I was tucking her into my bed for a nap, and, like I do every time I tuck my babies in, I said, “Guess what?!”
“What?” Emmy’s face lit up as she waited to hear what I had to say. That girl loves surprises like nobody’s business.
“You’re my favorite girl in the whole world,” I told her.
“Oh,” she replied, rolling her eyes at me. (Rolling her eyes, you guys! When did my five-year-old turn 13??) “I thought it was going to be big, breaking news, or something.” And she rolled over and promptly fell asleep.
So. There you have it. My all-consuming love for her is no big deal.
Also, when did she learn the term “breaking news”?
Anyway, I tell you this because I want you to know that I’m well versed in rejection, thanks to my kindergartener, so no matter what your response to this news is, I’ll survive. Still, here goes…
I’m starting to write again.
Feel free to roll your eyes, but I, for one, am super excited about that. I have missed writing, missed this space, and missed you all. I have a zillion emails to catch up on, but that will happen slowly. And that’s okay too.
This summer has been amazing and restful and exhausting, all rolled into one. In case you haven’t heard about our huge life changes, here they are in a nutshell:
- The first week of June, Jon got a phone call about a new job. One he wasn’t looking for, but has long been hoping for.
- A few days later, he flew down for an interview. Within his 48 hour trip, he was offered and accepted the job, we signed a lease on a new apartment, and God set our lives on a new course.
- Three weeks later (THREE WEEKS. Yes, you read that right.), we moved from Northern California back down to Southern California. Where both our families are.
- We’ve spent the last month unpacking and breaking down boxes and settling in. And pretending the last few boxes in the bedroom and on the tiny patio just aren’t there. They’re invisible, right? Right.
So, we’re back home. And it’s such an incredible blessing and unexpected surprise. I had NO idea what the Lord had planned, but He knew. And I’ve longed for home & family so much over the last 3 years, that when this opportunity arose, seemingly out of the blue, I wept with gratefulness.
It’s not been easy. We packed up a spacious 2000 sq.ft. house with a 2 car garage and a backyard, and are now living in a 900 sq.ft. apartment on the third floor. Ha! But I’m learning how to make the most of small spaces, and I’m now a PRO at moving. (I share all my tips here.)
Not easy, no, but it’s been wonderful. We’re home. Our families are here. Our traditions are here. Our familiar and favorite places are here. And even though I expected my “summer of rest” to look very different, being home has been far more restful for my soul than anything else I might have done this summer.
SO. That was our last couple of months. Now, onto what’s ahead!
Our life here is vastly different from our life up north. Jon’s job is much more demanding (he’s teaching high school now, instead of elementary school, and let’s not even talk about the concert schedule, mmkay?), so his hours are longer, and even when he’s home, he’s fairly busy. I’m homeschooling Emily (we started Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago!), and doing a little tot school with Nathan, so our days are a lot more structured than they have been in the past. I’m still recovering from a really intense last 6 months, and rest & health are priorities for me. Logistically, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing.
So, I just plan to use the time I have. I’m getting seriously organized (small spaces force you to be more organized than ever!), and I’ll be writing during naptimes and maybe a few nights after the kids are in bed. We’ll see. All that to say, I’m holding my writing plans loosely as we figure out what our new normal looks like as a family!
Here’s what I’ve got coming up in August & September…
- Sharing lots of stories and what the Lord’s been teaching me in the quiet. Especially on marriage, motherhood, and faith.
- Quite a few posts on organization, particularly for small spaces.
- My planning system for the year (it’s a little eclectic, and I love it!).
- My very best moving tips – what I did that made everything easier…and a few things that I would recommend avoiding like the plague.
- A fun announcement that I’m a teensy bit (read: A LOT) excited about!
- A blog-iversary celebration! That means giveaways for you, people.
Those are my plans, but we’ll see how things play out. If my time away accomplished nothing else, the Lord certainly used it to remind me of what’s important (faith & family), and also what I need in order to be healthy (sleep, good food, and exercise). It’s funny (except not really) how fast you can forget the basics when you’re focused on the wrong things. But I’ve got my head on a little straighter now, and I realize I can’t compromise on the important things like I’d been doing.
So, I’m here. Ready to chat with you all a little more, but holding this space and my time here with open hands. My prayer is that the Lord uses whatever I’ve got to offer to encourage you, equip you, and hopefully make you laugh a little bit. Laughing is important.
Love you guys. I’m so grateful to be back!
Your turn! Tell me – how was your summer?
P.S. I do want to say THANK YOU to everyone who filled out our survey. (If you didn’t get a chance to fill it out, you still can! Click here. I’d love to hear from you!) It’s honestly my favorite thing all year long, because I love hearing what you have to say. Writing is often something I do all alone, sitting in the back of a coffee shop, or in a chair in the dark living room while my kids are napping. But hearing from you guys, listening to what you need right now, what you’re going through in life, what you like and what you don’t like – it’s so important to me, and one of the best ways I can connect with you. So, thank you. I’m still reading through all of your answers, and really listening. I appreciate you so much.
