Scaling Down

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I think that every person goes through ups and downs.  They can be physical or emotional,  spiritual or relational.

I've certainly experienced this in each of these areas throughout my whole life!

Physical.  Well, 7 pregnancies and births should explain the ups and downs there. :)  My physical body has changed tremendously and gone all over the scales, sizes and measuring tapes.

Emotional.  If you can breath and are reading this, I know you can relate.  We were created with an desire to glorify something.  Because of this it can sway from focusing on glorifying God, to pridefully glorifying ourselves, work, things or others.  Throw in love from our heavenly Father and love to and from other people and wow.....just to remain emotionally stable takes work!

Spiritual and relational ups and downs easily fit into our lives too.

Even physical stuff.  Material items.  You've witnessed me purge through over half our house and I have a tendency to bring bags to donate or consign wherever I go.  I feel better with



I am also in a point in my life where the gift of motherhood is in full gear.  Having a baby and having older (teens) at the same time deserves an entire section in the bookstore.  Throw in physical, spiritual, emotional and relational stability.

I am able to function best in all these areas when I keep things simple.

August Fields Co.  was an amazing adventure and I loved every minute of it.  But it's time to close shop.  A business deserves attention that I can't give it right now, and quite frankly the desire to give it the attention it needs is not there.  I am so thankful to each and every person who purchased an item and encouraged me in this endeavor.

Less social media, less emails, less paperwork, less stuff.

I am really hoping that some of the changes I am making will help me to walk a more balanced path in my life.  I completely understand that life will have ups and downs that I cannot control.  Yet, I truly believe that intentionally simplifying in a way that makes me uncomfortable and is hard, will be for the better.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Our Trip Down South.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Last week we arrived home from a week and half trip down south.  It was wonderful but took a twist. The trip was planned to have its finale on Hilton Head Island with my entire side of the family.  We left on a Tuesday and on Wednesday received word that Hurricane Matthew was going to affect our trip beginning with a mandatory evacuation of HHI.  This in turn, forced my mom (the master vacation planner) to cancel our reservations.  Bummer!

Since our family was already packed and on the road we ended up rerouting to Florida (more on that in a later post).

Our first stop was to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Highly recommended.  Awesome for ALL ages.  You can easily spend from 2 hours to all day there.  And drumroll please.....its FREE!

We made a quick pit stop to ChickFilA mostly because it seems to be all the rage and we currently don't have one close to us.  It was fine.  But still fast food.  So now we can say we've been to Chick Fil A.

On to the museum.  It is very easy to get to and ample parking (free).  We went on a Tuesday around 2pm and spent 3 hours there.

I must say Ike was a hero on this trip.  He loads up all the luggage, does all the driving, makes all reservations and goes with the flow.  He repeatedly retrieved the stroller from the cartop carrier and I had to snap this picture to remember. :)
Since we only had 3 hours at the museum, we hightailed it to the fourth and newest hangar.  This is the one that houses a historic collection of presidential aircraft.

There are several you can walk through but please note: the walkways are very narrow!  We easily left the stroller at the entrance, no problem.  The aisles are glassed off for viewing.

It was intriguing to see the press seats, meeting rooms, command offices, beds, kitchens, cock pits.  Enormous amounts of history to absorb through reading, seeing and experience.

Also in the fourth hangar is the Space Gallery which was a highlight for this little guy who wants to be an astronaut and a farmer when he grows up.  This was a hands on virtual flight area that allowed you to view your flight on the screen.  We saw satellites, shuttles, missiles, and more!

17 months of cuteness who holds that little lovey almost always.

There is also a large gift shop and book store area.  We will return for sure and spend time in another area of the museum.  There are volunteers at almost every aircraft and roaming around to answer questions.  We spoke with a former Air Force Airman who lived in California and drew maps for war pilots.  This is why you could spend all day there... the stories they tell are a true history lesson!  Last year over 550 volunteers gave their time to this museum.

Loose Leaf Tea Time.

