Hello! It’s been so busy over here, what with continued focus on my chronic health issues, homeschooling my now 6 (and a half!) year old, a couple of moves across country, and settling into our new lives. During that time, my son learned to read and after moving to our current location I re-discovered Usborne Books & More and it was immediately clear that I HAD to get these some of these books free for my little darling, and at a discount in the future for our continuing homeschool journey. And so here I am, a pretty content homeschool mom whose hubby signed up with the company to ensure our son continues his love of reading and love of learning.

With the business of life (especially summer!), it can be challenging to continually “discover the treasure within,” per my blog tagline, but focusing on this can remind us who we are, how far we’ve come, and where we want to go. When we forget that treasure that we alone possess, we can become lonely. Hardened, even. One thing I have found inadvertently helpful, in the midst of all the recent changes in our lives, is that I have been pretty much unable to live in the past or dwell on the future. Being forced to live in the present moments has kept that treasure within secure and strong, and for this I am grateful. In those moments of being fully in the moment, I reconnect with the people in my life and even with myself.

And then comes along the mediocrity of life, yes? We find ourselves simply going through the motions, and without even noticing, that sweetness loses it’s magic, for it has been untended. No longer have we been feeding our precious treasure through embracing what is NOW. No longer have we been taking time to connect with our friends. Our Families. Ourselves. Enter: Loneliness.  That deep, sorrowful, abiding feeling of loss that comes from losing sight of what matters. The treasure that lies within is lost, and we fumble in the darkness, wondering if it was the full moon that caused this, or something someone said, or the past creeping in… any number of ideas. Stop. Breathe. Inhale life. Exhale the unwanted emotions. We feel, we accept, we let go. And live again. And thus concludes the beginning to my summer! 😉

I would love to know what your favorite part of summer has been so far, and about the children in your lives (students, nieces, nephews, grandchildren etc).  Comment below and let’s get re-acquainted! 🙂