
Ayla turned around to look at me while we were riding and this is what I saw. My beautiful eldest daughter.
This morning we went to the church we attended when I was growing up. It’s a place that fueled my faith.
After church we took a dip in the chilly campground pool, had lunch and went for a nature walk.
Riley and I then took advantage of Memere and Pepere as babysitters. We went on a date to the golf course. What a beautiful evening.
I am always filled with hope after the blessing of a date with my husband.
We made our way to Ardnt’s Campground to visit Memere and Pepere Desjardins. We were surprised with a night in the Riverview Cabin. Memere Norma was lucky to have all three grandchildren cuddle with her.
I know I’m blessed to be able to enjoy these summer days with my children and family. I pray it demonstrates the importance if family time to my children.
This Saintly Saturday is for Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. A Native American Saint.
My favorite part about today was taking a boat ride to the Sporting Club with the Riley’s parents, his sister and her husband, and our little family. We were all together. That has a new meaning considering my father-in-laws surgery a couple of weeks ago.
He’s here and we’ve been spending quality time with him this week.
I enjoyed a beautiful evening on the lake. Riley took me for a ride on the Sea-Doo and after the kids were in bed I watched from the dock as he fly-fished. The sun was setting. The flies were dancing on the water and the lake was calm.
After some time Riley came to the dock. He let me try my hand at casting and when I was unsuccessful he ended up catching a 10-inch chub (it was actually 3 inches but you know fish stories).
I did not have to be anywhere at anytime today.
Ayla and Avery played in the lake. They caught minnows, threw rocks and played in the sand. Avery joined Justine in the pack n’ play after her nap.
The weather was wonderful. We had a lazy summer day. Was it conflict free? No. It was real with both whining and laughing.
(For some reason I can’t upload a photo)
Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Summer Sun” is the Tempo for this Tuesday. We’re enjoying our time at Memere and Pepere’ s camp on Long Lake under the summer sun.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.
Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.
The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.
Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.
Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.
Avery was close to heaven today. He sat on several antique tractors, rode on two tractors and played with three toy tractors. He also saw a skid steer up close. Little Boy Heaven.
When he smiles, I smile. I will always smile when my children smile.
“Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”
We had one last quick visit with family this afternoon. We met family we’ve never met this weekend, including this cutie with Avery.