The Month of June

June was a drop-everything-and-recover kind of month. Ok, I didn't drop everything, but I definitely annoyed my inner taskmaster beyond her usual tolerance. To review, I made this year my year of the STORM, but by the time I got to June, I had had ENOUGH. (That was my word for last year, lol!) At this point, I'm letting my word live in limbo while I sort myself out. I may abandon it or trade it in for another word, because I've found one that I loveso much. it's going to be hard to wait for next year.

This year I've been losing a battle with fatigue, but not willing to give up yet, I bought an exercise bike. The plan was to start with a few minutes a day and build endurance from there by increasing a minute per day. I am up to 39 minutes. I'm still exhausted, but I'm not any more exhausted than I was, so I think the plan is working. The bike takes up a little more space than I thought, but it's also better quality than I expected. I give it 5 stars, easily.

The second benefit to the exercise bike is all the extra time I've had to stay put. Why? Because naturally I can't just sit there and be bored. I have to have some reading material. So I've started to regain my ability to read books again, (yeah it's hard as a distracted mom of three.) I never stopped loving books, I had just stopped being able to read for more than a few minutes without interruptions. My biking has taught my children some boundaries: that Mommy isn't accessible at every second, so third benefit! I give the bike all the gold stars!

Books Read:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

Safe People by Cloud and Townsend (The library gave me a seriously outdated version which was disappointing, but I powered through.)

Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line [audiobook] This one I listened to with Josh every evening after the kids fell asleep. It's read by Kristen Bell, so a lot like watching one of the shows. We loved it!

What else? The kids, well really the whole family, have been enjoying this book I remember from my own childhood: The Monster at the End of This Book.  Tell me, do you remember it? It makes for some great family bonding; lots of laughter shared.

Recipes Tried:

Peach Cobbler

Rhubarb Sauce

I didn't use a recipe, but it's basically 1 c. sugar and 4 cups chopped rhubarb on a low boil for 30 minutes.

I didn't use a recipe, but it's basically 1 c. sugar and 4 cups chopped rhubarb on a low boil for 30 minutes.

Family fun:

Josh's parents and sister came for Father's Day weekend.

We visited two parks, an ice cream store, a steakhouse, and had a family game night all in a short space. The kids got their love tanks filled up with all the attention. I love seeing them extra happy.

As usual, it feels like there's always more to tell you, but if we were having coffee, this would be the part where I say, "Let's get together again soon!" Because that's how friends part, always with more to say, but reality calling incessantly. Before we go, because I always have one more thing to say or one more hug to give, I just want to point out one of my favorite things about June: Whole Mama. It has been such a balm for my weariness. It gives me lots and lots of hope, which is something we need an abundance of to survive.

Linking up with Leigh Kramer for her What I'm Into, June edition.

Jamie Bagley