August Reflections

August’s heat and humidity have us longing for cool fall breezes. Each day brings us closer to them!

We enjoyed an extended time together as a family when my oldest son came to visit for about ten days. My husband took a week off, and Jason, Mittu, Timothy, and Jesse were here much of the time, though Jason and Jesse still worked most days.

I think I only ended up making dinner 3 nights. We went out some nights, Jesse made dinner for us one night at his place, and Mittu made dinner a few nights. We hadn’t coordinated beforehand spreading meals around, but it worked out nicely.

We celebrated Jeremy’s birthday at the beginning of his time here and mine near the end. It’s nice when the calendar works out so he can be here for both celebrations. We joked at the beginning of his, “Should we Face Time Jeremy?” We’re used to putting him on the TV screen for other celebrations when he can’t be here in person.

We played lots of Jackbox games, enjoying some old favorites as well as trying out some new ones. We also played Uno and even got out Settlers of Catan for the first time in a long time. It was Timothy’s first time to play the latter, and he lasted through most of the game. It’s a lot for a 8-year-old to take in.

We usually try to have one major outing during the week and maybe a couple of smaller ones. But this time there were several interesting things occurring that we took advantage of. I’ve mentioned a few of them during Friday’s Fave Fives, but wanted to go into more detail here. But that ended up making this already long post twice as long, so I am going to share details and photos in a separate post tomorrow.

Creating

I made two cards this month. The first was for Jason and Mittu’s anniversary:

And this was for Jeremy’s birthday:

Watching

We really enjoyed War Horse. It’s been out for a few years, and I remember when I saw it advertised that it looked good. But then we forgot about it. It follows a horse’s path from a farm through many hands during WWI. I was especially struck by how just one person in each scenario saw the horse’s worth and made a difference in its treatment or next step, which enabled it to continue on–an apt metaphor for making a difference for good in the lives of people we meet. I don’t think that was the main point of the movie, but that’s something I got from it.

A Call to Spy was very good as well (except for a few instances of taking God’s name in vain. 😦 ). It was based on true events about women being recruited as spies during WWII, and followed the path of two in particular.

Reading

Since last time I have finished (linked to my reviews):

  • Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope by Katherine Elizabeth Clark, a true story. Katherine was playing tag with some children at her son’s school playground when a boy jumped off the jungle gym and onto her head, breaking her neck and paralyzing her instantly.
  • Something Good by Vanessa Miller, a great novel about “Three Women. Two Mistakes. One Surprising Friendship That Changes Everything.”
  • The London House by Katherine Reay, a novel about a woman who seeks the truth when an old friend tells her he is about to publish an article that says her great aunt was a Nazi sympathizer. (Audiobook).
  • The Stranger by Melanie Dobson, a novel set in the Amana colonies in 1894. A stranger with a sick daughter stops to get help in the commune and falls in love with one of its inhabitants. But the group is wary of outsiders.
  • To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna White, a novel about a race to discover pirate treasure, but with surprising depth and truth. Very good. (Audiobook).
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Lady Carnarvon. The current countess of the castle that was used for Downton Abbey tells some of the castle’s history, particularly that of Lady Almina, who converted it to a hospital during WWI. (Audiobook and Kindle).
  • O Love That Will not Let Me Go: Facing Death with Courageous Confidence, complied by Nancy Guthrie. Nancy has collected excerpts from writings as far back as the Puritans to modern-day writer on the subject of death and dying. Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Normally I have a Warren Wiersbe commentary in my reading list. I am in 1 Chronicles now, and Wiersbe included it in with his book on 2 Samuel, Be Restored: Trusting God to See Us Through. I’m not rereading the whole thing, since I did in April, but I am looking through the parts that specifically mention Chronicles.

