Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Do you remember having to do school reports every fall about what you did all summer? 🙋♀️ As I start getting back down to business this August, I've been reflecting a lot on the past few months...and how much I've learned, and how much life has changed.
So, in true grade-school-report fashion, here are 4 things that I learned this summer!
1) Christopher Robin was right: We are stronger than we think.
If you popped back in time to April of this year and told me the story of how this summer would go, I think I would have run away to hide under my bed covers. I wouldn't have wanted to attempt to deal with all the crazy, who-would-have-thought-that-would-happen type things in that story. Thankfully, I had no crystal ball to see how the next few months would go, and I happily continued on.
But looking back on it, I'm so glad things have happened the way they did. I wouldn't change a thing, and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead. Who could have predicted that?!
2) I don't need as much stuff as I believe I do.
Seriously...when we packed up our lives in Denver, we completely filled two giant moving pods, and part of a small trailer. All that stuff has been sitting in storage for the summer, and it's been an adventure discovering how to live without 95% of our life. At first, it was very frustrating (and I'll admit there have been frustrating days periodically all summer), but we have survived just fine. We've been able to spend a lot of time together, without the distractions of our regular lives around us. We've had adventures (figuring out how to cook for a month with 1 pot and 1 pan, exploring inexpensive dates around the city), and made a lot of memories. While I'm not quite ready to join the tiny house movement haha, I feel like we might end up deciding to purge even more of our stuff once we get those pods unpacked!
3) Never take the important things in life for granted.
This summer I've been stressing out a lot over things we don't have: we haven't found our future home yet; we don't have a long-term plan for temporary housing; all our belongings are in storage; we haven't been able to settle into a routine. But throughout the summer I've been reminded to stay thankful for the important things in life that we do have: a roof over our heads, our health, healthy finances, ah-mazing(!) friends & family...the list goes on and on. No matter how stressful life gets, God has always provided what we need, and that is an amazing blessing. We'll have an incredible story to share once this adventure is over!
4) Mosquitos still suck.
Yup, after 8 years living in other parts of the country, I can verify that mosquitoes are still the worst. Although, ticks and deer flies are right up there too if I think about it. Despite the bugs, however, I realized I've missed the beautiful trees, forests, and lakes of the midwest. I'm excited for next summer, when we can take advantage of the beautiful weather a bit more, and enjoy the area a bit! Heck, I'm even excited for winter and all the snow (cross country skiing, yay!). Call me crazy, but I think I'll take the mosquitos...so long as they come bundled with all the rest.
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