all things water + a good book

Happy June!  Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.  Ours flew by and we’re off to a great start for summer.  The kids are happy to have a break from school and ready for some sun and fun.  Isn’t it interesting how water is the theme for most of us in the summer?  It’s all about finding the best beach, pool, or lake to swim, water ski, surf, fish, sail, or cruise for enjoyment.  For kids, it can be as simple as playing in the sprinkler on a hot summer day.  Water is healing.

This summer we hope to do something we haven’t done in a long time – take our family to another beach for a family vacay.  It’s hard to beat our beautiful beaches here, but we’re exploring all kinds of options for some adventure.

It amazes me how much we all need water.

Actually more than we realize.


While looking for a few good summer reads (mostly on the hunt for historical fiction) last weekend, I ran across this book a friend recently recommended, which shares surprising facts on how the intake of water greatly affects our overall health and life.  Cannot put this book down!!!  I actually read a chapter to our whole family last night after dinner.  Everyone was surprisingly interested.

I know it may seem silly to get a book about drinking more water, kind of like “duh, don’t I just drink more water??”  But this read is loaded with medical facts that will shock you, plus it explains in detail how we’re supposed to drink water and the special things we need to do when drinking it.  It also explains what happens to us emotionally and physically when our bodies reach a dehydrated state, how many of us are operating in a state of “persistent dehydration”, and what living in this state does to us long term.  Kind of scary when you read it, but it’s filled with helpful information.

Have you read any good books lately?  Or do you have a favorite family vacay spot near the water?  Would love to read your thoughts on either.












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  1. Christina says:

    Oceans. Mountains. Clear rivers, lakes. Sunrises and sunsets. Fresh air. Quiet. My needs/wants/desires. My life is crazy busy with a large family so I don’t need these things daily (I certainly don’t get them daily) or even yearly, but I crave them a little bit all the time and feel so rejuvenated when I experience them. I love summer. I love having the kids home and trying to experience these things together. The clock is ticking re: the time we have as a family under the same roof and I crave memories made around these experiences which inspire and fill us with an awe-some-ness. I truly love seeing my kids stare out at the waves and say, “Wow! God is amazing. Nature is so powerful!” Cannot wait to hear of your new beach find!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I’m cracking up as I read this because I’m sitting in my car, waiting for my son and I’m SO THIRSTY!!! Lol! I rarely leave home without water but I finished my bottle and am too lazy/tired to run into the convenience store for another. I agree completely; water is healing and life-giving. I say a prayer of thanks each night as I get into a warm bath, I believe it’s an under appreciated luxury in our modern world . Hot, clean water in a (hopefully) clean tub just for me? To soak the day away and refresh my mind and body? Heaven on earth in my opinion! Definitely want to check out this book, thank you 😊
    I recently read ‘TIS HERSELF , a memoir by Maureen O’Hara and LOVED it. It was my book club’s pick, I wouldn’t have chosen it on my own, makes me want to see some of her movies. Also BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (psychological thriller) and CRAZY RICH ASIANS , both great.
    Enjoy your weekend

  3. Cissy Allen says:

    I just read a great book called The Noticer by Andy Andrews.

    Have a lovely summer!

  4. Renee A says:

    Well, for water I’m convinced you can’t beat northern Michigan! From Grand Haven up to Holland, into sleeping bear dunes, around to Traverse City, up to Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and then finishing up at Mackinac Island (with a few inland lake stops at Glen Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Charlevoix and my most favorite, Walloon, you’ll never see so much beautiful blue! Summer in Michigan is why we tolerate winter in Michigan.

    As for books, Tracy Rees’ Amy Snow and Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series are my recent favorites – and the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog just posted a summer reading guide that I’m hoping to work right through (while sitting on the dock watching my sailors tack up and down the lake!)

  5. Christina says:

    I just finished two great reads: The Light Between Oceans and Hillbilly Elegy. Both are fabulously written and enjoyable, but the latter is a bit crude and crass. I wouldn’t normally read books with that sort of language, but in this scenario, I think it was an accurate portrayal of a very dysfunctional family where success was still sought after and attained.

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