I am a huge fan of recap pages, currently pages, and this is one of those pages. I used a plethora of Ali Edwards' Story kits, words plus photos to tell my story with one word prompts, another favorite of mine.
SEASON: Always, forever watching the sky and some days, when I’m at work I chose to capture the sky at the same time each hour near the top of the hour - all the cloud formations. Especially on the days when I could visibly tell the changing of the seasons. The sky holds truths if one will but look up and see. Never tire of watching the sky! Whatever the season.
TREAT: We took Athena to her first vet appointment and because of some recommended vitamins we began giving her a treat (with the vitamins mixed in) of ‘wet’ food and she’s become addicted to it. She doesn’t want her dry food unless she’s super hungry. Hope we find a happy balance. Besides this, we are finding she is definitely a daddy’s girl, but sleeps on me, more, when we allow her free range of our room on weekends when we're not hitting the alarm at 4 am.
HABIT: Monday’s I swim, Tuesday’s I prepare a meal for a woman undergoing cancer treatments and her family. Wednesday’s I swim after work. Thursday‘s Jeff and I swim in the evening, come home, and crash. Friday’s are either another meal deliverY or catching up on household chores - like - oh, washing clothes. Saturday’s Jeff and I swim in the morning, eat breakfast out, go grocery shopping for the week, and have a date night in the evening. Sunday’s we go to church, serve at church, eat lunch as a family, and host small group in our home. We repeat this week after week. It’s our habit.
LUXURY: Jeff had one stipulation only, otherwise he was all for buying new accent chairs for our living room. The stipulation: we wouldn’t buy anything unless we sat in the chairs first. Wise man that he is, I would have never picked this chair out online. It wasn’t on my eye candy radar, not even the color. But, when we saw it in person and sat in it, Perfect! Definitely a luxury item!
ON REPEAT: This month is Together by King & Country, for sure, along with a host of other current favorite worshipful songs, Still Rolling Stones, There Was Jesus (especially the version sung with Dolly Parton), The Blessing, Peace Be Still, Love God Love People, Into the Sea (It’s Gonna Be OK), Graves Into Gardens, Amadeo, Another in the Fire, Holy Water...
JOY: It’s the little things these days that I have looked for to find my joy. Those rambling pink blooms against the crystal blue sky. The re-connections we have eased into this month, a few people gathering without masks - trusting. The delight receiving a text saying they loved the meal you’ve delivered. A new way to serve so I can serve, because I want to serve and thankful they are excited I can contribute in this way. Just in awe. Finding a few snarky t-shirts for my son (in-law) and super excited when he receives them for his birthday because they are so him and we get him. Jeff swimming with me 2x a week. Slow weekends - bring me such joy. Un- believably, I still find joy in the drive to the pool because - I am going to the pool!
READ: A couple of new releases I had been anticipating all year were released in September. The first by Louise Penny, All The Devils Are Here, and it’s a good thing I pre-ordered her book #16 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, because the books were not available online immediately after release. As was also, J D Robb’s, Shadows in Death book 51 in the series, which I did not pre-order and which I had to wait to find it locally because it wasn’t available online. In Penny’s book I missed the usual supporting characters - yet, it was still a fantastic book and I think could easily be read stand alone, although I think it is the first one besides the first one that could be read stand alone. And, surprisingly, I was thrilled with Shadows in Death. It was fantastic! I gave both books 5 Stars, each in their own right.
PERSON: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court Justice passed away this month. She, more than any other justices in history held up women’s rights as equal protection under the law. Without Ginsberg and the little-known Struck vs. Department of Defense case, while serving in the military, I did not have to be discharged from the military when I became pregnant and had 4 children born while continuing to serve in the military (the policy in place prior to Struck vs. Department of Defense stipulated a woman who got pregnant while serving had to either be discharged or terminate the pregnancy). But, I was able to continue serving and was able to remain in the military. Known also as a reader, and as a reader myself, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, said, “Reading is the key that opnes doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more, helped me make my dreams come true.”
LEARN: The ugly rhetoric in today’s news, who’s right and who’s wrong thinking, has me spinning my head. But, I am learning, because of something a preacher said several months ago had me relieved. He said, “Listen to the news, to political rhetoric, to protests, to racial conversations, and any other conversation for that matter through one lens - the lens of the Gospel, because the Gospel is the only foundational truth with which I can trust."