What I’m Into, August 2014

What I’m INTO August 2014 Edition

This month has been full of dust, sun, new starts, laughter, frayed edges as the remodel work continues, as new school year gets going and summer dwindles down. Week four of no kitchen left me feeling out of it, and I discovered that while I am not frustrated or discontent, the adventurous energy that I started this venture with has dissipated and I feel as though I have frayed edges. Still holding it together and pushing forward, but with a little less gumption.

Read and Reading:

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle  This book was a delightful piece of comic relief as my home continued  the craziness of kitchen & bathroom remodel and sending the kids off to new school situations.

Sheba’s Song was another quiet time blessing.

Currently reading:

Where There Was No Church, Families Where Grace is in Place, Clutterfree with Kids, Generous Justice

(I completed _2_ books this month, but read a chapter or 2 or more in several others.)


We turned Netflix back on and started where we left off with Dr Who. Slowly, the 5 of us have become Whovians to varying degrees.


I’m really enjoying the classical station on the way to school on Monday morning, and listening to the Newsboys as we continue to work on the house.

Things I Love:

This bench and these plans. Thank you for sharing Ana White!

What I'm Into, August 2014

grilled nachos

your one life

Beautiful words

Winnie the Pooh

an old favorite shared with a new generation


porcelain tile




The Newsboys in Concert

Singing the Gospel

1GirlNation, Lindsey

Young women encouraging each other

In the Blogosphere:

~ “I’m slow to process, slow to think, slow to respond. Rather than fight against that, I’m learning to celebrate it in my own way.” Oh Emily, thank you for the admonishment to stop fighting my slow processing thoughts and responses! Spending some time this month pondering the idea of celebrating that aspect of introverted me.

… take no relationship for granted. 

My sisterinlove recently shared a link on facebook that led me to The Imagination Tree, oh my.  This playdough looks like a recipe for fall fun with a precious little one I get to spend a few days a week with!  I just can. hardly. wait. for the new kitchen!

On The Blog:

I shared

why my family is committed to child sponsorship

and my “back to school” plan for September/October


Your turn, what are you into this grand month of August?

Linking with Leigh Kramer



This Moment ~ Sixth Grade!

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Back to School

Back to School, 6th Grade!


This picture is a week late, and it was a day late.  Chica started back to her Cottage School class a week after her sisters started their College Pathways classes.  And wouldn’t you know, I forgot to take a morning picture.  This one was taken just as she was walking out after school.

Oh the days, they are so long, yet the years they just fly by.  Sixth grade, one last year of elementary school and then she is off joining her sisters in youth group, mission trips and all the wonder of the next season.

Oh how very thankful I am for all the days and all the years and this precious surprise, our youngest daughter.


Linking with the lovely Amanda.

Reading in August

As the remodel has progressed and school work increased reading in August declined.   I found myself only able to read a chapter or so first thing in the morning and last thing at bed time.  That’s okay though, as I did make it through two gems!  The stack will be reordered and added to for September!

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle  This book was a delightful piece of comic relief as my home continued  the craziness of kitchen & bathroom remodel and sending the kids off to new school situations.

Sheba’s Song by J.A. Harbison ~ A very delightful story of a young girl growing up and thriving despite the hard struggles faced by girls in poverty stricken areas of India and her American sponsor, a farmer in Iowa.  I have been encouraged by this book in my own letter writing, feeling as though I have a better understanding of the lives of the girls and young man we sponsor in India.

On my nightstand

On my nightstand September 2014

Just a note on the American Voices.  That is a book that I have been reading from for a couple of years.  Last week I put it back on my nightstand again and the plan is to find a couple speeches and articles that fit where two of my daughters are in American history (they are not studying the same time frames)

Linking with Jessica at Life as Mom and hoping to hear from you, what have you been reading?

Annie Downs’ “Let’s All Be Brave”

Just found out that I will be receiving a copy of this book soon!  I am so excited, and look forward to sharing with my daughters.  Have you read it?  If so please share your thoughts in the comments.

Lets All Be Brave

Lets All Be Brave

Book Description

Annie Downs admits she’s not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents’ home in Georgia, she’s never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she’s on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging readers to do the same.

As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and popular blogger, Annie shares this journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire.

Let’s All Be Brave is more than just a book, it’s a battle cry. In it, Annie challenges us to live boldly, calls us to step into those places that require courage, and gives us the help to take the next step forward-even when it’s scary. This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage-nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance.

Back to School with “your family in pictures”

Years ago there was a young woman pursuing a college degree, hoping for a career that include travel. Young woman met Great Guy, and the degree was set aside for marriage and parenthood. No regrets, but I have wondered if it would be possible to go back to school.

Recently I read a post by Perna on “Life as Mom” and felt an “aha” moment.  My “home schooled” children are each enrolled in a dual enrollment, early college program. I looked at the still very full calendar, there are a few slivers of unassigned time.

A short list of things I would like to learn, or just grow in came quickly and a plan is put together.

First up is my interest in photography and a desire learn to better use my camera. The Blogging for Books network recently to me Me Ra Koh’s book, “your family in pictures, The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life.”

your family in pictures

your family in pictures

This book is a wonderful resource and in the next few weeks I’m going to take a few of those slivers of time, 3 days a week and work my way through “your family in pictures.”

In “your family in pictures”, Koh covers how to set one’s self up for success, developing a photographer’s eye and tips for photographing family in various situations.  To measure growth in the use and understanding of photography with my camera I plan to shoot a before, and an after photo.  The after photo will be one shot with the lighting and focus tips in each section.

How about you? If you could find some small spaces of time in your week, what would you like to invest a little time in learning?

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This book was provided by the Blogging for Books network in exchange for my honest opinion.