Happy Friday and welcome to the August edition of Share Four Somethings – and on time this month. Last month I was totally confused with the whole five Saturdays in a month thing. Hard to believe another month has come and gone and summer feels like it is over. Sure, it is still 90 degrees every day but waking up to school buses running up and down our street (the buses start incredibly early….not like when I was a kid) and it just feels like summer is done. I was just discussing seasons with someone yesterday and, while I like my fall clothes so much more than my summer ones…and I really like the fall colors, autumn is not my favorite. For the simple fact, it means winter is coming. Ugh. I really must learn to live in and enjoy the moment better!! But enough chatter, let me get into the four somethings for this month’s installment! As always, you can check out the whole link-up here.
Some of August’s highlights: We attended two weddings this month. Both were so unique which I think is always fun. I love seeing how brides personalize their special days. We were able to enjoy one reception with friends that we have not seen in several years. It was a great evening. I attended not one – but two – birthday celebrations for the senior friend I mentioned last month. She turned 93 which definitely qualifies you for having multiple celebrations. We also celebrated my brother’s birthday. We will twice, come to think of it. I mentioned it here but we are also celebrating again tomorrow night – now that Jordan is home and can join us. And, let’s be honest, Jordan’s returning home has been the real highlight of August. Just last night, we had dinner together on the patio and just talked about everything and about nothing. Jordan enjoys talking….and enjoys listening to me talk as well. It works out well. My husband (almost) always prefers listening over talking. So he is happy too.
Through the summer, I have been teaching a series of lessons in my Junior Church class entitled Boats of the Bible. I almost think I have been enjoying these lessons more than the children! Many of the lessons are very familiar stories (think Jonah and Noah) and I have spent extra time planning in order to make it enjoyable for the children. In the process, I have really been blessed and gained so much myself.
Last week, we were studying Peter’s boat filled with fish one morning after Jesus’ resurrection. And after his huge failure and disappointment – denying Jesus. But Jesus personally sought Peter out and wanted to not only forgive Peter but wanted to restore fellowship. He went out to give Peter direction, a renewed ministry, and a fresh purpose. Jesus was not done with Peter!. The kids may not have fully appreciated the beauty of that truth – but I sure did! I was humbled, amazed, and excited!! God offers us a second chance. Often more. I am so grateful for His grace and His abundant mercy!
I like this part of the link-up. I don’t take a ton of photos (and what I do take, I often delete right away) but I am surprised when I start scrolling to see what I actually saved on my phone during the last few weeks. There are photos to an excess of paint colors, paint chips, and beautifully painted rooms in colors I think are lovely. Quite honestly, they are all very much the same. Obviously, I know what I like but I have not been able to find that perfect match in reality. How many trips to Home Depot does it take to find and “aha – that’s it!” paint color? Really, I don’t want to know.
I also have a few reminders of a special day we spent together at the beginning of the month. I’m glad I saved a few shots from that day. We finished that day at a local market not far from our house. It is super cute with lots of unique food items as well as local produce, and homemade ice cream! We need to go there again!
And, I also saved (not just a few) photos of my brother’s cute dog (that he was dogsitting for the month) that we watched for a few days. She was a sweet girl but has not gone home to her mommy…..all the way to California!!