School has been out for less than a week, and I can already feel the stress and tension melting away from my body—literally, thanks to the heat. Now if only the pounds would follow suit. Summer's relaxed mood and state-of-mind is penetrating our family's life, and I absolutely love it. No lunches to pack, kids to rush off to school, homework to complete, piano lessons to practice, and so on.
This morning I woke up and had the house to myself for a few precious moments, as the kids were sleeping in after staying up late the night before. Who knew how beautiful a quiet house could sound? The sunlight was beginning to peek through the windows, and the squirrels were busily foraging around for breakfast. The world seemed at peace.
When life slows down, finally, we receive the wonderful gift of taking in the details. Taking noticing of life's little nuances can be soothing and restorative for our minds and our souls.
When was the last time you and your family stopped to enjoy:
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