Resetting Summer

Today is the official first day of summer. Around here, it's been hot since mid-May, and we've already been on a trip, been to camp, had Vacation Bible School and hosted our annual family reunion. This month has been crazy. We have one more trip to go at the end of the month. I'm really looking forward to July.

I knew that this month would be ridiculously crazy. Our company left yesterday, and we had the first lazy day of the summer. Other than doing a little cleaning and a couple loads of laundry, we didn't really do much. The kids played with some of the neighbors, and I mostly just hung out.

Even with the lazy day, my kids were cooked by the end of the day. Three weeks of constant activity had caught up with them. My oldest was in bed asleep by 8 p.m., and my youngest cried herself to sleep last night, a combination of being overtired and missing her cousins.

As I look at our month so far (which has been so busy that I haven't even managed to flip the calendar page), I remember all the good intentions I had for the summer. The chore system that was going to work, the educational stuff we were going to do, the books we were going to read together, the exercise I was going to get, and I realize that this month has been a loss for most of those things.

We have two months of summer left. My kids go back to school on August 15. As I look at the months before us on this day the calendar tells me is the first official day of summer, I'm hitting the reset button on our summer. Today, I'm pulling out my The Best Summer Ever calendar and putting some intentional things on it. But I'm also scheduling some days to do nothing. If anything, this past month has shown us that not having a break results in tired, cranky children and a really stressed-out mommy.

If your summer hasn't started out the way you wanted, take a minute today and hit the reset button. Pray over what remains of your summer and ask God how He wants you to spend it. God is big on second chances. Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that His mercies are new every morning. He is always ready to offer us a second chance, so if you feel like you've missed the boat on being intentional with your kids this summer, declare a do-over. And get started making the rest of this summer The Best Summer Ever.

Celebrate the first day of summer with free ice cream. Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab Creamery are giving away 1,000 free ice cream cones. Check out their Facebook page at 10 a.m. EST today to grab your coupon. And the winner of our 101 Days to Knowing God devotional card drawing is Andrea Cartwright.

Linking up today with Women Living Well , A Wise Woman Builds Her Home and Word Filled Wednesday.