Sue Donaldson is the host and mama of many over at Welcome Heart. She has a heart for hospitality and warmly invited me over to share a particularly special time around the many tables we ate from during our summer vacation. I hope you will join us today, especially if you happen to be looking for a way to live a bit more flexible and spread the spirit of summer all throughout your year.
We turned onto the gravel road just before the GPS threatened to retire.
Trees, wind, and a dog barking in background welcomed us to our summer vacation spot. “Timbuktu” as mom says. Phone signals went on hiatus, and for that week – the world moved slow. Waking up early one morning, I grabbed my pen and journal and tiptoed out, breathing in the fresh cedar smell as I went.
Making my way to the property’s lake just down the way and I plopped me, myself, and coffee right down. Well onto my beach towel. Who wants a splinter on vacation? Not me.
As I sipped, I inwardly laughed at what God had been teaching me lately. I would plan one way, then life would happen. I was learning to plan, but how to simultaneously remain flexible. The week’s meals had been no different. One of the nights I had written on my planner, “Fire pit,” turned into chicken-fried-rice-movie-night because we were too water logged to move!
As the sun’s rays hugged my skin, a fish flopped up and back down as if to say hello. I scanned the meal plan for the week and felt like my Summer Spaghetti would be nice.
It is something I concocted when I was 12 years old. When I make a big batch of this cold, summer pasta, I always intend on splitting it up in multiple containers to give away, but for vacation it played role as go-to snack.
A “Less-Rules” Summer Hydrated With Adventure
I left the dock and returned to the lodge to find the kids and their dad eating everywhere. A kid was sitting at the bar table while another was facing the television. Dad was headed outside with his, but to be honest, the picture here was really no different than at home.
Click here to head over to Sue’s place & grab my Summer Spaghetti recipe, read the rest of our flexible family reality & grab a couple tips on how to cultivate a summer-feel into your days…..