I’m currently reading:

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Jesus Led Me All the Way by Margaret Stringer
  • The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart
  • The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White (audiobook)

Blogging

Besides the regular Friday Fave Fives, Saturday Laudable Linkage, and book reviews, I’ve posted these since last time:

  • Labels and Lenses. Labels are helpful and necessary. But we need to look at our lives and theology through the lens of Scripture, and not look at Scripture through the lens of our labels.
  • Why Keep Reading the Bible, especially when you’ve read it several times before?
  • Making Time to Read the Bible. If we don’t make time for it, we likely won’t find time for it. Some tips to make that time for what Jesus called the one necessary thing.
  • How Can We Make Our Souls Fire Resistant? Just as leaves can smolder and then erupt into flame, sin can flame out in our hearts. What can we do to avoid that happening?
  • What Can We Learn from Bible Genealogies? Genealogies are probably no one’s favorite part of the Bible. But what might God want us to learn from them?

I overlooked my blogging anniversary at the end of July. 16 years! And, as of today, 5,189 posts. Thank you for reading and making blogging such a blessing to my heart.

As we turn the calendar to September tomorrow, we look forward to Jesse’s birthday and a visit from my folks at the end of the month.

How was your August? Anything interesting happen?

17 thoughts on “August Reflections

  1. Cooking just 3 nights would make any month a winner in my opinion! 🙂 I love that you took that point from the “War Horse” movie. I loved August due to getting to spend a week at my far-away daughter’s. Happy September to you!

    • Oops–the cooking 3 nights was during the 10 or so days my oldest son was here, not the whole month. That would be a treat indeed. 🙂 Sorry for the confusion in my wording.

      I’m glad you got to visit your far-away daughter! So far we haven’t gotten up to my son’s place, but I hope to go some day.

  2. Hello Barbara…I enjoyed reading your August recap and hearing about some of the fun things that you did when your son was in to visit. How nice that you were able to celebrate both his and your birthday while he was in.

    I’m sorry I haven’t been around to visit as much the last week or so. The garden is beginning to wrap up some so I should be finished with the preserving before much longer.

  3. Barbara, you had a busy August! And, I’m amazed by all you read and listened to. I LOVED The London House. And I just put myself on hold with Libby to listen to Roseanne White’s book you mentioned. I read Essentialism earlier this year. in my opinion, SO. GOOD. I need to listen to it again.

  4. What source did you see these movies on?
    I LOVE Margaret Stringer’s life story. Have you met her? She is a very interesting lady!! 🙂

    • We saw War Horse on Hulu and A Call to Spy on Netflix.

      Our church in Spartanburg supported Margaret. When she “retired,” she lived close enough to speak to our ladies’ group several times. She’s a treasure. She’d have us rolling on the floor laughing as she told us incidents that would have been quite scary when they happened.

  5. Hello Barbara! Glad you had a nice August. I love the cards you make for special occasions. They are so special and heartfelt. I hope you have a good September. I always enjoy seeing what you are reading and listening to. See you again soon!

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  7. Happy 16th Blog Anniversary! That’s amazing to have written @5200 posts! Rejoicing with you in wonderful memory making moments with family! Happy Birthday! I appreciate the book recommendations too. One book you might enjoy, Jesus’ Silent Years: Exploring Facts the Gospels Do Not Tell Us by William Justice.

  8. What a great visit and birthday celebrations you had with your kids. I love your cards they are so pretty. You do beautiful work..I enjoyed taking a virtual walk through August with you
    Thank you for linking up with Sweet Tea & Friends this month my friend.

  9. My, Barbara, my hat is off to you! To have accomplished so much and read all those books! The London House piques my curiosity – I do love books about the WW!! era. And reading Esssentialism one chapter at a time seems very smart. I may take that approach with some of the non-fiction I am reading. May September be as productive for you.

  10. Sounds like a full, fun month! A belated happy birthday to you, and wow … that is a LOT of blog posts over 16 years! We’re always looking for good movies to watch … I’ll be putting the two you mention on our list. 🙂

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