Today is the summer solstice! Longest day of the year means 2018 is half over!
Soon Christmas decor will start arriving in stores though most retailers won’t put it on shelves until after school starts, thankfully. We are rushed enough as it is. So let’s focus on exhaling today and finding ways to be refreshed for the rest of this summer. Here are two ideas.
1. I love escaping this world occasionally into other imaginary places. Disappearing into world unlike ours makes me see this one differently, makes my troubles seem less challenging and gives my mind a rest from its constant problem solving. This year I read a series of four books I borrowed from my 12-year-old grandson Andrew titled The Inheritance Cycle, authored by Christopher Paolini. He began writing the first book when he graduated from high school as a homeschooler at age 15. When he finished the first book, Eragon, it was 500 pages long and Christopher was 18! I highly recommend them for adults and children as young as ten who are avid readers and enjoy fantasy novels similar to The Hobbit, the Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings.
2. We tend to think of goal setting in January at the start of the new year, but why not at the halfway mark? Start thinking ahead to the new school year. What do you want to learn, try that is new, explore, or teach to your kids?
One goal we have is to start taking questions from you our readers that you’d like to have answered, if I can that is! So what questions do you have aboutmarriage, parenting, the Christian life, being a woman, or even ask about my greatest failures?! Email them to us: firstname.lastname@example.org or simply comment below. We can’t promise we will answer them all but we will try. Here is a list of some of our most read “Dear Barbara” questions, but you can find the full list here!
We wanted to celebrate our seventh birthday with you this month, but unfortunately the transfer of all our products and content is taking longer than expected so it will likely be in July sometime. But celebrating late is better than nothing, right? Thanks for hanging with us through all of this. We promise to celebrate BIG in July!
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.” What an amazing promise despite all the end of the world movies and proclamations. God is in control and it is very good! Happy summer solstice!