Thursday, August 5, 2010

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~ Celia Thaxter

Goodbye Spring flowers.
Goodbye four years old.
Goodbye late afternoon giggles.
Goodbye...
swinging by the old oak tree...
and blowing lots of bubbles.
Farewell backyard 'tackle'...
...and 'pick-up' baseball after church.
Goodbye six years old.
So long unhurried mornings.
Farewell fireflies at dusk...
and lazy afternoons.
Goodbye fishermen at the end of the pier.
Goodbye silliness.
So long warm sunshine...
...and sand between the toes.
Goodbye critters beneath our feet...
Farewell feeding the seagulls...
and the ducks and geese.
So long summer picnics...
and so long 8 years old.
Farewell fishing on hot summer days.
Goodbye little garden...
and tractor rides at the farm.
Goodbye ice cream parties...
and Fourth of July fun.
Farewell water skiing...
canoeing...
and kayaking at dusk.
So long another summer...
of running barefoot on the beach...
and climbing big oak trees.
Farewell salty air...
and summer fun.
Goodbye summer friends...
Goodbye Green Eyed Sally and baby colt 'Buddy.'
Farewell little one, until we meet again.
So long reptile hunts...
So long the river wild...
Farewell Summer's Pride...
and Farmer's Market fun...
Farewell long summer nights and sunsets over the lake...
So long Summer...
until next year's break!

Oh, the sadness to say 'goodbye' to summer!  School starts in about a week!  I look at my children's faces and know that next summer will bring all new adventures, new friends and another step away from childhood.  How I long to freeze time!  As I glance back over this summer, I am thankful for lazy days, visits with family, baby dolls and lizards, picnics in the park, time at the beach and swimming in the lake.  I love the great outdoors! 
Thanks to all of you who support me in this fun adventure at Three Pixie Lane! You have all been so gracious with your kind words and encouragement!
  What are some of your favorite memories of this summer?

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41 comments :

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Such a lovely post! I loved the days when all three of mine were home! I am down to the youngest now. I hate to see summer end...I miss them so whan they are in school! Aaaahhhh...time flies!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Stacey said...

Such a beautiful post! Each and every one of your pictures should be framed in your home somewhere.

I'm taking my youngest to Chicago for college in a week. Lots of tears for me right now. It seems like just minutes ago that we were doing all the things you showed in these sweet pictures.

Monica M. Judd said...

LOVELINESS and such wonderful memories made... so thankful to have been a part of some of them! Here's to capturing these last moments of summer and to hoping the fall holds many more special memories made together! By the way, your pictures are beautiful.

Jennifer said...

gosh! Those are some of the prettiest pictures I have ever seen!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That was beautiful, and the pictures are priceless:)

once in a blue moon... said...

oh that was fantastic, i am smiling from ear to ear! your pics are fantastic, such a beautiful family and the moments you shared are priceless~

Gloria said...

What awesome Summer photos these are! Wonderful memories to cherish! time sure flies!!

School starts here in about a week too for the little ones. Some excitement and nervousness shown from the both of the grand kids about this. They are eager to see their friends, who they haven't seen as much during the Summer.

We're planning a short camping trip for them sometime this coming week before they head back to school. Looking forward to that! :)

Blessings to you,
Gloria @}~`}~~~ Gloria

Gloria said...

ooops...didn't mean to repeat my name. Oh well..:)

Becca said...

OH MY GOODNESS! This post is beautiful! Your pictures and beautiful! Your writing is beautiful!

Thanks for linking up.
Becca
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Fiona Designs said...

Oh - I love these photos and your blog!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful pictures! We have almost a month before school starts here on Long Island, so we will be enjoying the beach for awhile. Actually, I love Sept the best! All the tourists have gone home and it is quiet and gorgeous!

Mary said...

What a wonderful post & beautiful, photogenic children! Such summer fun...makes me sad to say goodbye too!

Enjoy your week at IOP :-)

Jacqueline said...

Oh, I hope you are going to print this in a book for your kids. What wonderful photos you collected this summer! Your children are beautiful and so are your photos. I think my favorite is your daughter feeding the gulls and your son in his blue and white check shirt coming towards you on the pier.

This almost makes me sad, but seasons are nice too. Have a wonderful last week and a super Sunday.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Nice pictures, it looks like you all had a very nice summer-enjoy!

Shirley said...

Love the photos. Especially the first one. It deserves a frame!

PAT said...

Gorgeous Summer post! Amazing photos!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a gorgeous post. You have a beautiful family, and you are an amazing photographer! With your creativity, style, and photography skills, you are such a fabulous blogger. laurie

Red Couch Recipes said...

I agree with my sister Jacqueline that this sort of made me sad because youth is so fleeting! You have captured your summer memories so beautifully. My favorite was you and your three in front of the red truck...oh and then there was the picture of the kids and dad walking on the pier! Loved it! Joni

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your gorgeous photos make me want to cry at the passing of your beautiful summer...aaahhhh but those wonderful summertime memories you all have!!!

Ellie said...

I love your photos, but I have to admit I'm sad after reading all the goodbyes! I'm not ready for summer to be over!

Photo Cache said...

thank you for sharing your online photo album. i enjoyed looking at your photos, of these beautiful kids, the lovely flowers, the wonderful water.

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Sherry said...

What a beautiful post. Isn't it fleeting and sweet! Childhood should always be savored.
Sherry

g.suzie said...

Adorable photos, I love your use of the color red. . .and the story you are telling. Great tribute to summer's end!

J Bar said...

What a fantastic collection of shots.

michael said...

Great way to remember a summer. And I love the conscious act of saying goodbye.

Manang Kim said...

Such a very beautiful faces! And I love how you put all these photos I also had fun and yes goodbye to summer hello Fall! Happy Wednesday!

WateryWednesday

Tricia said...

Absolutely wonderful series of memory keeper images!

Roo said...

Beautiful, beautiful! A poignant reminder that my 6 month old and 2 year old won't stay tiny and wee forever.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

What a wonderful post! The beautiful photos and the subject line just brings this ole' retired teacher to tears.
First time visiting your blog. I love your Palmetto craft as well. I am from SC too and am going to do this with my grandson. Thanks for sharing.
Just became your newest follower, Annette

Sarah said...

I've said it before, but when I see your photos I always think you should be published. These are amazing images. It's fun to see the smiles and actions that you capture in your lens. Beautiful family!!!
Thanks for sharing you last days of summer. ~ Sarah

Linda said...

What a delightful post!

Jenifer said...

This is beautiful! I am going to attempt my own farewell to summer post...thanks for the great idea!

The Wishful Lamb said...

beautiful entry<3

SHARON WOOD said...

Lovely... almost brings a tear to the eye when you think about it... how fast time goes and how beautiful it is, thanks for sharing

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Tracy F. said...

Such a lovely post, with beautiful pictures of your adorable children!

Els Manning said...

Oh so agreed! My 9 yr. old starts tomorrow. And tonight when she said her prayers, she asked for one more month of summer! I agreed... :)

Erika B said...

Such a beautiful post! And lots and lots of stunning photos.

Erika B

Killlashandra said...

What wonderful pictures! There are so many nice ones it's hard to pick. But they all remind me of a wonderful summer. Makes me want to go on a picnic. :)

Christine said...

what a fabulous to say goodbye to summer, so many lovely family moments captured!

Teresa said...

So many beautiful pictures! It makes me long for summer's return!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Such precious little faces, with adorable, innocent expressions. Children are such a blessing of the Lord!

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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