Schools out for SUMMER!

School is out and I am so excited! We had a long winter, and I’m not going to pretend that the last 8 months have been a walk in the park. However, I have seen more blessings and love as well.

There is something about summer that brings back the best childhood memories for me. The smell of hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, the sound of children swimming and playing in the pool and watching my children catch fire flies.

When I hear Hall and Oats, specifically, “You Make My Dreams” and Kim Carnes,“Betty Davis Eyes.”  I can’t help but think of the lazy days of summer. Classic movies from the 1980’s that remind me of summer are, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Karate Kid, Footloose and my all-time favorite…Top Gun. I can quote lines from these movies as I am sure many of you who are reading this post can as well.

Summer, music, movies…they were, and still are, a way to just escape from the routine of life, a break from the colder temperatures, and notice new life all around us.  

One thing I remember the most is how much I loved heading over to my grandma’s house every Sunday so we could play with cousins and eat lunch together after church. I always wore pretty dresses since I was coming from church. I was certainly a girly girl in those days. I loved pastel colors and my dresses were mostly sewn by my grandma, Mary, so they were sewn with love and were one of a kind. 

However, there is one particular Sunday I wish I hadn’t worn my pretty pastel church dress to Grandma’s. I also remember that day because it was a lesson that has stuck with me since I was 9 years old.  

On our way over to Grandma’s my dad thought he would treat us to the local ice cream shop down the street from where grandma lived. Amazing, right? Ice cream before lunch! My dad was breaking all the rules, and we weren’t complaining. 

We were over the moon excited! 

As we pulled into the ice cream shop, I knew just what I wanted! My ice cream order was a hot fudge sundae without nuts and as I was saying it my mouth was watering just thinking about it. My dad came back all happy with each of our orders and handed me my sundae. It didn’t have nuts on it, but it wasn’t hot fudge; it was caramel and the thought of trying something new didn’t sound appealing to me.  The brave little first-born child I was looked at my dad and said, “Dad, I wanted a hot fudge sundae…not a caramel sundae.” He said they ran out of hot fudge and I was lucky they had caramel. I proceeded to complain and pout over my caramel sundae, set the sundae to the side, and crossed my arms. At that moment my dad said nothing however, he still taught me a valuable lesson.  

He tossed that caramel sundae upside down into my lap on my pretty pastel church dress.

Are you kidding me? I was speechless, how could he feel good about tossing that sundae on my lap?

He said I was lucky to have a sundae at all! I was so upset to have to walk into grandma’s house wearing my dress with caramel and ice cream all over it. I also had to watch everyone else eat their ice cream while I cleaned mine off my church dress. Needless to say, that is one lesson I haven’t forgotten. He was right, I had no right to complain and life is full of surprises. The best part of the story is today, I absolutely love caramel sundaes! I know my dad wanted me to see that sometimes, things aren’t in this perfectly neat box that I so happily wish for. Sometimes, we have to go with the flow, life can be messy and a caramel sundae is nothing to complain about. When things get a little overwhelming for me or don’t go my way, this story always seems to come back to me and I am reminded of that day.  

I have had to learn to adjust, more times then I care to think about, since that caramel sundae was thrown into my lap. When I am really feeling overwhelmed with what life has tossed me, I am reminded that I am not in charge. 

The nonprofit Living in Abundance is going well, we continue to gift hoodies and we recently have been added to Amazon Smile! So, if you haven’t chosen a charity and buy from Amazon, please consider choosing Living in Abundance as a 501(c)3 charity. Amazon gives back a percentage of what people spend to a charity of your choice.

I am still selling my Courage T-shirts which has been great, and even more fun when I see people I don’t even know wearing them in the grocery store! It makes me smile knowing either they bought it off my website or someone bought it for them. The T-shirt sales, donations, and sponsors all make it possible for us to gift these hoodies to patients for recovery after a mastectomy.

I have received so many beautiful thank you cards from these lovely patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It feels good to know they feel comforted by the Abundant Pocket Hoodie.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the nonprofit icon at the top of my website please do. If you know of anyone needing a hoodie, please send them my website and they can request one before surgery. It helps so much in the healing process after you come home from the hospital with drains and keeping mobile. 

I leave you with this quote by Al Bernstein, “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

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