My favorite part of the year is finally here. S U M M E R! We pay a high price to get here: school projects, final exams, awards ceremonies, talent shows, parties and every kind of crazy crammed into a few fast and furious weeks. But summer has come to our rescue, and with it comes instant redemption of all the end-of-school insanity! 


We’re about as tired as our little lambs on a hot afternoon, but just knowing we don’t have to return to the school routine on Monday evokes a deep sigh of relief in all of us. Though I have to say, we finished strong. That is, my girls finished strong. While I was all cooked and done, they were still grinding it out, winning awards, making great grades, and using their gifts in talents shows. My oldest sang one of her own songs while playing the guitar one week, then won the 7th grade science award the next. {What a surprise! Who knew our songbird was also a scientist?} And my youngest created fabulous fashions out of magazines last week, then received a blessing for her strength as an organizer this week. {She’s far more like her first born mama than I thought. Not so second born?}

I don’t say much about my girls here on the blog. Mostly because I just want to enjoy the moment and let them share their own hearts and stories in the ways they choose down the road. But every now and then, a mama’s heart swells and overflows. We aren’t all about awards and recognition here in our family, but seeing your children honored for the things God created them to do is a beautiful thing. {Sweet girls of mine, I’m so proud to be your mama…with or without awards!}


And now we get to celebrate what we love best: being together as a family. That’s our favorite thing about summer…and about life. Playing together, working together, lingering over meals together, creating together, hosting friends on the farm together, doing anything at all together…this is our sweet spot. Together is how we love to be.

Happy Summer!

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  • Julie - Happy summer Linsey! And congrats to your girls for working so hard and using their God-given talents to shine! (They must have an amazing role model! : ) We have 3 more weeks of school here in Seattle – – so we are still in the midst of the crazy! Your post brought sunshine to my heart today… feeling the warmth and anticipated joy of much family togetherness this summer. Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

    • Bravehearted Beauty - I hope you enjoy your togetherness! Of course, there are moments when we all need our alone time {I’m enjoying a few of those moments right now!}, but for the most part, being together is EXACTLY how I love to be. Happy almost summer to you!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - Loving the picture with this post. Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Gracia @ Gracious Offering - Linsey,
    Love the paragraph about your girls…”let them share their own hearts and stories in the ways they choose down the road”. That’s my blog philosophy as well. Yet, doesn’t hurt to celebrate some special moments once in a while either :)!
    Glad the school year ended well for both of them! Enjoy your summer…Maine bound? Visiting Maine…eating a lobster po’boy…is on my bucket list!ReplyCancel

    • Bravehearted Beauty - Yes, a short visit to Maine this year since we’ll be combining the New England trip with a visit to my husband’s family, but even a single day on the Maine coast is a gift! Hope you get to enjoy that someday!ReplyCancel

  • Morning Glory + Hello Summer » Bravehearted Beauty - […] brave and beautiful heart today? Mine is bursting with joy because we’re only a day away from our family’s favorite season: S U M M E R […]ReplyCancel