flying off the end of the dock

Rich said to me, “I love this day.” 

Yes, we had a great 4th of July family day, when the work was put away and we were free to just enjoy ourselves.  We made the same food we always make on the 4th; cornchip salad, hot dogs and hamburgers, we read books, we took naps, we went out for ice cream…..but……..

….the very best part of the day was when we all went swimming together in our pond.  After a while, I ran to the house to get the camera.

Rich and I (and Caleb) leaping off the end of the dock:


The water was perfect, warm on the top and cool underneath.  When I was growing up on the hill, we used to go swimming in my grandparent’s pond.  Rich also spent a lot of time at his grandpa’s pond.  He remembers Grandpa shooting snapping turtles when they came to the surface.  So there are memories for us as we enjoy our own family pond, now.  There is a certain smell at the pond, the buzz of insects, the feel of cool mud under the water, and if water gets in your eyes it doesn’t burn like chlorine does.  In fact, my children are so used to years of pond swimming that if they get into a pool the experience doesn’t satisfy like the ponds do.  (but I understand that pool swimmers may find a pond rather disgusting….that’s understandable, too not everyone likes swimming with fish, frogs, and tadpoles)

We were amused by Seth, who has no fear.  The water here is deep but he couldn’t resist joining the fun.  He flew off the end and then paddled like a doggie back to shore.  I think he was three times more active than the rest of us.  Sarah doesn’t want to swim.  I tried taking her out deeper than 2 inches and she gripped me and cried.


I admire and envy Jacob’s cool moves;



What a great day!   I’m smiling.

Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
— Jim Rohn


“O give thanks to the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.”  Ps. 136:1

“But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love your salvation say continually, great is the Lord”  Ps. 40:16




0 thoughts on “flying off the end of the dock

  1. Fun fun fun!!! I swam in my Grandparent’s pond and know what you mean..I was daydreaming again about bringing the kids up to your house for a weekend, it has been too long since i have seen you! You guys have done so much to the property I love the dock and your new reading area!

  2. hi shanda…….glad you all enjoyed the holiday.  looks like loads of fun.  and of course the best part – you’re all enjoying it together!  it’s been in the 100’s here – HOT!!!  we are spending lots of time in the lake trying to keep cool while still enjoying the outdoors.  but coming into a cool air-conditioned house feels awfully good, too!

  3. You and Rich look like a couple of kids jumping off the dock together ❤ Such a blessing to have the best kind of day enjoying one another and your great pond.

  4. What fun!  The dock looks great, your pond is “boy heaven”…my boys would love it!  The picture of your son Seth by the dock looks like he’s walking ON the water : ) .   Glad  you had a great 4th!  Blessings…  

  5. That looks wonderful! It sounds like the perfect day! I can’t explain it, but it makes me so happy to know you and your family. I love hearing about your days. You are building something so special and important. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. My siblings and I grew up with a river running right by our house. We practically lived in the water. It was a great experience that my own children couldn’t have. Your kids will have memories that last a lifetime!

  7. I never regret clicking on to your blog. The quote at the end about cultivating love in the family…thats an important one to remember during the summer months when the children are around us 24/7!!We are getting ready to leave tomorrow for a week long vacation. I plan to quote myself that one during that time!

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