Life Lately: What We’ve Been Up To

Fall is always a fun time of year for our family. We celebrate all but one of our birthdays (Bea’s is up next in November), which always makes life feel extra full in a special sort of way. And we tend to soak up the last of the warm weather and beautiful changing landscape with lots of impromptu adventures that fill our memory bank and hearts with all sort of goodness.

Mike has continued to work on our kitchen remodel, and we are so incredibly close and the anticipation is KILLING ME, SMALLS!

The past few months have been refining and humbling in many ways. Mike and I continue to learn more and more about how to move forward in life and chase the “more” that God has for us as individuals and a family, all while remaining rooted in the here and the now. It has never been an easy process, but one that I would never change for anything in the world. It’s so easy to stay complacent or even grow stagnant in life. It’s easy to say that what you have before you is “good enough,” largely because the unknown “more” is terrifyingly undefined and unpredictable. But we believe in more. So. Much. More.

It’s hard to define and put into words. But we both feel this very real, very pressing desire to be moving towards this unknown, unnamed more.

And sometimes (ok, a lot of times), this gets us in trouble. No more so than with each other. We push ahead when we should simply rest. We force timing, we force the issue, we force each other. We forget to trust.

This autumn, I am uncharacteristically unfazed by the coming cold weather. Normally, the falling temperatures would have me in a full scale pity party by this point. I hate being cold. I miss the light of the sun. I feel deeply affected by the dark and the death of everything around me.

But this year, I sense that what I need most is to retreat a bit. I need to embrace the covering of winter. The slower pace that invites you to reflect and restore.

I know there is more for us. I wholeheartedly claim the truth of the verse found in John 10:10, “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

I don’t just want life. I want it ABUNDANTLY.

I can’t even tell you what that means yet, I just know that it means something for me. For us. For you. And I’m excited.

And so this fall, we adventured. We celebrated birthdays. We had difficult conversations about what we want our life to look like. We asked if we are we currently behaving in ways that will get us to that goal, or detract from it? And we continued to build. The kitchen, yes, but also, our dreams.

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Here are some photos of what we’ve been up to, lately.

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I celebrated my birthday morning with my brother and sister-in-law, enjoying a beautiful day and a beautiful breakfast.

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We explored my husband’s hometown.
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We tried new restaurants (and introduced the kids to jasmine tea). 
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We attended a local mum festival.
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We celebrated Mike’s birthday with putt putt and…

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…doughnuts!

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We celebrated my grandmother’s birthday with a huge surprise party.
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We went on a hayride in search of bison and adventure, and found both.
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We soaked up the last of the beautiful warm weather with meals and birthday celebrations outside with friends and family.
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We celebrated Oliver’s birthday with his annual hayride around the yard, but this year – Theo drove! Allll of us! (And he was so proud. #bless)

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My babies. My joy. 

 

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