Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Joy Dare::August

2655. Visiting and scrapbooking--still my two favorite hobbies
2656. Staying up too late
2657. So excited about what I'm thinking about that I forget where I'm going--twice!
2658. So happy to run into a friend I don't see often at the store
2659. The not fun, hard kind of parenting that is really a gift to children
2660. The latest fun game is sliding down the steps on sleeping bags
2661. "It's the things unseen that are the most important things."
2662. I had time to focus on my big kids and Isaiah had time alone with Grandma and Grandad
2663. After huge days I realize I love our simple lifestyle
2664. Heard, "Mom, I don't need you anymore." from the four year old who is reluctant to leave my side to participate in groups
2665. Children content to be playing at home
2666. Some rain
2667. More swimming accomplishments
2668. Spaghetti squash
2669. The overwhelming energy when the kids get home from sports camp
2670. At home day
2671. A good movie and my littlest man
2672. Ridiculously excited to share kindle books
2673. A really great end to the week of sports camp
2674. Once again very content with our lifestyle--it's what it best for us
2675. Lovely lunch with a lovely friend
2676. A gorgeously gorgeous evening. I didn't want it to end.
2677. Taking Aliza to the church this morning so that she could sing the sports camp songs one more time
2678. Jeremy's sermon
2679. Too many cookies in one day but they were yummy!
2680. Worked hard today!
2681. Family dinner book club night!
2682. Grandma and Grandpa are here!
2683. Backpacks
2684. Staying up late to listen
2685. Ice cream outing
2686. Aliza swam across the deep end of the pool!!
2687. Josiah started diving!
2688. Helping my friend with a bit of her classroom setup
2689. Swimming with my kiddos and Chrissy making that possible
2690. I've never seen a banana spider. It was just pretty amazing.
2691. A couple more scrapbook pages done
2692. Beach morning with the cousins
2693. Brainstorming for my teacher friend
2694. Loving Isaiah's giggles and his new vocal discoveries
2695. Jeremy took the bigs to art time and I had a bit of time to clean while Isaiah napped
2696. Anna hurt her arm while trying to do a cartwheel off the deck--nothing worthy of a trip to E.R.
2697. When I get a text to pray and I run up to a quiet place and pray for literally less than a minute until someone calls for me. God knows.
2698. Laughing with Aliza
2699. Low key weekend
2700. Getting school organized and ready
2701. Swimming lessons are finished and were a huge success
2702. Strategizing to teach our children about money
2703. Gotta make that choice again to not worry about what others think
2704. A husband to chase the bat during the night
2705. This little guy who has mastered a growl as a happy expression and who does not hold still long enough for a picture
2706. The first day of a commission based system for allowance
2707. Savoring our last time at the pool for the summer. Aliza and Josiah learned so much.
2708. The paper side of school is ready
2709. Feeling encouraged by and wanting to encourage the women in my life who are mothering little ones
2710. Special cousin friendships especially Josiah and Caleb and Anna and Renee
2711. Jeremy making sure Aliza gets some time with him
2712. Anna thrilled to make Renee and mermaid tail at the beach
2713. Really great time with my Bible study gals
2714. We should have sat down but sometimes an unexpected chance to catch up with a friend standing in the kitchen is just as good
2715. Plastic containers and pots and pans perpetually on the kitchen floor
2716. Isaiah's little personality coming out exploring Janell's house

2717. Attending two birthday parties in one day
2718. Mistakes of others make me so aware of the fragility of humanity and I must never grow weary of praying and fighting for my marriage and my kids
2719. Jelly Belly taste testing
2720. First day of school and finished before lunch
2721. Had a pretty grown up processing conversation with Aliza
2722. Tough parenting practice with a four year old
2723. Lettuce growing in the planter
2724. Little girl arms wrapped around her Daddy's neck
2725. This smile
2726. Gathering pears off the ground
2727. Cutting and peeling a whole bunch of tiny pears
2728. Delivering a warm pear crisp to my neighbors
2729. A yard full of boy noise this morning
2730. First week of school completed well
2731. Fun to open my home to friends
2732. My pear cutting helpers
2733. Playing with Anna. Making sure I give her my full attention.
2734. Scrubbing
2735. Family beach time
2736. These two had so much fun together. Their sweet expression of childhood joy are seared into my memory
2737. Aliza got the hang of boogie boarding.
2738. Another closet cleaned
2739. My friend had a great first day back in the classroom as teacher. She was in my thoughts today!
2740. Reaching out to people, making friends

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