Hello again! It’s been a whole month since I’ve written here on the blog and it feels good to be back. During the month of August I took a break from blogging, reading blogs, and social media (with a few exceptions…). I took the break for a few different reasons —I wanted to devote all my writing time to the last big edit of my book before publication, I started homeschooling Valentine and wanted to set a good precedent for the year by being off my phone during school hours, and I just wanted to step away from social media for a bit to clear my head.

In case you’re curious, here are some of the things that happened in August ::

  • We got new windows! This is about the least sexy home improvement of all time, but we’ve been saving up for years to do this and knew it’s what needed to be done in order to take good care of our house (we could watch spiders just walk through the gaping holes in our windows). The day after we ordered the windows, I confessed to Logan, “I’m so happy we got to buy them, but I can’t help thinking I would’ve rather spent all that money on a vacation in Europe!” Logan stared at me and said, “That’s what I keep thinking!” Despite our buyer’s remorse, the windows look great and make our house seem even more light-filled and open. Also, we’re looking forward to our first utility bills after the install. :)
  • I worked so hard on my book. Hours and hours of writing that I didn’t even know I needed. I feel better about it than ever before and really excited to finally get it out there and into the hands of women who might benefit from it.
  • While Logan traveled for work one week, I did a quick makeover of our master bedroom. I’ll share more later, but I was amazed how quickly I was able to redo the space. This seems to happen to me all the time, but I was like, “If I knew how easy this was going to be, I would’ve done it years ago!”
  • We had an informal, unofficial ten year college reunion. Our dear friends who are church planters in Japan were back in the States, so other friends drove from out of town for a big backyard BBQ. Despite rarely seeing each other, many of us have stayed surprisingly close over the years, so several of us kept crying at the sight of our children playing together and our husband’s joking and talking like old times. It was an amazing night.
  • Valentine started school! After much anguish of soul (so many good options, no perfect ones!), I finally decided to homeschool Valentine and joined a community called Classical Conversations. They provide wonderful curriculum from K-12, and Logan and I are both really excited about CC’s vision for education. Although most of the schooling is done at home, every Monday we meet with our community. Valentine has her own class, taught by a tutor, from 9:00am-1:00pm and I love the opportunity for her to be in the social setting and also for me to learn from the tutor how to teach well. So far, we all love it!
  • I watched a whole lot of Olympics.

As you can see, nothing too terribly exciting, but I really enjoyed the simplicity of it. So many of these things were deeply satisfying to me, so I feel refreshed and strengthened after the last month. How about you? How was your month? Anything exciting or not so exciting happen? Did you watch the Olympics? Did you love it??? I’d love to hear!

Posted by Aanna on Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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