What I Learned | Fall 2017

Recently, my friend and mentor suggested I listen to a podcast by a woman named Emily P. Freeman. I was listening to it as it was my turn to drive on our way home from Wisconsin this past weekend. I found myself pressing play over and over again. I wanted to hear more.

A couple of episodes in, Emily starts to talk about a blog series she was inspired to write. It was a series about what she was learning. She has now invited her readers to participate and it has become a community about growth. I think it is a great idea to take time to reflect, as Emily puts it, on the "sacred and the silly".

In the podcast she shares, "Tracking what I'm learning helps me understand who I am becoming."

I'm inspired. This has been a season of growth for me. I have been open to change, there has been heartache and healing, and decisions yet to be made. I'm excited to share, so here goes:

My home should look like a construction zone, not a museum. I'm building up humans. Let perfection go.

Learn to express discipline out of love and relationship, not exhaustion. I'm learning to get better at not just catching my kids when they do something wrong, but also when they do something right. I want my kids to know that I care about their hearts, not just their actions.

Isaiah is hilarious. He says funny things, at funny times, in funny places. I love him.

Female elephants. Ok, this one needs a little explanation. My friends and I saw Jen Hatmaker on her Moxie Matters tour and she talked about how female elephants behave in the wild. To sum it up (you can read more about this on her Instagram page), female elephants gather around the one that is wounded or giving birth and protects her until she is able to get back up. Essentially, they protect one another. I have my elephants, and I couldn't do life without them. I am learning how incredibly grateful I am for deep, deep friendships.

Every Mile Mattered. This one also came from the Moxie Matters Tour - thank you Nicole Nordeman! I'll just take some lyrics and leave them here for you: "It's history, you can't rewrite it. You're not meant to be trapped inside it. Every tear brought you here, every sorrow gathered. Yeah it's history and every mile mattered."

Harmonizing. I'm singing a little bit again and I haven't done this in quite some time. I'm learning some basics again.

I'm strengthening my ability to hear God and be obedient to the ways He is guiding me. I have felt Him nudging me to let go of some things that I have been holding pretty tight to. I was finally able to let it go with a deep sigh of relief. I know in my head that He knows best, but forget to trust it. When I am finally able to take that step in faith, it feels like I can breathe again.

I was a distracted mom. This goes with the thing I learned above. I was trying to do too much and it was taking away from what is most important in my life. I'm excited to no longer live distracted.

Building wood signs. I have turned my husband into Bob the builder, whether he likes it or not. I have been making/building/designing/painting wood signs for people. This has been a fun creative outlet for me!

My soul needed some breathing room. Emily helped me see this with her podcasts and I encourage you to take a listen as well. We get really wrapped up in the hustle and it contaminates us to the core. Just because I have lived a certain way for so long doesn't mean I need to continue living that way. Take. A. Step. Back.

Norah is a little spicy. She has such a different personality from Isaiah, which is great, it's just different than what I am used to. Isaiah was such a mellow baby that the thought of disciple didn't cross my mind until recently with him. Norah just turned 1 and I'm already wondering what to do with her. She is going to be strong-willed, which again is fantastic, but punching me in the face is not so fantastic. I'm learning (and will continue to learn) what it's like to raise a strong-willed child.

I can run! I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles if you don't know - I'm bragging a little) with one of my girlfriends. It was a bucket list thing and I was so proud of myself when I was done. I have a new appreciate for my body and what I can accomplish by simply having the determination.

This list is not exhaustive. There are some tender lessons still being learned, but I'll plan to follow Emily as she does this with the seasons! I'm excited to continue journaling what I'm learning over the next 3 months and I hope you will join in too!


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