I love alliteration. But I don’t historically love May, or Maycember as I’ve heard it referred as for the first time this year. All the end of school activities make this month just as busy as December, but in my opinion, not nearly as fun. On the day this goes live on the world wide web, my kids are experiencing their first day off for a much needed summer break. From studies anyway. Now that one of mine is headed toward high school sports, the athletic commitments never stop.
This month we have had 2 choir concerts, 2 athletic banquets, 3 year end celebrations, 2 volleyball tournaments and private lessons, a choir contest and audition, and more finals and state mandated tests than I can count on both hands. And somehow we managed to sneak in a visit from our daughter-in-law and grandkids, 2 date nights – one with another couple, and getting the kids to both sets of grandparents.
In our SPARE time, we took our special needs daughter to see DUMBO (not earth shattering, but cute), and rented The Hate U Give as a family. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it for it’s poignant portrayal of modern day race relations, told from the vantage point of a teen. That part is important if you want a 14 year old to watch with you. And speaking of the constant search for something Miss I-have-all-the-entertainment-I-need-on-my-phone will watch and discuss with us, we have landed on Beverly Hills 90210. The OG. Starting with season 1. I don’t mind at all taking a trip back to the cross country move of Brandon and Brenda Walsh, but my husband is less than thrilled. He gets out voted, though, because my daughter is into it! We also wrapped up season two of Cobra Kai. I’m not sure I can recommend this one across the board. There is more language and course talk than I usually indulge in, but the content was so much fun for this child of the 80’s. One minute a 45 year old Johnny is driving his Camaro (yes, the same one) down the highway, and the next he is daydreaming back to the All-Valley Karate Championship. So campy and fabulous.
In activities a little more cerebral, I picked up some good books. Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior and Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors: How Less-Than-Perfect Parents Can Raise (Kind of) Great Kids by Jami Amerine top the list. If you have yet to discover this little gem of an author, I am pleased to make your introduction. She writes beautifully real, broken and Jesus filled words. She also blogs at sacredgroundstickyfloors.com. Do yourself a favor and subscribe. As a part of my ongoing efforts to improve this craft of writing, I devoured The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – content as different as day and night. And just in time for your light and breezy summer reading, It’s a Love Story: From Happily to Ever After by Lincee Ray. Inside this pretty pink jacket you’ll find funny, clever and touching personal anecdotes wrapped up in a Jesus bow. She podcasts too for those obsessed with pop culture (and especially the Bachelor franchise). I’m currently working my way through The Child From the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge. This lengthy piece of fiction is like a cross between Ken Follett and L.M. Montgomery.
I found some new favorites that I want to share with you in case you happen to be in the market for some new favorites.
I’ll round out the wrap-up with what is most important. As God continues to prick my heart with lessons on obedience, I am listening to the audio book The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinburg on the recommendation of my life group and studying Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer with said Life Group. Both books cover the topic of hearing from God in different ways. I’m circling the Shirer book for the second time as well as God Moments: Recognizing and Remembering God’s Presence in Your Life by Alan D. Wright. I ordered this last one on a whim after telling a friend how ginormously it changed my prayer life years ago.
A Memorial Day weekend celebrating my daughter’s spiritual birthday and enjoying the company of family made the already-too-hot days a little sweeter. I pray in the coming week you take time for that which feeds your soul. Ready or not, summer, here we come!
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