another summer come and gone…

It always happens the same way. People start buzzing about scarves, flannel and  pumpkin spice lattes while I cry in a corner because summer is over. They treat me like I’m less than because I prefer sunshine over cinnamon. What can I say, I’ll take a one-piece over a pea coat any day.

It was a great summer. (Surprise surprise, it ALWAYS is!)

I went from Malaysia to Michigan, from Guatemala to Chattanooga, from a tent in the Smoky Mountains to a hut in Uganda.



I played volleyball until my knees were bloody and bruised. I jumped in the lake with my clothes on more times than I can remember.

I got LASIK and dyed my hair purple.

My house became a hostel – a constant flow of guests occupied our extra mattresses. I never knew who was living in our house or just hanging out. If I came home and there weren’t at least 10 people in the living room or around the kitchen table I thought something was wrong (had I been “left behind”??)


Just another night at home

In August, after one of those off days at work I went for a run late at night to sweat off the stress. And then I did it every night after that. My roommates started to wonder if I was meeting up with a secret boyfriend or perhaps buying crack. In reality I was encountering Jesus on those dark, empty streets. Just me and him and the end of the day. And that dog that followed me the one time…

Oh yeah, a dog bit me when I was in Africa. Story for the grandkids? Check.

I didn’t attend any weddings (I think everyone is already married?) but I did go to a reunion. We talked about the old times and made plans for more new times to take place.



Baseball. Beach. Concert in the park. Iced chai lattes.



This is why I love summer.

For all you cardigan wearing, pumpkin carving, leaf crunching, Thanksgiving lovers out there…I hope you enjoy your crisp weather and apple pie.

In the meantime, you can find me in a dark corner, wrapped in a blanket and rocking back and forth trying to stay warm.

Here goes nothing.


About Hope Naomi

Lover of all things tea and travel.
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9 Responses to another summer come and gone…

  1. Alys Seay says:

    haha, i love your life and your thoughts. Glad you had such a full summer:)

  2. Stacy P. says:

    Sounds like the best summer! love you and your writings.

  3. Sister says:

    excuse me part of my boobs are on your blog without copyrights. Also you mention lasik causually like it was just a thing instead of THE DAY YOU THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE GOING BLIND.

  4. buntingtr1 says:

    haha!!! love this and you!

  5. nataliedache says:

    THANK YOU. I almost cried when Starbucks released pumpkin spice a month early (seriously?? August???).
    Give me thick sunglasses and spaghetti straps anyway. Hope there’s room for two in that big blanket…

  6. chelseakim says:

    laughing at grace’s comment.

    aaand i love you. you’re the funnest. see you in THREE WEEKS!

  7. hollandocox says:

    seriously, WHY is nick soooo sweaty????

  8. Anna Notario says:

    in three weeks, you’ll be in austin where fall doesn’t start until like… December.

  9. Lesa says:

    Hope…it’s Lesa DiPaolo. Thinking about you…praying for you. “Oh, Christ…be the Center of Hope’s life…be the place she lifts her eyes…” I often sing my prayers: “May the Mind of Christ my Savior live in Hope from day to day…”
    We love you and admire your commitment to Christ.

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