Friday, September 27, 2013

Six Things I Learned in September

I sound like a broken record, but I can't believe September is over. It doesn't quite feel like fall here, but it's getting closer. The season change is in the air ... and I believe it's been causing me to cough all week. Ah, Kentucky, your seasons have a way of messing with our heads, literally. It's been a good month. A fast month. And now we're entering the slope to the end of the year. Yeah, shhh, I know. I won't talk about how I've been Christmas shopping online. 

1. Mexico is relaxing, especially when I'm with my husband at an all-inclusive resort for five days. And for me relaxing involves reading fiction. I managed to finish three books: "Trapped" by Irene Hannon, "Six Years" by Harlan Coben and "In the Name of Honor" by Richard North Patterson. We did talk, eat and explore too. And perhaps I'll get around the writing a Mexico post soon.

2. Hand-written letters are a lost but still much appreciated art form. And, really, so are phone calls from local friends just to chat. But, goodness, when they happen they are sweet.

3. I don't have as much free time as I anticipated having once the school year got rolling. We're six weeks in. And I know God is spurring me toward a new balance. I've read so many things that echo what's been going on in my mind.

{Like this by S.D. Smith :: "Pick only a few things. Do those with all your heart. Dream small. Jesus didn’t seek out crowds. He poured into 12 men. Those men, by the Spirit, shook the world. It’s still shaking. Our lives, poured into a few worthwhile people and projects, will ripple out in a million unseen consequences. We need imagination to see it."}

4. Lots of people like coffee. Lots of people like pumpkin. I'm not in either club. But, hey, give me some candy corn and honey crisp apples and we'll call it fall, y'all.

5. Even though I feel burned on the adoption trail, I find myself grasping to hope fairly easily yet I try to balance that with not getting my hopes up. Yeah, I have no idea what that means either.

6. It's OK to read books slowly and put them down to pick up another book, knowing you'll be back. Right now I'm somewhere in the pages of "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa TerKeurst, "Mended" by Angie Smith and "The Applause of Heaven" by Max Lucado.

How's September been for you?

I'm linking up with Emily Freeman's Chatting at the Sky and other bloggers who are looking back on their Septembers. Here are my past installments: June. July. August

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  1. Sad September is almost done, but I do love fall and yep same boat I could do without the sinus gunk, yes I am still working on finding that balance and loved the Think Small and Carry On article, so spoke to me, going to have to check out some of those books and add them to my list, though I have too many already, reading through Gideon, One Way Love, Undivided devotion which has been helpful in seeing how I need to balance. Last but not least have a wonderful blessed weekend!!

  2. I am not a coffee girl or a pumpkin girl either!! Praying about the adoption and that the process would start to most quickly and smoothly!!

  3. KristinHillTaylor9/28/2013 8:12 AM

    Thanks, Kristin! Have a great weekend!

  4. KristinHillTaylor9/28/2013 8:13 AM

    I just added One Way Love to my pile too. :) Lots of awesome books lately. I'm looking forward to reading Undivided too. Enjoy your weekend, Jennie!

  5. Can't wait to hear about Mexico. I'm jealous! Also, I love that quote about pouring into a few people. What great encouragement to moms!