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well, it happened.
summer is officially over.
i could not believe that we were walking back to school…
and that our summer is finished already!

 

 

while the bigs were gone,
i enjoyed many a thought in my head.
i don’t think i’ve been able to do that
all summer long.

 


it was nice.
it was quiet.
and L and i kept each other company
(he starts in a couple of weeks).

 

 

and you know what?
i really, really enjoyed it.
so picture me {im}perfectly because
i am a much better mom
when my children are not glued to my side
every moment of every day.

i am refreshed,
i am happy to see them
and i am ready to hear every tiny detail
of D’s latest inventions
and i am ready to have K tell me every little thing she saw.
i really don’t know how you homeschooling moms do it.

 

and for some reason,
(i assume i was frantically doing this task)
i chose to write “2nd” on D’s paper and “first on K’s.
go figure.

 

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For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10


2796. feeling the tiniest bit ahead
2797. being utterly humbled by some forgotten paperwork
2798. the bigs’ smiles as they entered their classrooms
2799. not feeling frantic
2800. not being in a rush

 

now that the summer is nearly gone,
i am able to reflect on what went down
over the last few months.

 

we spent much of the summer
in a rush.
in a hurry.
scurrying from here to there
and from there to here.

 

so i’ve written a note to myself
for next summer
so that it doesn’t look at all
like the summer we’ve just had.

 

dear future self,
do not schedule many therapies for L next summer.
and even if you think it makes the most sense,
do not, i repeat, do not
schedule anything in the mornings.
especially if they fall earlier
than you typically have to be out of the house
during the school year.
the mornings of nothingness
are absolutely precious and lovely.

 

moments caught
like the photo below
were rare.
far too rare.

 

 

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“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

 

2781. K counting her gifts
2782. PW’s iced coffee
2783. everything being up in the air
2784. resting on God’s promises
2785. God always, always answering our prayers

 

i never really ever mop.
and right as i had mopped the first half
of the kitchen floor
(aka wiped  down with a wet rag)
someone who shall remain nameless
spilled half of the yogurt container
all over the floor.
this is probably why i don’t mop.

 

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by not showing you a photo of their head.

 

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For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

 

2766. a better day
2767.  getting motivated
2768. K’s absolute love for waking L up
2769. library days
2770. not using ipads while we wait

 

the other day it was evident
that we all needed more grace in our home.

you know how those days go
(every day around here).

so i suggested that we all put on more love
to which D replied,
“i’ve got an idea!
how about nobody talks!”

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
because it is the power of God
that brings salvation to everyone who believes:
first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:16

 

2751. rereading 1000 gifts
2752. hearing truth spoken
2753. connecting with a neighbor
2754. a loud backyard
2755. popcorn and lemonade

 

not too long ago,
we got to sneak away on a trip
(much, much more on that soon).
B had to stay home and work
so it was just me and the kids.

 

i’m frugal
(this can also sometimes
be known as stubborn)
so we didn’t check any bags.

 

we did pack really lightly though:
3 outfits,
counting what we wore traveling,
per person.

 

but packing for the trip
reminded me of childbirth.
and not in a good way.
i wanted to give up
or wish the task upon someone else… anyone else.

 

but somehow, everything we needed got packed
and then we were off.

 

if you’re a mother,
then you know that
traveling with children
is difficult.
it’s not really fun.
i would go as far as to say it’s not fun at all.
but i think every parent knows that
going into those sorts of adventures.

 

this photo was taken on our shuttle
after i completely broke down at the airport.
with only one leg to go.

so i just want you to keep all of this in mind.
always remembering to picture me {im}perfectly.

 

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

 

2736. the best babysitters
2737. having dinner at 11:30
2738. a slice of lime
2739. not napping with D
2740. help with the laundry



 

i just got to do
a fun little shoot
for a dear friend of mine
and her family.
(more on that on friday.)

 

i would
never
ever
want you to think
that my life
is anything but the real thing.

 

so yeah, my three kids
came to the beach with me
to do what only they call
“help” during the photo shoot.

 

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i cannot imagine
(actually, i can imagine and it’s awful)
what it would have been like
if Auntie B hadn’t come to the rescue
and help wrangle my “helpful” children.
(and thanks to Auntie B for this photo!)

 

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being confident of this,
that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

 

2721. a night to edit
2722. unexpectedly finding something to treasure
2723. making lots and lots of progress
2724. everyone enjoying dinner
2725. coming home to zero dishes



 

the other day,
i came out to the family room
to find this.

 

one entire box of kleenex.
on the floor.

 

i have only one guess
of who it might have been.

 

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Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
Proverbs 3:7

 

2706. super moon
2707. His word
2708. a good plan
2709. green grass
2710. lots of water

 

lately, this is how our floor looks.
all.
the.
time.

 

i think that L
much prefers
dumping toys
than playing with them.

 

what a fun stage!

 

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When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Proverbs 3:24

 

2711. a fun family outing
2712. early bedtimes!
2713. not having to rush home
2714. big long packing lists
2715. new books to devour



 

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