Feeling like I need to drink more water today! Coffee is a tasty treat, and I’ve sure enjoyed my two cups today. Give me all the water, water, water :)
Bookmarking a variety of fun websites: how to write a book, the results of a survey I conducted through Instagram on “mothers who read”, dreamy homes for sale, a new book to read (I’m considering this biography).
Thinking through the tasks I’ve recently accomplished, and how much relief is brought to me from simply DOING. Knowing my weaknesses (along with solutions) really empowers me to make the right choices so I can shout, VICTORY!
Noticing how much tidier our home has been since I began paying attention to the things we use, the things we keep in piles, and the things we have outgrown. Cleaning up at the end of the day has become a school teachers dream: everything has a place, and everything in its place. Also, happily living by this “2 minute” rule: if a task takes 2 minutes or less to complete, just do it now! ;) Don’t delay, put it away.
Smelling sunshine on my children’s hair. Oh, and sunscreen! Two of my favorite summer scents.
Loving the simple joy brought from green marker actually washing out from my favorite tee shirt (I had assumed this marker was NOT washable).
Wondering how you are doing. What song lyrics are you lifting up to the Lord? What creative projects are you working on, or avoiding? Tell me what you’re making for supper? What does your summer schedule look like, and is this refreshing for you? How are your relationships treating you? Do you read for leisure? Do you have any needs? How can I be praying for you?
Enjoying the process of working on a larger writing project. A couple months ago I read Big Dreams, Daily Joys and have since implemented a few very helpful techniques to clear the mental clutter and stay on task. First, I ditched the computer. I wrote down “my big idea” along with a few subtopics, elaborating as the details came to mind. I flipped back and forth between pages, like a bird enjoying a bath — water drops everywhere, until I felt satisfied. It took me a couple of brainstorming sessions, but I did it. Only then, with satisfaction in tow, did I open my computer and write in complete sentences. (Oh! Another helpful technique was to remove my email from my phone.)
Wishing for nothing. And that feels wonderful.
Reading Half Broke Horses, a beautiful true-life novel by Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle. I’m letting each short story marinate before I turn the page and begin again. The main character, Lily Casey Smith is the maternal grandmother of Jeannette, lives in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. She delights us with her life stories, including tragedies and accomplishments, which ultimately allows us to peek into the life of Jeannette’s mother, “unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle“.
Cooking, or rather, grilling a whole lot of burgers and marinated chicken! Summer is for easy meals outside on the patio table, letting our children run off to play and swing once they’re finished, and putting our feet up while we catch up. Mealtime is my favorite way to catch up with my husband and children. And like I shared here, sitting back and simply listening is a great way to start.
Making beds and mud pies. Making sandwiches for the park and birthday cupcakes for Landon (he is now two!). Making lists and stacks of books. Making memories and amends. Making room to breathe.
Praying for the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control.
This fun assignment offers the teeniest peek into my life. What kind of a peek can you share from your life? What caught your attention? See you in the comments…