Thinking, Playing, Reading

That August and September are beautiful months, my favorites, but are the months of mothering sentimentality and nostalgia.  Something about the way the air feels, the crunchy leaves, the chillier mornings, the beginning of change, and the bright bright sun just breed a little bit of something that always makes me feel contented and uneasy at the same time.

This big soccer net was begged for at the beginning of summer with the promise it would be used daily and I have to say it was worth it and they really keep their promise.

The sweetest little sticker books ever-on a certain little girl's birthday list.  I spotted a cute group of girls with these at a swim meet this summer and had to write down the title and brand.  (So fun buying for a little girl because I just really want it for myself.)

At our bedsides:

I loved this book-it's one of those books that I will remember forever.  Andie has a clear, easy to read writing style, and just a loving, tender, truthful voice.  Such honesty and self-examination and no way can you walk away from this book without loving her and loving her story.  

(10 year old boy's favorite-he sports figures being the most read.) 

And my fourteen year old's bed time fun? (Didn't get it from me.)


  1. I couldn't agree more with your thoughts about August and September - I feel the same way. Thank you for putting words to it.

  2. Your thoughts about summer ending are spot on. I love this song which I think captures that feeling. James Taylor's September Grass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lMJyn1YtcA

  3. We have the whole set of Childhood of Young Americans. Our kids loved those! I've also read It Was Me all Along....I think I need to get it again from the library. I remember it was really good. I just read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance for my book club- very interesting, and touching. It's about a man who has overcome many obstacles to become successful in life, and what he's learned along the way. You might like it. We have also read The Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday life by Tish Harrison Warren. She is a protestant minister, but much of what she said is totally relatable to Catholics, as her denomination is also very liturgical. It was good food for thought. One other one-- One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking tale of family chaos, personal passions, and saying yes to them both by Jennifer Fulwiler. This one had me laughing out loud at times, and was so good!

  4. I have to tell you how happy it makes me to see posts from you pop up - partially because I've always enjoyed them, but mostly because I hope and pray that you have some sense of "ordinary days" again! I'm sure it's a "new normal," but so very happy for you that you have this time with your family, and grateful you are continuing to share your wisdom with all of us! You remain in my prayers for many, many more years of health and happiness!

  5. I was SO happy to see all of these wonderful posts this morning when I was thinking about you and thought I would check to see if there had been an update since the last time I checked. :) I am so happy you are able to embrace the change that is coming and also enjoy your favorite months. <3 We have all been praying for you, and I know I for one am so happy to read your uplifting, helpful, happy posts once again. Lots of love Sarah! Thank you for being you!! <3

  6. I am so happy to see your posts! I pray this means that you are feeling good! Amen!! I totally agree with your description of August and September - I always get a little pit in my stomach when a new school year rolls around.

  7. I agree with the others, I always love reading your posts! I alway come away discovering something, and it’s my first resource whenever I need an idea for a gift or a book. Thank you!