Kayse is a wife, mom, and founder of the Anchored Women community. She writes to help women fight busy, find rest, and build a life that’s anchored in Christ. Kayse is also the creator of the S.O.S. Planner, the Anchored Life Kit, and other practical resources that equip women to manage their homes and families in confidence. You can find her writing and her resources at anchored-women.com!
My summer has been way too busy! Didn’t even make it to the creek one time this summer, which is an indication that I had too much on my plate. 🙂 I did get a nice vacation to northern Alabama and Georgia, however, and lots of fun at Six Flags and camp. Still can’t believe summer is almost over.
I’m so happy for you that you’re home. I’m glad you’re writing again but so glad to see that you’re keeping it in its place and taking care of yourself and spending more time with your family!
Can’t wait to hear your big announcement and read about your current planning system. Mine is constantly changing.
Yay Kayse!!! Love you and so glad y’all are getting settled in!!!
Yay! I just recently found your blog and have loved what I have seen but it seemed like you quit but that there were still so many posts I wanted to read. I’m super glad you are back! I can’t wait to read your new material!
I was JUST thinking about you today and wondering if you’d be posting again soon. Welcome back 🙂
SO nice that you might be sharing things with all of us a bit more frequently…yeay! your little one is so adorable…big breaking news? how cute is she!! you are raising wonderful children and their casual acceptance of your love is just a testament to your loving them all the time and they feel safe and independent in your family circle…such a great thing….congrats on surviving the move! we did too..across washington state and we are back again in the hug of family and familiar surroundings…it was a gift to be away for so long to really understand appreciation…appreciation for family, roots and community and possessions…i look forward to your organization and move stories…we downsized alot! but pretty much everything we have now is our most favourite things…enjoy life!
welcome back. sounds like you’ve had a busy summer. Mine I ca’t wait to school starts again… Kids fighting, complaining. I have put them in every VBS known to man this summer. One of them was two weeks long. I had my tubes tied just last weekend. best decision I made in my life. Been having self doubts on my parenting skills. It seems no matter what I try,the bad behavior just wont go away. My hubby looks to me like I needed to do something a long time ago. Really?? Um didn’t realize I am parenting by myself. Feel like he only wants to be a dad in name only… Mean while in all of this I am ready to have a mental break down. The police have been to my house three times this summer. Apparently one of my neighbors don’t like the fact that I free range parent. I can watch my kids walk to their friends from my door, to the park, to the library…. really. and they made a comment cause one was bare footed… what has this world come too? at least I know where and who my kids are and with. They aren’t in devices like computers, TV, or phones and tablets. They’re outside. I just shake my head at all this. so yup that this is my summer… I have 8 kids. 2 out of the house and the rest are still home 5 boys and 3 girls. my last girl prefers my mothers. she says it too loud, too dirty and smelly with all the boys… I feel I made the wrong decision in letting God set my family members. I’m just not cut out for this… at wits end…
Praying for you! What a stressful season. I’m so sorry!
I’m looking forward to a new monthly reading plan
I’m working on one for September! 🙂
So glad you’re back! The encouragement you give is so uplifting and was sorely missed!
This girl here is moving this month so I hope you are doing the posts on moving early in August ?
Next week I think!
Welcome back! I am glad the Lord has blessed with a new opportunity that will help you bear much fruit! I am so inspired by your blog and life. I pray that God continues to order your steps!
Oh, I am so happy you are back but not too much, mmmkay?
Our summer has been good and quiet and circumstwnce made me do something I have wanted to do for ages. Thank you, God.
I’m so glad you are back!
My winter (down here in Oz) has been crazy and I am searching for God to show me my path as I have a massive choice to make between two very distinctive work paths. I look forward to hearing how you found that capacity to open your heart and hear what God had install for you. Also, working full time with a 4 and 6 yr old, I’m looking forward to your organisational tips. Finally, homeschooling, not common down here so I am excited to hear a little more about this!
Take care and don’t take too much on this year!!
Praying for you as you make your decision!
Welcome back! So glad your move went well!
Our summer has been boring, but that is a good thing! Two girls under three years old means plenty of unexpected craziness in life. My husband and I have committed to getting out of debt, so we have been simplifying and saving. Just plain ole’ life around here right now.
I love all of that. Simple summer, plain ole life, and simplifying and saving! Yes!!!
This was a nice surprise to find on my blog reader! Hope you all settle in soon– I know enough band teachers that I can easily imagine that concert schedule!
Yes! And he’s got orchestra, band, and choir. It’s a little insane. But he loves it!