I went walking with a friend this afternoon and we were talking about summer plans and also just about planning in general. There have been seasons of life when I’ve felt focused and organized and planning for the future felt really fun.
This current season is not one of those seasons.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve just been thankful to close out each day with each child making it to each class-activity-responsibility with their water bottle or homework or teeth brushed in some semblance of on-time-ness.
I’m thankful if the meat is thawed for dinner, if the red light on the answering machine is not blinking, if the car has gas in it, and if we make it home from church with all of the children we took there.
That was just a couple of weeks ago when we forgot one and didn’t realize it until we were already back home making lunch.
I really do enjoy planning because without intentionality, time passes by and opportunities are missed.
I like fresh starts.
New beginnings of possibilities.
And as the sun has been peeking through with promises of summer just around the corner…
The requests have come in for our list of–
Intentional Summer Planning Questions Suggestions
So, under the umbrella of James 4:13-15, I want to share that list with you.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ “
Our Intentional Summer Planning Questions–
What places would we like to visit?
What specific educational goals do we have for each child?
What 3 books would I like to read this season?
How and when am I going to spend time in God’s Word?
What is my plan for exercising and staying active?
Are there any friendships we’d especially like to develop or rekindle?
What household tasks do I need to keep up on?
Are we planning to take any extended trips or vacations?
What reoccurring weekly activities would we like to include (sports, service, lessons, traditions)?
Are there any specific skills we’d like our children to learn?
What character traits or heart issues do we need to work on with our children?
Are there any specific skills I’d like to develop personally?
How can I make sure we have unscheduled time (is the calendar looking too full and if so, what can we cut)?
Are there any fun movies we’d like to watch together?
How and where will we celebrate any birthdays, holidays or special occasions?
What will hospitality look like for us this season (how can we use our home for God’s glory)?
Does my husband have anything that is important to him that I need to include?
Do we have any house project goals?
What will our kiddos’ chores look like during this season (what do I need to teach or re-teach)?
What are some unplanned activities that we’d like to include more often (games, reading, taking walks, swimming) ?
Are there any schedules I want to add to the calendar (library, church, local events) ?
Are there any other goals that I’ve missed and want to include?
I pray that this summer will be a time for you and your family to grow closer to the Lord and to each other. Thank you so much for joining me here…
P.S. Just in case you missed it, I back-date-added the free printable camping list from my previous site that several readers requested.