Hello there, August. Bye bye July, you sneaky fast month, you.
Here’ my July/August M.O.M
My coffee of choice has been split between a smattering of ceramic mugs. So, the coffee shall be the star this month. I’ve been french pressing these days. My smallest press gives me just enough joe for one gigantic jug. I’ve even been known to drink it straight from the press. Oily, frothy, and feisty this method has me playing old melancholy music from my teen years. Earbudding bits of Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave, and some Counting Crows pep me up and get my brain a’workin. This is summer and for a homeschooling mama that means planning next year, attending training webinars, and even a convention or two. But it’s also the season to play and splash with my kiddos in our blow up pool. They want fun moms to replace school moms. They beg for board games and new adventures. The long to find lost things and hide new things. (AKA rock painting) And so, time is not my friend these months. Nor is my tired mind. Thus the deep draughts of dark deliciousness. Sans proper or even paper cup. I’ve really been enjoying an organic coffee I picked up in Montana. Though I brew it sparingly. Who knows when my next road trip will lead me north?
Devotions: I’ve been drawn to simpler methods of study during this season. Using an app called ReadScripture I’m starting at Genesis and working my way to Revelation. I’m decidedly slow in my reading. I’m training my heart to linger over God’s word the way my senses linger over steamy slugs of coffee. I want to discover details and get lost in the poetry and savor the ongoing saga that is the Bible. Thanks to the app an alarm chirps near 8 am every morning reminding me to read. Most of the time I don’t even allow my feet to feel carpet before I feast. This is a newer and sometimes impossible habit I’m growing into. I want to be a walker, a doer, not just a hearer. So, I read first. Even when the brew now button is beaconing. Determining to make God my strength in action and thought and not depend solely on coffee to wake me up and get my day going. The kids follow along if they’re awake. (remember it’s summer). If they’re occupying a pillow nearby I read aloud. Sometimes, I read aloud anyway. This helps me focus and not fall back asleep. Try the app out. It’s a simple encouragement to read the entirety of God’s word from start to finish.
What we’re reading: Being summer the kiddos tend to take care of their book habit via Librivox.org. They particularly love the narrator Kara Shallenberg of Kayray.org. They’ve devoured The Hobbit, for the 100th time, listened to the Melendy quartet again and again, and branched off from each other to enjoy The Secret Garden and some Jim Wiess readings. For me, as I’ve been cleaning and coordinating and collaging the next school year together, I’ve been enjoying some Christian Fiction. I’m not a huge fan of the genre, as I like my fiction addictive and not overly preachy. But I fell headlong into Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Oh my my… how I loved the drama of it. I loved the spurts of daily life humor. I loved the aching angst of a heart struggling to understand grace. It is now one of my all-time favorites. Which is saying something, since I normally dabbling in delightful narratives for the youngers. I listened via Audible. Not a child-friendly read my earbuds got a workout as I plugged them in and toted the characters around the house with me. I challenge anyone not to enjoy this novel. I finished the entire 17 hours in less than four days. That’s a lot of finagling and finessing of family and manipulation of time. Though I don’t regret a second of it. This book was not only entertaining but inspired me to action. Growing closer to the Lord and loving others more wholeheartedly. If only I could apply my mad time management skills to homeschool prep work. Oh well, maybe next year.