Bible study

Four Monday Thoughts: Goats, Gardening, Reading, and Matching

It’s the first Monday in August. It feels like a fresh slate for the last full month of summer! Some goals I have for this month:

-Choose a book, topic, or person for my personal Bible study time
-Go on a picnic as a family or go to the Pittsburgh Zoo
-Go through Sadie’s homeschool items + plan when we will start
-Organize our linen closet and bathroom vanity
-Use the sewing machine Jimmy’s aunt gave me

Okay, onto four things I’m thinking about today.

1. Gardening. I’ve been loving not having to buy much produce at the store lately. Our garden is a squash growing machine at the moment, so I roasted a big batch of zucchini and tomatoes yesterday.

Zucchini and tomatoes to bake in oven from vegetable garden

I just slice everything up, coat it in olive oil and spices, and roast at 400 degrees until it’s browned and cooked through.

2. Fun for Sadie. While I was cooking yesterday afternoon, Sadie spent time at my aunt and uncle’s house! They have goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and all sorts of animals, plus lots of land to run around on. I’d love to have a few farm animals and land one day, too.

Kids petting goats

I’m hoping all that excitement and fun she had yesterday leads to her sleeping in this morning 😉

3. Matching. I tried to match with Sadie on Sunday morning for church. We went with the yellow dress theme, lol. Yellow is my absolute favorite color. It’s just so happy and bright 🙂

Mom and toddler wearing yellow dresses

4. Reading. I just finished up The Story of My Life by Helen Keller and was so impressed. I was always awed by how she overcame incredible limitations as she grew up, but was even more wowed that she wrote that book in her 20s, was so tenacious, curious, hard working, and had zero self-pity. Up next, I’m going to be reading this memoir.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Would you rather live in a rural area or city?

What’s your favorite color?

Weekend Fun: Challah, Studying, and Family

I liked reading everyone’s answers to the questions in my last post! Also, thank you to each and every person who checked in on Sadie and me. We still have the sniffles, but we’re doing just fine! 

Jimmy slept over my brother-in-law’s house on Friday so Sadie, Niva, and I had a girls’ night in the yard with a sticker book, coloring pages, and a blanket.

I got some Bible studying in, too. I spent a bit of time in James 1 and wrote out some notes. James is one of those books I can read over and over again and learn something new each time.

Bible study journal

On Saturday, Jimmy did some church work at a member’s house and Sadie and I baked a loaf of challah together. It had been a while since I braided some bread

We brought the challah to Jimmy’s aunt and uncle’s house and met my sister and her husband there for dinner.

Challah bread

We had such a fun night with Jimmy’s aunt and uncle, cousins, second cousins, and my sister’s family. Sadie and Caroline were in heaven running around the house, climbing everything, and playing with new-to-them toys. 

Jimmy’s aunt made homemade applesauce to go with our dinner and it was delicious. Our light eater (ahem, Sadie Mae…) housed a few servings of it! I guess I need to try my hand at making homemade applesauce. I also worked on a sewing project with the help of Jimmy’s aunt. Can’t wait to show how it turns out… if I don’t mess it up, lol.

Toddler girls sitting at kid table with food toys

Sisters with their toddler daughters

My sister recently had her hair cut short and I looooooooove it!


I plopped on the couch to snuggle with Niva as soon as we got home. She only chewed a water bottle and box of tissues while we were gone. Not too shabby for our food monger husky 😉

Girl and husky snuggling on couch

Jimmy and I watched an episode of the TV show Alone that’s on the History channel before we went to bed. Have you heard of it?

Ten men go into the wilderness alone with ten items and they see who lasts the longest. I don’t think I would last more than a few hours for fear of the dangerous wild animals… and lack of peanut butter 😉

Tell me about your weekend!