Thursday, September 22, 2022

Welcoming Fall 2022

It’s the first day of Fall and I am happily welcoming this transition of seasons. It’s funny, because just a few weeks ago I was dreading it quite a bit. I wasn’t ready to let go of summer just yet, and nobody was asking me to at that time. Now that Fall is here, it feels like it’s come in perfect timing.

Summer brings a certain kind of beauty and peace that I will miss; especially in the form of late nights in the garden. I will also miss the early mornings, drinking tea in the garden with my oldest daughter.

As lovely as Summer in the garden was, the season itself was also incredibly busy. We had to really work to find our moments of peace.

This Fall, however, I expect to find peace in different ways. The garden is still there, it’s just a much more bare. The nights come earlier and the weather will become more harsh. I’ll seek my peace indoors with a hot cup of tea and knitting with a blanket on my lap. After a season of what seemed like being out and everywhere, I am looking forward to spending some more time at home with my favorite people.

I am looking forward to slowing down in ways - which will be an intentional focus of mine this season. Slowing down and reprioritizing.

What are you hoping this change of season will bring you?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

13 Years

On Monday, my husband and I celebrated our 13 year wedding anniversary! 

He took the day off from work and his mom came over to watch Laney while Nick and I went out to lunch (-Piper was at school). We didn’t have a firm plan as for what we’d do with our time out, and it worked out well that way.

We took a peaceful drive on some backroads - if you’re the parent of young children, you must know how much of a treat that was for us! Along the way, we found the cutest little country store. We stopped and grabbed some treats for the road. We loved the little shop so much that we vowed to come back. 

We joke that this was our most expensive anniversary because while we were out, we stopped and ordered a shed for delivery sometime in the next month. Of course, this wasn’t for our anniversary. It has actually been something we’ve been working toward as part of our 5 year homestead plan. The shed will be used partially for storage, and partially as a coop for chickens. More on all of that, soon.

For lunch, we went out to an old time favorite restaurant of ours. Their decor and menu is eclectic. The food is phenomenal. The company was as good as it gets.

Our little local celebration of our love was exactly what we needed for our anniversary. It is such a gift to love and be loved by my sweet husband.

Friday, September 9, 2022

End of Summer Update + Photo Dump

Hello, readers! It's been a real long time. A lot has changed! Let’s start with the exciting news that I have returned to working part-time at our church!

I started back to work on July 11th as the new Clearance Admin. I have been working to help our volunteers and staff obtain and maintain required clearances to serve. I love it! It feels like this role was made for me. I get to work part-time from home or in the office, and the hours are flexible! I mostly work a few nights each week. I still get to stay home with the girls during the day which was really important for me in this season!

I’ve also been voted in as our elementary school’s PTO Secretary. It also feels a bit like a part-time job but that’s just because I’m working on re-developing systems that haven’t been in place since before the pandemic. We’re excited that the school year is looking more normal than not, with the ability to bring back some programs and assemblies that have been missed!

I have stopped working as a server and hostess at our family diner on the weekends. This was a hard call for me because it was such a bucket filler for me. I loved investing in our family’s business and also our community in this way. However, I didn’t really have the choice to stop. In July, I suffered a herniated disc in my lower back which took 4-6 weeks to heal. I am still in physical therapy for this injury. Serving tables at the diner is just not something I can do right now, and it’s probably wise to give this up for a bit given my new roles with the church and school in this season.

After my back was more healed, we had another rough couple of weeks when Laney got really sick. 

Thankfully my back was healed because Laney practically lived on us for a few days. We were in and out of the hospital as she battled a serious kidney infection. It was a trying time for all of us. We are incredibly grateful she recovered well and is back to her normal, wild self now!

Despite the challenges the end of summer brought, we did make sure to fit in as much end-of-summer fun as we could! Here's a photo dump of some of the highlights toward the end of this summer.

God has been so good to us. What amazing memories we have to look back on this summer - even in the thick of hardship at times. It only made our faith and love for God's goodness grow even greater!

Also before the end of summer, Piper got baptized at our church! It was an incredibly special day for us all. We are so proud of her for choosing to do this in God's perfect timing.

Last week, Piper started second grade and the transition for her couldn’t have gone any better!

We are so glad she loves school and that the routine and tasks come fairly easy to her. I am so excited to watch her grow this school year!

As for my health goals, I would love to start getting back into a routine of taking better care of myself. Making myself more of a priority needs to happen this month. I am going to give it my best shot each day. We are still getting used to juggling the new school/homework routine, my working some evenings, and also fitting in physical therapy on my free nights. I’m hoping we feel more rooted in our routines and find a rhythm by the end of the month!