Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Time

Summertime, Summertime, Summertime! Summer is a time for FAMILY! Good Old Summertime is….Family vacations…. Family picnics… Family reunions… Family outing…swimming/boating, ballgames, parades, celebrations and county fair time! Summertime has finally arrived! Everyone is anxious to be outdoors in the summer sun.
I love summertime! I love the LONG summer days of sunshine. (I am also thankful for air conditioning!) The sunrise is one of God’s creative displays of beautiful colors given for us to enjoy…from the first rays of sun appearing on the horizon, there are streaks of deep red-orange, red, pink and purple as the rays shine through the horizon and clouds; we witness these gorgeous colors on our early morning walk.
Summer is a time….that we exchange those heavy coats, gloves and sweatshirts for shorts, t-shirts and flip flops/sandals! It is a time when the birds sing their songs each morning. The squirrels are scurrying up and around the trees, and the children run, play and laugh with such delight in their yard.
Summer is a time….for eating watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh fruits and vegetables, ice cream AND Root Beer floats! In our rural, farming area we are blessed with watching the fields turn from dirt black to the beauty of green leafy stalks of corn, soybeans; and the aroma of freshly cut alfalfa hay…there is just nothing like the smell of fresh hay! I remember when the countryside scene resembled a checkerboard of green corn and soybeans, golden yellow oats and the wavy blue flowers of flax during the month of July. It was a beautiful sight. But things have changed and there is very little oats and less flax being grown in our area, anymore.

Some things never change….like good old summertime activities. Traditions….I’m thankful for our family gatherings…. this month, we had an Ostermann cousins reunion, a special time with my sisters, and our immediate family gathering. It’s nice to get together with our loved ones…to visit, have good food and fellowship, and have lots of laughs with one another. I am so thankful for our family get-togethers.
I close with the following, a favorite summertime song….
Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies…for Amber Waves of Grain. For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
I hope you all have a wonderful time this summer!

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