[Outfit details in a remix of items I've posted/worn many times: Dress - Vintage 70s from hihlo studio | tall socks - Target | shoes - given to me by Ively's Closet | hat and shrug shawl- given to me by a friend | belt - can't remember, as I've owned it for maybe 5 years now]
Everything on my blog is belated lately. Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope you enjoyed your time to reflect on what God has given to you and to be content and truly thankful for Him. Let me know what you did for Thanksgiving in the comment below! We have been celebrating Hanukkah in a Messianic way and it was fun to tie it into Thanksgiving for one of the nights. These photos were taken literally a month ago today after Leto’s last soccer game of the year (he is wearing his participation award in this set). We were able to just enjoy a semi-warm but semi-chilly autumn day and watch the fish in the water swimming around. It was nice. I was still 29 in these shots (though my birthday was the following day), so that thought cheers me up, as I’m taking 30 pretty hard.
I’ve been going through a flow of various emotions and feel as if my life is taking a new turn in a direction I am not even completely sure of, though it is fun to discuss and grow with Rob through it all. It is great that we have been learning stronger faith and trust and love in Christ to guide us. I feel a yearning to the mission field more than ever and feel antsy all the time (which I don’t enjoy feeling). I do a lot of reading and things to “calm myself” or distract my mind, but that yearning doesn’t dissipate.
Rob and I lately have been trying to teach our sons more and more about the world around them. We were raised pretty much to only think about America and its history with a disregard to much else. While I was taught a lot about Biblical Jewish history growing up, and ancient Egypt and Greece (which Rob also grew up learning about), there was a lack of current events or understanding of culture outside of our country. We want our boys to have a passion for all people and to love their neighbors as themselves. We want them interested in missions work early on.
Leto has been learning a lot about not being so selfish (he wants his own way constantly, and even recently pushed his brother down to get to the door from the car at home before him, which skinned Micah’s knee through his jeans and made him cry). It has been difficult because he is so much like me at that age (selfish). Learning to have grace as a mother really teaches me so much, and tests me time and time again. Micah has a problem with laziness where he doesn’t want to be responsible with even simple chores because it is “too hard” or “too much work” for him. Both of our sons are very different in personality. They are each very compassionate however, which is what we try to continue to help blossom. They like caring for others, praying for others, and showing kindness to all people. I love that. It warms my heart that Leto has been reading his real Bible pretty much daily (not a paraphrased picture one, but a full blown NIV one). I think it is a good practice and habit to be in early on. He’s been reading the book of Luke (I give him a section each day to read). He actually loves learning of the incredible things about Jesus and tells me what he learned from his reading.