August welcomes us with a burst of energy and whispers promises of a fresh start. Walking around Staples the other day, I felt that familiar rush of a new beginning. My kids must have felt it too as they danced up and down the aisles pulling things from shelves and piling them in the cart. Their items of choosing were calculators, a human body with squishy guts, Silly Puddy, make your own slime, and a volcano kit, but they had to settle for some new markers and some glue sticks, ha!

Ok, I bought them the Silly Puddy and the make your own slime kit πŸ™‚ I mean, look at that face.

Fulton learned a new trick

This summer has very much been about planning for the month of August, and I can’t believe it is already here. Not only have we been preparing for a new year of homeschooling, but also the welcoming of our fourth baby. So many new beginnings in this household! I find myself hesitantly stepping into this month, wondering if all those pretty little plans I’ve made will hold up. But that’s the fun part isn’t it? How does your August look?

Goals For the Month

  • Finish nesting for baby girl – the master bedroom and nursery are almost complete!
  • Start Marian Consecration on August 10th using 33 Days to Morning Glory – Consecration day falls on September 12, the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary which is baby girls due date πŸ™‚
  • Celebrate our 6th anniversary with a staycation downtown Indy!
  • Start the school year!

Things I’m Loving

  1. My dad’s post on boldness is well worth the read. Might be the inspiration you need as we begin this new month and new school year!
  2. My kids and I have been loving the podcast Catholic Sprouts. We are learning so much and it sparks the best conversations. Highly recommend for car rides.
  3. Lemonade in tea cups. I know it’s a ridiculously simple thing but so fun!

If my overall focus this month could be summed up in one word it would be intentionality. Being faithful to the small habits we’ve been working on even in the midst of some big changes. With that, I wanted to leave you with a little reflection for this month as we strive to cultivate that true inward peace and rest.

Try, my child, to do the will of another rather than your own. Always choose to have fewer riches rather than more. Always seek the lowest place and desire to be subject to all. Always wish for and pray that the will of God be accomplished in you. Such a person enters into the abode of true peace and inward rest.

Imitation of Christ

I hope your August is off to a good start!

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4 Comments

  1. Great one Mads! I love the buoyancy and optimism in your tone. So many beautiful changes and you frame them in the awe and wonder that reflects our Catholic perspective. Thanks for bringing us along!

    1. Thank you! I’m happy to be sharing a bit of our lives on here πŸ™‚

  2. I wish I was as organized and intentional as you are. I have no good excuses. It’s only me. But I give you credit for all you do in your busy life. Your children will definitely benefit from every thing you provide. πŸ’

    1. I’m a work in progress πŸ™‚

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