Another month has passed, and as we enter into June, inspired by Emily from Chatting at the Sky, I’m going to re-cap what I learned last month. Sometimes serious things, sometimes silly; all worth remembering.
1. Road trips with my children by myself are pretty easy these days. Everyone can walk, hold hands into the pit stop location, and feed themselves in the car which makes us reach our final destination much more quickly. It also helps that we live closer to both sets of Grandparents now. We are going to take FULL advantage of that this summer with visits to both sides, hopefully on multiple occasions.
2. Myquillin Smith is just as genuine in person as she is on the internet and in her book. I snapped this picture as she was explaining some of the details of their kitchen re-do. I had the privilege of attending an event at The Barn for our Cozy Minimalist course. I had such a fun day touring her property, seeing her home, and visiting with fellow Cozy Minimalists whom I’d never met. I completely regret that I didn’t get a picture with Myquillin!! I guess I learned that I get a little ‘star-struck’ and nervous. I haven’t finished writing up all of my thoughts from that day, but once I do I’ll share some more pictures from inside the Nester’s home and barn. You can read Myquillin’s wrap-up post where I even appear in a few pictures.
3. This is what it looks like to be 13 weeks pregnant with Baby #5. Yes, we’re having another baby! And, we survived the first trimester! We’ve had pizza once a week for the past two months, Netflix has been a constant companion to my children, I’ve eaten more potato chips and popcorn than I’d like to admit, and I have even been found to crawl into bed to watch my own Netflix shows in the middle of the day. But I think I turned a curve for the better over the weekend with renewed energy and less sickness. This also explains my lack of writing as of late. Sleeping in later than normal has been a necessity. I’ve had some good Dr’s appointments so far, and it looks like we’ll meet this little one sometime around December 6.
4. A jar of Queso dip fits perfectly into the cupholder of the van. Why do I know this? Read #3. Also, once I got home this was completely disgusting.
5. Mason thrives in therapy. He’s doing Occupational, Speech, and Physical therapies four days a week. It’s busy for all of us, but we are seeing progress in each of these areas. He claps and cheers when we enter the parking lot, and has completely charmed all of the ladies who work in both offices.
6. Salad tastes so much better from the grocery store salad bar. I love eating salad, but I dislike cutting up all of the ingredients that go into a salad. If someone could prepare a salad bar for me everyday, I’d be pretty happy. This is also significant because, #3. It’s all about the food lately.
7. Wee Structed makes some great products. I learned about them via Natalie Falls’ Instagram feed (which, if you don’t follow, you really should), and I completely agree with their sayings. Yes, raising and growing tiny humans is exhausting.
8. I’m beginning to truly appreciate reciting old prayers. Our church has corporate times of confession each week in our service, followed by a time of silent confession, and although at first it felt strange to say prayers that had been written out, I’m finding them to be quite meaningful. A phrase from last week’s prayer especially stood out to me: “We mourn our response to you: our cold hearts, short-sighted vision, slothful service, prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.” Unfortunately, I find that my service to the Lord is quite slothful. Whether that’s by actually being lazy and not doing anything, or neglecting what I should be doing, or simply begrudging what I do. Either way I was convicted that I need to have a more diligent spirit in my service to the Lord.
What did you learn in May?