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10 Things I Learned This Winter

10 Things I Learned This Winter

10 Things I Learned this Winter 2020

I can hardly believe we are about to turn the calendar to March! The third month of the year is one of my favorites because Ordell and I both celebrate birthdays in March and it’s also the month that we’re supposed to say goodbye to cold weather, but I’m not sold on that one yet for this year. Before I start looking too far ahead, it’s time to do a little reflecting for Emily P. Freeman’s quarterly link-up What I Learned.

10 Things I Learned in Winter 2020 Include:

I learned that it’s great to get away every once in a while even if it’s only for 24 hours. When Ordell was coaching college ball we were intentional to schedule time away in between the season and recruiting or just after the heavy travel season. We both needed uninterrupted time to focus on each other. Since we’ve transitioned to the high school and our boys are older I’ve felt so spoiled by how many dates nights and weekend breakfast dates we get these days it never crossed my mind to keep our post season routine going. Ordell went above and beyond this year pulling off a huge surprise and I have to admit, not only was it a ton of fun, but I REALLY needed that time away.

I learned about Dad’s Day traditions at the University of Illinois Football and I was an emotional mess. Watching those proud dad’s on the football field cheer alongside their daughters and run their sons onto the field before the game so beautiful. It was easy to see the joy in their faces and also the respect they had for how hard their kids were working every week to earn their degrees.

I learned I can survive my baby turning into an official teenager. I don’t know why but some birthdays are harder than others and I was dreading this one. We celebrated with a family dinner at a local restaurant and ordering a gift off his wish list he’d saved for a very long time.

I learned my word for this year is Pursue. Sometimes I know this year months ahead of time, but year God didn’t clarify my one word until very close to the end of 2019. It’s been a great word for me so far, I’m interested to see how the rest of the year goes, but as far as one words go, it’s the most interesting one for me in the ways God is moving and the things he’s teaching me.

I learned burnout is always something I’ll need to stay attentive to even though I understand the 5 stages and key ways of how to avoid burnout.

I learned so much about the value of trying softer from my friend Aundi Kolber’s new book! It was SO fun to be a part of her launch team! I used to participate in book launches frequently but since I’ve been focusing on my own writing project the past two years I’ve had to pull back. I consider Aundi a friend and there was no way I was sitting on the sidelines for her first book Try Softer. Little did I know how much the timing of this release would be exactly what I needed in those weeks as well.

I learned that hands down my absolute favorite blog posts each month are the ones where I get to celebrate Wives Who Thrive. This summer I featured several coaches’ wives who were thriving in the coaching life and it was awesome to see the creative ways they are all using their gifts and strengths to glorify God and contribute to their families’ budgets. I’ve decided to continue those posts but I’m opening the monthly spotlight to any wife who is thriving and it’s been SO fun to read all the submissions. I love celebrating other women flourishing in their sweet spots!

This winter I learned a TON about what it takes to put together a successful retreat. I am so amazed at how God blessed our first Pursue Coaches’ Wives retreat and I continue to sit in awe of how he is moving in all the lives of the women who attended the weekend. I cannot stress enough how special it is to partner with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in this new venture. Read all about my reflections from the weekend here.

I learned once again how easy it is to take time to be kind. With more military families deploying I’m reminded again that as coaches’ wives we have an opportunity to serve our local communities and support the military families around them.

I learned how much I continue to treasure inheriting furniture from family. I’m becoming more sentimental about our home decor with each piece I collect. Now that our boys are older and understand how to take care of things it’s so nice to have history and memories in every room.

I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman for another quarterly round up of What I Learned.

Share Four Somethings Feb 2020

Share Four Somethings Feb 2020

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I’m linking up with Heather Gerwing for another month of Share Four Somethings and sharing some of our February family fun!

Something Loved

Our church has the genius idea to schedule the middle school and high school retreat over Valentine’s Weekend every year and I have to tell you it’s the best thing ever. A Staycation Friday-Sunday is a perfect way to celebrate the weekend if you ask me! Our kids spent the weekend having a blast at the annual Reverb Youth Conference

Something Read

I’m reading Suzanne Stabile’s The Path Between Us. I’ve recently discovered a lot more about my Enneagram number thanks to the help from some gentle guidance from a coach and the insights from this book. What I love about the Enneagram is that it isn’t static. Consider this quote from Stabile, ” We all struggle when we are on the low side of average behavior for our number. So, to honor our relationships, we all need to watch for behavior that exaggerates the things that seem important from our point of view but end up causing separation between us and the people we care about. “

Something Treasured

This month I inherited my Uncle’s furniture now that he’s safely in an assisted living facility. Our home is a mix of old and new, and I have several pieces of furniture of three of the five Moorad brothers in our home now. I love the mix of old and new. In particular, this dining room table is a wish come true. I’ve wanted a rectangular table that can seat a crowd for awhile. With its additional leaves, we’ll finally be able to host large groups at the same table.

new furniture

Something Ahead

Next month Ordell and I celebrate our birthdays and we’re headed for a family getaway for spring break for the first time ever! I’m loving all these family first thanks to the high school coaching life!

Share Four Somethings January 2020

Share Four Somethings January 2020

Share Four Somethings 2029

We’re changing up Share Four Somethings and I love the new shares! If you read our monthly link-ups in 2019 you will notice that two of these headings have changed. I’m excited to head over to Heather’s blog and read what others are sharing for January 2020. If you haven’t participated in Share Four Somethings yet now is the time to join us! This monthly link-up is a great way to connect with other bloggers. I’ve gathered some of my best recommendations from these posts for books, podcasts, and even places to visit!

Something Loved

In January I loved the slow start to the month. I always love that when you put Christmas decorations away the house immediately feels decluttered and cleaner. Since we just moved this summer there isn’t much we need to purge and organize right now so instead, we spent days resting which felt like the right way to kick off a semester that is sure to have us running from activity to activity soon enough.

Something Read

If you missed my review of Try Softer please take a minute to check it out! Aundi wrote an amazing book that I truly believe has the potential to help us all have healthier relationships and most importantly love ourselves the way God loves us.

Something Treasured

This month I put together our yearly digital photo album. This is something I started doing when our boys were born and I received a coupon for a free digital album. I loved the way it turned out and found that somehow, without trying I take just enough photos to fill a standard 8×8 or 9×9 20 page digital album each year. I pick a different theme and some books are different sizes because I always wait until I get a free coupon. Spending time pulling the images together from the year, remembering the highlights from our times as a family is always fun. Our stack of albums sits in order and it’s amazing to see how quickly our boys’ interests change year to year as well as which interests are sticking around. We’ve had some fun family vacations and all their camping trips are documented as well.

Something Ahead

This month I’m partnering with my local FCA chapter as well as several other coaches’ wives in the Midwest to put together the first Pursue Coaches’ Wives retreat. I’m speaking and leading a breakout session. If you’ve read this blog you know it’s part of my heart’s desire to encourage coaches’ wives to pursue God’s calling for their lives and flourish in the shadow of the limelight. That often begins with self-care and time spent understanding how God uniquely designed us. Will you join me in praying for the wives attending this event as well as everyone speaking and working SO hard to put together a retreat to serves these women?

Head over to Heather’s blog and read what others are sharing for January 2020, and to link-up your post!

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