Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ It has been nearly a week since I wrote a blog post, which is quite unusual for me, haha. Tuesday’s post was pre-written, so I did respond to comments and I have been reading posts, but I had actually written that post in the week before!
The craziest thing about the highs and lows of blogging inspiration is that typically, I’ll take some time off from blogging because I can’t think of a thing to write. Throughout June, however, I have had several ideas, but just couldn’t focus enough to write any of them! This is because of the different things that have been going on for me and my family (all good things!), which took away my writing mindset completely. You’ll see why in today’s post!
Instead of the traditional blogging ‘if we were having coffee’ update (which I love reading btw), I decided to choose my favorite summer beverage to chat with you over: lemonade! While I may live in the south-eastern United States, I’m not actually a fan of Coca Cola or sweet tea. Shocker, isn’t it? Well, having northerner parents rubs off on ya, haha! So today, we will be having lemonade. Although feel free to bring your favorite summer beverage! Let’s get started!
If we were having lemonade, I’d express to you how full of a month June has been so far. I’m extremely happy with how I’ve been getting to spend my time, as well as what I’ve been learning (especially in my family relationships), but it has been more busy than I was anticipating. That’s to be expected from a family of seven, right? Haha! I think that it has been the addition of having so many places to go that has made my days more full, although I am still thankful for the time we spend at home.
If we were having lemonade, I’d tell you, with a sheepish grin on my face, that my family and I aren’t moving yet. We searched for potential places to move to for weeks, but the Lord has not yet opened the door for us to do so. He did, however, make it completely possible for us to continue living at our current home. This means that we’ll be paying month-by-month instead of signing a lease, which is what we did these past three years! Having the ability to keep house-hunting without having to wait another year to start searching again is a HUGE blessing to us. So, over the next few months, we’re open to finding a new place without having to continue living out of boxes. I am so thankful for this! An unfurnished home is barely liveable to me, haha
If we were having lemonade, I’d follow up our conversation about house-hunting by sharing that my family and I have been changing the layout of our house. When we moved to this house in 2015, a 3bed/2bath house was perfect for five people. I had my own little room, Joshua and Samuel shared the second-largest room, and my mom had the master bedroom. (My dad has a physical condition that makes it much easier for him to sleep on the couch in the living room.) The size of the house was just right for us, and was definitely an upgrade from the place we had before. With the addition of my favorite little sister munchkins, however (haha), it has slowly become more complicated to split the bedrooms between six people, as well to accommodate a climbing-happy toddler (keyword: Elizabeth).
While she was going through her monkey stage, our living room and dining room were emptied as we removed furniture that she couldn’t climb on. As she nears her 2nd birthday, and once we realized we weren’t moving quite yet, we brought back furniture that she didn’t try to climb on anymore, and we’ve changed the bedroom situation. My mom and Isabella have my old room now, Joshua and Samuel are sharing the same room again, and I’ve moved in with Elizabeth into the master bedroom! It’s the first time in years that I’ve shared a room with one of my siblings, and so far, it has gone really well. Her crib is just in there; she’s not allowed in since I have things within her reach I don’t want her grabbing. Since the room is so big, I have more than enough space for my desk, a dresser, bookshelf, etc., so I don’t mind!
If we were having lemonade, I’d tell you how much fun I’m having decorating my new room. While recovering all of my things from the boxes I packed them away in is taking a long time, I’m thankful for getting to find new places to put them. I’ve been loving browsing stores for home and desk decor, and my search has found lots of new things I already adore! I can’t wait to share posts on my new setup!
If we were having lemonade, I’d share that I’m learning how to have a servant’s heart. It has taken a long time for me to acknowledge that I’m easily self-centered. I have noticed, however, that as I ease into adulthood, I’m able to face things I did throughout my childhood that I need to take care of now. There are ways I’ve been responding to situations and people, and it isn’t something I’m proud of. The Lord is teaching me how to forgive myself, as well as how to move forward and make progress in this journey of my life. ❤
If we were having lemonade, I’d be sure to mention all of the awesome outings I’ve been going on with Joshua and Samuel. As soon as I became comfortable enough driving without one of my parents in the car, I was able to start going places mainly with Joshua, but Samuel has come along sometimes, as well. I’ll be sharing a second part to my Sibling Adventures documenting these outings next week!
If we were having lemonade, the last thing I’d say was how good it feels to make healthy choices. Knowing you’re choosing a healthier meal, deciding to set aside time for a workout, and planning things just so with your health fully in mind, is extremely fulfilling. I’m still going strong on my no-baked good streak, and I’m already noticing a positive difference in my skin!
Thank you for reading this update post! I enjoyed getting to share what’s been on my heart. I hope you have a beautiful day!
Let me know in the comments below:
If you and I were having lemonade,
what would YOU say?
Happy Thursday to you!