It has been months since I have posted an update. Thank you so much to those of you who still check in here, stopping by to grab a recipe and thinking of me and my family. Your support is felt and very much appreciated. I have stopped and started writing over the years because I haven’t been prioritizing myself and my gifting. I do believe this practice of fasting is good and faithful in certain seasons of life; however, I’ve become accustomed to putting the needs of my family and others before the needs of my spirit.
In light of that and what we learned while traveling to the gulf coast to work and play this winter, we have decided to cut down on the activities we participate in. It’s not that we were over scheduled before, because we were not. We simply found that we operate best when we have less going on and more time to explore, be at home and be spontaneous.
Also, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have noticed posts in the last few months about my healing journey. I’m not going to get into all of the details today, as everything is still in process as I try to figure out practitioners, a protocol and healing plan. However, I will post more details soon about what has been going on with my health. It’s been a long road and some days I feel wonderful, while others are very challenging.
I was born to tell stories. To write. To share. To help. And I believe that calling extends beyond the walls of my home and into the lives of those around me. So, I hope to begin to cultivate my spirit and use the gifts that God has given me to bless others here in this space.
Homeschooling went really well this year. As a family we finished Sonlight’s P4/5 curriculum a few weeks ago, which we used for Matthew’s kindergarten year. Both Matthew and Luke really enjoyed every story, activity and project we completed this year. My boys love to be read to and some days we would finish a week’s worth of reading in one session cuddled up on the couch. I have such fond memories of doing “Mommy School” with them and look forward to studying Ancient Times and Human Anatomy with them next year.
For the summer we will be focusing on a couple nature unit studies in May, June and July. In August we are planning a family trip to the North Shore area of Minnesota and will be reading several books about the Great Lakes. This is very unstructured, read aloud time with books that we own along with some from the library. I am completely ok if we don’t get to everything we have on the list this Summer.
Right now we have two containers of caterpillars pupating. The boys and I have been reading all of the books we can find about caterpillars and butterflies. Last week we went with my mom to see the film Flight of the Butterflies and we all loved it. I learned so much about butterflies and the story behind the discovery of Monarch migration.
Joshua is doing really well. He is an active, goofy, happy nine month old who spends most of his time chasing after his big brothers. He loves all food and always wants to try more of whatever everyone else is eating. Most days he sleeps well and loves to snuggle with Daddy before nap and bedtime. He has six teeth and is cutting two more right now. We couldn’t imagine our life without him.
This past December Allan decided to leave his corporate job at Target at the InHouse advertising and design department to officially start our own branding and design agency, Peters Design Company. This is a dream we have had since we met 13 years ago and to see it realized has been mind blowing. God’s faithfulness, discipline and wisdom is even more apparent in our lives as we look back on how he has prepared us for this challenge.
The business has been keeping both Allan and I very busy. We specialize in branding and identity work and have had a few opportunities to collaborate, which has been a lot of fun! After working out a few kinks, we have found a way to work well together. It truly is a blessing to see Allan in his element day in and day out, while also helping with the boys as I need it. We are so happy to have him home with us everyday.
I would love to hear from you. Please comment below, on Instagram or Facebook and let me know what is new in your life. Also, I would love to hear about your questions or topics I may have touched on in this post that you would like to hear more about.