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Summertime Moving Blues?

Summertime Moving Blues?

Three days ago you waved good-bye to two men in a truck, it’s now 96 degrees in the shade, and the kids are saying, “There’s no one to play with here!”—and they’re right. Most everyone is on vacation, away at camp, or sweating summer school exams.

Somehow, summer makes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transplant shock that every family feels during a move even more challenging. But hangeth thou in there. September’s coming, the school bell will ring again, and believe it or not, you’ll actually be happy to see the box marked “winter coats” that you just shoved to the back of the hall closet.

In the meantime, give these dog-days of summer the royal “B-L-U-E” treatment and before you know it, you’ll have a sure cure for the summertime blues.

Be obvious! Let the neighbors know you’ve arrived.

Spend a little time sprucing up the front of your house.

  • Put some brightly colored flowers on your porch.
  • Leave a soccer ball in the yard.
  • Walk the dog with the kids three times a day. Or go for a bike ride.

Light it up!

  •  Set a timer.
  • Every day at 6:00 PM turn on every light in the house—don’t forget the front porch.
  • Light up the grill and cook something irresistible outside.
  • And lighten up! Laughter’s good for the soul.  Proverbs 17:22

Use the driveway.

  •  Park your car there.
  • Have a family car wash on the weekend.
  • What about a yard sale?

Every opportunity you have when meeting another mom is a chance to make a friend. Don’t be shy—share your contact details.

  • Church shopping
  • Kid food shopping
  • Well baby visits
  • Local parks
  • The library
  • Schools, etc. etc.

Then invite some moms and kids over for snacks—even if all of the boxes aren’t unpacked yet.

Blooming where God plants you may not always be easy, but “The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58:11

*The successful potty-trainer of five with twenty nine moves to her credit, Penny L. Hunt is an bestselling author, speaker, online devotions writer, and host of A Thought From Penny each week. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for The Soul and Guideposts, and her latest book, Bounce! Don’t Break… features the award winning poem, 4 Flames of Honor—a tribute to military wives. Contact Penny at:

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