Good morning, friends, and HAPPY JUNE to all of you! The month of SUMMER has finally arrived! Hooray!
For this Michigan girl, words cannot express how incredibly thrilled I am to be in one of the most beautiful seasons of the year here. There really is nothing like summertime in Michigan with time spent on the Great Lakes, flowers and trees in full bloom and bright in color, the intense sunshine, heat, and long days. Seriously, it’s what we up here in the north live for! And I, for one, am determined to make the most of this season. Every. Single. Day. of it.
This is the time of year when I really get to do one of my most favorite things, and that is spending time up north at our little ‘home away from home’ in Ludington. And fortunately, because of my job, I have the ability to be up there more than just for weekends and can work from there at least one week out of every month. I am super stoked to start this routine as of this month and look forward to my travels along the lakeshore to visit my staff and explore the little lake towns as I have time to do so. Again, summertime in Michigan is the PERFECT time to get away to all the places you don’t get to go in the cold and grey months.
Being at home, or ‘the ranch’ as we refer to it, is also wonderful in this season. We have such a lovely yard with plenty of sunshine and shade from all the trees, since we live out in the woods. I absolutely love to sit on the deck and drink my coffee and read; I love to open all the windows and let the fresh air flow throughout the house; and I love just walking around the property, checking out the trees and wildflowers, picking up sticks and tossing them into the burn barrel; and even mowing the grass (because really, who doesn’t love the scent of fresh mowed grass?). To be outside for the sake of just being outside. Priceless.
A few things other things I’m looking forward to in the months to come, include: my best friend’s wedding (and all the festivities leading up to it), doing a couple of road races at home and up north, spending time and making new memories with family and friends at the lake, celebrating our 9 year wedding anniversary, and our annual anniversary vacation, which we are still in the process of planning.
So many amazing things to come this summer; I don’t want to miss one thing in this sweet, sweet season. My goal is to stay present, abiding in all that God does and provides in these days ahead, and make the absolute most of every moment.
Here’s to a great start to June, the month of SUMMER!