KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2014

Planning a Cool Summer

By Chantal J. Klingbeil

School will soon be out, so what are your plans for the summer? Do you really want to fill up your summer with sleeping in late, watching TV shows or movies all day, playing continuously online, or hanging out at the mall? For a change of pace, why not try some old-fashioned vacation day ideas instead? 

Just to get you started, here are some suggestions from things that Ellen White enjoyed doing during the summer: 

Get out into nature: Ellen and James White enjoyed going to a cabin in the Colorado mountains. Mrs. White also enjoyed trips to the sea. After a boat trip in San Francisco Bay she wrote, “The wind was blowing strong and I never enjoyed anything so much in my life.” 

summer sunsetWatch a Sunrise or a Sunset: Mrs. White writes about a sunset she saw: “The surpassing loveliness of the blended colors of gold, silver, purple, and crimson, painted upon the heavens, seems to speak to us of the amazing glories within.”

Read a Good Book: One of the last visions Mrs. White had was about making sure that young people have good books to read. There are lots of great books to choose from. You can read books that she wrote too. Go to and look at the books in modern English.

Volunteer to Help: Mrs. White’s whole life was built around trying to help people. Even when she was elderly, she enjoyed going to neighbors who had had a baby, or who were ill, and taking them a gift or something to help them feel better. 

Get Some Exercise: Mrs. White enjoyed hiking and riding ponies.  She wrote to her son Edson about a particular pony ride: “Last night Father and I rode six miles on the Indian ponies, that we might get accustomed to riding . . . and I had my pony lope nicely.”

Spend Time With God: Mrs. White never began her day without spending time with God. She read her Bible and prayed. For her, prayer wasn’t about just asking God for things. She liked to admire God and thank Him for all the wonderful things He had done for her. You can certainly do the same.

We hope you have a wonderful summer!