I share Kobi – I didn’t realize how much I shared her on my platforms until I couldn’t post a picture or a story of our lives together. I really missed letting everyone know all the cool ways she’s been growing, but it did allow me to treasure the memories that much more.
Praying is a way of life – I really missed praying for my friends and acquaintances via my social platforms. It made me feel connected and like I was helping them, so to not have access was harder than I thought. I mean I did still pray but it just wasn’t the same.
Baking from Scratch – Cookies, and Brownies mostly, but I’ve also made some ooey gooey bars, and I just made scones last night. I’ve also made several gluten free options.
Reminding myself of the Gospel daily – It doesn’t sound like much, but it really did make a difference in how my days presented themselves because I would talk through the Gospel and then try to apply it to situations in my day. It just leaves me lighter and more forgiving.
Intentionality is HUGE – I had to be diligent to reach out to people, otherwise the communication was few and far between. I also had to be intentional with what I did with my time (hence the reading) and actually seek out news from different sources. Another benefit of being intentional is that we found some really great neighbors just by being intentional when our children played together to actually talk to the parents *read one of my biggest fears*. Being intentional also meant making time for myself to workout, I just feel so much better when I take 30 minutes for myself no matter the time.
Memories can be made every day – Somewhere along the way I grasped the concept that I could be intentional every day to make memories with Kobi and so that is what I did. I now have a slew of memories written down for the last month and it makes my heart happy.
Reading is fun! – I already knew this, but I got to remind myself of this and I finished 3 books while I was away. Now that I think about it, they were all Autobiographies/Memoirs and they were wonderful. I read My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, and Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Making mom friends isn’t that hard – All you gotta do is show up, and be willing to be put yourself out there. I looked up a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group here in Miami and started attending and they have been a huge blessing! It’s been so nice to be able to connect with mothers in the same season of life. Kobi and I have had playdates and good outside of the home time together because of it. I also started going to BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) on the recommendation of the MOPS moms and that was so good to make connections with some great women not to mention the studies are phenomenal! If you haven’t heard of it you need to google it and sign up!
I AM A GOOD WIFE – This one is huge! Since we got married I had this false sense of what a wife should be because I never really had any true examples, so I’ve just been winging it; with God’s help of course but it’s still not been first hand discipleship so I’ve felt inadequate. However, during this time I’ve been able to be a bit more attentive to what makes William happy and what helps our family run smoothly and I’m actually doing a good job and I’ve found a joy I didn’t have before.
Eating Gluten Free and Vegetarian is pretty good – I realized during this whole thing that I needed to expand the way I worshipped and if I were to worship the Lord with my whole self I should take care of the body that I have been given. Therefore, I have been really buckling down on eating gluten free when I can because it makes me bloated and causes really bad back pain, (so not a real allergy but a sensitivity for sure). I also met with a woman who had PCOS and got rid of it and is pregnant with her second child by ditching the meat, and sense the Lord had already been talking to me about I decided to give it a go. The whole thing is still a work in progress and I’ve done some research so I think I’m on a path of a flexitarian. I’m trying to eat mostly veggies and really limit my meat intake when I can. The overall experience has been better than I thought and I’ve even made several gluten free treats from scratch.