//reunited. i have been in a funk for about a month. creatively. emotionally. spiritually. and whenever that happens, i don’t cook. i guess i shut down extraneous parts of my brain to focus on the immediate needs at hand and i lose sight of the extra parts of me that need cultivating. i’m bad about that. so tunneled visioned, i can be just like a ferocious tornado and nothing survives in my path. or as steven says, “a warrior on a war path.” 🙂 but when i want to find restoration, i do one of three things: pray, go somewhere where i can be alone, and/or cook. it is therapeutic for me. and i really should do it more.
//morning bakers. my kids are going to be driven to cook when they need therapeutic distraction in the future, i can just see it now. they fight over whose turn it is to pour in the ingredients and smash up against my legs trying to be the one right next to me, because we all know that is so important! i’m glad they like to be near me. that they think i am cool and believe i am the best baker in town. they’ve told me that, you know. and it makes my heart swell. like the bursting kind.
//fall wardrobes. i was terribly unorganized last year, since we were struggling financially and i didn’t have much of a budget for clothes. but this year we set some money aside and bought replacements for steven’s work wardrobe and some for the growing schooners. plus, some fun stuff for me! i have been very meticulous about everything i am purchasing, for i’ve gotten into a good place of knowing what we tend to wear most often and what stands the test of time. i am buying one set of minetonkas for each of the schooners this year. and so help me God, that’s all they’ll wear. 🙂 doesn’t one pair of shoes sound heavenly?! i’ll let you know how we fair.
//quiet time. i have needed it more lately, for some reason. my brain is so full and yet the words aren’t there to communicate and relieve myself in any way, shape, or form. except for maybe getting frustrated. i’ve gotten really good at that. yesterday the kids were squabbling over something, and i went into the garage and just sat down. it was so quiet. and peaceful. and since i could string a thought or two together, i prayed. to my first love. and it felt good to get a few things off of my chest.
//cherry street blog. this job is so perfect for me, so my niche, that i feel really blessed to be able to do it. i try to schedule my interviews on the weekends, usually saturday mornings, so that i can leave the schooners with steven and our family doesn’t really miss a beat. the rest of the work is done in my home office…the writing…the editing. i have had such a great experience and can’t wait to see where God takes my love for these kinds of projects into the future. you can see the previous posts i’ve done about creative entrepreneurs here.
//shiloh bug. she’s going to be four in two days. that one hit me hard. we’ll have a 5-yr-old and a 4-yd-old…isn’t that insane??? aren’t we too young for this? i keep reminding myself i’ll be 38 when emma claire is in college and i can’t even handle that thought. can you? it’s nutso.
//organized house. i have refrained from doing a house tour on here, simply because we are renting and this is a transition house for us. we’ve been here for a little under a year and i don’t have much to show for myself. we live off of the basics…the very basics. but with school coming this year, i have the itch to organize every nook and cranny and get prepared for the routine that is surely coming our way. i am not a schedule person by nature, but i have to say, i am looking forward to september. we live in a 1,500 square foot house and i am determined to put every inch to good use!
//school shopping. it was tax free weekend here, so we took the opportunity to go buy the curriculum we’re using with the girls this year for school. we had so much fun…proof that steven and i are nerds at heart. 🙂 thankfully, i will have help this first year. the girls are going to a little 2-day-a-week christian preschool and they’ll both be in the same class together. i am supplementing the other two or three days with basic things like reading, writing, science, and french. i got simple workbooks and some flashcards, and then we bought a language set so that our entire family can work on french together this year. it sounds so perfect, but i’m sure it will be a mess…just like me. but it’s one step closer to our dream of living overseas!
//my epiphany. so i had this monumental moment. do you ever have those? like a weighty hunch that you just discovered something that will change the course you’ll take in your life. well i had that. i posted a photo of angelina and brad pitt on my annapolis and company facebook page, with a quote by brad pitt about fighting for his marriage. a day later, there were over 50 shares and a thread of controversial comments. i had to delete my first ever negative response in my history of blogging. i got to thinking about these celebrities and their stories. their struggles and their failures. their joys and their victories. their view of the world and the lessons they’ve learned. they are real people. just like us. and i decided i wanted to write about them. meet them. interview them. tell their stories in a real and raw way that doesn’t demean them and promote gossip, but instead, inspires us and encourages us. as always, i have no idea how i’m going to make that happen. but i have a few good ideas. and if i’ve learned anything, that’s more than half of the battle right there. an idea and a burning passion. 🙂
how’s your life going? i wish we could all talk. have a huge international skype session where everybody gets to meet each other and we each take turns sharing what’s new. wouldn’t that be fun? i think it would be.
but for now, let’s share weekends, shall we? no hard and fast rules. just a place to share a snippet of your life with others and meet new people. it’s always nice to take a minute and say “hi” to someone else.
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