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So, July came and went and it’s August.  Here we are, August.  We are wondering what happened to summer and why the thought of going back to school is causing the rubber band to tighten around our chests.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Our July has been intense, to say the least.

August me is in survival mode.  I just kind of want to appear to have stuff together for the school people in September so I try to get all of the forms filled out and all of the sports registered for, and all of the children delivered to the first day of school in good health.  Something that has made me very happy is this whole capsule wardrobe thing for the kids.  I talked more about it here.  I’m hopeful that this will streamline life and laundry and minimize morning drama.  We’re squeezing in some last play dates and a vacation and family time this month, and I’m realizing I’m going to really miss our youngest when she goes to school!

I’ve fallen off of the exercise/vegetable eating bandwagon over the last two weeks and climbed on the caffeine and carbs truck.  Turns out roasting  spaghetti squash and eggplant is not high on the priority list during hard times.  But you learn a new normal and I think those things will come back around.  I’m making  walking a priority (as in, waking up before 8 to do it) because I have discovered it’s key to my mental health.  Pop in some tunes or a podcast and it is some therapy on the pavement.

Speaking of such things, I want to tell you what I’ve been keen on lately.  I would link to things if I could but right now that just feels like a lot of work, so y’all can google some things, ok? As is well documented, I love listening to the Big Boo Cast featuring Melanie Shankle (Big Mama) and Sophie Hudson (BooMama).  Southern and funny and comforting.  Also just got Nichole Nordeman’s new album (Every Mile Mattered).  It’s one for more mature believers, I would say, but it’s resonated deeply with me.  It’s really beautiful.  I just finished reading Love Lives Here by Maria Goff.  So good.  It calmed my mind and allowed me to see my home and my family in a new way.  We are still reading through the book of Luke over here, and I continue to be more enthralled with Jesus.  He is stunning to me.  I am changed by our time in this book, and getting to process thoughts together with my husband is just IT.  Another podcast that is just fun for me is the Popcast with Knox and Jamie.  It’s a grown-ups discussing pop culture and I enjoy this immensely.  Also, southern.

Well, there you go.  That is life right now.  August and I have had a chat and I have told her (him?) that she (he?) had better behave or I’m going to have to be unkind.  Happy end of summer, you guys.   A friend of mine told me the other day that she thinks we are living a hard, holy, and beautiful life.  I thought on that and replied that I think you have to live the hard to get the holy and beautiful. I hope it’s been a good one, and that even if it hasn’t been easy, you’ve been able to see some beauty along the way.