Weekends have increased in value since Isabella started school. I don't remember being this excited for Friday night since I was in high school! We turn off the alarm, let the kids watch morning cartoons, nap, and try to find something fun to do around town.
This past weekend found us hosting our first overnight guest. As we were cooking breakfast on Saturday morning, sipping coffee, and catching up on the past few years with our friend, Bradley leaned over to me and said, "I forgot how much fun it was to have company."
We made our way to the weekly downtown market, purchased some cinnamon rolls from a local farmer and his wife, and then grabbed some coffee from a local coffee shop. Bradley convinced me to try their vanilla lattes--I was not disappointed--and one Saturday morning, I'm going back to sit outside of this place, drink coffee, eat a chocolate croissant, and people watch.
The weather couldn't have been more perfect for a community day in the park. The girls got their Zumba on with a group of ladies and had fun playing some of the games that were set up throughout the park.
Mason tried making friends with everyone he saw. His delight in people, even strangers, makes me smile. We enjoyed dinner out on Saturday night, complete with sitting outside in the chilly air. The summer in Florida has been hot and humid, so being outside without sweating and feeling the need for a sweater was a treat.
We have decided on a church to attend while we're here, and while it's a bit of a drive, and the kids are sleepy on the way home, we have been challenged and encouraged through the preaching and worship there each week. Sundays are our day of rest, so we come home from church, eat, and spend the rest of the day relaxing at home and being together as a family.
The slightly chilly air and football season being in full swing has me wanting soup. We've been making weekly trips to the seafood market, trying various kinds of fish, so this week we picked up some steamed shrimp and made gumbo. With fall officially beginning tomorrow, I plan to grab some mums and spruce up our front porch. The canned pumpkin is already in the pantry just waiting to be made into yummy bread and muffins.
Living here has been a challenge for me in many ways, but I can honestly say that I'm beginning to enjoy it. I suppose that's what happens once you feel settled in a place. It's taken a few months for me, but now that we're halfway through our stint in Florida, I think I might miss it when we leave. The beach, the seafood, the rhythm we have here....it's becoming normal and pleasant and comfortable.
Happy Monday, friends! Enjoy your day.
Rejoice. Walk in the Spirit. Honor God.