Every month in 2019, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into the previous month. I thought this would be fun to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our month and recap some of the highs and lows and special memories of the month.
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I started January 1, 2019 with my commitment this year to begin every day with 30 minutes of time in God’s Word (I’m reading through the New Testament using the She Reads Truth Bible plans at the beginning of each book of the Bible.)
We then hosted friends for New Year’s Day Brunch and games. The guys made breakfast for us while the moms sat and drank tea and coffee. It was the best!
After Brunch, we spent the rest of the day hanging out and playing games — including learning how to play Unstable Unicorns.
I love tea and in January, I shared some of my very favorite teas.
This checklist system has been working SO well for me and is really helping to keep me on track with my daily habits!
We spent a lot of time in the bleachers at Kathrynne’s basketball games this past month. It was so fun to see the progress her team made and how well they did. And we often stayed and cheered on her friends in their games, too. (And I loved seeing Kaitlynn and Silas hang out with her and her friends while we cheered on the other teams from her school!)
(On the other hand, I’ll admit that it’s going to be nice that her season is over in a week so that we can have more dinners at home and evenings where we’re not out late!)
I read Deep Work as the first book I read in 2019. It was a fantastic read and I’ll be sharing more about it in my book update post in the next few days.
I bought these NYX Lip Glosses in January and love them!
I heard from so many of you who say that you love this brand, too.
Well, after 5 weeks of pain after my car accident, many chiropractic visits, many x-rays, and an MRI, we finally found at that my hand/wrist was indeed fractured.
While I wasn’t excited that meant I’d need to wear a cast for 4 weeks, I was so grateful for a diagnosis that explained all the pain! A big thank you to my chiropractor who pushed me to go to the specialist and was sure that there was something fractured that all the x-rays weren’t showing.
Y’all, I have such new compassion for people who deal with chronic pain! I honestly cannot imagine what it would be like to deal with incessant pain like this for years and years — as I know many people do.
Also, I am grateful for modern technology and cool FastForm casts that are waterproof and can be taken off so I can wash my hair. How times have changed since I broke my wrist as a young girl!
In other happy news, we also bought a new-to-use car to replace the car that was totaled in the accident. We were so grateful to get everything taken care of with the insurance!
The car accident was about three seconds total, but those three seconds have meant hours and hours and hours of doctor’s visits and insurance phone calls and research and car shopping, incessant and sometimes excruciating pain, sleepless nights, working through a lot of anxiety that resurfaced as a result of this accident, and juggling one car for the past few weeks.
And yet, I keep thinking how much I have to be thankful for. How much worse it could have been. How so many of these things are just a small inconvenience compared to what so many others are going through.
This has been such a good opportunity for me to practice what I preach — that you can’t always choose your circumstances, but you can always choose your attitude!
I had so much fun shopping and getting great deals in January!
I wore this outfit so many times in January. I just love it!
I bought a Fitbit for myself for Christmas and I absolutely love how it is motivating me to move more and take better care of myself!
I shared this on Instagram in January:
Instead of trying to squeeze in and fit in, let’s build new tables in 2019… where we welcome those who are lonely and hurting and misunderstood. Those who might be sort of on the outside, the fringes. Those who might not be seen as the “cool kids”. But those who just may be desperately longing for friendship and might be some of the best community we’ve ever experienced.
I’ve been waking up earlier in the mornings to read my Bible and write and it’s been so beautiful to get to watch the sun rise!
I hosted another very successful Eat at Home Challenge again in January where I make our dinner in the crockpot on live video every morning for a week.
Our friends invited us to go with them to a Ball in January. It was so fun to get all dressed up! My dress was this one from Amazon.
I’ve been sharing my salads every week day on Instagram to inspire you. It’s inspired me to get a little more creative and to make my salads a little prettier.
Silas’ class performed Black Ships Before Troy this month… which was so fun to get to watch!
This girl. Man how we love her!! And it’s hard to believe she turns 14 this week!
She has the most caring, compassionate heart. She’s deeply loyal. She has such a heart for Jesus and others and she’s always looking out for the underdog.
She’s also full of spunk and life and sarcasm… and if you need a meme or gif to make you laugh, she’s your girl!
She’s grown up so much the last two years — both literally and figuratively — and yet, she still thinks I’m cool (except when I wear those one shoes) and loves to hang out and talk with me!
Also, she’s a girl after my own heart — all on her own, she decided to sign up for a bunch of birthday freebies that different stores and restaurants offer. We ALL got to benefit when one of those freebies was a coupon for a completely free dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.
I love our movie nights and late-night talks (even if it means I don’t get as much sleep these days!) and one of my favorite parts of the week is our Sunday morning coffee dates.
I don’t know what the future holds for this girl, but I can’t wait to keep standing on the sidelines and cheering her on… and I might wear those ugly shoes, just to embarrass her!
Kathrynne celebrated her birthday by a little family birthday party, lunch out with Jesse, and going to a movie with me. She also had a fun night with a few close friends. I love this picture that I got of them all making themselves at home in our house. It makes me so happy when people are comfortable enough at our house to just climb up and sit on our countertops!
One of Kaitlynn’s school projects this month was to create a diorama of a dream world. This was part of it in the making. I didn’t get a picture of the finished project but it was so adorable!
I finally went through my books and picked out the 40 books I plan to read in 2019.
I also organized underneath the bathroom sink and my purse. And I’m happy to tell you that I have kept them organized for 5 days!
Last night, she asked me who my best friends were. I listed off a few and then she said, “What about me? Am I one of your best friends? Because you are totally one of my best friends.”
Y’all. THIS. This is what it’s all about.
I know some parenting experts would say you shouldn’t be friends with your child. And my kids aren’t grown and gone so I still have plenty of parenting to do and things to learn and ways I’ll fail — and you probably should listen to the experts and not to me.
BUT, after years of changing diapers and midnight nursing and waking up every two hours and potty training and cleaning up spills and working on teaching the same thing over and over again, I can tell you that it’s pretty downright amazing to now have kids who love to hang out with me, who need very little help from me, and who ask for my counsel and advice (they don’t always follow it, but they do ask for it!)
Oh yes, we have rough days and hormones are a real beast at times, but we have so many beautiful, hilarious, and ridiculous moments and memories to make up for it.
Also, my kids love to take selfies with me where I’m being a dork. They laugh and laugh and I’m happy to oblige.
All you mamas of littles: your day with backseat corny selfies and laughing with your very self-sufficient older kids is coming. And it’s AMAZING!
What were some of YOUR highlights from January? I’d love to hear!
P.S. In case you missed it, How I Did On My Goals in January.
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