Sweet Summertime

June 17, 2014


Summertime is sweet in the south. Fresh fruit seems to burst out of these dixie states. Cornfields thrive in fields right by our house and there is so much green it takes my breath away. I’m afraid I’ll soon forget what a beautiful sight these rolling hills are just as I soon forgot what a novelty the cattle and flat lands were in the midwest. So I pen it here in hopes to remember all the richness in this land.




Keller paused while swimming in the pool with his great-grandparents the other day to look at me and say,

“Mum. We’re lucky.”

And I’ve thought about that a lot in the past few weeks. How lucky we really are when we drench in the goodness. The right here and now. In all it’s interim, harried, imperfect, not-normal, tired phases that seem to roll in and out like tides on the coast or tornadoes in the valley. We are lucky in so many things.


The kids continue to thrive as we travel between states and live in two different places this summer. They ask me every day, “Mum. Where are we?” And I laugh every single time. We are in North Carolina this week, soaking up the mountains and the timber and the cooler temps with my parents and I do believe the change from our changing pace is doing us all good.


Amidst the crazy days, I keep a steady supply of watermelon and cantaloupe in the fridge and for some reason this keeps me sane in these warmer months. Maybe it’s because I think of my Pop Pop and Grandmom tilling their land and how they made something great out of an eighth grade education and a whole pile of unknowns. Maybe it’s because I remember my Pop Pop saying how seasons came and went for them and he said by the time you’re old you realize that in the end “it all works out”. Sometimes, I find myself subconsciously clinging to that as I’m splitting open a ripe and juicy watermelon and it makes me wish I could have had more time with them, that they could have spent a summer with my kids, just one. They would know that fireflies live in their eyes and watermelon seeds sprout from their ears. And then we would go ride combines into the hazy dusk of the fields. And I just know they would really like them and their wild souls.


Emma Claire asked me yesterday in the car, “Mummy. Do you have any dreams?” And I guess if I were to make a dream for this summer, it would be that we would see the lucky. It has been a hard year full of resolve and discipline and much much work. But maybe, like Keller, I need to pause mid-swim and just notice the thrill of water running down my back, the sun shining in the sky, the family gathered around, the weekend nearly upon us, and give a big grin for this sweet season of summertime.


The kids swim suits are courtesy of Sunuva swimwear. They came in the mail and the kids have been living in them ever since. I’m not even kidding. Keller walks around pretending he’s a shark and is so so proud he walks up to complete strangers to make sure they notice his suit. I love all the happy colors and the fact that I can rest assured they’re being protected safely from the sun’s rays. Sunuva is not just for kids, they also have amazing accessories like this ticking stripe beach bag that I want oh so bad. You can view and shop all their products HERE.


  • Reply bethany June 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    So precious. I agree summer in the south is best, and those suits are darling. Enjoy your vacation, ideally with some rest. xx

    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thank you, Bethany!!! I am trying to rest and it feels good. 🙂

  • Reply Vash + Lolo (@vashandlolo) June 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Watermelon and Cantalope define summer for me. I love your images and your site name. I also love how kids bring you back to reality and make you realize that the simple things matter more than all the fuss of life.

    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Awe…thank you!!!! They define it for me too. 🙂

  • Reply Kristi Phillips June 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Yummy! Cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries always make for a good fruit salad during the summer!

    Thank you for the reminder! God is so gracious. Sometimes we feel like we are drowning all the time and are not “lucky,” but it’s good just to give thanks and enjoy the present, what He has blessed us with! xo

    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Yes! I have yet to make a fruit salad, but that’s a good idea. I’ve been making different pasta salads lately and oh my word. Summer food is SO good.

  • Reply Michaela Jean June 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This post is beautiful and totally adding to my baby fever haha! Enjoy this sweet and special time love.




    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Hahahaha! I know exactly what you mean. 🙂

  • Reply Hannah June 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    This is so beautiful, and perfectly captures all that I love about southern summers! Glad that you are able to soak it up in the midst of the crazy.

    Would you mind sharing what lens you used for these photos? They are perfect!

    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Thank you, Hannah! I used a 50 mm 1.8 for Nikon.

  • Reply lizbethjoy June 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Love these sweet summertime photos!

  • Reply Linds Blair June 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Precious memories and precious words.

    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Thank you, Linds! I like the slow pace of summer while life swirls all around us…

  • Reply Courtney June 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    These photos (and all the photos on your blog) are gorgeous! Do you mind sharing how you edit them?

    • Reply Mary Beth June 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Thank you, Courtney! I use a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop 6. 🙂

  • Reply anatomiedesmots June 20, 2014 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful post! I loved the pics and the kids’ swimsuits ♥ ♥

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