I am always happy for the change in routine that summer brings. The break from homework, parent portal messenger, early alarm clocks and packing lunches.
Summer break brings as many challenges for me as it does for the kids. It takes us 2-3 weeks to work into a routine and, getting everyone's expectations of what "their" summer is going to look like worked out.
The summer chore list still remains to be posted (that is my job) and I have slacked off on getting that done. Then we try to sit down as a family and have everyone name one thing that they would like to do as a family during summer break. The guidelines we give on this is that it has to be something we can do close to home, inexpensive and that it can be done in less than 4 hours.
Summer can be exhausting keeping everyone busy, productive and relatively peaceful with each other. I know the weight that we as mom's carry in making sure that everyone gets to do the things they want to do. I want to remind you to do things that you like to do. Stay connected with your friends during the summer. Meet at the park for a picnic. Find a teenager that you can pay a few bucks to hang out with your kids while you meet a friend for lunch (enjoying a perfect glass of ice tea - my personal favorite!).
Enjoy each day and ask God to fill your heart and home with His unfailing love and grace. :)