Well, hello there. I haven’t shared a whole lot of personal stuff lately because well, yeah. Things have been hard. And also good. And they’re changing (please, Lord Jesus, for the better), and I’m a tad overwhelmed.

The biggest news? Gabe got a job, and he starts tomorrow. Woohoo! (we’d love your prayers–this is a huge step for him and for our fam)

We just got back from an awesome week in Michigan with old friends. And glory to God, our 3 girls and their 4 boys got along BEAUTIFULLY even if they didn’t know each other from Adam when we got to the cabin a week ago. Such a blessing.

And who knew Michigan was so stunning?? Beaches and forests and turquoise water and sand dunes. Holy cow.

Right before Michigan, I took a really fun road trip to Illinois with my sweet friend Ali. I loved getting to spend so much time with her. She’s balm to my soul. I also got to hug Jen Hatmaker, so that was pretty cool. And I left the only pair of shoes (flip-flops) I took to Illinois in Illinois. (don’t ask)

Lots going on around these parts.

I have some really great books to tell you about.

And our Fall Read-Along is going to start the 2nd week of September. Our book selection is Deepening the Soul for Justice, and I’m SO EXCITED about it. It’s only 40 pages long and super-affordable, so I think it’s doable for ALL. And you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s life-changing. Really.

My mind and heart are all a-swirl, and hopefully, I can get some of it out on paper (virtually speaking) sometime soonish. I also wouldn’t mind being funny again.

The girls and I are slowly easing back into homeschooling. Okay, who am I kidding? Un-schooling. (e-book coming in early 2014)

Soccer’s starting up. Livi and Ava are on the same team, and Gabe’s their coach.

I like fall, but it’s so short, and then winter. Ugh. So depressing. And ever since we spent half of December and half of January in Cambodia, I just never want to be in Ohio (or America) for another winter ever again.

Anyway. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I’m excited to see what God’s up to in the coming months and trying hard to focus on the good and not worry about the rest.

So how about you? As we head into this new season, what are you most looking forward to?

14 thoughts on “much

  1. brooke

    fall means half marathon training, winter means marathon training. cause, let’s face it, when battling anxiety and depressing there has to be something exciting about those dreary months!

  2. shannon

    Well, school starts next Tues. My girls (twin 12 year olds) are going to a new private Christian school. I think i’d homeschool but they wanna go… Can’t argue! I am wondering what God has in store for me this year. I’m ready to plug into some women and encourage them in their marriages, but I need some women! I want to become a little more like the Proverbs 31 woman and get more done around the house (homemade bread and snacks for school for instance.). We own a restaurant, (which is closed on Sunday so you can guess which one) and getting ready to open a second one. Life is messy crazy right now but wouldn’t have it any other way. SO, not sure WHAT is going to happen this year… Great question. Hope Gabe enjoyed his first day of work today!! Thanks for your honesty! 🙂

  3. Cheryl Pickett

    As a lifelong Michigander, just thought I’d pop in and say yes, Michigan is amazing, at least parts of it, part of the time, when the weather cooperates LOL. If anyone needs any ideas for future trips, don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂

  4. Sharon

    So glad to hear from you, Marla. And Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! for Gabe’s job. Just prayed that everyone slept well last night and that he has an awesome first day. Um, I am VERY curious about the flip-flop story. I’m picturing something like in Jen Hatmaker’s book where they were in church and had to give up their new cowboy boots. I am looking forward to health for myself and many others. And, also to the cooler weather so I can turn my oven on during the day. Was up til 11pm last night (wayyy too late for me) making dinner for a friend who just had surgery. Couldn’t bear to turn my oven on during the day, so it had to be done at night.

    1. Marla Taviano

      Thank you so, so much for your faithful prayers, friend. I slept awful last night but no worries. And my flip-flop story isn’t one of selfless sacrifice but of absent-minded stupidity. 🙂

  5. Lisa Basner

    Wow, big changes for your family!!! Very exciting! In answer to your question, I am most looking forward to the routine that fall brings. We start up home school today, and while I am not ready to let go of summer, I’m really looking forward to the routine.

  6. Elizabeth

    So good to hear from you-Michigan sounds amazing. I hope today goes well for Gabe and all of you. You have me very interested in your home-schooling e-book! Hmmmm

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