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a peek into my month :: August 2019

a peek into my month :: August 2019

Months ago when I shared of my writing transition, several long-time readers mentioned missing Domestic Serenity themed posts.

Homeschooling, everyday life updates, what I’m reading, helpful household tips and more were on the list. I admitted I would miss these as well.

After launching a new site in July, I got to thinking…

…it IS important to occasionally share about everyday life! At least it’s important to me.

So you will find family updates in posts titled ‘a peek into my month’. I imagine these posts every 5-6 weeks as a quick summary of our days, maybe hitting on areas I wrote before.

It’s true, writing extensively on topics above is now history. Time to move forward.

Next week we dive as a community into NEW topics I’ve been itching to write about. If you’re an email subscriber or social media follower, you’ll notice new rhythms emerge in those spaces as well as this site.

But for today – and monthly afterwards – just a peek at what we’ve been up to as a family!

a peek into my month

a peek into our month

a peek into my month


A Peek into My Month

August began with a weeklong vacation in Virginia and a quick stop in Washington, D.C.

We took in as much relaxing as possible, with an eight-hour day at the waterpark the highlight. Plenty of touristy things filled our time too. The kids tolerated my full-on homeschool mode sharing details of each monument and memorial.

Our interest in history is high, so don’t feel sorry for them!

a peek into my month

a peek into my month

a peek into our month

Virginia’s Civil War Museum is incredibly well done!

During our week I took a Zumba class offered by the resort, which served to highlight my lack of top-notch coordination skills (I was convinced it existed). My teen son participated with me; fairly sure he was trying hard not to laugh.

Ah well, can’t be gifted in everything right? ?

To add to that slight humiliation, family trivia night showcased our need to brush up on topics such as US History, Star Wars, US Presidents and national sports figures.

We scored perfectly in one area however — CANDY!

a peek into my month

Back home again…

Resting unplugged for a week refreshed my soul. I felt energized for August projects:

  • revamping our home systems such as training kids on new chores. Every August I bump them up to bigger tasks or switch them around and reassign.
  • bulk shopping for paper products, cleaning supplies, shelf foods and grab-and-go snacks
  • outlining the homeschool class I’m teaching at our co-op
  • practicing several InstaPot recipes (yum)
  • decluttering!

My teens worked their part-time jobs as much as possible this month before school routines limits availability. I’m so proud of their dedication to saving and giving!

My work in August included offering spiritual direction to new clients – grateful.

A new invitation came this month: to provide spiritual care for patients diagnosed with a genetic disease. A medical community recognizing how holistic care for suffering persons supports wellbeing… such a gift. (*I know this isn’t new territory, it simply blesses me).

This month’s reading included heavy topics as I wrap up a graduate course: Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma by Peter Levine and finishing The Body Keeps the Score, Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk.

I did manage to read a Shopaholic series book while on vacation — total light-hearted, non-educational fiction!

a peek into my month

Fall sports began for kiddos involved….ah, September is FULL.

We attended our local fair and indulged in too much funnel cake and homemade root beer. My youngest was singled out in a juggling show. Though we watch this artist year after year, he loves it!

Pretty sure the fair is where I caught last week’s stomach bug, needing four days to recover. Whew.

I know August still offers more days, but it seemed time to share.

If anything wild and exciting happens before September arrives, you can hear about it in my next ‘a peek into my month‘!



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  • AliceSeptember 7, 2019 - 8:30 pm

    Your kids are beautiful!  Looks like you’re a fun bunch for sure.  Thanks for inspiring me and helping me get organized.  I don’t follow many blogs, but yours is top-notch.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferOctober 16, 2019 - 12:13 pm

    I love this. ?ReplyCancel

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