The past several months have been a whirlwind at our home. From trudging through the assessment season in March and April at school to preparing our home for the real estate market, life has been hectic to say the least.

Today marks my first Monday of summer break, and I kicked it off by gleaning insight from Tim Keller on sloth and living intentionally, helping my boys resolve conflict between the two of them in a healthier way, sipping a cup or two of hot, strong coffee and teaching Chapman how to play solitaire. Mornings like these are complete bliss.

I’m setting some priorities for this summer, and at the top of the list is R-E-S-T. And I don’t mean the head-on-my-pillow kind. I mean a state of quiet and calm in my soul that allows me to breathe deeper and pay attention to the life around me instead of getting caught up in distracting things that don’t serve me well.

I want to lean into time with my family, to be intentional with my relationships, to be a better steward of what God has so graciously given me. I want to have some tough but necessary conversations with my boys to prepare them for the teenage years coming soon. I want to sneak time away with Charlie to reconnect and grow our marriage.

Being a teacher is truly a gift, and I’m very thankful for a couple of months to recharge so that I can be that much more awake and invested in my students next year.

If you’re reading this, thanks for hanging with me, for being patient while life pulled me away from this sweet space. Here’s to a slower summertime.

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