Even after all these years, my mind and body are still on a school calendar, and they miss old-fashioned summers at my grandparents' house. Before I was old enough to stay home alone during the summer, my mom would drop me off at Granny and Pa-Pa's house on her way to work, and I would spend carefree days there with nothing planned other than having lunch at the Senior Citizens' Center and watching General Hospital at 2 p.m. (The latter was a habit that Granny remained faithful to until her nineties, but which I gave up when I went to college.) The rest of each day was spent reading, doing needlepoint or counted cross-stitch, napping, shelling peas, playing dominoes, or eating watermelon and whatever baked goodies Granny had on hand. Those were some relaxing days with no responsibilities, and I miss that.
Another thing I've learned over the past month is that I don't like blogging on Sundays. I originally thought it would be a great opportunity to use my Sabbath time of rest to reflect on God's work in my life and connect with Him. But it hasn't felt like that; it's felt like an obligation or a task to do on Sundays when I want to rest. So, I'm going to try to figure out a better blogging day.
What I've Been Up To
My friend Ashley and I toured the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and ate lunch at Café 43. This is a must-see visitors' stop if you are in the DFW area.
In mid-July, James and Betty Robison celebrated their 50 years in ministry by hosting the Awaken Now conference. This was such a steal; for $10, we were treated to incredible teaching by Dr. Mark Rutland, Dr. Tony Evans, Peter Pretorius, Christine Caine, Dr. Ben Carson, Andy Andrews, Robert Morris, Samuel Rodriguez, and many others. (I missed Beth Moore and Mike Huckabee due to a sinus migraine.) Such a powerful three days, which I'm still thinking through. Mom came up for this conference, and it was such a treat to enjoy this conference with her.
(Couldn't get a good shot of Dr. Ben Carson)
Last Sunday, I attended the Longhorn Foundation Dinner and took advantage of the open seating by grabbing seats at the head table. It's always a bit hard to attend these dinners because Mack Brown gets us all excited about the season, but it's still almost a month away. Counting the days!
What I've Read
My avid summer reading program slowed down after I finished The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, which I loved. I then started reading A Prayer for Owen Meany, but it's over 600 pages and is very slow going. It has received rave reviews, but I'm still on the fence about slugging it out to finish it.
After getting stuck in that big book, I started The Memoir Project, and it has been great. No writing exercise, just practical advice for writing memoir. I hope to put her advice to practice one day.
Four months ago, I started reading a Psalm each night, and so I'm about 25 days away from finishing. I've really enjoyed reading them as a group.
This past month, a couple of friends and I started Priscilla Shirer's study on Gideon. It has only seven video sessions, so it's perfect for finishing out the summer in the Word.
So that's my July in a nutshell. And now that I find myself four days into August, I'm taking inventory of the list I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the summer and plotting how to work in some more fun before the summer is over. Anything I need to include before the days get shorter and my weekends fill up with college football?