September Loves (2015)

September Loves

I love the month of September, mostly because I love fresh starts and that’s always what September feels like to me. I’m also a huge fan of school, and even though I’m not in school anymore, the rest of my family is, and I feel so happy for them (even when they’re not). 🙂

I now have a “homeschool preschooler” (whatever that means), 4Ker, 1st grader, 3rd grader and Nth grader (aka the hubby who will never be finished with school) :). Aren’t they all adorable??



I had all intentions of doing some homeschool stuff with the girls in the morning. So far that looks like teaching life skills – mailing things at the post office, going grocery shopping, finding good deals at Target, and practicing free play. They are doing great.


I participated in a consignment sale this month too, and it went well! I had several hundred items at the sale (goodbye potty chair and cribs and toddler mattresses and baby toys!!) and I came home with 50 or so- I’d say that was success!


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The Play Eat Grow team moved our blog from Blogger to WordPress. It was a stressful process (we did it ourselves with the help of my brother-in-law), but it’s up and running now and looks AWESOME! My good friend Amanda designed the logo and isn’t she so talented?? We still have work to do on it, but we’ve come a long way.


Around the Interwebs


This liturgical planner looks amazing. It combines the book of common prayer, the church calendar, and a daily planner all in one. It’s a brilliant idea! I would totally get it if I hadn’t just ordered my first first Erin Condron planner. Next year.

The Best Compliment to Little Girls got it right. There’s a delicate balance to be walked when complimenting girls about their personality, beauty, and talents. I’ve heard a lot of people compliment my girls on their outfits but my son on his behavior or brain, and it is really frustrating to me. The girls have caught on and it makes them sad too. However, the author suggests a way to compliment girls that I think speaks to a girl’s need to be noticed in multiple ways!

Stop and watch this video. It’s a good reminder that we are human beings. We don’t have to live in constant danger of being burned out.

The Sanitized Stories that We Tell has been rolling around in my head for the past week. What does it look like for me to be honest about my stories? Even if I tell them to no one, how can I be honest with them myself?


What I’m Reading

I’ve had made so little time for reading this month compared to this summer.  I started and stopped 2 books because they just weren’t good. I normally persevere, but my huge stack of books that I really WANT to read is waiting. Who has time to read things that aren’t true or life-giving or fun?


That being said, I have been slowly reading through Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey. I’m only in the third chapter, but it’s already been so nourishing to my soul. She brings the wisdom of a spiritual director (although she’s isn’t technically one, she certainly has the giftings of one), the confidence of a wise momma, and the kindness of a good friend.


I finished a fun novel this month too- Dear Mr. Knightley. I hadn’t read that kind of book in a long time, and while I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first (it’s written as a series of letters, which threw me off), I’m so glad I did. It tells the story of a young woman who has just aged out of foster care and is now going to graduate school to pursue her love for words.


On the Blog

September 2015 Goals

A Day in the Life Of (September 2015)

What We’re Reading (September 2015)

Review: Wild in the Hollow

The Most Dangerous Thing about My Life


Today I’m linking up today with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into. Check out the other posts for some great recommendations of books, music, and podcasts, as well as find some new people to befriend virtually!

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