We have a rule in our family: If the thermometer jumps 70 and the sun is shining, get thee to the Lake.

Well, it is March–and we are not at the Lake. Funny though, many times today I thought about the coming summer months–and their promise of lemonade, painted toes, cut grass, countless games of cribbage.
How blessed I am to have such rich traditions in my family–on both sides–of how we blissfully soak up each summer moment.

Regrettably, back to reality. Today was our major Easter shopping day–and we had many stops to make in our line of hunting & gathering. We needed everything from the necessary: turkey, to the frivolous: egg cupcake liners & Easter toothpicks. Each store brought a new adventure-at Martin’s a stop at Starbucks; at Target, a giggle in the Easter aisle; at TJMaxx, we picked out a ‘special Easter outfit’ for Daddy; and at Meijer our whole day was capped off by a watching Schaeffer’s face fill with joy as she rode Sandy, the pony.

After a great day, this is the prayer of my heart for my sweet Schaeffer girl for today: Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her. Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight. Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy! Make your mother proud!” Proverbs 23:22-25MSG