A Glimpse Into Our Life: September & October

Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in each month to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. I’ll share the good, the bad, and ugly, but I especially like to focus on the good!

This round of A Glimpse Into Our Life includes a peek in to our September AND October. In recent weeks, life has been full…very, very full!

A Glimpse Into Our Life

A Glimpse Into Our Life - September and October by This Little Home of Mine

Around here these days, I’m…

adjusting…Right after Labor Day, we jumped head first in to our fall schedule – homeschooling kindegarten and more – and I’ve gotta tell ya…it has felt like a lot! It has felt like a lot because it has been a lot. I spent the summer praying very specifically about our family’s schedule, because I knew we were looking ahead to some very busy months. I wanted to make sure I was only saying yes to what was best, but as I did that, I continued to watch the calendar fill up more than I would have really liked. The first couple weeks of our recent normal were definitely a little overwhelming, but we seem to be settling in to some good routines and things seem to be flowing smoothly.

feeling grateful for progress…Some of the business in our schedule has come from Aubrey having lots and lots of appointments. Along with her first birthday came several different check-ups (just annual appointments we will check off our to-do list each year) and a few additions to her weekly therapy sessions, activities, etc. that I knew we would be adding as she reached a year old. There are some mornings…especially the ones when I’m feeling tired…when my emotions overwhelm me a little bit…but for the past several months, a constant prayer of mine has been God, please continue to give us joy…please continue to keep our perspective aligned to your heart… and He has gifted us with these things. We truly have felt His joy…we truly have felt the strength to see our situation through the lens of His perfect plan…and even on the mornings when I’m tired and honestly just want to cry (You know that tired mama cry!), He has quickly reminded me that He is right there…and He is faithful, and we have been excited to see continued progress in our baby girl’s growth and development. What a gift she is!

wearing skinny jeans…I swore would never wear them…but in recent months, they’ve been my go-to…even though I don’t really even know how they ended up in my closet. They’re not the really, really, really skinny ones…they’re just kind of skinny…unlike me, who decided to wait until I was carrying more weight than ever fourteen months post-partum to start wearing this type of pant. Did I just use the word pant correctly? Seems odd. Anyway, moral of the story: I have 20 lbs. that won’t budge, and here I am in skinny jeans. My friend tells me they’re going to look great with my fall boots, so I think I’m just going to roll with it…for now.

deciding on an elliptical…maybe…Okay, so about that 20 lbs…around this time last year, we joined the gym. $14,759 later, I can say that I am 50 lbs. lighter than when I checked in to the hospital to give birth to our baby girl, but as mentioned above, I’ve still got 20 lbs. to go before I look like I did when I got married. I have just a matter of days to decide if I want to renew the gym membership or buy an elliptical. Here’s the thing, I’m incredibly motivated by the whole I’ve paid one million dollars for this gym membership, so you’d better believe I’m going to use it. thing. Anyone else like that? In addition, I fear that if I simply purchase an elliptical machine, it will end up serving as nothing more than a clothing rack in our guest room…as I have seen happen with countless others. Go ahead, raise your hand! ha! P.S. I’m leaning toward buying the elliptical so I don’t have to venture out to the gym on cold, dark winter mornings or cold, dark winter nights. Do you have any thoughts? Advice? Opinions on which one I should buy? (I don’t need many bells and whistles.) Would love to hear your thoughts!

venturing out to The Container Store…Recently, I had that recurring Mommy feeling. You know the one – where you feel like you must get to Hobby Lobby ALONE stat or you’re going to bust. Well, I was feeling that way, except this time, I wanted to go to The Container Store. I just wanted to grab a cup of coffee and saunter around that store all by myself – no strollers, no sippy cups, you get the idea. I had grand plans that while I was there I would purchase everything I needed to make all of my Pinterest boards come to life. Long story short: I purchased four clear plastic bins that I could have had delivered to my doorstep from Amazon, and then I got in my car and drove in over an hour of traffic to get home. I missed my kids terribly and wished I had just stayed at home with them that afternoon. This experience was a good reminder of two things: #1 The Container Store is not at all convenient from my house. #2 I really do love being with my crew…and sometimes alone time isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be.

getting ready to start my annual Shutterfly project…This is the time of year when I start working on our Family Yearbook. Every year, I put together a digital photo album of pictures, letters to my kids, etc. from the past year, and I gift it to my family on Christmas morning. It’s become a really special part of our holiday traditions, and I love the collection of books we already have! Can’t wait to share it with you when I’m finished!

remembering others in their sadness…Over the past several weeks, we have watched a few of our family friends experience great loss. One family in particular said goodbye to their sweet fourteen-month old little boy. A church full of people gathered together to lift up this precious family as they faced this heartbreaking loss, and in human terms, the whole thing felt so devastatingly wrong. Nothing about a funeral for a young child feels right. On behalf of those sweet parents, you just want to scream No, No, No, this can not be happening! but as we sat there and prayed that God would hold our friends in a way that no one else is able, I couldn’t help but say, Thank you, God, that you are going to someday make all things right. The deep, deep grief that accompanies this kind of sadness…this tiny little casket…the need for only two pallbearers…It all seem so wrong, but thank you that this is not the end. Friends, I can not wait for the day when He will remove our foggy lens of human understanding and replace it with full clarity. I look forward to the day when our faith will be made sight…when we will be made whole…when our human pain and sadness will be turned to eternal joy. I hope I’ll see you there.

Much Love,

Elizabeth

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  1. Go for the elliptical! I used to have a gym membership, but it didn’t always work so well. As in…load up the kiddos, drop them off at child care, only to have them returned to me 10 minutes later because they wouldn’t settle down. So I would pack up and leave the house for NOTHING! In the winter this was especially annoying! (I do hear about people who also use the child care at the gym for blog work time as they take their computer to the gym…and is another option when you have a gym membership.)

    My husband bought me a used elliptical off of craig’s list for Christmas almost 2 years ago. It was the best present! It’s so convenient to be able to just head downstairs to workout. I can be on it in minutes instead of getting 2 (and soon 3) kids in the car for the gym. And I can use it at anytime! Sometimes I workout during nap-time. Other days my girls either play or watch a video.

  2. Prayers for you, sweet Elizabeth, as you care for your precious little ones! I’m glad to hear Aubrey is making good progress…even though it means more appointments right now. I need to get started on my Shutterfly yearly album too because I’m only halfway through 2015. Sigh. Only a year and a half to catch up on? At least I’ve finished Emma’s birth and baptism albums. Right? Right! 🙂 Here’s hoping we both find the time to get working on our Shutterfly books!

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