pulling over for awhile.

Our family just got a big taste of summer. We visited my Finn-land*, my goodness, my take-my-breath away summertime of sweetness.

After (what should be 7) 9.5 hours in the van trekking all the way to Northern Michigan, these blond heads were one of the highlights that made the trip oh-so worthwhile.

Meet Mr. C’s cousins.

Little guys always coming, going, chasing and occasionally pausing long enough to eat. Ohhh…are they nummy.

And then there’s the view…

Yea. Lake Superior at its finest. Up north and warm and toasty?? An utter treat.

Not only summertime, but a bit of Christmas too. The perfect day.

Boys, bats, beach…could it get any better?

As cousins go, there is always the older crew. The guys on the left fit the part; yea, they know all about it.

All sorts of moments to bask in. To savor.

This is Mr. C’s safest of play-times. He is the master of truck noises. He loves to take in the sensory experience of the warm sand, sun and breeze. Just sits and turns, digs and plows—again and again.

Trying to keep my eyes on my book I give up—this view is just too good. I am overusing the word good, this I know. Like pretty much all of you, I’m a fan of good—and even more so since my friend, the wise soul Becky Patton passed along to me the Hebrew word for good: tov, which means life giving.

Ahhh. That’s something that I can use lots of.

I see it, and feel it. A break from the mess and clutter of my head, heart and—yes, my home—I can feel this escape from head to toe. The breeze and light and airiness fills me with something very necessary—and giving.

So I sit and stare and now post it. Call it a record of some truly life-giving moments.

Or just call it good.


*yes, we are all—cousins, uncles, aunts, grandmas, and grandpas – a Finnish bunch throughout!


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