taming the swirl

When overwhelmed, make a list! (in no particular order…)

1. THANK YOU for all your support and encouragement concerning our big homeschooling decision. You people are a real find.

2. I’m going NUTS reserving books at the library lately. I picked up 11 tonight including: The Better World Handbook, The Creative Family, Enough, The Missional Mom, The Pastor, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate…

3. I’ve got some writing projects in the works. The biggest obstacle in my writing path? My obsession with reading.

4. We’re working on completely de-cluttering our home with 2 purposes in mind. a.) freedom from stuff and b.) earning money for Cambodia. In the past week, we’ve let go of a princess toddler bed, a jogging stroller, the girls’ Little House on the Prairie dresses, lots of books… Anything of mine you want?

5. I’ve got several pregnancy centers that would love some more copies of Expecting to give to the women who come to them for help. Next week I’ll be giving you another opportunity to bless an expectant mama in need. You can donate a book for $10 or co-donate one for $5.

6. I went to a 31 Gifts Open House at my friend Shalla’s tonight and decided to host my FIRST-EVER direct-sales party in August. If you’re in/near Columbus, I would LOVE to see you. No pressure AT ALL to buy anything (although they’ve got some really great stuff). I just want to catch up with everybody!

7. I love my husband and daughters. I’m super, super, super blessed.

8. Homegrown produce is my love language. The girls and I had a delicious lunch today–grilled carrots, fried eggplant, and Greek Avocado Salsa. If your garden is out of control, I’ll gladly take some veggies off your hands.

9. I’m really thankful for Beth Murphy tonight. And I have a really cool story to tell her…

10. If I had to sum up my life rightthisminute in just three words, they’d be: overwhelmed, grateful, anticipating.

What would your three words be?


10 thoughts on “taming the swirl

  1. Carrie Hester

    Sooo THANKFUL that God continues to love me
    Sooo ANXIOUS with all that I need to do to ready myself for a new set of special learners
    Sooo DISTRACTED by my really messy house!

  2. Rachelle

    Your words totally resonate with my life right now but let’s see…how about pressed-down, shaken-together and running-over. So that’s more than 3 words!

  3. Emily M.

    Since you mentioned pregnancy centers, do you know of anywhere that I could donate my infant car seat? I left a message for PDHC and didn’t hear back.

    I’m really looking forward to reading about your journey in homeschooling this year, especially since you’ve been in public school and are taking a blended approach. I’m also curious, since I’m in the same district – do both of your older girls go to the same magnet school? Which one is it? And do you mind sharing why you chose to go there as opposed to your neighborhood school? You can email me, of course, since you might not want that info on your blog.

  4. Bethany

    Our inter-library system doesn’t have “The Missional Mom”–do you think I could borrow it from you before you have to return it? It sounds amazing! Also, we have “The Creative Family” checked out at our house, too!

    1. Marla Taviano

      Yes!! Have you read Handmade Home (I think that’s what it’s called) also by Amanda Soule? I thought of you when I got it!!

      AND… I just got the COOLEST idea for banners!! Oh my word, I’m excited!! When can I see you again????

      1. Bethany

        Ooh! I can’t wait to hear your banner idea! I just made my first mini banner and it is SOOOOO CUTE! I made one for Esther’s son who is turning one and it says “I am 1” to put around his high chair!

        Yes! I have also read Handmade Home and I love that, too! I keep rechecking them out at the library!

        We are having our Cambodia letter-writing party tonight, so I will need to get with you sometime between now and August 10th (when the Vista team leaves for Cambodia) to give you the letters.

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