Summer is a time to have fun, get together with friends and neighbors, and relax. For stay-at-home moms, I would say it is even more exciting, because we are able to get to know our surroundings again, the pool, the parks, and our neighbors. I believe many moms feel this way during the summer, and it does take some effort to get together with people.

It is a time to come together and not be so isolated, which is how many moms in this age still feel. We crave to be a part of a community, so when someone says, “We want to have a get-together this summer” you jump for joy inside. At least I do!

I know this is how I felt when we first moved to this area:

“When summer came, I was thrilled to see people out in their yards or walking their dogs and I wasted no time getting to know our new neighbors. I’d felt cooped up and shut in; and no matter how awkward or nervous I sometimes felt, I made every attempt I could to get to know others in our neighborhood. If you can relate, and you’re feeling you want to build stronger relationships within your community, summer is the perfect time to do it. The long daylight hours and warmer weather make for tons of opportunities to reach out.” -DIANA CHERRY, MOPS BLOG

That is what many stay-at-home moms need. Someone to reach out to them, and invite them to play at the playground, or to come over for a get-together to enjoy conversation and food. It builds the community that many of us crave. It takes time, but it is well worth it.

Gathering together brings you back to your childhood and lets your children create their own special memories to look back on years later. It is the special image of friends sitting at a big wooden table with everyone talking, laughing, and just being together.

It is perfect! Summertime is my favorite time of year!

What are some of your absolute favorite summer get-together foods?

Here are some recipes I have discovered that I plan to try for our next get-together.

Photo: @real_simple, @whatsgabycookin!

 

photo: Iowa Girl Eats

 

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photo: Iowa Girl Eats

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