What a strange summer it is for our family!  Its the first summer with the in-laws living with us, for one. They’re enjoying the screened porch, the bird feeders, etc. but unfortunately are no help with weeding, mowing or other lawn work that we hate!

Middle child is off in Florida for the summer on an awesome adventure of a paid internship (read here).  Oldest is off to Mexico for a long weekend…and youngest heads to Germany on Saturday for a full month as an exchange student! Add to that my “surrogate daughter”…mentee…who is summering in hilly southern Indiana as a church-camp counselor…

I want to be my children when I grow up.

Daughter's baby, Bella, vigilantly watches the door, awaiting Mommy's return!