What I'm Into August 2016

Tomorrow is the beginning of a fresh school year.

This is a big year for us.

By 8:15a, all 4 kids will be out the door, headed to their learning spaces for the day. What in the world?! I knew this day would come someday. I dreaaaaamed of this day while changing diapers and cleaning mess (after mess after mess) and juggling playdates and tantrums and feeling the toll of pure exhaustion. I just didn’t know it was going to come so soon! While the oldest three will be in elementary school all day, the youngest Malloy will be attending an early childhood program where she will be able to extrovert to her hearts content.

What all this means is when I leave the house in the morning, it’s more or less going to look exactly the same way when I get home from work. Hallelujah! This means less cleaning and tidying when I get home, and more sitting on the couch snuggling, talking, and reading books at night.

Of course, this transition will mean more emotions, more feels, more neediness at night from kids who have been without their momma all day. So, now that I think about it, you should probably ask me again in 3 weeks how excited I am about this transition.

August Fun

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Artwork + Etsy Store. Jake created some really creative canvases for the huge bare wall above our kitchen table. We’ve gotten quite a few compliments and questions about them, so we decided to open an Etsy store! Right now we only have those canvases to sell, and who knows if anyone will actually want to buy them for the price that they are worth (lots of intricate, time-consuming work!). But, we thought why not?! Can’t hurt to give it a try.

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World Map Mural. We also spent a good chunk of August painting a HUGE world map mural on our kids’ school playground. It’s been fun to scheme about, and it’s even more fun when scheming and dreaming comes to fruition. We’re excited about the possibilities for social connection and academic learning that this map brings! Doesn’t it kinda remind you of the final challenge in Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

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Africa Fest. We left a piece of our heart in Kenya several years back, so our ears perk up when we hear about a way to celebrate and expose our kids to a slice of African culture. We talked with a really cool, entrepreneurial guy from Tanzania who is combining education and tourism. We ate some West African food (the East African cuisine was sorely under-represented, so no option of Kenyan or Ethiopian food!). We got our faces painted and listened to some African pop music. And of course, we drank Fanta because it’s not a party without orange soda.

 

Articles

Things Lucy Maud Montgomery Lied to Me About// If you’re a Anne of Green Gables fan, you’ll love this short article about all the ways in which our childhood, Anne-inspired dreams didn’t come true :).

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person// I think some American subcultures are sorely under-teaching about the gift and challenge of marriage. I love this article because it is honest about what marriage might and might not be. I used to think that we all kinda marry for the same reasons, but as I’ve had honest conversations with friends about marriage, I’m realizing that marriage is a beautiful, messy, and complex relationship.

The Key Jar// Dinner is sacred time around our house. I’m always looking for ways to use that time creatively and wisely. I love this idea from Momastery.

Sacred Ordinary Days Formation Foundations// This blog series is excellent for those who are wanting to create space for spiritual flourishing in their lives. Jenn is passionate about all things spiritual formation and this girl has done her research. Learn more about the liturgical year, daily office, the daily examen and more in her Formation Foundations series.

 

Books I’m Reading

Very Married. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. The Very Good Gospel

 

Podcasts

The Liturgists just kicked off Season 3 with a long, 2 hour episode on the Enneagram. I’ve been recommending this one left and right. If you’re even the least bit curious, commit and listen :). The Simple Show featured Shauna Niquest and talked about her new book, Present over Perfect. I’m so ready to read this book it’s not even funny.  Lisa Sharon Harper brings it on Seminary Dropout. I want to be like her when I grow up!

 

My August Posts

The Family Reading List 2016

What I’m Reading {Summer 2016}

 

What are you loving this month?? 

{And as always, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into. 🙂 }

2 comments on “What I’m Into {August 2016}”

  1. I was going to ask about those canvases! They look amazing.

    I hope the transition with all the kids going to school is a smooth one for your family. 🙂

  2. Visiting from Leigh’s blog and I soooo relate to your first first day of school empty house emotional response! It’s taken me two full years to reailze: oh yeah, this is our future now. 🙂 And I can’t wait to read Very Married.

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