I wrote on my other site about having dug through my blog archives over here a week ago in search of a picture and how nostalgic and happy it made me to fall down the rabbit hole of memories and photos. Especially some of the early stuff with Gabe. I’d forgotten so much of it! Like many mom bloggers, saving those memories is why I started blogging in the first place, and I’m so glad I did it…back then…but not so much lately, and that makes me sad! I want to remember Isla and Jude’s stories just as much as I want to remember Gabe’s. And the fact that I’m older now…well, let’s just say that my memory’s already poorer, and I hardly remember what I ate for lunch, let alone the cute (or not-so-cute) things they did last week or last month or last year. <sigh>
But I’m here now, and that’s something. So I’ll just write about the here and now and save this much for posterity’s sake.
reading || this book! I really, really love it! I read Leanna Tankersley’s second book, Breathing Room, last year, and it was quite possibly my favorite read of the year. I was super excited for her newest book, Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding, to release because it sounded like the theme would really resonate with me. And it did! Some of my favorite quotes…
…our issues are not the same thing as our identity. (29)
Your soul, your Created Center, is where all of you and all of God dwells.
Life doesn’t demand our present. It asks…Our life is right here waiting for us to notice it. (59)
We hold our current reality in one hand and our longings in the other hand, and we ask God to show us how we can honor both. (61)
When shame is my lens, my eyes are unreliable. (67)
“Your calling isn’t an experiment. It’s not a ‘well, we’ll see how it goes.’ It’s an imprint I put on you, a way I have created you, the channel to your soul, the beauty I want to share with the world through you. Because of all that, it’s also very vulnerable.” (107)
listening || to Jordan Smith’s new album. I am quite likely an old lady when it comes to my taste in music, but I don’t even care. I love this album!
We’ve also come pretty close to deciding for sure (as much as I decide anything for sure) that we’re going to homeschool our little two. I’d like to get them started with some Montessori-ish and/or Waldorfish experiences, and I’m obsessing over this children’s album.
eating || I mean, it was just Easter season. Is there any question as to what I’m eating? I am trying to pace myself, though. The first bag I bought went awfully quickly…I’m consuming them at a much more reasonable pace lately!
trying || to figure out a way to streamline my online and offline writing and photograph-taking and other general enjoyable hobbies so I can actually do them rather than just think about doing them.
loving || my bullet journal. I started it at the beginning of this year an wondered if I’d really keep up with it. BUT I LOVE IT. It is just the right blend of structure and creativity for me. I’m still working out some kinks, but it is my favorite approach to life planning I’ve ever tried.
starting || to run again. It is so, so hard, and I always wish I were faster and had more endurance. Maybe someday, I will. But for now, it just feels good, even at under 5mph…for a mere 20 minutes…with me sweating like a hog.
wearing || a braid, almost every day. How did I not know about this before now? I thought braids were totally kiddish. Then I saw this and this and thought, “Self, your hair is pretty long. You could probably do this.” So I tried, and it is so, so lovely! I don’t even really have to straighten my curly hair – just tightly braid it while it’s wet and let it air dry. Once it’s dry, I can mess it up/puff it up/experiment, and I can easily get two or three days out of it between washings.
watching || we canceled our cable, and I’m sad. It’s honestly not so much the regular tv shows I’m missing, but CNN. I miss CNN so much! I love politics; election returns are like candy to me. I think I’ll miss the live holiday specials around Christmas time as well as the awards shows in award season. But the price was just going up and up and we were just watching more and more, so hopefully this will be a good reset for us. Our equipment was so old the company told us we shouldn’t return it, and it strangely still gets a few stations (QVC for one…) as well as kept all our previously dvr’d shows, so that makes me happy. And The Great British Bake Off is on Amazon. You should definitely check that one out!
Good grief. Such a first-world problem!
laughing || at Jude’s sense of humor. He is a truly hilarious child, like a grumpy old man and a cheerful, mischievous elf all mixed together. It’s as much the voice and intonation as anything, but he’s especially funny because he knows he’s entertaining us and gets quite coy and clever about his lines. For instance, when we got home from school pickup one day and I was getting the little kids out of the car, I told them both I’d need a ticket before I unbuckled them. Then, I promptly puckered up and told them the “ticket” was a kiss. He looked at me with an impish side-eye and said, “Nope! I rip it up!” It’s tomfoolery (or screaming) all the time with that one!
What have you been up to lately?