Summer’s Last Sunday

Here we are winding down the last few sacred hours of Summer. It’s funny how we wish time away in every season, and in so many aspects of our lives. When we’re young we wish away the years until we’re old enough to drive, then wish them away so we can finish high school, we wish to be older so that we can be “adults” and when we finally reach this magical time, we wish away even more time, we wish for Fridays so we can enjoy the weekend (how often do we really slow down enough to enjoy them anymore anyway?), we even, regretfully, wish away the time in our kids’ lives. How many times have you thought, “When they’re a little older I can ….” ? Regrettably I have had those thoughts all too often.

As I’m sitting here thinking of all those times I’ve wished for what was ahead I wonder what I’ve missed; how many moments did I unintentionally take for granted; I’m reminded of how very important it is to do your very best to live in the moment. To stop focusing so much on the things in life that bring you no joy or have very little emotional value.a

I can’t bring back lost moments, and I certainly can’t rewind the clock, but I can pray that from this moment forward I can be more mindful of the time I have and do my best to shift my focus on what truly brings me happiness. Too much of our time is spent on what I call the “have tos” and not nearly enough on the “want tos.”

School starts tomorrow and that’s another great time of year for a “do over” of sorts. A chance to implement a schedule that helps put the “have tos” in check while still giving you the freedom to enjoy the “want tos.”

This is a very big year for everyone in our house and I don’t want to miss any of it.

This is Big S’s SENIOR YEAR! She’s going to be doing so many great things, I want to be there for all of them. She will never be Senior Varsity Choir President again, not to mention all of the other amazing Senior events she’s going to have!!!

Little S is a FreshFish, a FRESHMAN in high school. She’s already committed to the swim team and she’ll be singing alongside her sister. So many firsts for her this year.

Little J is moving on to 6th grade, first year in middle school. This is going to be a huge transition for him. I want to do everything I can to help him succeed.

Little P goes into first grade, another year of gigantic changes.

The changes aren’t limited to the kids. Big J is moving up in his company faster than anyone else and I couldn’t be more proud. He’s the hardest working man I have ever met. There are no limits to what he is capable of when he puts his mind to something.

And for me, I’m going to work on some big things too. I want to stress less about things that are unimportant, take more time to do things that make me happy and be available physically and emotionally for my family. There are so many things that I want to accomplish and I just can’t do that if I’m mentally bogged down with junk.

With just a few more hours left before the start of another epic chapter in our lives begins, I have a lot left to do. Moments to enjoy and the epic adventure of a new school year to prepare for.Even the cat is in the spirit of summer

How do you spend your last hours of summer?

Are you looking forward to getting back into a routine?
How do you make the most of your moments?

Tell me in the comments and let’s make this the best year yet!




  1. cathy says:

    Love This! I totally get the “wishing it away” thing. I do it all the time. We think things will be easier in the future. But really, they aren’t easier, they are just different, and those new things come with their own challenges. Like you, I’m trying to let myself just enjoy the now and focus on being happy. Some days that’s not so easy…but I’ve got a plan in the works for that, so hopefully it will get easier. The kids have got one more week of summer vacation left and then back to school sept 8. We are going to try and squeeze all we can out of these last few days and then it’s back to school routines and the craziness that comes with that! Time flies…but we really hope this last week takes forever!

    Hope the transitions have gone well for all your littles!

    • Amanda Medau says:

      So far so good! Of course it’s just the first week and we haven’t started homework, choir and swim practices! I would love to hear your plan! I need all the help I can get. We got this girl!!!

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