We enjoyed a late August surge of summer last Saturday. I'm not sure who enjoys getting out on the boat more: Us or Tanner.We had evening plans so decided to get out on the boat in the morning and enjoy the sunshine. Many others had the same idea as the sea was filled with all manner of boats! We decided to head out to our former retreat center in the archipelago. Many fond memories of church life have been forged at this beautiful camp along the Baltic sea. Unfortunately, due to financial realities the church had to sell the property last spring. Being back up there on Saturday was bittersweet. We are very sad that we can no longer enjoy this place as our retreat center. But it provided a perfect place for a sweet summer picnic. Tanner was in and out of the water and it looked so enticing that he finally convinced me to jump in and join him! The chilly waters were good for my body and soul. Summer is a time for swimming and this late August dip reminded me that perhaps all of the good things of summer are not over quite yet.
The ride back in was beautiful. Gorgeous ships, the amazing Swedish archipelago, and the warm sunshine nurtured our souls and encouraged our spirits. I'm not quite ready to say good-bye to summer, but rain, clouds, waning sunshine and dropping temperatures are daily reminders that it doesn't really matter what I'm ready for. It's not that I don't love the autumn chill and the beautiful colors of fall...it's just that I'd like that season to hold off for just a couple more weeks or even a month!