September: Of Bugs, Books, and Schooling

It is September. On the brink of autumn and crisp days spent outdoors. My favorite season. With the changing season comes a lot of beginnings. Beginning activities and Bible study group. Beginning new routines with a newborn in the family. Beginning a year of Pre-K at home for Plum, my oldest.

With all the changes, I have had to continually remind myself to be flexible and realistic. With a new baby whose needs are not on a clock, tasks that need to be done are often interrupted or fit in when there is a free moment. This season is short. Before I know it, he will be crawling, then walking, then talking. He’s already eight weeks old! I am enjoying the baby-wearing, baby-cuddling baby-nursing stage that we’re in. 

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The Lovely Truth of You

I have this temptation to compare myself to other moms. I know I’m not alone in this. My weakness in comparing usually doesn’t lie in desiring the material items or physical attributes of others. My weakness is seeing these women’s strengths and feeling like those qualities need to also be my strengths. I find myself lacking in comparison. Instead of appreciating the mom who bakes her own bread or has a cleaning schedule or is teaching her preschooler another language, I turn their strengths into…Continue Reading “The Lovely Truth of You”

Book Bags and Rain Puddles

This has been a typical, unpredictable autumn in the Midwest. The temperature going from that perfectly crisp fall day to hot and sunny. Then two days later, we’re bundling in jackets and rainboots.

One such day, the sun crawled behind some rain clouds after lunch. Library trip! I thought. Our trips to the library had become less frequent during the beautiful fall days in lieu of spending as much time out of doors. However, there is no better company on a rainy day than a cup of hot coffee and a stack of books. We packed our bags, geared up, and walked out the door.

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Investigation and Adventures

“Let’s go on an adventure walk!” Plum yells enthusiastically. We’ve dubbed our time in nature as explorations; finding leaves and rocks are akin to finding treasures. Stopping a hundred times while walking only ten feet, we let our interests lead us. The red and orange of fall leaves, the yellow bunch of wildflowers, the prickly chestnut husks, the mushrooms and moss on the ground. All require a pause to look, to touch, to smell (and for Little Bear, to tear apart or stomp on).

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