Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stand Out

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Then and Now

One of my all-time favorite pictures of Camden popped up on my FB feed last week.

September 2010


Camden wasn't thrilled about it, but he let me recreate the picture only "because you're the mom." Of course, I'm pretty sure only "the mom" would want to recreate this picture.

September 2016




Friday, September 09, 2016

Five on Friday (Sept 9)

1. My parents made a trip over the weekend, and I determined to pull out my camera. They've visited several times this summer, and I have left the camera put away every single time. Unfortunately, this visit was no different - only a quick photo with my phone.


2. Brian performed his first wedding this week.

3. We've had 3 straight days of leaving the house before 7:00 a.m. and not returning until nearly 9:00 p.m. This means solo parenting, disgruntled kids, and a stronger-than-usual dose of grace all around.

4. I spent most of the day Wednesday drinking ungodly amounts of horrible concoctions while being thoroughly flipped, twisted, and thoroughly x-rayed. Good news is they didn't find anything causing my stomach pain. Bad news is they didn't find anything causing my stomach pain.

5. This morning was week 2 of a 7-week study of 1, 2, and 3 John. It is sweet to spend Friday mornings laughing, learning, and maybe even crying together.

Maybe the first signs of fall? Our mornings and evenings have started to fall out of the 90's, and I know cooler weather and pretty leaves are on their way.



Monday, September 05, 2016

Labor Day 2016

What life looked like on this Labor Day 2016: an extra cup of coffee, breakfast as a family (which rarely happens these days), a little labor for home and church, lunch out with Brian, grilled hamburgers for supper, and some time left over for a good book.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Snapshot: August

Starting . . . a Kelly Minter Bible study on Friday mornings with gals from church.

Reading . . . almost everything recently has been a win!
  • Night by Elie Wiesel - how have I never heard of this book before? A definite 5 stars.
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman - I stayed up until midnight finishing this one.
  • Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand - unbelievably depressing with unlikable characters
  • Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted by Shannan Martin - absolute 5 stars and a book I will be recommending for a long time
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson - a fun, quick YA read
  • The Expats by Chris Pavone - meh
  • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch - fun
  • Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright - whimsical
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple - quirky and excellent
Listening . . . lots of good things here too, although heavy on one particular topic. Completely representative of what's occupying my mind these days.
Watching . . . Olympic viewing took over our evenings for me and Camden in August. Brian didn't have time to watch, and Rory slept through most events. I'm falling asleep to America's Got Talent recently (it takes me 3-4 nights to make it through an episode; I'd complain about that, but it means I'm sleeping so I'll take it). It's taken us 3 months to watch the first 2 episodes of O.J.: Made in America (fascinating and thought provoking - we absolutely made the kids watch the first episode which dealt with history of race and riots in L.A.).

Admitting . . . we are struggling to keep our heads above water. August - October are brutal for Brian in terms of work hours. He honestly just never stops because there are not enough hours in the day and days in the week. The kids feel the stress, I feel the pressure; Brian feels all of it. Things never truly slow down when you're a full-time teacher and children's pastor, but these months can suck the life out of us if we're not careful. 
    Anticipating . . . Labor Day. Hello, no work or school.

    Thankful . . . for car pool two days a week (especially since I don't have the morning shift!).

    Drinking . . . triple venti iced espresso with 3 pumps of white chocolate mocha. Let's blame Becky for this.

    Eating . . . lots of fresh fruit and veggies because it's all in season!



    Laughing . . . Rory described the Olympians as "burly."

    Also laughing . . . Camden wearing sunglasses even at night because "I can and it feels cool."

    Photos . . . 

    Waiting for a ride to school; she's decided she wants to wear hairbows again.

    Feeling like this is the last summer for cute little boutique dresses. So sad!

    All the scowls all the time from this one. He's learning how to be a teenager while we're learning how to parent a teenager.