Category: Everyday Life

September 2015 Goals

September is my happy place. The hot weather is coming to an end. I can go outside without melting. I will soon make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with a clear conscious, and it won’t be long until I will be able to comfortably wear a hoodie outside. And don’t even get me started about the bug population decreasing.

It’s time to share my goals for the month! Truth be told, I made these in late August because I splurged and bought myself a notebook I totally didn’t need. Because look at it! A blank sheet of graph paper is just ASKING to be written on.




Some of my highlights from last month’s goals:

  • We cleaned the windows. They were disgusting. Achieving this simple goal wins the gold in my book.
  • I’m finally caught up on my Scripture Reading plan. Looks like I only read 2 chapters a day from here on out, so I don’t foresee any trouble keeping up. Did I mention I really love the New Testament?
  • Our new PEG logo is completely finished (thanks to the AMAZING Amanda Iman who also designed the logo here on Learning to Love). Now comes the confusing  part of transferring everything from one blog to the other. Pray for us.
  • Oh! And I finally decided to sign up for my church’s weekly morning women’s Bible study (trying it out for the first time, not sure if I’ll like it, but I’ll give it a chance) AND, I signed up to do a 4-week book study downtown at this really cool placed called The Upper House.




August 2015 Goals

Last month I started making monthly goals. I thought if I shared them on here I’d have a little more accountability to follow through. I think it worked!

A few of my highlights…

  • Since I fell embarrassingly behind on my Bible reading plan, I made a plan to get back on a plan and I had to do some SERIOUS reading (one day I read the whole book of Jeremiah- talk about depressing), but I’m alllllmost caught up!
  • Jake and I worked on cleaning the couch cushions. They aren’t perfect, far from it, but they do look better. I tried a couple things, but what finally worked well was good ‘ol fashioned carpet/upholstery cleaner. I was really looking forward to finding a more natural, non-chemical laden way, but it just didn’t happen.
  • We found a theme for Play Eat Grow– yaaay! I can’t reveal it yet, but SOON.
  • I finished our 10 Year anniversary of being a family scrapbook and it turned out great! It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, but I did definitely have to scan in some pictures because apparently we didn’t do digital cameras the first couple years of our marriage (how old am I?!). I also got an AMAZING deal on it (through Shutterfly) when I paired a deal of 50% off photobooks with some promo codes I had accumulated over the past 6 months.

On to my August goals!



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.


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).


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


The Token in My Pocket

Summer vacation for us means that we’ll most likely find more of these little things lying around.


Our kids are drawn to those penny-smashing machines like a bee is to a flower. The gears. The pictures to choose from. The huge hard-to-turn crank. The penny-in, penny-out magic never gets old. The kids will carry these smushed down pennies with them wherever they go- in the car, on their bikes, and sometimes even wrapped in their little hands as they fall asleep.

By the time fall comes, these pennies will be forgotten. Sometime in late August, I will gather them all up from under the couch cushions and behind beds, and put them in their memory boxes, small tokens of the fun we had together.

As 3 of the 4 kids bound off to school, however, their pockets will not be empty. With the new school year comes a need for a different kind of token. A reminder of home. A reminder that someone loves them. A reminder that they aren’t alone, even when they’re on the playground and may not know who to play with or what to do. In the morning, if they need it, I’ll slip a penny or a note or a small picture into their pocket or backpack, telling them that if they get sad or lonely, they can feel for it and think of me.

I carry a different kind of token. It’s not physical and it isn’t in my pocket. Instead, I carry it around in my heart, and I touch it to ask the Holy Spirit to remind me of my purpose and my calling, especially when I feel bored or forgotten or insignificant in the mundane, day-to-day routine. While Scripture is not something to take out of context and use to make us feel good, sometimes choosing one verse of Scripture to hold onto (while knowing and understanding its place within the chapter, book, and whole story of Scripture) is incredibly powerful.

This month over at the Graham Blanchard blog, the Mom Mentors and I are sharing some of those tokens that we hold onto during our current season of life. We live in very different spaces and places, but we all have found that holding onto certain passages of Scripture helps us to persevere, find joy, be reminded of our calling, or simply keep our head above the crashing waves. Here’s what I shared, but please feel free to go on over and read more of the others’ if you want. 🙂

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  – 1 Corinthians 10:31.

I’ve been a stay at home or work from home mom for nearly 8 years (with a 1 year exception), and sometimes I feel, well, tired of being at home all the time! On occasion I am tempted to believe that my work caring for kiddos at home is not as Kingdom-building as some other things I could be doing if I was working outside the home. It’s during these seasons that I hold on to this verse, which reminds me that God asks me to glorify Him in WHATEVER I’m doing, even in those tasks that feel quite mundane. This verse also brings my attention back to the overarching call on my life to be a whole-life worshipper, and reminds me that I can do that ANYWHERE, especially in my own home.  So, when that feeling of restlessness begins to saturate my mind, this verse and ones like it helps me to regain perspective and patience.

What’s the passage or verse of Scripture in your pocket this season?