Embracing What Is

by Stefani on 24-September-2007

I decided it was time to dispense with the belly achiing and just ebmbrace the visitor that has overstayed her welcome.

I’m going to wrap my arms around Summer and enjoy her while she lasts.

So, in effort to make the best of the warm weather, we decided to spend the day at the lake.

Swimming and romping,


a little crafting (on a project that you’ll see more of later this week),


putting on “shadow shows” for each other, on a vintage sheet thrown over a low branch,


a little (pre) autumn reading,


and otherwise enjoying this time of year. Honestly, it really was perfect. We had the place all to ourselves, all day, with nothing but cicada sounds, geese and turkey vultures for company. It was warm enough to swim, and yet not miserably melting hot. it was exactly what we needed… a reminder to not get so caught up in what is next that we miss out on what wonders we already hold in our hands.

i am resolved to drink in all of this warmth and sunshine, while preparing myself for the next season, whenever she should choose to come calling.

Oh, and speaking of preparations. Check out the new, and growing, list of soup recipes from my favorite bloggers, over on the side bar, and here. Be sure to post your favorite soup on your own blog, and then let me know, so that I can add your page to the list. We might be picnicing now, but the crock pot is waiting in the wings 🙂

Sarah Jackson September 24, 2007 at 7:38 pm

I feel like we’re doing the same thing now that it’s cool enough to be outside but still warm enough to swim. This is my favorite time of year. Your lake day looks amazing! And you know I love the embroidery.

Anne September 24, 2007 at 7:54 pm

I can’t wait to see the finished project. At least one of us can finish something.

Tracy September 25, 2007 at 5:40 am

Oh, fun. And that square-y fabric is just yummy!

Sarah September 25, 2007 at 5:50 am

Man, I still love the places you are able to go swimming. I’ll be on the next plane, k? 🙂

Jade September 25, 2007 at 5:52 am

way to embrace the day! i think it will start cooling off in december.

kirsten September 25, 2007 at 6:22 am

beautiful photos! we were in summer mode as of last week, but BAM – this week we’re in sweaters and freezing. it’ll happen!

Amy September 25, 2007 at 6:31 am

I posted a soup recipe a while back that you are welcome to link too. I’ll be souping it up sometime soon (God willing) and maybe I can post another link. Fo now,


Angela September 25, 2007 at 6:32 am

I can’t wait to see the finished embroidery project–it’s already looking adorable.

The fall library books are inspiring, too–we might have to make a trip to our local library this morning.

Speaking of swimming…we’ve hardly done any this summer…guess we’d better get a little more in before the chill I’ve been asking for finally arrives!

Katie September 25, 2007 at 9:22 am

Sounds like a wonderful day!!

erin September 25, 2007 at 1:15 pm

i wish we had a lake close by…i feel like taking a jump today!

Eren September 25, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Oh, maybe I can get a soup recipe up this week. Maybe. I made some a few days back, but alas it is all been devoured by three hungry little munchkins. Great post as always!

EvaB September 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Still working on that embracing part here in “sunny” Florida!

kristin September 25, 2007 at 7:49 pm

oh, my micah would fit right in with your boys…glorious.

nancy September 27, 2007 at 10:05 am

really enjoying your blog. oh, and “Too Many Pumpkins” is one of our favorites. thanks for the reminder, I think we’ll check it out next week!

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