On June 2 I woke up to my first official day of summer vacation. Of course most of it was spent packing for the Washington DC trip starting the next day, but I remember waking up that Saturday morning and thinking, “This is it. My summer WILL rock.” And then it did.
Now let me begin my telling you what my summer has been like for the past several years. June is always busy. Always. But then July hits and I begin my marathon “will she or won’t she leave the house today and take a break from the Bones or One Tree Hill episodes on Netflix” coupled with, “hey, I have plans one whole day this week! SCORE!!!” and of course, “why aren’t any of my friends calling me? I’d do something it someone asked me, but no one loves me enough to call me”. Ugh.
I’m not going to give too much of this away because you can read about it on my friend Lindsey’s blog next week (or whenever), but I realized that my friend skillz were seriously lacking and I needed to quit being a gloomy gus and make things happen for myself!
I’ve spoken about the goals that I had for myself; and the fact that I finished the book was monumental. But what I really want to tell you about, what excites me to the point that I don’t think I can truly explain it with words is the way that many of my friendships developed. I’m going to tell you about three of them. Now, it took a village to give me the summer that I had and I don’t want anyone to feel left out. At the same time I can’t tell ALLLL the stories. They are too many to name. Actually , you know what? I can’t narrow it to 3. I just can’t. So I’m going to do this instead:
Jessica- I am so thankful that after 3 years at Northbrook, 1 early morning parking lot dance session (caught on camera), 1 raucous season of volleyball, 147 various types of markers, a shared obsession with Tim Tebow, lots of Starbucks and knowing that I can always show up in jeans, a t-shirt and sneaks we are still growing in our friendship and I am SO glad that we became friends. You have helped make my summer amazing!!
Kyle- I don’t know what we are going to do without Van this year, but at least with Susie in the mix we are “the blondes of Area 5”!! Thank you for organizing all our Monday meals. I had so much fun meeting and discussing our various adventures. I am so thankful for your friendship. You have helped make my summer amazing!
Tamara- You started the whole thing. You told that I needed to change the way I though and YOU WERE RIGHT!! Thanks for inviting me to home school family events, for opening your home when I wanted to kick off my summer right by dropping in unexpectedly, for letting me come to the Lake House, for all the swimming fun that we’ve had. You are the kick in the pants that I need and I adore you! You have helped make my summer amazing!
Lindsey C.- I had so much fun teaching Madeline about Texas, hanging out with Collin at Tamara’s (before broken arm-gate), learning that I will get much further with Jude by giving him a high-5 than tickling his little tummy and getting smiles from Spencer. More than that though, I love how we have bonded over writing, insanely cute dresses, making groups of 4 when Katy very specifically said 2’s or 3’s, and allowing God to transform the way we view others. I am so thankful that we are getting to know each other better. You have helped make my summer amazing!
Julie- I can’t imagine how messed up I would be without you to even me out!! I am so honored to be Marisa’s Aunt KK!! Thanks for all the lunches, dinners, breakfasts, trips to the mall, rides to and from the airport and being the best pre-editor a girl could ever ask for. You have helped make my summer amazing!!!
These don’t even include how much, despite the whole broken hip unpleasantness, I enjoyed hanging out with my mom. She is doing so much better, by the way. She goes to physical therapy twice a week and she is currently living with her 88 year old Aunt. They have walker races and stuff. Because of her hospitalization, both at Methodist and then at Rehab and then because of the fact that she can’t drive (because she broke her right hip) we have spent A LOT of time together and despite what she thinks, it was NOT a bother at all!! Mom, you helped make my summer amazing. Also, my sister and her so-cute-it-should-be-illegal children… they definitely helped make my summer amazing.
So you see, blessed doesn’t even begin to cover it. Naming those 5 (well, 7 counting those related to me….) doesn’t even skim the surface. There are so many things I want to say, but I just can’t even find the words. Every one of those 75 days I was thankful for my friends and family. I thank God for all of you; for the support you have been, for the encouragement, for the prayers, for the words of tough love, for the hugs, for the investment.
YOU have made my summer amazing!!