Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Loving Summer!!!

The summer season here at the lake has been filled with people coming and going.
The past weekend was no exception.
Two of the girls, and their families, came up to stay(Kelly, and Erin). My nephew Jeff, from Chicago, brought his family up for the weekend also.
Zoey, and Sadie(Erin and Tony's girls) had spent the week with us, so they were already here when people started to arrive.
Fishing, tubing, swimming, floating down the canal on tubes, playing in the sand, and riding the golf cart kept everyone busy...and eating...eating was always going on!!

 However......The weekend is over.
Everyone went home.
The place is quiet once again.
The breeze is blowing in a cool summer rain.

As I stand over the kitchen sink, and look out the window, I miss seeing the kids running by.

No more hectic meal times.

The sound of laughter has subsided.
Today I hear the rain on the roof, and the wind in the trees.

No more slamming doors, and little feet running across the wood floors.

No need to sweep sand off the floors today.
The beach towels are all folded, and put away.

The peace, and quiet is bittersweet.
The house seems bigger when I'm here alone.
(The Mr. is at work).
I like it better when there are people here....sharing this space with me.
I am grateful for quiet times....but LOVE those moments when the house is full of laughter, and people that I love.  
The time between visits helps me appreciate it more when loved ones come up to visit, I guess.
I'm sure I can find something to do around here...like wallpaper those steps!!
I sincerely hope that you are enjoying the summer as much as I am.
God Bless You!!


  1. Debbie,
    I love seeing you with your family in pictures. What a great bunch. Looks like they all were having a lot of fun. It is hard when everyone leaves and you have the quiet. Love the quiet too but also love the commotion. Hope they come back soon for another visit.

  2. Debbie, I know that bittersweet you mentioned. I have it too. My youngest grandkids went to school today. Where did the summer go? Your family photos is so nice. I can see you at the kitchen window looking for those little ones. They keep us hopping when they are around, and we miss them so much when they have gone home. Hugs to you dear Debbie. xoxo,Susie

  3. Oh, Debbie, I can just picture the fun and laughter in your home. What a blessing from God to have a lovely home where your family gathers and builds memories like this. I know it's hard for you after they leave. I totally understand. Hugs, Nancy

  4. Sounds like it was a wonderful fun filled visit Debbie!! LOVE the family photo!!

  5. Oh that was so well written Debbie...I hung on every word. The pictures so lovely, and I have felt those feelings. One thing that makes me happy living in our new home, is half the complex is Senior, but the other half family. I love the sound of the children playing and laughing. Wonderful post.

  6. Hello Hello Hello... Yes, it feels like an echo in a weird way when the family goes back home. Life really needs to be a life long holiday! Looking forward to Heaven where we will never be separated again! Bittersweet is a good description of it, as I also need chunks of quiet!
    Blessings and His Favor be upon your life and home...Roxy

  7. So glad to hear that everyone is enjoying the lake this year. I love it when my kids are at the lake with me. I don't know what to do with myself when they aren't there. xo

  8. You are so fortunate to have these sweet visits, Debbie, and to be able to create new memories together to enjoy during the quieter hours. My family lives too, too far away!

  9. Hi Debbie, what wonderful times spent with your precious family. Love the pics and your words that share the love you have for them. Summer is leaving too quickly this year. Enjoy the last of the season. Your photos are gorgeous!!

  10. Hi Debbie,
    I love your family in pictures. I love the sound of the children playing and laughing. Wonderful post.

    1. Hello Laura, I am so behind in blogging lately. Thank you so very much for stopping by, and commenting on this post!! You are a dear heart. I visited your site recently. I hope you got my message. Blessings to you.

  11. I just saw the other blog the lake house with all the beautiful garden pics it is beautiful I too am an avid gardener and love all the colors and the butterflies and hummingbirds and other critters they bring! your home is beautiful! I live in a beach cottage home by the lake in Novi right on walled lake I think I shared that before! how great the family could come and spend time I bet they love it there the kids swimming and running in the yard! I have teenagers now so I will one day have that to look forward to! I too would feel a little sad when they left but eagerly await the next return! thank you for sharing all the prettiness in your lake house and garden! I forgot what part of Mich you are in again?
    Kim Buca

    1. Hi Kimmy....I've been trying to respond to your comment via email...but I cannot. I'm sorry it's taken me so long. I figured it would be best to go this route. I was glad to hear from you again. I am at Houghton Lake, in Prudenville. Thank you for leaving your sweet comment about the lakehouse blog. I don't post there often anymore. I will be in Howell this weekend...so I'll be in your part of the state!! Debbie xo

  12. Hi Debbie, so nice to stop back and see summer again through your gorgeous views. Yes, it is leaving too quickly but we are looking forward to cooler days and a new season.
    Thank you for stopping by my spotlight at Kris's. Your visit and kind comment is a blessing to me.
    Wishing you a Happy September.
    Big Hugs and Blessings!!

  13. Family visits are a gift..and the partings so melancholy until the next one<3


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