What I Learned in July

How can so much life have happened in only one month? I may not be able to express all that is in my heart from this month just yet but these are a few of the things I have learned or re-learned this month.

  • Turning 30 is awesome!

I joke that I’ve felt so much older for so long that the numbers are just starting to catch up. Not far from the truth some days! Seriously though, I feel so much more grounded and settled in myself in general, both through maturity with age and through hard healing work with God. It feels like the start of a new decade full of hope, opportunities and the knowledge that I can survive and thrive through the tough times life throws at me.

  • I really love the colour purple, pretty things and butterflies

Photos from how I decorated for my birthday party may show this best!

It has only been in recent times that I have felt confident enough to own having a favourite colour.

  • I am able to make a beautiful cake and have rekindled my love of cake decorating.

  • It really is the simple things in life that can bring joy and rest

One of the ways I celebrated on my actual birthday?- a bath with a bath bomb. It was heavenly and so relaxing. I don’t have a bath tub at home so went to my parents’ house.

The first things I bought with birthday money? -a soft, cuddly dressing gown and a book.

  • Life is incredibly short and can change in an instant

This is the hardest one to write about. My heart is raw for a family I hardly know but feel strongly connected to through MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Hearing news of someone you are just starting to get to know being given only a week or two to live, knowing she will be leaving behind a four year old little girl is heart wrenching. She passed away last night right on the doctors’ prediction. My own life has taken on a whole new perspective of what is important and the ridiculousness of some of what consumes my mind or gets me annoyed. Add to that another woman from my group being in a horrific car accident and another fighting huge health and life battles while in late pregnancy (and still seeking to contribute to the needs of others) and it has been a tough few weeks for our MOPS group. We are all reeling. Through it all is the deep seated knowledge that God is still good and is in control. His peace and presence has been with me. I am learning to dwell with Him more in my everyday life (that may need a post all of its own). There is hope knowing that we will see our friend again one day. My heart is too full and my eyes too blurred with tears to express fully what I want to say right now so that will have to be left for another day.

Linking up with Emily P. Freeman with her monthly “What I Learned” post: