What I Learned in June

Jumping on the bandwagon and sharing what I learned this month!

1. Schedule time in my calendar to talk about things farther in advance. I have this habit of wanting to make decisions but not always making them far enough in advance! 

2. Homeownership is awesome and a lot of work. I love having a place to make our own and that we all have a bedroom! We sacrificed and saved for a long time to get to this point. We lived in a one bedroom apartment for 4 and a half years. I’m grateful for all the lessons and memories we had there AND I’m thrilled to have my own bedroom now!  Though, now that we are the ones responsible for everything there is a big learning curve. Though, I love the story of our house and the history it carries. The previous owners lived here for 42 years and that is golden to me. 

3. Just start. I keep coming back to this lesson and it’s one I carry with me. Just start the dishes, start the course, start unpacking, start making a choice… I am prone to waiting to analyze all the information and that’s great sometimes but I also need to just start to get momentum going. 

4. I (still) would jump at the chance to move overseas. 

5. Almond butter from Trader Joe’s is pretty fantastic. 

Well, June has been a crazy ride and I am so ready for a new month with new goals! I’m working on those after reviewing this month’s goals today and tomorrow.


Friday Five

Popping in on a Friday to share five things! 

1. Laughter is always a good response! Asher came to see me after work and then decided to climb onto the hood of the car. He is constantly making everyone laugh and loves using silly voices too. I’m grateful for this (sometimes) outgoing, fun kid who gets me out of my introverted, serious side. 

2. Having two kids at home is just the best!  I love seeing them interact and love each other. Sure, there are squabbles and lots of help needed in learning to take turns, but most of the time they bring out the best of everyone. 

3. Romans! I’ve been loving going through Dallas Theological Seminary’s free class on Romans. I am a learner through and through so this is a perfect addition to my schedule right now. I love the challenge and the insights. Only problem is that it makes me want to take more classes! 

4. Moving is exhausting. Most things have found a place but then there’s all the little things that I don’t know where to put yet. Plus, moving with an almost three year old adds to having stuff all over!

5. We have a yard and garden area full of all sorts of plants that I have NO clue what to do with or how to care for…fitting that I just got Lara Casey’s book Cultivate. Maybe it’ll help motivate me to dig into the dirt. 

5/6 Month Update

Here we are checking in late for our 5/6 month update! We have had quite the last few months so I’m not surprised I’m late writing this. We moved out at the end of April and headed to grandma’s house. We were so thankful to have a place to stay while we waited to close on our house!  Speaking of houses, we actually close tomorrow.  The last six weeks have been a story in of themselves. I’m feeling thankful to have a next step and sad too. Mostly though, I’m focusing on trusting that God sees the bigger picture and has good things coming. 

Anyway. Back to my update about Melea!  She’s grown up so much the last few months and we love her so much!

What we have learned…our little lady does not like being left out now. She’s noticing more and caring if Asher goes off to play somewhere else. We also have learned to be flexible while living at grandma’s and to take advantage of the extra hands around!

What we are enjoying…being outside! She seems to love sitting, “playing” with toys, putting things in her mouth, and her brother. 

What are struggles are…that everyone doesn’t have their own room! We have made it work but will be thrilled to have bedrooms! 

Most exciting milestones…sitting up, eating food, and moving all around. She’s not traditional crawling yet but she can scoot backward, plank, get up on hands and knees, and you’ll find her in different spots. 

What we are looking forward to…our new house! Asher’s birthday too! 

What Melea seems to like…sitting, moving, chewing, smiling, exploring, Asher, and having us pay attention. 

Dislikes seem to be…being alone too long, over tired or hungry, and not being able to reach the toy she wants.

What sleep looks like…she takes 2-3 good naps a day and wakes up a couple of times at night. Bedtime is usually around 8ish and usually gets woken up by Asher around 7:30-8ish. He loves to see her in the morning. She’s still a great sleeper and still falls asleep easily in the carrier. She’s still in the rock n play and buckled in…we will probably transition her to the Nuna at the new house. 

She’s eating…avocado! I got the cutest little video of her trying some. She’s also tried banana, cantaloupe, roasted pepper, roasted asparagus, roasted onion, yogurt, a little cheese, and I think that’s it…we are doing a mostly baby led weaning style again which I love and works for us!  She’s totally got the idea of picking up and eating food down. She’s working on her skills and is mostly having fun exploring food. I plan to continue to do this and skip any “baby food”/purées. Though, we aren’t so strict that we won’t occasionally pick up a piece and help her. 

Who we have seen…we had my cousin’s wedding so we saw all of the Roses and Tom and Laura were there too. We also went to Duluth to see those people. Melea got to meet Carrie, Isaiah, and Micah finally too!  

At the last doctors appointment…she’s still our perfectly petite lady!  She’s in 6 month and some 9 month clothes. Wearing size 3 diapers since target didn’t have size 2 but they work.  We haven’t done cloth while at grandma’s house.  

Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible

I love seeing unique takes on storybook Bibles and this one caught my eye. The artist Omar Aranda really captures the stories in a unique way compared to some other storybook Bibles I have seen. The pictures were more along the lines of what I have seen in the Action Bible. I appreciate more lifelike pictures than cartoons for older children. 

The concept behind this book is that great stories happened once upon a time and how the Bible is not a fairy tale. Personally, I am undecided on this phrasing. The idea makes sense but I could also see more of an emphasis on how the Bible is real. I did appreciate that this setup could appeal to little girls who like the idea of “once upon a time.”  The pictures went well with the fairy tale type setup too. 

Also, each story included Bible verses and a “happily ever after” Bible take-home point. The stories like most storybook Bibles are shortened and they missed many parts of the Bible which is expected. Like others, I see this as a fun addition to reading the Bible and using it in conjunction with other storybook Bibles. 

I would suggest this one if you want something with great pictures and plan to talk about how the Bible is real. 

Disclosure: I received this book for free (thanks Booklook!) but all opinions are my own.

The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones

I recently received the updated version of the Beginner’s Bible and was excited to see they also had a Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones to review. 

This one comes in board book style with a padded front. There are 8 Bible stories included and the book is 30 pages long. The pictures take up most of the page to draw in the reader.  They are done well and in a similar style to the others in the other versions of the Beginner’s Bibles I have seen. 

This one is a great resource for younger children (likely around ages 4 and under).  The downsides for me are that there only 8 stories included and there is no table of contents.  If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime or throughout the day then the number of stories would not be a problem. In terms of using for a Sunday School type setting, this will be a great addition to utilize in a preschool class alongside other storybook Bibles. 

Overall, I think this is a fun introduction to Bible stories for little ones! 

Disclosure: I received this book for free but all opinions are my own. Thanks Booklook!