Your Summer Memories | One Fourth of July Weekend by Valerie

Your Summer Memories | One Fourth of July Weekend by Valerie

Hello everyone! This is Part Five of the summer memories series. ❤ Welcome back 🙂

Today, I get to share with you guys a sweet story that my mom (Valerie from Living Lighter in Atlanta) sent me of one particular Fourth of July weekend that she spent at her grandparents’ house in Michigan! I loved getting to read this – you’ve told me a lot of your favorite memories from back in Michigan, but I don’t remember ever hearing this one. 🙂 I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

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One Fourth of July Weekend

I absolutely love summer memories and I am really blessed to have a huge amount of super fun, positive ones from my childhood. Road trips, airplane rides, swimming pools, thunderstorms and camp are just a few… ahhh, I just love summer!

So, for some reason when I heard about Maggie’s summer memories collaboration post, I recalled something really simple. Here’s the memory I’d like to share..

When I was growing up, my dad’s parents lived about an hour from us on a farm in Michigan. We visited pretty often and one summer in particular I remember staying for the fourth of July weekend.

We cooked hot dogs over the fire in their yard and went to see fireworks.

It’s been over twenty years yet I can still see the house, feel the breeze, smell the food, hear the laughter. I don’t know why (perhaps I just really miss my dad and my grandma and grandpa), but this memory is so special to me. ^_^

Thanks for encouraging us to recall summer memories, Maggie!

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And thank you for sharing yours with us! ❤ I loved getting to read it, and find pictures to go along with it 🙂 I hope all of you are having a great summer! And if it’s not summer where you live, then I hope the season you’re currently experiencing is enjoyable. x

How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories?
Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Summers on The Island by Margaret

Your Summer Memories | Summers on The Island by Margaret

Happy first day of summer, everybody!! ☀️🌴 May the beginning of this season be enjoyable for all of you. x Let’s enjoy the break, the vacations, and so our best to tolerate the heat! 😅

Welcome to Part Four of the Summer Memories series. 💖

For today’s story, we have a lovely recollection of island memories from my dear sweet friend, Margaret, who blogs over at The Word. I loved getting to read about your memories, Margaret! They’re so dreamlike ❤ and such a great way to kickoff to the official summer!! ☺️ I hope you all enjoy! xx


Summers on The Island

My favourite summer memories were all at a small island that was in between the peninsula I lived on and the mainland. The little island connected us to that mainland. It was one of the prettiest little islands. You could pull your car right down the beach to the water. Put your blanket or chairs out, turn your car stereo up and lay in the sun all day.

While laying on the beach your view across the beautiful blue water was another island, that has Spanish horses that you could watch. They have been there for hundreds of years. They would be aboard the Spanish ships that use to sail up and down our coasts, and when they would wreck the horses swam to the shore and have lived there ever since.

We’d bask in the sun all day, enjoying the salt air, and when we’d get hot, we’d walk a few feet to the water and swim.

The island had huge sand dunes (taller than 2 and 3 story houses) that on the weekends all the big trucks would climb which was fun to watch.

It was the most peaceful, calming, beautiful thing in the world.

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This was such a fun read. I really want to go to that island now!! I’ve actually read stories about those horses that she mentioned. How cool that you’ve gotten to see them for yourself, Margaret!

How is your summer so far, everyone? Or, if it’s not summer where you live, what it is it like there? And how about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Helping Grandma by T.R. Noble

Your Summer Memories | Helping Grandma by T.R. Noble

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to Part Three of the Summer Memories series. If you’d like to learn a bit more on what this series is all about, click here!

I will be sharing each story in the order that they were sent to me – just to make that clear!

For today’s post, we have a heartwarming collection of T.R. Noble’s (from Inside Cup) childhood summer memories that she spent with her grandmother. Enjoy!


Helping Grandma

My summers from my childhood dealt with lingering sunsets, cut grass, swimming in the pool, and dreading seeing school supplies appearing in stories when it was July. But what summer also represented, especially when I was younger, were the countless visits to my grandma’s house. Grandma grew vegetables in her garden, had for years, even when my mom, aunt, and uncles were kids.

In the summers, I enjoyed her homemade spaghetti sauce from the vegetables. Even now, every time I smell peppers and onions together, it reminds me of her sauce.

And late in the summer, I would help her snap green beans. It wasn’t a tradition till I was about 13 when I started helping her. Under the shade, we would snap green beans together, just talking about random stuff. She used everything she created in her garden, canned a lot of it.

Grandma always taught me about endurance, and keeping your hands busy. We would sip tea, chat, and snap.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

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Wasn’t that great? I loved getting to read about the fun summer memories you had with your grandmother, T.R. Noble 🙂 They’re so sweet and reminiscent!

Thanks for reading, everyone! How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie