Life in General

BBQ’s and Good Friends

There’s nothing like a sunny, summer day with a warm breeze blowing to sit among friends the smell of food on the grill wafting through the air, beverages in the cooler, and cheerful, laughing friends scattered around the lawn.

Summertime brings about the dew-filled mornings, yards bursting with color and happy children, the smells of new flowers and fresh cut grass. Everywhere you look are the signs of summertime. Decorations of every kind, from yard gnomes in flower gardens to flags fluttering about in the breeze, adorn almost every yard you pass.

Summertime is a beautiful, relaxing feeling. It seems most everyone slows down a little to really enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

For me, a favorite part of our summer is gathering friends on these warm summer days for picnics and backyard BBQ’s. I love getting together with friends and family to enjoy the laughter, some conversation, and the many different ideas that get brought to the table. I enjoy watching the children tussle in the yard, play basketball in the driveway, and ride bikes doing what kids can do –show-off.

I love the good attitudes that summer brings out in the kids after a long, stressful 9 months of school. No more homework. No more testing. Just the complete ability to learn in an unhindered environment. And trust me, kids continue to learn, maybe not from books, but the more practical kind of learning that we all need into adulthood.

BBQ’s are a way to relax and enjoy the summer and bring friends/family/neighbors together in a way that seems less likely to happen in the winter months, especially if you reside somewhere in the north where there’s six+ months of snow. People tend to become hermits in the winter months, at least I do.

BBQ’s encourage friendship, family closeness, and build neighborly kindness. Yes, these things should be a concern all year long, but it seems so much easier in the summer months when most people are outdoors. I know, a bit of a cowards way or at least a lazy way of looking at it 😉

We should be fostering friendships, familial relationships and neighborly kindness all the time.

For it is God that tells us,

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25

Hmm, something for me to work on……

At long last, BBQ season has started 🙂


Life in General

Things to Accomplish in May

May is quickly approaching which means Mother’s Day, birthdays, end of the school year & graduations, upcoming summer vacation, upcoming change in my work schedule, and did I mention summer?!?

Beings that summer is MY MOST FAVORITE season of the year, I have decided to set some goals for May to get the summer off to a wonderful start.

First Goal: A March for Babies walk and a week later, A Walk to Cure Arthritis.

  • This is pretty cut and dried. It’s a 3 mile walk and I walk that most days in the summer so I’m pretty comfortable with this goal.

Second Goal: get a reunion BBQ planned that’s scheduled for the middle of May.

  • make the guest list  √check
  • clean the yard and house
  • decide a menu
  • music or no?
  • BBQ will be pretty laid-back so no fancy planning as far as venue, dress, etc. etc


Third Goal: do some volunteering at the hospital as well as donate some items such as a quilt or blanket. I am currently waiting to hear back from the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • gather information  √check
  • pinpoint what I’d like to do
  • gather needed supplies for choice volunteer activity
  • set up dates and times


Fourth Goal: I am the process of making one quilt, but by the end of May, I would like have 2 or 3 quilts completed. I have about 5 quilts that I have bought the material for, but haven’t started.

  • decide on patterns  √check
  • gather needed materials  √check
  • set times aside each day to work on the projects
  • step-by-step process: cutting, ironing, sewing, ironing, so on and so forth


Fifth Goal: Spend some time getting to know my neighbor.

  • set up a play date for the kids
  • invite her family over for BBQ

All of this sounds pretty easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, right?

But with 6 children in the house, although attainable the goals are, we will stop at 5 just so I’m not taking on too much at a time beings I still have a month of home-school left as well as my job (only part-time). Plus, my older children have schedules to keep so I have to sometimes drop what I’m doing to meet their schedules. It’s okay though, cuz they are definitely worth it ♥