This has been a bittersweet summer. The sweetness of beautiful weather, lots of swimming and a trip-laden schedule balanced out with the death of both of my grandmothers and a dear friend.
Though blessings mushroom through my life, I struggle to balance grace goggles on my heart: looking for reasons to celebrate everyday. I'm don't claim proficiency at this; I tend to only notice the glaring, sign-blinking-arrow-pointing HERE things.
One of my HERE things is living in a large family. A blessing of our large-ness is ending summer by hosting a huge party we call a Hoedown for almost a 100 people.
Wearing my grace goggles I was able to spot these hard to miss, time to dance HERE signs:
Dunking booth - with my Daddy as ice cold spring water victim! I witnessed Stringbain win the prize for dunking his Grandaddy first!
Family and friends picking toe-tapping tunes in the shade.
Capable, 10 year old limabain, working out Maggie the pony before giving rides.
Meeting a fellow blogger, because I was wearing one of these posies! Bonding with her over jewelry, kombucha and Blissdom.
Playing tug of war over the creek with and against some family members. Winning 2 out of three!
Participating (while laughing hysterically) in the toilet paper mummies game!
A pig kissing contest!
The sweet sight of my 45-year committed parents kissing over the supper table!The most glaring HERE sign of all? A beautiful place and lots of time to dance!
linked to Emily