Oh, hi there little blog. I’ve missed you. But it’s been good to continue to process some things alone and on paper for a while. I hope to get back to posting soon, but for now, just a quick recap of the past two months plus pictures and some counting of the gifts, because I’m reminded how much my soul still needs that. Daily.
August started with Grace’s birthday. I didn’t do a post on her this year and I’m conflicted about that. The girls don’t love our social media presence, so I tried to respect that by not doing a whole post, but it’s been tradition and a way I try to honor the girls every year, so I feel like I skipped part of the birthday experience. She’s still one of my favorites, even if I didn’t write about her. 🙂
After that was back-to-school. I may have had my own little temper tantrum over it all and seriously questioned our decision to keep them home again. But then I pulled on my big-girl panties and chose to embrace it all, and so far, the year is going very well.
I started school the week after the girls. I’m having a great time stretching my brain with Human Anatomy and Applied Behavior Analysis. I’m still so thankful for the opportunity to take classes again.
September came with Matt’s brother getting married and Labor Day and my birthday. Also, our 4th annual Capitol Craze run and time with friends from out of town. The rest of the month flew by and now I find myself on October 6th drinking coffee and reflecting on the first 7 weeks of school.
Life is good. God is good. Even when life is hard.
This sweet bird took refuge under Ellie’s chair at dinner after one of the owls in our backyard tried to make it his dinner.
Ellie’s depiction of Heaven based on the book of Revelation.
The throne of the River of Life.
Yep, that’s Hell. #speechless
This book, a gift from a friend. Books that touch hearts make the very best gifts, in my opinion.
A new planner makes the idea of a new school year more bearable. And I’m still seriously in love with this planner.
Copy all the things. Homeschooling isn’t “green”.
Last day of summer break perfection.
And the first day of school.
Love notes to give me courage and make me laugh.
A little bit of studying.
Wondering why my human anatomy class doesn’t include making models of an osteon from food….
Product testing by the 15 year old.
Testing out the race slide.
Relaxing with Ellie while the others rock it out withe LeCrae.
This quote stays with me and I find it’s something I’m still learning….
I’d have to learn a different kind of dancing, the kind that stands still. The kind that leans into the sure arms of a mysterious and unfathomable God and allows Him to lead, even when she doesn’t know where He is leading. Because sometimes God fights for His girl in ways she never imagined.
Michelle Cushatt, Undone
And the gifts…..
3261. restful weekends
3262. a fifteen year old
3263. a school year almost ready to go
3264. messes and projects and practice seeing past them
3265. sweet middle of the night texts that encourage
3266. taking a step back and giving thanks
3267. citronella oil and bug spray
3268. poolside date and a bottle of wine
3269. the slow winding down of summer
3270. early classes and the easing back into routine
3271. sunshine, ice cream, and pool time – end of summer break perfection
3272. beautiful Fridays
3273. a school year under way
3274. the glory that surrounds the everyday
3276. and Mondays
3277. songs that speak love and life
3279. brisk mornings; a sweet taste of fall before summer really ends
3280. errands and good talks with #2
3281. almost-perfect weather
3282. good, normal days
3283. time to walk at the lake
3284. long weekends
3285. taking a deep breath
3286. perfect weddings
3287. birthday blessings
3288. perfect weather
3289. soft sunsets
3290. Capitol Craze #4
3291. tests to study from
3292. hard marriage weeks
3293. surgery and a recovery that doesn’t go as planned
3294. excellent care from doctor and family
3295. soup deliveries
3296. happy scores on tests
3297. slow healing
3298. disappointment and a God with a plan
As I look back on that list, I see a choosing to give thanks in the every day for the every day. Life is not always glorious or glamorous, but it is always good. And God is always good. Even when life is hard.*
Happy October, friends.
For His Glory ~
*yes, I intentionally wrote that twice in one post 😉 Because I need the reminder every day.