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A slower summer benediction

As you start this week, may you enjoy the slowing dawn of a simpler, unhurried summer. (Even if it’s not quite summer in your neck of the woods.)

Our summer season started rather unofficially this past weekend, and I’m already savoring a different rhythm to my liturgy—lingering mornings, unconventional sorts of work projects, a deceleration to my chores, later-in-the-evening dinnertimes. I love it.

And as my friend Myquillyn says, I only have so many summers with my children—with my nine-year-old, I’m already halfway through the years with her under my same roof. I don’t want to miss them.

My writing on this blog will slow down a bit over the next few months, in order to enjoy the Pacific Northwest summer glory, and to prepare for our upcoming Big Trip starting this fall.

You’ll soon see a few projects up my sleeve—a fun summer tool for your kids, and a special spot for sharing some of our new, upcoming travel stories. I can’t wait to pull back the curtains.

In the meantime, may you enjoy a slower week, friends. And may you walk around barefoot. I toast my jar of iced tea to you.

Life is only available in the present moment. -Thich Nhat Hanh

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Right back at ya!

  2. It’s like our thoughts are milling around the same ideas today. Love it!

  3. Enjoy the time with your kids! The PNW is perfect in the summer! I live in Texas, and as you know, we all try to survive the summer heat! Blessings!

  4. Funny I should read this today. Our family is on vacation in Colorado. I spent part of the afternoon laying on the cpouch with my 8 month old. Didn’t feel rushed to get up and clean. I napped and just stayed and listened to the stream outside our cabin. Summer is off to a good start.

  5. Yes and yes! I’m so glad summer is here. I’m sitting with my baby outside in the backyard watching our boys dig in the sandbox now. Later is dinner and a movie. So nice.

  6. So jealous of everyone that has officially kicked off the summer!! 🙂 Due to all the snow days we had here, my oldest isn’t finished until Friday! Enjoy this time with your kiddos!

  7. Yes, yes, and yes! I’m with you. I love that summer liturgy: lingering mornings and later dinners. Enjoy the Northwest! We’re enjoying blazing Texas heat already. 🙂

  8. “a different rhythm to my liturgy.”

    amen, sista; i’m going out to play with the younguns’. 🙂

  9. I’m in the middle of Tech Week for a play I’m directing for a bunch of kids and teens… trust me, I can’t wait for things to slow down. After this week, we are laying low and relaxing at our house!

  10. I have a nearly-nine-year-old. The thought that I could be halfway though his years at home brings tears to my eyes.

    Summer isn’t here yet in the UK, but you can bet I’ll be savouring every moment I get with him today, summer or not.

    Thank you for the reminder.

  11. I’m finally getting to read this post and it comes a nice moment to pause and reflect a bit. Though we are not starting a traditional summer….my chinese language classes continue until the end of July and our family rhythms are not changing much….it was a great reminder to pay attention to our current rhythms and how to find some space to slow down and enjoy this unique time.

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