Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Blessings

Last night, both kids were in bed around 9 pm. My son, in Grade 9, had his first full day of school followed by football practice. My daughter and I went to the beach to play in the ocean and came home exhausted and a bit sunburned. My kind and considerate husband went off to school for parent night after a full day at work.

I'm looking forward to falling in a new routine. I will be starting a work-for-hire project tomorrow, so the timing couldn't be more perfect. And I hope to finish the revisions on my novel in the coming weeks. Then there are other little writing and conference related things to catch up on as well. But I will miss our time together ... 

We've had a wonderful summer. No family vacations, because of a rambunctious guest cat, but an unexpected writing retreat for me at Honesdale and the FSSP camp for my son. I am in search of a similar traditional camp run by nuns for my daughter. However, I am so thankful our children are content to take pleasures in the things offered right here, right now. The beach, the pets, our porch, watching movies and thunderstorms, hanging out with family and friends. My daughter loved her riding lessons and she took an Asian cooking class at the community college as well. We'd pore over her cookbook the evening before, thinking about all the rolls, noodle dishes and curries she'd prepare. When she came home, we'd be like vultures, swarming around her to try all the food. She loved sharing, as we all enjoy good food and cooking. She also participated in the church choir camp and let me tell you, the children sounded like angels at the Feast of the Assumption, their voices sweet and high as they sang O Sanctissima ... I wish I had a recording, but this will have to do. And below, some choice pictures (food and water photography by my son).

Lewey enjoys some samples too

Swimming for kids, writing for me

Quiet times for my daughter ... drawing
Riding ... a dream come true

Watching thunderstorms off the porch ... and the drama at the droplet level

Playing with hair :)

Fun in the sand and surf
Salmon by Smoky Daddy
Feta in basil leaves with blueberries and crackers --
My daughter's concoction

Summer's not over yet ... but with the start of school, new routines. I pray that all who are experiencing changes will have a smooth transition. Peace and joy!


Faith E. Hough said...

Mmm...I think I need to visit you to taste some of that food and enjoy your company on the porch. :) Someday...

Mirka Breen said...

It makes me happy that you cherish it all WHILE it's happening.
Wishing you and your beautiful family a gentle Fall, and a beautiful landing.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

You always have the best picture posts, Vijaya! Love the one of the gulls on the rail of the dock =)

Marcia said...

I love the creativity in these photos. Max has a serious gift.

And he looks exactly like both his parents. Isn't it amazing when you notice that about someone?

I'm glad cats jump on the table in other homes, too. :)

Vijaya said...

Faith, I would *love* a visit and share food, prayer, and company.

Mirka, I do so enjoy everything.

Ruth, thanks to my son! He has a series of shots with the birds coming one at a time.

Marcia, I do see both Michael and I in the kids, not just in looks, but personality, but they are so uniquely their own person.

And Lewey was Mr. Affectionate so we spoiled him with breadcrumbs and cheese and shrimp and lots of cuddles. Ah, the pleasure of being owned by cats. We miss him.