Monday, October 3, 2016

For the past few months a friend of mine has been hosting an IF table at her home for 5 women.  We eat a beautifully prepared dinner, share how the Lord is working in our lives, ask for prayers, pray and study God's word.  During the final hour of the evening we are all treated to deliciously aromatic and flavorful tea.  Loose leaf and steeped in this pot. Which, out of necessity, I now own. 

Today I ventured into our local tea shop and asked several questions.  I inhaled the fragrance of tea flavors that I never even knew existed!  The labels on the jars now make sense, I understand how they are sorted on the shelves and am confident that all flavors of Rooibos (roy-bos) tea are phenomenal.  

Here are my selections:  Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos, Hot Cinnamon Spice (caffeinated), NuTeaLa (it has actual mini chunks of chocolate in it!), Honeybush Hazelnut, Lavender, Tumeric Ginger, and Very Vanilla.  

The options are endless!  I'm not sure if its proper 'tea protocol' to mix the leaves together to create a new flavor.... but I did.  I mixed Very Vanilla and Lavender.  So delicious.  If I'm making only one cup I use this individual infuser.

Today I did not have any coffee.  I'm hoping to replace my frequent stops at a particular coffee chain with the joy of preparing a delicious pot of tea to share or a cup of tea for myself.  Do you tea?  

This would be a perfect pairing with some new teas.  
What are your favorite flavors?  I must know!

Bringing Blogging Back

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dear friends,

It's been awhile.  Quite awhile.  I'm not exactly sure why I stopped blogging.  Looking back there are a mix of excuses reasons.  One way I can explain it is this... have you ever waited so long to write a thank you note that you just never write it and hope no one notices? No? Okay -- how about committing in your head (at night, because its always at night) that you are going to 'get healthy' again.... yet upon awakening you rush to get dressed and skip breakfast, or run through the coffee shop and completely vow to start the next day.

It was kind of like that.  But now its time.  Time to bring the blog back.  It may look different -- and sound different.  I'm older, been married longer, we have teenagers, have been blessed with more little ones,  have a small business and love loose leaf tea.  Some things are still the same though.... we homeschool, are in the same house, I absolutely love being a Christ follower, am married to my high school sweetheart and know how to rock my favorite season of clothing -- layers.  August Fields has pushed play, to a new season.

We'll jump right in to where I'm at now.

Our oldest daughter, Gabby, is 15.  This age has been the age I've been waiting for my daughters to hit.  More accurately would be 12ish to 17.  It was a time in my own life where I was completely impressionable.  Like, I could be easily and seriously swayed to completely think that my hair style was ridiculous, or my face was too round.  My identity was in what I looked like and what others thought of me.  And as fickle as ALL people are, imagine your identity being determined by that!  I felt like a different person every day.  It brought a lot of sadness and confusion to my life as well as many really happy moments.  If someone else was pleased with me = happiness.

As a young, Christian mom of two little girls, I prayed fervently that my found identity in Christ would not be shaken.  That God would allow me to be able to explain, teach and model the confidence that I could only long I had as a young girl.

It. Is. So. Freeing.   To know that I am the way I am because the same God that created the intricacies of this world, created me.  To say that I am not 'right' would be to say He is a failure. God does not fail.

Raising our 2 girls and 5 boys under that umbrella of hope lifts a burden no one should ever shoulder.  You are LOVED.

I have found that having older children along with little ones in the house at the same time requires a whole new set of parenting skills that are tweaked and discovered daily!  For several years with only littles, my days were spent tying shoes, cutting up food, buckling in and out of high chairs and carseats, reading to them, wiping faces, changing diapers, nap time... you get it.  NOW..... there is still that PLUS the adult level communication that happens as our children get older.  It truly is fascinating and I love the conversations that happen.  My exhaustion now comes from a mix of physical work AND mental work.  Which, honestly at the end of the day brings a feeling of accomplishment with the desire to want to do even better the next day.

Our youngest little guy is 17 months old.  Being a 38 year old mom with a 17 month old conjures up numerous emotions and my heart swells with gratefulness that are different than when I was 22 years old with one little baby.  I guess I FEEL more.  I really get that each life is so precious and our bodies are fragile. I savor each moment and am going to work on capturing more of them here on a consistant basis.

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