Where Did Summer Go?

summertime It's the middle of June, and I'm still waiting for summer to start. My kids have been out of school for a month, and we've yet to make it to the pool. We've had very few days where we can sleep in. We haven't had a lot of lazy days at home. This summer so far has been as crazy and frantic as the school year.

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day, and we were both lamenting that our summers were so busy. We were talking about how our kids' activities have somehow taken over the summer, too.

My older daughter is doing summer soccer training, and my younger daughter is playing some summer hockey. We've got vacations scheduled and a couple of camps. And in all of that, we seem to have lost summertime -- long walks, late nights and lots of fun.

And, honestly, I'm not sure how to get it back. I want my kids to look back on their childhoods and not remember it as a rat race. I want them to remember summer adventures and lazy days at the pool. I want them to remember summer as filled with fun, family and friends. I want those summer days to be moments when I intentionally poured into my kids in ways that I can't during the school year.

So, as I sit here on June 18, trying to figure out where the first month of my summer has gone, I'm looking at the rest of our summer calendar and planning to carve out that time. I'm looking to find the moments to fulfill the words of Deuteronomy 6:6-9. I'm praying for God to hand me opportunities to build my kids' character and to simply have fun with and enjoy my children.

If you're wondering where your summer has gone, if you're looking at the calendar and wondering if you're ever going to get some lazy days of summer, don't give up. Find a few days, a few moments that you can set aside to simply enjoy the moment. Take a few things out of the schedule if you need to. Leave some time for your kids to be creative, some time for your family to go get ice cream, some time to just enjoy doing nothing.

Because summer is supposed to be a break from the hurry of the school year. Summer is supposed to be filled with fun. Summer is supposed to be a time for everyone to recharge. Set aside the time to recharge, even if it means giving up some of your kids' (or your own) activities for a while.