This was a lovely article reflecting the thoughts of our Holy Father on vacations...It's been the focus of my thoughts, seeking renewal of heart, mind, and soul in this final stretch of summer.
Our last few weeks have not been very exciting but they have held many moments to be savored. I am posting a few ponderings and photos for my record keeping. Any quotations I used are from the article linked above as I have been reflecting on the Holy Father's suggestions.
Oldest brother gave littlest sister her first set of swim lessons! He's a life guard at our local City pool so he gave her lessons on his lunch break this past week.
"Interrupting the hectic and frantic pace of daily life, we can take time to dedicate ourselves to others and to God."
Dad (what a sweet guy:) insisted...in fact, it was his idea, that Mom and her friend take 24 hours of Mommy renewal...
It was a blessed CMG(
"Include a copy of Sacred Scripture in your suitcase."
Contemplate the greatness, and admire the beauty, of creation around us, recognizing in it the wonderful presence of the creator."
"Discover monuments of the past--witnesses of our culture and faith are examples of our spiritual roots and heritage. Cathedrals and abbeys, in particular, are places where beauty helps us feel the presence of God and inspires us to pray for the rest of humanity, on its pilgrimage through the Third Millennium."
Around the house, we have tried to limit game units and television as much as possible. Lo and behold, imagination ensued! The 4 kids played Emergency (remember Johnny and Roy from the 70's)? We found it on Netflix:) I know I'm "dating" myself but I used to love that show when I was a kid!
When her brothers and sister were playing with neighbor friends, little Miss Busy Bee made me a special snack from her kitchen...I am enjoying the pieces out of her current age and phase of life.
Praying that your final stretch of summer is filled with many moments of blessings and grace to sustain you through the changing seasons!