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  1. Oh this- just the reminding my soul was needing!

    Thank you, Sarah Markley, for reminding me that putting purpose to my summers requires paths and visions to follow (hello bucket list)

    Thank you, Annie Downs, for reminding me that beach-side vacations *are* possible on a budget- and when we’re in community, everything just works out for the better (hello sand-in-my-toes and late night heart-to-hearts)

    Thank you, Emily Freeman, for reminding me that stories with the most beauty are often those that seem at the time mundane (hello everyday blessings)

    Thank you, Jessica Turner, for reminding me that glory is spontaneous choices that makes your heart feel alive (hello spur-of-the-moment plans)

    Thank you, Incourage writers, for the sacrificing you do with your own summer free-time so that you can meet us all here and share from your hearts!

  2. I am hoping to not have any regrets at the end of this summer. Every year I wish I had spent more time outside, went to the drive-in, or invited someone over. When I look over this short list, these 3 things look pretty easy to do. So, I have to ask myself, what is it going to take to make my summer a good one?…determination, motivation and perseverance. This list is where I could use some help. (For those of you who read this, would you mind praying for me?) Thank You!

  3. Thanks for sharing. We often have what we call staycation, in the yard. It’s all here, pool,furniture,grill,gazebo,etc. we do try to engage the family to be present.

  4. We usually have a staycation. I enjoy sleeping in and just doing some fun things with my hubby. We plan a few dates in the week and just enjoy.

    This year is special. We celebrate 10 years of marriage. In late August/early fall we will be renting a beach house in N. Myrtle. It will be nice to reconnect and talk over life. Getting away will be good for both of us as I’ve had a busy/crazy year getting my aging father settled into an assisted living and dealing with medication issues.

    Thank you In(Courage) for the timely encouragement you bring to our in boxes daily. It has been wonderful being able to express my opinions and vent some here.

    I pray everyone has a wonderful summer with family!