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Summer Opportunities List {Mom's Day Out}


When was the last time you slipped away from home
sans diaper bag,
no Cheerios in your purse,
with nowhere in particular to go? 

At this half-way point in summer vacation,
might I suggest you arrange to do so? 


Go to the farmer's market.
Stop to admire the rainbow of summertime abundance.
Marvel at the variety of colors, shapes and sizes. 
Touch, sniff, taste.
Praise Him. 

Wander into a place of worship.
Let the silence seep inside until you can hear the spirit speaking to you.
Softly. Lovingly.  To you.
Listen.
To Him. 


Take yourself out to lunch.
Observe people.
Eavesdrop.
Read.
Savor Him


Don't forget dessert!


Stop at a local bookstore.
Jot down titles to find at the Library
Peruse.  Skim.  Read.
 Write in your journal.
Make a list.
Doodle. 
Count your blessings. 
Bless Him.


Savor a cup of cappuccino.
Realize you are missing the crew back home.
Choose a date to meet yourself again soon.
Return refreshed.
You have been missed, too.
 
 

Comments

  1. Oh how easy it is to forget to take time out for ourselves and to balance our lives. Thanks for a beautiful reminder.
    Little Wonders' Days

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  2. This is simply wonderful....How we need to recharge and simply be. I love your photos and I can smell that cappuccino from here. :)

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  3. The first pic is my absolute favorite. I wish I could find a place like that. My mother's sabbath is upcoming...it's been way too long.

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  4. Oh wow, I really need to do this. It has been a long time since I went out without errands to run or something that I had to do. Thanks for linking up to NOBH.

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  5. Misty, your moms day out looks like a wonderful break for you! Your pictures are just gorgeous! It's been awhile since I slipped away and spent a day by myself.

    I thought I was the only one who wandered the bookstores and wrote down the titles of books I want to find in my local library to read so I don't have to buy them :)

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  6. Oh I have a morning out coming up and I cannot wait! Thank your or sharing your lovely time... Looks like it was such a blessing.

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