1.  the local church.  being connected + involved in a church is so vital. i have known this for years, but really see its importance as of late. (i shared about this in my march newsletter)


3.  novels in verse. when i tell you i am OBSESSED. i read three this month + have another on hold at the library. 

4. spring blooms. i cannot explain what it does to my soul when i see blooming trees + flowers, especially after a long, snowy winter. 


  




 



my word for this quarter is:  N U R T U R E

the definition of nurture is:
the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.


i want to nurture the things in my life that matter-
my faith.
my boys.
our home life.
my health.
my passions.


when my attention is focused on what truly matters, the fruit (gratitude, peace, patience, etc.) start to become part of my daily life. the things that suck the life out of me - comparison, envy, mindless scrolling - have no room to thrive when i am tending to life-giving practices.

and just as i mentioned in my Q1 post
in all i do- Jesus be the center.



Q2 goals/tasks-

-  read six books.

-  continue my weekly social media sabbath.

-  brush off my DSLR.

-  find two clean lipsticks (nude + red). 

-  celebrate our seventh year of marriage.

-  file income tax.

-  declutter every area of our home / yard sale in april.







 


we took a short camping trip over the weekend. 
jackson + i got to experience the observatory for the first time.
as a kid, i wanted to be an astronomer, so it was extra awesome for me.


there was a tree blooming at botanica.
i squealed with delight.
"came the spring with all its splendor" // HWL


jared + i celebrated seven years of marriage this week.


i finished two books this week.


"i have been crucified with Christ. it is no longer i who live, but Christ who lives in me.
and the life i now live in the flesh i live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me."  //  galatians 2:20





 



+  "let the good stuff marinate". as i was trying to brainstorm different ideas for goals and the spring shop and other things, i was getting frustrated. nothing was coming to mind. but why was i in such a hurry? creativity is not a race. 

+  i finished reading liturgy of the ordinary. five stars!

+  my Q2 goals are broken up into 4 different sections: faith, family, creativity, + health.


+  there are tiny purple + pink flowers all over our backyard. my heart is happy. spring is coming.

+  i finished reading the paris apartment on audio. (the last half of the book had so much language, but still 4 stars.)

+  my niece's wedding shower was this weekend. i could eat my weight in cream cheese mints, y'all.

+  when st patrick's day arrives, it always makes me think of my dad

+  i started reading the third book of the inspector gamache series. i read the first book in early 2019 and the second in 2020. 

+  here is this week's inspo board on pinterst. (it is SO good this week!)


 


i will always think of my dad on st. patrick’s day

when i was a wee lad (see what i did there?)
i became very concerned for him

his work uniforms were blue
all blue
not a stitch of green in sight

and that meant-
someone was going to pinch him

my tender heart could simply not handle that
so i pinned a piece of green paper to his uniform

and now when march seventeenth arrives
i smile, remembering that story

and even in my mid-thirties now
i feel like i need to call him
just to make sure

are you wearing green, dad? 

 

i see him coming my way
the look on his face hints at the question he’s about to ask
“can we play my game, mommy?”

sure, buddy.

i’m tired. (#abolishDST) 
but i will always spare ten minutes with my shaggy-haired boy.

i have never “let” him win.
i want him to learn a valuable life lesson-
you win some, you lose some
even if it’s from a matching game

nevertheless-
he still beats me almost every night 
on the rare occasion i actually win,
he cheers me on with the same excited fervor-
“daddy, guess what?! mommy won!” 

and there he goes again-
giving me a life lesson in return 

this time- valuable wisdom on the art of losing well 

 


no musings again this week. 
i think i will be back next week though.


i remembered my newsletter + sent one out after a year of collecting dust.




spring is almost here, friends. flowers are on the verge of blooming. 
it was a good winter, + now i'm ready for this next season.


 


not for lack of things to share. 
i am just mentally, physically, + spiritually spent.

i need rest + time away from screens + opinions + fruitless words.



Q1 word - D E L I G H T



after reading the winter issue of the magnolia journal + the little book of hygge, i was inspired to focus on delighting in the winter season. i usually dread it; the cold, the dark- it's depressing. but this winter (which i consider december, january, + february) was the opposite- it was delightful

in making a conscious decision to find the good, i never felt like i was just surviving. i found joy in two snowstorms that dropped over five inches of powdery goodness in february. it wasn't just a mindset shift though: i realized having proper outerwear makes a difference! i didn't mind a neighborhood walk in 40-degree weather. 

my intention for this year's goals was not just to check it off my list as an accomplishment, but to create daily habits that reflect the life we want to live- a life untethered from my phone, a faith lived out, a heart for others.




Q1 goals + tasks-

-  practice hygge.  the days grew darker + colder, but as i reflect on this winter season, it will be marked with joy. in making a conscious decision to enjoy the colder months, i found so many things to be grateful for:  reading by the light of the christmas tree, sipping hot tea with local honey, long walks in our neighborhood on nicer evenings, reading in the greenhouse, and actually enjoying snow days (instead of dreading my work commute.) 

-  eat dinner at the table three times a week.  i admit: we all usually eat on the couch. it's together, but i wanted to create a habit of sitting down at the table. we are still actively working at this.

-  weekly social media sabbath.  of all the goals + habits to implement, this one has had the most impact on every area of my life. it starts at 4pm on friday (when i leave work) and goes through saturday at 4pm. (sometimes i extend it to sunday afternoon). i get excited for it. i have started even started leaving my phone on the nightstand until my alarm goes off the next morning during the weeknights. i will never regret time away from the noise of social media.

-  read six physical books.  i read 10 books! i met this goal in just a month. it's crazy! for the last several years, i have only been reading via audiobooks; i wondered if i would even be able to hold a book again. there is something about slowing down that made this possible. (and our local library + the little free libraries around wichita!) 

-  hone my microblogging skills.  this goal needs more time to grow, but i like what is being cultivated with my writing.


DECEMBER

-  2022 powersheets prep -  done!
-  publish 2021 recaps -  posted here + here + here
-  observe advent -  yes, what a beautiful reminder for the true reason of the christmas season. i read through ann voskamps's advent book, the greatest gift
-  publish december recap.  here 



JANUARY

-  stretch every day (january fitness goal) -  i only accomplished this a handful of times. LOL.
-  find two clean lipsticks (red + nude) -  i developed an allergic reaction to a new face wash, so moving this to the spring.
-  publish 2022 introductory post -  posted here 
-  publish january recap on the blog - here 



FEBRUARY

-  take the stairs at work each day (february fitness goal) - yes! what a fun goal.
-  declutter three areas of our home - my closet, bookshelf, + clothes in my dresser drawers. 
-  publish february recap.  here