Hello my neglected blog and readers! I’m checking in only because while I’ve been amassed in wedding polaroids, I came across a few photos from vacation and realized I never shared any. ANY. It was really a great time, and I find myself more and more longing for the beach. Summer has been a hot one, but somehow this August has quickly moved into more fall-like weather than normal. Which in many ways is great and so welcomed, but in others, I feel like I am missing out on summery things. We’ve barely made it out on the boat this summer, haven’t floated down any rivers, nor picnicked enough with friends. Still, I’m not discontent. These days, this last year of my life, have been so beautiful. I’m finding friendships deepening, my body is growing healthier, vision is being cast, and time is being stewarded.

A week or two ago, I made myself a schedule. This is something I try to do as often as my schedule shifts, but I haven’t done it in a long, long time. At the top of this new schedule I wrote out the core values for my life as well as a few reminders. Keeping these in front of me remind me why I prioritize my time as well as what is given priority. If I want to be a certain person in 5 years or 50 years, then today I need to put into practice the things that will shape me. It looks something like this:

Be and do all God dreamed for me.

Know the Word
Be a good wife/mother
Be healthy
Work hard

I am not going to feel guilty when I can’t do one more thing.
I am not going to feel lazy when I need to rest.
I am not going to be lazy.

and finally, a couple quotes:
“If you don’t create a plan for your life, others will create one for you… If you aren’t controlling your life, someone else will.” Kris Vallotton

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18