As wonderful as August was, we closed the month with heavy hearts. My parents live just outside of Houston, so while they and their house are safe (praise God), Hurricane Harvey hit so close to home. Please continue to pray fervently for those affected, and to donate if you’re able (here are links to Catholic Charities, Texas Diaper Bank, Houston Flood Relief Fund, and Houston Food Bank).
The highlight of August, on a happier note, was a trip we took to my dad’s hometown in Wisconsin to visit my Grandma. We hadn’t seen her since our wedding, and the chance to spend quality time with her and introduce her to Charlie was so special! My parents actually joined us up north for a long weekend (they were there during the worst of the hurricane), and even though it was hard for all of us to see and know what was going on back home, I do think it reminded us to hug each other a little tighter. This fall, I want to get after grateful in a big way…I’m grateful for our health and safety, for Charlie’s first year of life (his first birthday is on the 22nd!), for the added depth and sweetness parenthood has brought to our marriage, for the sweet online friends I get to connect with through blogging, and so much more. I’ve never kept a gratitude journal before, but as you’ll see below, it’s a goal I hope to carry out for the rest of this year! If you’ve kept one before (or even if you haven’t), I’d love to hear any tips for cultivating gratitude daily.
Train for and run the Run for Life 5K
“Style,” photograph, and blog our home tour (see it here!)
Go on a fun date night
Work hard on a secret-for-now project
Start planning Charlie’s first birthday party
Enjoy time in Wisconsin with my grandma and parents
1. Start a daily gratitude journal
2. Celebrate Charlie’s first birthday with family and friends!
3. Finish filling out the first year of Charlie’s baby book
4. Prepare to launch aforementioned project in early October :)
5. Run twice a week
6. Splurge on a fancy date to celebrate our first year of parenthood
7. Read two books