What I’ve Learned Summer 2017

What I've Learned

This has been a summer of many firsts for our family. As we’ve entered a new rhythm it seems fitting to pause and reflect. I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman’s quarterly post. Her new podcast The Next Right Thing has become a fast favorite of mine.

Here Are Five Things I’ve Learned This Summer:

My Boys Are Strong

They are stronger than I’d like them to have to be. But we are striving to live life obeying God first, even when it’s hard:

As I summarized, I said something like, “I know it’s hard, but I think God wants you to choose him to be your most important friend, and then he will help you find friends who will encourage you to keep him first.”  Tears welled up in my son’s eyes. “Mom, I don’t want to have to learn this lesson,” he said.

Anniversary 16 We’re Stronger Than Ever

Dear Ordell ,The 16-year anniversary gift is silver…

I’m an Enneagram 2 and I’m learning how to stay healthy. It’s making me a better wife.

Work/Life Balance

This summer was the first time I’ve worked from home 100%. We balanced camps and errands and time just being home. We ran to the library, exercised together and separately, and we all lived to see the beginning of the school year.

I Can Learn Important Lessons From Life Experiences I Haven’t Had

In this first book from Shauna Shanks, she invites us into the most heartbreaking event of her life. In 2013 her husband asked her for a divorce and had an affair. She transparently presents her journey from lukewarm Christian, mom, and wife who defined herself as “comfortable in her box” to a woman deeply in love with her God and her husband.

Although I have not been through the experiences Shauna writes about I still found myself relating to her journey. Shauna pointed out that she found her story mirrored in scripture because it was about much more than her marriage. God was pursuing her heart, her husband’s heart, and even their marriage.

Cold Brew Coffee

I was so excited when a friend posted this link. Cold Brew all summer long for a fraction of the price. Our local Starbucks is usually out of Cold Brew before 9 am, but I’m no longer concerned about that! I love cold brew! It’s easy to make and with less acid, I can drink it more often!

There’s My Five!

Curious to know more about what inspired this post? Take a few minutes and listen to Emily P. Freeman’s Podcast Episode #4. I’ve printed out my pages for next quarter’s list. It’s football season, which means my lessons are likely to be completely different. But I’ll let you know for sure November 30th. You can also check out what other’s are learning on Emily’s blog!