This round of A Glimpse Into Our Life includes a peek into our life lately: Summer 2022.
Around here these days, I’m…
reading through baby cases. The last time I shared about where we are in our adoption journey, cases were slow. Lately, we have been seeing case after case! Of course, we are excited to help in whatever way God has planned for our family, but as we read through the cases, it’s most definitely hope mixed with heartbreak.
We would be so grateful for your prayers as we read through the cases and as these birth families make adoption plans for their little ones.
At the time I’m writing this, we have three outstanding cases – situations we have said YES to helping with if we’re chosen to do so. Want to know more about how this process has looked for us?
enjoying the neighbor’s pool. This summer, our neighbor has been welcoming us to enjoy her new pool. I love this neighbor. Every time she sees me she tells me I look like I’ve lost more weight. She says this even on days when I’ve stood in my kitchen and emotionally eaten peanut M&Ms because our country is being destroyed.
Anyway, people who share are the best – whether it’s their pool, or a compliment, or Trader Joe’s snacks she picks up for us sometimes – she’s such a good example of how to love your neighbors well.
not spending much time on social media. It has been several months now since we began to express our very serious concerns with many of the social media platforms. These issues have continued to give us great pause, resulting in our spending more and more time in our blogging space and interacting with our email list.
While we are saddened to see these platforms participating in an outright attack on our very way of life, we are enjoying getting back to writing and sharing in the ways we did when we first started blogging years ago. As a result, we have seen our website space continue to grow and reach new families, and for that, we are so grateful. That’s what we originally set out to do!
sharing new recipes. Thanks to some help from some amazing behind-the-scenes women who are working alongside us as This Little Home of Mine grows, we have been able to roll out some of our favorite family recipes. Many of these are recipes we’ve loved for years but simply never been able to make all the leg-work happen to roll them out to our friends here in this space!
Recently Added to our Site:
- Mexican Lasagna
- Crock Pot Taco Soup
- Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Potatoes with Corn
- Cake Mix Cookie Bars
- Frozen Nutella Graham Cracker Sandwiches
- Creamy Instant Pot Chicken with Bacon
- Strawberry Hand Pies
- Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
prepping for birthday season. Late summer/early fall is birthday season in our house! We love celebrating birthdays together – taking special family days to focus on birthday kiddo and all of their favorite things!
Birthday Parties from Years Past
- Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party
- Birthday Party: Painting Party
- Birthday Party: This Little Piggy Went to Market
- Birthday Party: Flamingos & Pineapples
- Half Cupcakes for Half Birthdays
starting a new homeschooling year. This year, we have a middle schooler, two elementary-age kiddos, and one doing kind of a mixture of preschool/kindergarten – whatever you want to call that. We’re not worried about being too specific, just truly embracing being able to give each kiddo what they need this year.
Last year was a doozy!
When I tell you homeschooling is not easy and everyone has challenging days, I’m not just saying that! There were many, many days last year that were just plain hard, but God is always so faithful. He really, really is.
Around Memorial Day, we wrapped up the bulk of our work for the year, and that next week, I made the official declaration to my husband that it was “Teacher Appreciation Week”. The next week, I made the same announcement, and then – well, basically we spent all summer having a Teacher Appreciation Week. ha!
Sure, we technically school year-round, but this summer included a little more downtime…downtime that we all needed. I really needed a physical rest from the last school year.
I’m praying through ways to help my kids in the areas where they’re struggling and asking God to help me be more like Him as I encourage them. Parenting is HARD!
Maybe you, too, had a rough year last year – new behavior issues, unexpected health concerns, relationship struggles, financial fears…there are so many reasons why a school year may not go as you had hoped…but know you are not alone.
He walks with You…He will never fail you…or your kids – and there ARE other families out there who will be honest and tell you that sometimes homeschooling days include spilt milk, crushed goldfish, potty accidents, therapy appointments, upset tweens, hormonal moms…BUT GOD.
I Thessalonians 5:23-24 – And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.