So here is what’s going on lately. I’m doing this in list form, because like the title says-it’s random.
My husband passed his dissertation defense.
When Josh told me the good news, I got a bit emotional. There may have been tears in my eyes. It came out of no where. My throat got tight and there was a catch in my voice. I could hardly speak. It’s hard to believe that we began this journey four and half years ago. This May Josh graduates with a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. I’m so proud of him. But mostly thankful that God was with us every step of the way. Now we wait and see where God leads.
The paintings for my book are almost finished.
Sara Jo from Bryarton Farm has been painting the illustrations for a year now. I couldn’t have done this without her. (Sara, you are amazingly talented, beautiful and real! Thanks for pouring yourself into this project with me!) After I receive all the illustrations, I’ll move on to finding an agent who will get the book to a publisher. The process is complicated and the odds are not in my favor. But God is bigger than the odds. Right? He’s the One who moved me to write this book. I will trust Him in the outcome.
Homeschooling is kicking my butt.
We’re in the middle of second quarter exams. Did I mention homeschooling is kicking my butt? I consistently have to remind myself that what I feel doesn’t define who I am. Feelings can be liars. So often, I feel like I’m not doing enough. I feel like everything I’ve taught them has gone in one ear and out the other. But it isn’t true. And a little encouragement to you homeschool mamas out there- your children hear you. I’ve learned more about Jesus when I feel weak and worn than when I feel like I have everything together. Lean into your Savior. He is enough.
Juicing will be an adventure.
I say adventure, but I’m not sure what kind of adventure it will be. On March 1st, I’ll be starting a seven day juice fast. People give me weird looks when I mention juicing-as if I’m an alien or something. I encourage you to do the research-if you juice correctly, it can be extremely healthy for you! In my own personal experience, I know that the food I eat directly affects my health. After I juice for week, I’ll be eating whole 30.
Amazon shopping is one of my favorite things!
The dress and scarf are from Amazon. Together, they make one of my favorite outfits. (The boots were from amazon, too. But they must have stopped selling them because I can’t find the link.) The purse is a great color with the blue dress! It’s small and compact. I only carry my wallet and keys, and maybe a book to read-no extras. My favorite thing about Amazon is that I can shop from the comfort of my home. There is no waiting in lines wondering how long my four children will last before they go insane.
So, there it is. A random life update.