So much has been going on lately, I felt the need to retreat back to the mindset that first created this blog. It was to keep people up to date with our lives. So for today, we are doing just that. We can pretend we’re sitting across from each other with the drink of your choice (mine would be a half caramel, half vanilla latte.. yum!), while we get to catching up!
+ The past couple weeks I have felt overwhelmingly tired almost all the time. I think I had been going high speed for so long that once things finally slowed down, my body rebelled and now I can’t get myself back up to speed again. The nights are getting cooler and cooler (as are the days!), and we all know that signifies fall’s approach. Come September, we will be in full swing with youth group, high school small groups, our small group and the new Thursday night service our church is launching, so it’s about to get busy up in this house here. For now, I’m trying to soak up cuddly couch evenings, reading for fun lunch breaks and the general quietness before the craze strikes.
+ Speaking of reading for fun, I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter books. I started less than a week ago and I’m already into book three – you can blame the lack of blog posts on that and the fact my laptop died. Thankfully, we have a desktop, but after sitting at my desk all day long for work, the last thing I want to do afterwards is move to another desk to stare at another screen. I’ll get it all figured out soon enough, but for now I’m loving this flashback to my childhood.
+ To be honest, working from home has it’s good days and it’s very bad ones. There are many days I’m so thankful for the freedom that comes with working from home: I have yet to wear heels since we moved, I can get more laundry done during the week, I can sleep in later than before, and I’m most definitely ready to go to our evening commitments most nights, since I’ve been cooped up all day. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of rough days, too. Some days I can’t handle how cooped up I feel, or the fact I am by myself all day long. I’m such a people person, that is the biggest struggle for me.+ Working from home has also proven yet again that words of affirmation is my love language. With the days being so up and down emotionally/mentally for me, words of affirmation goes far to refresh my spirit. It’s funny, because I’ve noticed that what starts as a “horrible day” quickly changes when I get off the phone from hearing affirming words… it’s like I did a 180. Seeing that blatantly clear yesterday was a good reminder that, while it’s a fine love language and my natural bent, it isn’t where I need to base my worth or value as an employee (or person! or friend! or wife! fill in the blank here…). I need to remember that I’m valued even when I don’t hear those words out loud. Shew, being an adult is hard sometimes!
+ I’ve been bringing some students with me to church for the last few weeks and they are getting baptized this Sunday! It has been so awesome to get to know those girls more on a personal, in-your-life kind of level and it’s so exciting to walk alongside of them as they discover more of who God is and what it looks like to follow him! You can say a prayer of praise for them today, and maybe also a prayer for continued wisdom and devotion to God. I am so encouraged by getting to see his tangible work in them.
+ I think I’ll actually be running a half marathon in October! I have a few running buddies here, one of whom will be running the race with me. I’m so proud of how much we are growing in discipline in our running and how much her friendship has been a blessing to me. Running is a great excuse to hang out with people, y’all!!
+ I’ve also been doing yoga since we moved, which is something I’ve always wanted to try, but didn’t know where to start. I have several yogi friends here who have scooped me right up and convinced me it’s awesome! I’ll be taking my last class covered by the Groupon I bought soon, so I’m on the hunt for a studio to join. Seeing as I work from home, all my friends in this city are from church! I’m hoping to join a studio to meet people outside of CrossWay and to connect with the community.
+ It seems like everyone is having babies. It’s so crazy that now having babies is almost as normal as getting engaged/married. No worries, friends, we are not having them anytime soon, if we can help it 😉
+ With this down time, I’ve had a lot of heavy topics swirling my mind. I have many blog post drafts about all of those thoughts, but they are taking some serious emotional effort to finish… So I’ve been taking my time. Sooner or later (read: next week), I’ll publish them and I’m very eager to hear your thoughts/opinions/commentary.
Okay, enough about me! What’s new with you? Also, what is your drink of choice? While I love my go-to drink, I could stand to try something new next time I’m at a coffee shop….