July 2019 goals

1 July 2019

So apparently in this season of life, a one-week vacation necessitates a two-week blogging hiatus. Our trip to Corolla with John’s family was so wonderful, though, and I can’t wait to share it with you soon – hopefully before we jet off to Maine in a few weeks with my family, and the cycle starts all over again, ha! Thanks for hanging in here while life happens, friends!

Speaking of life – last year this month we were preparing to meet our son, and this year we’ll celebrate his first birthday. I am the luckiest.

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On my calendar this month:
— Celebrating the birthdays of my two favorite guys: John and John Shepherd!
— Celebrating the birthday of America with our town’s kiddo parade (decorated bikes and all!)
— That other great American holiday: Cow Appreciation Day!
— My book swap party!!

What I’m loving right now:
— We received The Circus Ship as a gift recently, and it was an instant favorite with the whole family! (More of my favorite picture books here!)
— As someone who prioritized paying off her student loans as quickly as possible, I was fascinated by this episode of the Freakonomics podcast. Highly, highly recommend a listen!
— Peaches! Time to trot out my annual exhortation that you make this recipe. We’ll be enjoying it on the Fourth.

What I read in June:
— Finished all 1000+ pages of Pillars of the Earth. It lived up to the hype – it’s just an unabashedly great story that moves along at a rollicking pace, with tons of twists and turns over several decades. Can’t wait to dig into the sequel, though I think I’ll give myself a little breather before I do!
— I’m about halfway through Sabbath as Resistance, recommended to me by one of our pastors. It’s a little anti-capitalism for my tastes and has me feeling like I’m back in college with its density, but I’ve already applied some of its wisdom to my yearlong experiment, so I’ll keep plowing through.

Revisiting my June goals:
Finally book our camping trip! (Done! We’re headed to Lake James!)
Cull and sort remaining iPhone photos – 2011, 2010, 2009
Download and sort Facebook photos (Done!)
Plan my book swap party (Done! So excited for this!)
Sign up for the MS Ride (Eeeeeek! I did it!! A few of you have asked for my fundraising page – it’s here, if you’d like to see! I’d be very honored by your donation.)
Create a standing desk upstairs
Define Sabbath for our family (Working definition complete! Excited to try things out this month!)

July goals:
— Edit June in June, Volume 4!
— Have a friend date with my new neighborhood friend Casey
— Wrap up ALL remaining photo organization
— Give feedback for our church website
— Choose a standing lamp for behind one chair
— Buy a new pot for our mantel pothos plant

Keeping things simple for this second month in a row of travel! I’d love to hear: How do you usually celebrate the Fourth?

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July 1, 2019 8:20 pm

I love reading these each month! They’re a reminder to make progress and choose the small joys in life, like peaches! We are celebrating the Fourth with my family in northern Tennessee with fireworks and a cookout! :)

July 2, 2019 8:04 am

I’ve missed you, friend! :)

July 2, 2019 1:19 pm

Sounds like you have a fun July ahead of you! :) This is my husband and my first time living in Washington, D.C., for the 4th so I feel like we should do something fun like go to the concert on the National Mall, but a low-key evening at home or with a couple friends sounds really nice too.

July 2, 2019 2:48 pm

Yay! Welcome back to the blogosphere! I’ve been anxiously watching my feedly for an update from you (one of my favorites)!

How have I never known about your Amazon page?!? I’m thrilled to see it! I can’t tell you how often I add things to my own Amazon wishlist, with a caption along the lines of, “One of my most trusted and favorite bloggers recommended this book [or toy or baby gadget or game]…” Perfect!

Happy July! Thanks for all your you-ness!

July 3, 2019 10:44 am

I enjoyed the first half of that Freakonomics episode, but once they stopped talking about actual student debt and college tuition toward the end, they lost me…though Dave liked the whole thing :) Looking forward to seeing y’all tomorrow!!