In August I'm looking forward to...
celebrating two years of owning our home
logging more running miles
dinner with friends and family
being one month closer to football, fall and cooler weather
quiet and uninterrupted time enjoying home and my husband
Lately I have been very intentional about setting myself/my family up for success. For example, this past Sunday Josh and I picked out our clothes for the whole week and ironed everything. It has been fantastic getting up each morning and not fretting over what I'm going to wear and having to iron. I've also been fluffing pillows, lighting candles, tidying counters, and other small things around the house to keep it in tip top shape. It's amazing the power a beautiful, clean house can have on the atmosphere. Another thing I've started doing is setting my alarm earlier in the mornings so that I don't rush through my quiet time and I have enough time to thoroughly pray over my day. Being up even earlier is so refreshing and the light and quietness that fills our home in the mornings is irreplaceable. The first thing I do is open all the blinds and curtains in the house and turn on a soft light in the kitchen. It also helps to get up earlier to allow myself 5 minutes of spare time in the mornings that I can use to redo my hair if its not cooperating, pick out jewelry if I'm indecisive, etc. without being completely crunched for time. Little things like running out for ice cream on a week night, riding with the sun roof back, taking Murphy to Carolina's campus to explore a few times a week, are all so good for the soul. We've also started yoga, and we are hilarious and terrible at it. It gets easier, right? ;)
Although summer doesn't officially end until closer to the end of September, August for me is a "wrap up" month for summer. Routines are settling in, people are back in town from vacations, and I can't help but look forward to September. We'll be celebrating two years of marriage! I'm looking forward to a great month!