I think it is absolutely safe to say that the Snapp’s are a little Beverly Hillbillies this summer. The best part is that I am not really sure that I care because well…that’s the best part of summer, isn’t it? Being footloose and fancy-free and not being held hostage by our appearance? At the very least, this is what I am telling myself.
I don’t really care that various, plastic sand toys litter our backyard.
I don’t really care that our grass is becoming over-saturated with water because we fill, dump, and re-fill our $30 plastic Wal-Mart pool up much too often.
I don’t really care that every now and then I find a morning orange juice sippy cup in said Wal-Mart pool.
I don’t really care that we (well, JJ) are at war with yellow jackets on our playset.
I don’t really care that Sawyer tries to poo in the backyard like Ellie the dog every now and then. (OK. This is a lie. I do care about this one.)
The point is that we certainly are not going to be asked to be photographed by Harper’s Bazaar anytime soon but the truth of the matter is that I am allowing my inner-Beverly Hillbilly to shine this summer and it feels good.
The other night we were all in the front yard playing and watering flowers and it was almost 90 degrees. We were a little hot to say the least.
I looked up in a panic to find not a trace of Solomon anywhere. When I can’t find Solomon, I completely lose it because 1) he’s almost two, 2) he’s very fast and 3) he gets into pretty much everything. Not knowing his whereabouts can spike my blood pressure higher than it should be.
After calling his name with a few urgent shouts, Susannah laughingly pointed to the backyard, where we found Solomon, the smartest of us all, immersed in the baby pool and drinking from one of my measuring cups they had swiped from a kitchen drawer.
We were all thirsty. Solomon, at the ripe old age of almost two, was the only one to act on his thirst.
Beloved friends, I am thirsty. Recently, I have found myself pouring out but I’m not serving from my overflow. I will post on Friday then will be taking a week or two off of blogging to enjoy a family getaway and some time with the people who center me the most. I need to write for some other publications and I need some time with God. I will also be visiting so many of my dear blog friends I have neglected greatly as of late (I am so sorry!) and look forward to discovering new ones.
I’ve recently learned that we are called to fill our own cups and then serve from the overflow. Please stick with me while I build up my cup and produce an overflow so I may again serve others more effectively than what I am doing now.
I am taking a lesson from my almost-two year old baby boy (yes, he is still a baby. Yes he is.).
I am going to the waters but I will be back. Please stick with me, beloved friends..
what a cute pic and so something kids will do.
The photo is too cute. We’re only able to give out what has been poured in. Hope you enjoy your break.
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What an adorable photo and such an encouraging Bible verse. Swimming activities for grandparents and their grandchildren are favorites at our home as well. My grandkids have mostly outgrown those littler pools, but they are still my favorites! Enjoy!
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Soooo very cute! And oh so true about drinking when you’re thirsty. I was pondering that very thing a few days ago…many people don’t even know that they are thirsty. Great post Natalie. Keep on drinking! Blessings.
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Again! Priceless! You need a gallery wall in your house with these pics and verses!
I love it! What a lesson for all of us!!
Natalie! Well done! I am leaving blessed indeed!
Enjoy your time away! May you draw strength and be renewed by your time with Him!
Have a blessed WFW!
Have a wonderful break with the family. That works out perfectly for me as we head to our family cottage on Friday for a week of family time with all the cousins, etc and we are computer free there so I would have been missing my morning Mommy on Fire fix :) This way I won’t fall behind. I continue to find joy and reflection in your posts- keep up the great work. What a wonderful thing you will be able to pass on to your kids someday- all of your thoughts and dreams written in one spot to pass on. Anyway, enjoy the summer. We too are Hillbillies here- took me a few weeks to succumb to the madness but you know how happy pigs are in their own slop- gotta join them! LIfe is too short not to.
Oh how precious!! Glad you found him. We have a pool like that set up in our yard. Our grands love it.
Hope you have a blessed weekend. Keep enjoying the summer, any style!
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Have a wonderful time, refresh yourself and get recharged…we’ll still be here when you return :)
And he will always be the “baby”, even when he’s all grown up.
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Wow, how precious! Thank the Lord he was ok. I have had those moments when my daughter has vanished in seconds and I absolutely hold my breath! A horrible feeling!
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kids sure know sometimes better than us, dont’ they? lol
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Have a nice time “away”. I hope you find the waters refreshing! Bless you and your family!
I really like this picture to illustrate the verse about being thirsty… because it shows that there is more than enough water to quench your thirst! You can drink all you want and there will be much more still available! Thanks for sharing this today.
You are wise to go to the brook Cherith and find there the food and rest that God supplied to Elijah after Carmel. We so often try to give from empty supplies and then those closest to us miss out the most. Enjoy your summer and may He fill your cup.
That was a song I used to sing in the open air at beaches and camping grounds at summer time…..many long years ago.
Fill my cup Lord.
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A cute WFW ~
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We can wait. Enjoy your break ~ and Drink Up!
[And I am not just talking about adult beverages on the porch.] =)
I am happy for you that you are getting some time with family and for yourself! Enjoy.
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You are so inspirational! You find the best ways to tie life with well, everything!
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