Hello again! I hope your “last” month of summer was great!
The turn from summer to fall is my favorite time of year without a doubt. I love still having the long days, the summer produce, and the warm afternoons with cool mornings and hints of a crisp smell to the air. We have been trying to soak in the wane of summer and savor the season.
We’ve done this by drinking smoothies, buying tomatoes weekly at the farmers market (is there anything better than a good summertime BLT sandwich!?), eating probably too many chocolate dipped ice cream cones, and taking little family dates to enjoy the outdoors.
Jude went to the beach the first time and had a blast. With the shallow water to splash around in, and sand and rocks to play with, it was love at first sight. Days at the lake was a huge part of my childhood, something we did regularly on my dad’s days off, and it was so fun to make the same memories with Jude. I’m sad that a lot of beaches are closing this weekend. I am never ready for pools and beaches to close after Labor Day, and already looking forward to doing more of this next summer.
My parents treated Jude and I to a fun afternoon at the county fair! Jude was giddy to see all the animals, and had absolutely no fear of the horses, goats, chicken, pigs and more. If he could have gotten in the pens right with them, he would have! We ate sausages and French fries and walked around looking at all the 4-H animals. Jude even got to do the pony ride and took it so seriously.
We walked in two parades this month! Jude did pretty well, as long as we kept the stroller moving! The first one with the homeschool co-op we met in at Lapeer Days, and the second with our church in our village festival. Our church did a weekend long outreach with free snow cones and a booth with literature and conversation with passersby.
Busy with Birthday Celebrations
August is a month of birthday after birthday for us! My brother Trevor, my grandpa Kelly, my mother-in-law, Derek’s grandpa Browning, my grandma Kelly, and Derek (and plenty of cousins and a few uncles). Whew! Lots of fun celebrations and desserts. For my grandma’s birthday we made her favorite treat, white cake with lemon curd filling, boiling icing and shredded coconut. Derek’s favorite is banana pudding and I made this recipe for his birthday. Jude was an eager helper, especially in using the beater!
In Our Home
This month has been good but difficult. Isn’t that just how life is? Sweet times of rest and fun mixed in with hard work and challenges. I’ve felt like I’ve just been treading water a lot, especially in terms of housework. It is a real struggle for me not to be anxious about the future and all the endless things to get done and places to be. It’s been good though, to have opportunity to need to depend on Christ for peace in my messy, chaotic days. My survival motto has been “Just Do the Next Thing.” I can’t possibly do everything at once or even in one day so I am just learning to focus on the task at hand, be faithful one task at a time, instead of spinning my wheels frantically and worrying about the next thing or the thing after that.
On My Nightstand
I thought I’d mention the books I’ve been reading in these monthly blog updates, in part to keep me motivated to continue slow but steady progress in the reading habit.
Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin. I’ve been listening to this audio book (read by Joel himself–a real treat!). His passion on the topic of wise stewardship of our resources and responsible food production is overflowing and his expertise on the subject is evident. His writing style is engaging and his vocabulary impressive. Honestly, I think it is a must read for anyone to become educated on historical normalcy in these subjects. Our culture has become so disconnected with this common sense knowledge. I’ve learned a lot through this book. Read it! Better yet–listen to it!
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. Gender roles have always been an area of interest to me. I’ve given it some thought in the past, but want to continue a personal study because so many issues in our culture stem from this hot topic. Where has the church abused or confused with legalistic man-made traditions? Where has the world gone astray from God’s view on men and women? I picked up this book of essays to learn more about this, and although I am only a couple chapters in, it has been really informative and I look forward to learning more.
Your Real Food Journey by Trina Holden. I won’t say too much about this book because a full review is coming soon! But suffice to say, it was an awesome and very timely read for me on the subject of nutrition and our journey to better health!
Links to Browse…
We Are Still the Easter People – A great post in light of the heavy events of this month.
Courtship Tales – Courtship has gotten a lot of discussion lately on social media. This is a great defense of the freedom of biblical principles in narrative form.
Grace for Today – “Grace is not a relief of God’s expectations for your holiness, but the fulfillment of them in Christ.”
A Letter to My Pre Mom self – Some real talk on the changes of motherhood in your life, and it’s sweetness.
Why We Must Be Theology Loving Christians – Our theology defines how we live. It’s vital to the Christian to live according to who God is and what He says about the world.
Your Real Food Journey – Leaving anxiety behind in our pursuit of healthy stewardship of our bodies.