Summer looks a little different for us. Rob’s schedule fluctuates from daily afterschool groups to weeklong full day camps and clinics both in the City and on Long Island. There’s a lot of planning around those weeks, so when we have downtime, if we aren’t intentional, it can slip right by. One of my goals was to create intentional times for us to spend together. We got creative. I took a a day off from work during one of the weeks that Rob didn’t have camp, so we could have a date day. And I took another day off when Lucie had a break from school, so we could have a Family Day.
I’m so grateful that we have been able to thouroughly revel in these last several weeks of summer. It’s been wonderful. We’ve been able to spend time together, with friends, and with family visitors. We’ve really done a lot since the end of June, take a look through all the pictures in this post (there are dozens) if you’d like to see more of what we’ve been up to. Also, I took a chance to reflect on some things I’ve been encouraged by lately. Hope you enjoy!
Over the past year and a half, I have started to accumulate a little plant collection. For my birthday this year, I made a wishlist on Amazon, and more than half of the items I added were either plants, or pots and planter sets to use to decorate our apartment. Give me all the plants!
Earlier this year my friend and I read Cultivate by Lara Casey. She used gardening as a metaphor throughout the book to share how we can aim to grow an intentional life. So, needless to say, she wrote about plants and gardening. A LOT. Sometimes the examples were lost on me, but overall I was encouraged and convicted, which I’ve shared about some already... and I’ve slowly turned into a plant lady as well, an unexpected and welcome development. I got a workbook after I read the book to help me flesh out some goals for myself. It has been really helpful to have things written out in front of me, and to see how my goals can be dynamic. Just because they’re written down doesn’t mean that they can’t be updated or changed altogether. It’s revealed some tendencies I have, like putting up walls, which I have written about before. Understanding that has been really helpful for me in taking some significant steps forward. I thought most of my goals would be practical and would relate to things I wanted to accomplish outwardly, but it was cool to see a lot of them take shape and see how the goals focused on ways I wanted to transform inwardly. It’s a process, and I’m a work in progress. I highlighted a ton of passages throughout this book, and wanted to share a few below.
As you think about your cultivated life vision, here’s a little grace and truth: we have permission to change our minds and change course if that’s what God says to do. Just because you set a goal at the beginning of the year doesn’t mean you have to take that path forever.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12: 34). We choose God as our treasure, no matter how many times we mess up along the way, and by His grace, the desires of our hearts will transform. By His grace, we don’t have to transform our own hearts; we just have to surrender them. We cultivate what we pay attention to. We grow what we sow. And we aren’t growing this life alone.”
“Trust and be patient as you wait in the dry times or periods of slow growth. God is always at work. In every season He is at work.”
“What I do know is this: if you are in a season of doubt or fear or worry or feeling lost, lean in. God is growing you, even when you can’t see it—and especially when your circumstances don’t feel comfortable or familiar.”
Maybe some of these quotes can be an encouragement to you too. In the next month we’re looking forward to time on Long Island while Rob coaches, and then swapping around our entire apartment! More pics below.