Goodbye May, Hello June! Here is a May recap of how I’m crafting a simple life.
The Memories We Made
- “E”‘s fascination with fish led us on a trip to the Houston Zoo one afternoon. Our first stop was the aquarium. As my husband was holding her up to see the fish, a three-foot fish swam by- much bigger than her goldfish at home. She laughed and kicked her feet and put her head on my husband’s shoulder (acting a little shy). He told me that moment was what he had always dreamed parenthood would be like. He uses that phrase a lot. My husband is always keen on recognizing moments, especially in parenthood. Our journey included 6 miscarriages and an adoption, and our struggle left an extra layer of gratitude on our hearts that wasn’t there before. Even in the chaos of a screaming 15 month old (because she isn’t allowed to play with the scissors she found in the kitchen drawer), he looks at me and says with a smile, “isn’t this what you always thought being a parent would be like?” Yes it is. All of it. The cuddles and the tantrums.
- We visited Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park (near Johnson City, Texas). The employees wear period clothing, and “live” as settlers did in the 1900’s. In fact, when we arrived the interpreters were having lunch in the breezeway (boiled eggs, collected straight from the chicken roost and rye bread baked in the wood-burning stove). “E” loved the chickens and even collected an egg for the farmers from the roost.
The Blogs I Am Reading
- Nostalgia Diaries (Celebrate the Past to Create Better Days Today)- I love Corey’s blog and I always look forward to her new posts. She writes about intentional living and positivity towards the past, present, and future. One of my favorite recent posts is The Case for Staying Curious, an essay about the importance of curiosity and the impact technology has on it. “So the next chance you get, keep your phone in your pocket and stay curious for a little longer.”
- OohBother– Kelly is a boy mom of 2 who writes about parenting (+ some really delicious meatless meals!). The post that led me to her blog is The Real Reason I Dyed My Hair Purple, a post on visible achievements versus invisible achievements (and an inspiring poem she wrote). Kelly is also an adoption advocate and writes about navigating her international adoption (and I’m an adoptive mama so I love reading other family’s journeys)!
- Glow with Grace (Let’s Glow)- When I saw my friend Grace started writing about travel and holistic health, I was so excited to follow along. Grace has such a bright and shining personality and leaves a smile wherever she goes, and this is reflected in her blog. I loved living vicariously through her while reading her post, Babes in Thailand. Her blog is a great contrast from the mom blogs and minimalist blogs I read (and be sure to check out her super colorful IG feed- @glowithgrace).
The Simple Life I Crafted
- I’ve reached 34 weeks in my pregnancy and I am slowingggg down. I have good intentions of cooking dinner, but we have eaten out a lot and the card swipes are adding up. So, I’ve decided to pull my crockpot back out and let it do the cooking for me. I’m also looking up freezer meals that I can make during the day while I still have my energy. So this month (and most likely next month) a simpler life means letting the crockpot do the cooking. If you have any great recipes, please share them in the comments!
- We simplified my husband’s closet this month by turning all the hangers around so the hook faces forward. As he wore the clothes, we hung them back the correct way. It’s an easy visual to see what shirts he wears and what shirts he hasn’t reached for in weeks. This is a great technique for busy people to downsize your closet because it requires little time. I plan on gathering the shirts he has not worn and donate them. We all have items in our closet that we never reach for, and we have a good reason. Maybe its dry clean only, maybe the collar fits weird, maybe we have nothing to match it- so this is a great way to visually see those items and clear them from your space.
The Thoughts I Wrote
- One Surprising Tip to Simplify Your Laundry
- How I Became a Minimalist: The “Why” of Ownership
- Digital Minimalism and Parenthood: 3 Steps Towards More Purposeful Time With Your Child
What changes did you make in May to simplify your life? Any great reads you recommend? Let me know in the comments!