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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Thanks for the reminder to make the most of our summer days. I don’t want September to come and find me regretful over what I missed. I liked the idea of creating our dreams and enjoying our families rather than spending our extra time at the computer.

  2. Love this post!! My goal is also to savor every moment! My daughter will not be 6 1/2 forever! 🙂

  3. Melissa,

    This is a great post, and a wonderful reminder. We can’t all afford the fancy trips and yet we can make memories and enjoy our summer. Thanks for the tips!

    Blessings!

  4. I totally agree. Memories are made in simple, joy-filled moments that we create.
    Summertime is a perfect time to kick-back and ” just be”.
    Have a wonderful summer. I enjoy your blog so much.

  5. I LOVE this advice, Melissa! I’m not getting many projects done around my house with my kids home for the summer. And, my blog is probably suffering as a result. But, making memories with my kiddos is so much more important 🙂 I hope you enjoy a fun, carefree summer!!

  6. Wow. I needed this reminder. Thanks! We have been having a great time when I stop the work of home and take little breaks to play lego’s, fly little planes, winning tickle wars, snuggling and reading stories together and playing in the sprinkler after blowing bubbles.

    We are getting excited about surprising our kiddos with an unexpected after breakfast trip to the river to swim (its less than a mile from our house) and is completely deserted in the mornings!

    I have to remind myself to do this some days…but it makes such a difference. We are also enjoying the beginning of our first year homeschooling together as a family.

    Great article! Wonderful reminders!

    Dancing at the foot of the Cross with our children,

    Mrs Mary Joy Pershing

  7. Great tips, wonderful reminders to get out there and enjoy nature.
    As a photographer I have to often force myself to get out and just start taking photos. Once I am out in the beauty of life, I can’t imagine why I was spending my day indoors. 🙂

  8. Lovely!!!
    I’ll particularly be adopting your wonderful idea to ‘strive for imperfection.’ Such an excellent challenge, especially during these months of constant visitors, running in & out of doors…what does it really matter if the bookshelves get a little dusty???
    Thanks!

  9. Melissa so many great thoughts and words of wisdom!! So glad that you are guest posting here at (In)Courage!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    I have a New, very fashionable Giveaway on my site! Come and see!

  10. I’m in South Africa and we’re in the middle of winter but yes, still a great reminder to slow down and relax as the world will still continue nevertheless.

    I love the reminder that the world doesn’t revolve around me 🙂

  11. …good for you melissa…never let it be said that younger women cannot mentor to older women…only thing i would add…don’t create just memorable summers…take time to create memorable moments each month of each year…for as long as you live….

  12. YOU WHAT??? Did you say, “I turned down a conference call with David Bromstad??” Girl…you must have gotten too much sun! YOU WHAT??? franki

    • Haaa Franki! Yes I did turn down a call with David Bromstad! But, there is always something pulling me to stay on the computer so it is WORTH it to say NO now and then. Hopefully I’ll get invited another time 🙂

  13. Good for you!!! Did it help to have this article to write. Sometimes we need a “kick in the seat” to get us moving in the right direction. {voice of experience} 🙂

    I’m amazed what a difference a **day** away can do for me, for our family. It’s refreshing, energizing, and honors God. That’s something I’ve learned the hard way…living a life out of balance dishonors God. To show us the importance…He rested. I need to remember that.

    Looking forward to hearing all about your wonderful summer days!

  14. Melissa I loved your post! There is so much inspiration in your words. Just the little nudge I needed! I have made a copy and will read it often, believe me!! Have a beautiful and blissful summer. I love your blog so much.

    Sally

  15. I always, always value your advice for creating a home that works for us rather than the other way around. It always amazes me how creating the “slow paced beautiful life” takes more intentional effort than a fast paced one. At least for me it does! This is my prayer for us all, that we ask God to show each of us how to achieve this.

    LOVE this!

  16. Wonderful steps- learning to be better about how I spend my time
    When the “big C” hits home it gives you a different perspective.
    Thanks for sharing- I always learn a lot from you.
    Happy Day

  17. I hope you have a fabulous summer full of lots of beautiful “little trips” around your area. You are blessed to live in one of the prettiest spots of the country!

    I can relate to your post on so many levels…a busy season shouldn’t keep us from having fun. Thanks for the wonderful post!

    ~Kim

  18. I just read this today, and I must say I love your blog and your ideas. I shared it with my mom because I just love everything you do and your taste is just spot on what mine is and my mom too. She is redecorating her house right now, so she is glad for the ideas.
    I have just come to this realization recently too that we can’t help where we live, we don’t live near the beach, we live in a smallish town in Ohio, and instead of pouting because we don’t, I decided that we need to embrace our town and try to do fun things as a family and be more active and watch less tv. I have a 4 year old and we took him to the bike trail by the river that runs thru our town the other night. It was really pretty and he was just delighted with the ducks and the water and riding his bike. It really is the simple things that matter! We went to our favorite ice cream place near our house afterwards and it was a perfect evening! We also booked a camping cabin at a local park so we can get the taste of camping for one night without having to sleep in a tent. I am really excited about making these memories with my son!
    Thanks for reinforcing this for all of us!