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July Instagram Moments and a little catch up

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I posted.  I also can’t believe that this post and the last one were both about Instagram.  I really should think about mapping out some sort of posting plan, huh?
I could get very chatty about why I’m not posting regularly, but the simplest answer for anyone who might be wondering is that summer has swallowed me whole.  I have enjoyed almost every single minute with my kids.  
I’ve been very keenly aware that these 8 weeks are my last 8 weeks with them, since they’re all going to school this year!  That sounds a little dramatic, but you get what I’m saying, don’t you?  I’ve been with them non-stop for all these years, so I’m gearing myself up for a few days of adjustment.  Okay.  I have a husband & a few friends who know me that are reading this, and they keep me completely honest on this here blog.  I’m sure they are shouting at their computers right now, “WEEKS.  It’ll be WEEKS of adjustment.”  Boy, am I sooooo thankful for those people because they’ll be the ones praying with me and talking me off the edge!!!
I don’t have long on the computer this afternoon, but I wanted to show you my July Instagram moments.  I seriously can’t believe that July has come and gone.  GONE.  I should have numbered the pictures for you before I decided to go and talk about each one of my favorite moments, but that was going to take time that I didn’t have today, so just know that I’m starting at the top left and going in order ’til I finish on the bottom right. 
1. Bittersweet.  I adored this book.   I laughed and cried and thought of all the grace that God has shown me in my life during hardship.  Each chapter stands on it’s own, and invites you to remember grace in your life’s story.  I wrote 8 pages of notes on this book….it was that good.
2.  Christmas signs in July.  I feel like we’re as bad as Walmart putting out their Christmas stuff before fall even gets here, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek on a few of the signs that we’re offering this year.  I can’t wait to show you the rest of what we’re making….that’ll come in a few weeks!
3.  Lydia got her first pair of tennis shoes.  I feel like she might hold it against us one day that we didn’t buy her tennis shoes until she was almost 7 years old.  What in the world?  How have we not bought her tennis shoes?  She loves them, needless to say, and she learned how to tie them in one lesson from her daddy.  She’s way too smart for us.:)
4.  Speaking of Lydia and her daddy.  Check out her mad stunting skillz.  They do it non-stop at the pool.  It’s one of their favorite things to do together.  It’s so funny.  I can’t believe he used to throw me in the air like that all those years ago.  I’ve gladly surrendered it to her….I couldn’t throw a heel stretch like that now, if my life depended on it!  
5.  This picture of my friend Marybeth perfectly captures our time together.  She made a list of everything we needed to talk about in our visit together at her house.  We do this.  Do you?  It helps us stay focused.  We’re both a little A.D.D. {and by a little, I mean a lot.}  She’s a friend I could visit with for hours and leave still having things to discuss.  LOVE her.
6.  I went to the blogger brunch in July and saw Paige!!!  I love her.  She’s awesome.  I wish I lived next door to her.  In the meantime, I do live in the same city as her sweet daughter, SMK, and I can’t WAIT for her to get back to Athens for fall semester.  
7. My boys got into a scuffle and they did the right thing without being forced to do it.  Those are the moments we live for, right?!  I told them I was taking a picture of it, and they allowed me to because of that Instagram board I made.  They love it so much, they know these moments are worth allowing me to capture. 
8.  Lydia learned to blow a bubble.  This didn’t come so easy.  She’s been trying for months to learn how to blow one, and one day, it finally happened.  That one day was when she talked me into some legit bubble gum.  After she learned, she kindly told me that she could have learned forever ago if she had had real bubble gum.  Oops.  My bad.  I guess sugar-free gum really isn’t the best for blowing bubbles.
9.  I just finished another book I’ve been reading this summer with some friends…some dear friends…some friends who make me SO thankful I’m doing this season of life with THEM.  These 4 friends will be a lifeline to me over the next many years, and they’ll never know how grateful I am for their presence in my life.  If you’re raising pre-teens or teens, I’d run to the bookstore and pick up Running the Rapids.  
Has summer been crazy fast for your crew, too?  
Are you wanting to dig your heals in, like me, and stay in a state of denial that it’s almost over?  
Spill it.

Katie @ sweet peas - I cannot believe summer is almost over either! I’m starting my first year of teaching, and sweet little first graders. I don’t feel ready for it, and am begging summer to slow down for the next 2 weeks. It’s flown by!

GLENDA CHILDERS - Your summer sounds full and sweet.

Hey, I will be praying for your transition this fall to all the kids in school. Glad you have friends to be with you. Give yourself permission to enjoy it. :)


paige - i’m not sure what’s wrong with me tonight but that made me cry.
love you

Farmgirl Paints - I’m enjoying every second too and it makes me panicky thinking about school starting in a month. I’m not one of those moms skipping to the bus stop. Yay for your girlie with her new shoes and skills. My big chick still can’t blow a bubble;-)

Christy - Yes, yes, and yes! I can’t believe our kids go back in just a few short weeks. Our oldest starts junior high this year, and I am dying…and praying like mad! And #7?? I’m melting. I’m going to start saving up for one of your signs for our boy. And just so you don’t feel so bad, our Hobby Lobby started putting out Christmas stuff a month ago. I couldn’t believe it! They should just keep it out all year, for crying out loud! Love your posts (and your new blog design, by the way.)
Christy <3

LLH Designs - Who needs a posting schedule? Your “random” posts are perfect! Enjoyable every time. YES summer has gone by too crazy fast. Glad I didn’t make a list or I’d feel like a huge failure right about now, but I hope your crew managed to have all the fun you hoped to have! :) xoxo!

Sarah - I am getting panicky about my kids being back in school too, even though mine were there last year. I just want to keep them by me a lot. :) I’m thinking we may need to have a craft day very early into the school year for us moms! I love your random posts. It’s like catching up via blog. Take care and enjoy these last free days this summer!

Starr - LOVE how proud Lydia looks of her tennis shoes! Put “Bittersweet” on my to-read list.

Starr - Edit last comment to say — Just bought the Kindle edition of Bittersweet for $1.99. Score.

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