Our Summer Favorites

Well, this post isn’t the norm. I’m just gonna list some of our favorite “stuff” this summer as promised. Here goes…

Books:
This summer we’ve gotten into books…like big time. Part of this is due to me finding the Podcast Read Aloud Revival. We’ve maxed out library cards. Gotten addicted to audiobooks. And the free app “Libby” from the library was a game changer!

Our favorites have been (there are links but most are at the library):
Mercy Watson series (Jonathan)
39 Clues series (Caleb)
Big Nate (Stephen)
Squish & Amulet (comic books…all the boys)
Madeline series (Esther & Kenan)
Iggie’s House (read aloud)
The Green Ember (read loud)
The Color of Water (Me)
The ONE Thing (Me)
Essentialism (Me)
The Power of Moments (Me)
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Me)

Music:
The boys have a varied taste in music that I’m a little embarrassed to share (you would judge us). So I’ll share 3 of my “cling to” songs this summer:

Great is Thy Faithfulness by One Sonic Society
Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United
Build My Life by Housefires III

Study:
Jen Wilkin’s Genesis study was great!

It’s been a fine summer. Really. We’ve made simple memories together. Taken only 1 trip. But it’s been sweet.

I’m thankful for what was. What is. And what’s to come.

And super thankful that He knows about all of it!

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)

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(That time we rode with Jeremy to a wedding rehearsal thinking it was near one of our favorite stores. Only to find ourselves in the middle of nowhere with an hour and a half to spare. Sigh. Thankful for GPS and random parks and trails!)

 

 

 

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Summer, Fortnite, Infinity War, Orbits…It’s Been Awhile

It’s been 3 months. Maybe I planned on taking the summer off. I don’t know.

But summer’s almost over (sigh). Half of 2018’s over. And Jeremy read my yearly goals to me the other night.

“Blog twice a month.”

Clearly, I’ve missed that one (and maybe the “get in shape,” “lose weight,” also).

So here I sit. On a rainy Friday. In the public library. Did I mention my computer also died?

And I don’t know where to start. Really.

This summer I’ve read a ton. Maybe a book a week. And we’ve played “Family Fortnite” (everyone run around the house with guns…don’t judge). And picked berries. And walked with neighbors.

And tried to do “One Thing” each day that moved us in a positive direction.

I’ve realized that I want the kids to be “yet” people, not “and.” I’ve found individual verses to pray over them and written them down.

We’ve listened to good music. Pecked at the piano. Watched multiple Marvel movies (What…Infinity War…were you thinking?)

There’s a new desire in me to do everything for God’s glory, not mine. To know nothing but Him crucified. Maybe that’s why I haven’t written.

Y’all…sometimes (most of the time) I write for you. For your praise. For your likes. For your shares. And I just want to stop doing that. To live and breathe for Him. To orbit Him as these little planets slip in and out of “our” orbit (I have a sketch of this in my journal…seriously).

And there’s been anxiety too. Weird. Like go to the doctor and ask what is happening to me. Out of nowhere. And I’m fighting it with all I’ve got. With all He’s got.

So there…you’re caught up. Starting again is the hardest thing, right?

Breathe. Log out of this computer. Live for only Him today…As my “One Thing.” And decide what to share with you next…summer books, movies, music??

Can’t wait…

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“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:7,8a)

Just “Be” This Summer…

The emotions welled up like a dam that had been waiting to explode.

We’d spent the morning with some friends at the park. Our kids had chased a frog, sat by the creek, and had lunch.

And for some reason as I was reading Esther her naptime book, the thought came quickly.

“You will never have that moment again.”

I blinked hard against the tears.

I know my kids are growing. (We’re the ones dishing out money for new clothes and shoes.) But sometimes I forget.

What if they never catch frogs again? What if fighting with bamboo sticks feels immature?

Raudel said it at church this weekend-“We’re human beings not human doers.

I’ve forgotten how to be, because I keep on doing.

Ann Voskamp wrote, “The way to experience unlimited elation may be to imagine unexpected limitation.”

Y’all…I need to just be for awhile. To slow. To see them as kids. To play. And laugh.

He needs to be enough, so I can say no more quickly.

Because of the grace of the cross, I have nothing left to earn. His love frees me to be.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

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A Slow Summer

School’s out in our house. We’ve got a summer fun list going. We’ve got a reading challenge going. It’s a necessity to keep the boys busy!

At night we’re reading The Tale of Despereaux. The boys beg and beg for just “one more chapter.” I read and Jonathan plays with my ponytail. It’s a sweet time for us.

We’re registered for Liberty Online next year. School starts back for us on July 20. We’ve got approximately 6 weeks to “build a treehouse, go to the pool and Frankie’s, and visit the beach.” Those are 4 unchecked items on their list.

I’m a little restless without lesson planning and typing up activity sheets. I love the structure of school as much as the freedom of summer.

I’m also remembering that to be still is to let God speak. Our society is so task oriented. I thought the other day how I wish I could be doing something “productive” while blow-drying my hair. That’s crazy.

My hope this summer is to really slow down. I pray my mind will be clear and focused on the moment. I long for the quiet times to become sacred.

I believe He wants to speak if we really desire to listen.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

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