However, knowing that come February I would be longing for your heat, I made efforts to soak up all that you had to offer. Even if I sweated profusely all the while.
August was spent recovering from vacations, harvesting crops (are 4 tomatoes crops?), dreaming of Scotland, and realizing that fall was just around the bend. Here’s what I gleaned through all of that:
August’s Lessons Learned
1.) Gardening is actual work.
Beyond the initial planting, you apparently also have to tend to it on a somewhat regular basis in order to keep everything happy. And then there’s the harvesting.
Harvesting has been minimal from my modest planter box, as I evidently chose to plant it in a swamp. But then I traipsed over to my friend’s massive plot and spent the better part of an hour picking green beans. And then another hour snapping, blanching, and freezer-bagging them.
Gardening is no joke. Mental note for next year.
2.) Being still is difficult but has surprising value.
Inspired by Michael Hyatt’s morning routine podcast, I began starting my mornings on the porch with simply quieting my heart and mind. No deep thinking, worrying, or even praying (except maybe this one) for a few still moments.
Frankly, I was amazed by the results: Once I finally settled down, it was as if I could better hear my heart–and in the quiet, I found anxiousness hidden in it. I doubt I’d have noticed and dealt with it had I not been still for a bit.
I’m not great at slowing down, but I think I could benefit from a daily dose of stillness.
3.) Bun is technically a preschooler.
Totally caught me off-guard. But there it is. I guess we’ll do something preschool-ish this fall.
4.) Family vacations can still merit the word–if my expectations are realistic.
No, vacations with littles are not as restful as vacations without littles. But they can still be lovely–especially if babies sleep separately, mommy gets some alone time, and everyone takes in the bumps with a good attitude. By everyone I guess I mean mommy.
5.) Homegrown tomatoes + olive oil + basil + salt & pepper (+ fresh mozzarella optional) = awesome.
6.) Twice is great.
Since I no longer live near a Buffalo Exchange, Twice is the next best thing. Quality brands, gently used, at good prices with free returns and free shipping over $50. Sweet.
7.) I want to go to Scotland. Badly.
Hubs will contend that since I’ve been to Ireland twice and he’s been to England, “we’ve pretty much seen the U.K.” But I beg to differ.
The more I read and see of this nook of the British Isles, the faster it rises to the top of my list of must-sees.
8.) I should make self-care more of a priority.
I nodded my way through this post; by the end, I realized the last year and a half had taken more of a toll on me than I’d thought.
I’m just beginning to think through what taking better care of myself will look like, but I do know this: counseling/long walks/intentional breaks for mommy now is a lot cheaper than lots of therapy for my kids later.
9.) Even under less-than-desirable circumstances, hospitality can bless others.
For one who preaches inviting others into your home regardless of its size/condition, you’d think I’d have been more convinced of this. Let someone stay in your house with unpredictable animals and a guest room that wasn’t “finished?” Surely not.
Well, I did it. And the cats were bad. But my weary friend was apparently blessed anyway–and I doubt she gave a second thought to the undecorated state of her quarters.
Turns out what I view as a huge hindrance to hospitality is often no matter at all.
10.) Seeing your kids love on one another is the greatest thing ever.
Buckaroo adores Bun and will try to comfort her when she’s having an emotional meltdown (so he gets lots of practice). Bun’s favorite thing is to “make Rowan happy” (or “safe”–whatever the situation calls for). I love it.
11.) Rising early has benefits like front-row seats to things like this:
Thank you, Charlotte A. Cavatica.
What did you learn this August?
And, as always, linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky & all the other lovely people sharing what lessons the month has brought. Check them out!