July Loves

July has been good to us, other than the NONSTOP sibling fighting (except when they’re not, and when they’re not, they are so sweet to each other). We’re working through it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.

july loves

Our best day ever was a Sunday afternoon when we went to the pool and spent the whole afternoon just having fun. The kids were incredibly happy and there wasn’t fighting for over 3 hours. I think it was some sort of Malloy child world record.

Next summer we’re buying a pool pass.


What I Learned in July

what i learned in july

Over at Chatting at the Sky, Emily Freeman hosts a link-up party where we can share about the things we learned. I’ve been a quiet observer for the last few months, and decided to give it a try for July. I think it’s just another way to help me to reflect on how I’m growing and learning, as well as to take notice of the things going on around me. Sometimes I get so “in my zone” that I overlook a lot.


Review: Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World

When Ada was born, we gave her a middle name that is a bit unusual. She is only recently enjoying it.



We named her after Henri Nouwen, a man who, through his writings, has deeply influenced Jake and I’s spiritual journey. The first book we read by Nouwen was Compassion, which is about our call as Christ-followers to be compassionate (suffering with), instead of seeking to gain more power and more control over both our own lives as well as others.

Of course, it’s not enough to just talk the talk, but to also live it out in real life. In another of his books, In the Name of Jesus, he shared a little bit about how he lived out compassion when he moved from working in Ivy League schools to serving those in the L’Arche community, a community for people with intellectual disabilities. He spent the last 10 or so years of his life living and serving in this community.

It seems weird, doesn’t it? A brilliant man decides the next best thing was to live and serve those whom our society pretends doesn’t exist. How’s that for a smart career move?


Review: Called for Life- How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic

I remember when the Ebola outbreak began. I’d visit CNN daily to learn about the updates on the situation, as well as any news about Americans catching this awful, awful disease. I remember hearing about Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia– how he was flown to the United States for treatment- and how scared some people were. I didn’t quite understand the fear at the time because I didnt really quite understand the disease. It wasn’t until we had a scare here in Madison that I understood why people might feel nervous about a person in their city having Ebola. For a few days the city awaited the test results of a person suspected to have Ebola in a nearby hospital. At the time Jake was using public transportation everyday, and we talked about what we’d do if Madison experienced an outbreak (which, in case you want to know, was to go to one of our hometowns to ride it out in the rural countryside ;)). We let out a collective sigh upon hearing the test was negative.


Perhaps my mild obsession with this worldwide event made this book, Called for Life, an I-can’t-put-this-down-even-to-eat-or-sleep kind of book. Written by Kent and Amber Brantly themselves, it’s a riveting story of how this couple ended up in Liberia, their experience while they were there, and also what battling this awful disease looked like.


A Day in the Life {July 14th}


Today started WAY too early. For some unknown reason, Anaya was up and down all night, wanting to play and being totally wide awake. I ended up just laying on the floor next to her  so I didn’t have to rouse myself from my warm snuggly bed each time to comfort her. At 6:30 the kids came into Anaya’s room, so happy and READY FOR THE DAY. I went downstairs to help them get started on their breakfast.

We woke Anaya up at 8:15. Must be a rough life to be up all night and then sleep in. :)

Ada and I began the day walking to the the nearby hospital for a much-awaited doctors appointment. Her growth has slowed down to a snail’s crawl, so we went to see a specialist. Turns out we think everything is going to work itself out in the end– she’ll just be tiny until puberty and then have a later growth spurt than normal. So far the only thing that bugs her about being short is that she can’t go on big waterslides. Other than that she loves being “mini” (in her own words).


The Bible Project

I’ve been participating in the Journey through Scripture project this year, and over on our Facebook group, I’ve been sharing some resources as we read along (well, at least I was for awhile- whoops!). One of these is The Bible in Five by a guy named Tim Mackie. He used to be a teaching pastor at Blackhawk Church (before my time here), and he recorded these videos when our church was reading the Bible in a year together.


He’s since moved to Portland and is a pastor at Door of Hope Church as well as a professor of biblical studies at Western Seminary. I caught wind that him and another guy, Jonathan Collins, have started The Bible Project.


July 2015 Goals

My life runs a lot smoother when I have goals. For awhile I decided I would not be a goal-person anymore. I’d just be a “life happens” person. Flexible. Open.

I tried it and it worked for a little while. But then calendars and goal-sheets started magically appearing in my project binder (whoops- do flexible, open, laidback people not make project binders?). It’s like they are magically attracted to me. {To all my non-goal oriented friends, I love you, I appreciate you, I want to be like you. But I just can’t fight this feeling any more…}

All that being said…

july 2015 goals


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