1. Summer ended way too fast. I’m in denial that now fall has almost passed and winter will soon be upon us. Especially because the majority of our house/yard projects are sitting unfinished. Actually, maybe winter can get started because then the projects will be buried in snow and we’ll officially be able to pick them up next year. Regardless, here are some un-blogged pictures from summer’s end and fall’s beginning:
2. Hadley started preschool this fall. She goes Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Glyndon, and it is the highlight of her week. She is thriving – loves all the learning and activities and new friends. And I’m (mostly) recovered from the sadness that my baby is all grown up and going off to school. Sweet big girl. With a missing tooth, p.s.
3. Adrienne has been on the move since 7 months or so, via the backwards crawl-and-scoot. But about a month ago, she mastered going forward. And now it is full steam ahead. (Life will never be the same.) She is almost ten months old. More on this season of her life in another post.
4. In other baby-related info, I’ve never quite shared about my experience with cloth diapers. We’ve used the Flip diaper system since Adrienne was 6 weeks old, and in general, it’s been a pleasant experience. As in, I have no legitimate grounds for complaint. There weren’t really leaking issues, we had enough to do laundry every-other day or so, and we’ve saved a lot of money not using disposable diapers. That said, I hate them. Okay, maybe hate is strong. But they’re not my favorite. After 9 months, the laundry is getting. on. my. nerves. Leaking has become more of an issue and now that Adrienne’s eating real food, let’s just say the laundry is becoming more and more unpleasant. And the smell lingers on the diapers, in the diaper pail, in the washing machine… I’m sure many people can give me wonderful solutions to these problems and I really should suck it up and figure something out because they really are practical and wonderful and not a recurring monthly expense. But. Just in case you wanted to know what I think. I recommend them. Really, I do. But not in a, “Cloth diapers are so wonderful everyone should do them and never look back” way. More in a, “Diaper changing is unpleasant anyway but at least with cloth diapers you don’t have to spend an extra $20 per week.” So we have transitioned to disposables. And maybe we’ll be motivated to potty train early. I say “we,” but really, Jordan doesn’t mind the cloth diapers and is perfectly willing to help keep up on the laundry. So I’m just being a little whiney. Maybe we’ll use them again someday. The end.
5. Speaking of unfinished projects, we did actually finish some! A few weeks ago we officially became licensed foster parents! We are excited and terrified and now anxiously awaiting our first placement call. In the meantime we’ve reconfigured beds and are trying to prepare as much as possible to be flexible and ready to house whomever for however long. Anyone who knows me well knows that flexibility isn’t exactly my strong suit. So I’m looking forward to growing in this area. 🙂
6. This weekend, Jordan and I are sneaking away for a child-free weekend (thank you, Grandpa and Grandma Dahl!). I am PUMPED for some uninterrupted time with my husband. I’ve even prepared an agenda. Just kidding. No really. 😉
7. Jordan and I have been doing this church-based theological training called Porterbrook Institute through River City. I’ve really enjoyed being in a more structured learning environment and the content has been good and challenging. On top of that, I am reading a bajillion books…I’m currently in the middle of Reformed Theology by R.C. Sproul, Knowing God by J.I. Packer, The Mortification of Sin by John Owen, The Lamb of God by Nancy Guthrie, and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Knowing God has grasped my attention almost exclusively as of late. I don’t tell you this to brag but rather to admit: I have a book-starting problem. Maybe I’ll finish them all someday. Lest you think I never finish anything, I did actually finish You Can Change by Tim Chester and Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey (recommend them both!) somewhat recently. My brain is full. My goal, however, is not just a full brain but a transformed life. I love what Packer says:
“The question is not whether we are good at theology, or ‘balanced’ (horrible, self-conscious word!) in our approach to problems of Christian living. The question is, can we say, simply, honestly, not because we feel that as evangelicals we ought to, but because it is a plain matter of fact, that we have known God, and that because we have known God the unpleasantness we have had, or the pleasantness we have not had, through being Christians does not matter to us? If we really knew God, this is what we would be saying, and if we are not saying it, that is a sign that we need to face ourselves more sharply with the difference between knowing God and merely knowing about him.” (27)
Maybe someday I’ll start blogging with some regularity again and be able to share all that’s overflowing from my heart and mind. But for now, there’s our update!