July is over! This was a really fun month, so prepare yourself for some cute pictures! :)
We started off the month with a short road trip to Georgia. We try to visit at least once per season, and the children just come alive digging in the dirt and splashing in creeks. We revisited some favorite spots (Providence Canyon and Sweetwater Creek) and spent some sweet times with cousins.
-After much internal debate, I decided I would indeed celebrate the 4th of July with the Old Navy flag shirts. Should I be patriotic when so many of our nation’s and president’s values contradict what is biblically defined as good? I concluded that many people have sacrificed nobly for all the freedoms we have, and I’m still quite grateful to live here, plus the shirts were on sale for $2, so, well, there we go.
-Stephen learned how to ride his bike without training wheels instantly. As soon as Peter took off the wheels, Stephen was riding. The next day they went to the bike shop and purchased a legit mountain bike for Stephen, and it’s super cute watching him ride. If you see him, ask him about his "baddest crash ever", and he will gladly reenact it for you.
-I built up the confidence to take all three kids to downtown Tampa by myself, and despite some stressful moments, we had a blast. We even rode the historic streetcar, which is a totally awesome way to experience the city. I know this is old news for all the hipsters, but Downtown Tampa is seriously cool and great for families.
What I Learned:
-I have learned a ton this month, but to be honest I’ve pretty much written an article about each big insight, so check those out if you want to know more! (See below for links to the articles.)
-Podcasts greatly help my productivity! At the end of the day, no matter how minimalist I'm being, it's quite evident that we've had a lot of adventures in our home and eaten a lot of meals. I really don't enjoy cleaning that stuff up. But I've found that if I have a podcast that I'm excited to listen to, I can just turn that on and gain new insights (and giggle a little) while I work! Here are my current favorites:
Only the Good Stuff - A lighthearted host asks his guests about the top 5 things they're enjoying right now; it's fun and has pointed me to some really good movies, books, and foods!
Phil Vischer Podcast - Phil (the creator of Veggie Tales) is a total goofball and super smart, so I get a lot out of what he and his co-hosts and guests have to say about current events or whatever random things they end up discussing.
In the Room with Ryan Huguley and The Way Home with Dan Darling - I don't listen to every episode, but these are basically where you just get to eavesdrop on meaningful conversations between a humble guy and whatever somewhat-famous Christians he brings on the show.
Freakonomics Radio - A really smart guy interviews really smart people about a wide variety of topics I've never thought about before. Please know, of course, that this podcast isn't from a Christian perspective, but it's well-made, fast-paced, and thought-provoking.
Read-Aloud Revival - A cheerful homeschool mom interviews various authors and parents and students alike can learn a lot about the importance of story and how to be better writers.
Redeemer Nashville Podcast - I've whittled down my sermon-listening for the time being because the preaching is so good at my church and I really enjoy my time in the Word, but I appreciate these concise, insightful, and fun (can I say fun?) sermons by Thomas Mackenzie. He's Anglican, so they do church really differently than I'm used to, but I like the emphasis on art, liturgy, and church history.
Also I should note that I usually listen to podcasts in 1.5x speed, so I'm able to listen to a 30-minute podcast in only 20 minutes.
Stuff I Made and Wrote:
-A couple years ago my parents got me a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, and this month someone gave me a bunch of free canvases, so I took a picture of Piper in a princess dress and placed her silhouette next to that of her favorite princess, Aurora. I didn’t do a great job writing out the quote by Carolyn Mahaney, but of course Piper still thought it was the coolest thing that she was in a picture with Sleeping Beauty. It’s amazing what technology can help us accomplish so easily these days!
-Monthly Reflection: June 2017
-From One Recovering Eeyore to Another
-When Self-Pacifying Steals Your Joy
-Quantifiable Value ≠ Inherent Worth
-The U.N. Says Humans Should Have the Right to Live
Whelp, that was my month! I hope your August is filled with joy and growth!
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My name is Hope.
I'm 25, married to a rad guy, and raising three little people ages 1,3, and 5...and I'm now expecting my fourth. I like lime green, Coke icees, and I wear my Crocs until they have holes in them...or melt.
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