Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Family

Halfway Through

One sibling photo a week throughout the year. 26/52

Half the year is behind us, half still ahead. It is interesting to mark the seasons and reflect on what has happened in that time. I’m pretty sure all the kids have grown about 6 inches each since January. They’re eating like it, anyway. We’ve had some fun times, including this weekend’s water fun in our dead grass.

For me, this year has thus far been about a new level of simplicity, self-discipline, intentionality and learning to live right where I am with gratitude. I didn’t know it was possible for me to grow even more introspective than I already was, but I think that has happened as well, so I’m rolling with it. It has been a lovely, challenging, lonely, beautiful time.

I’m doing less wrestling with God and more surrendering. Open-handed, but with intention is really the way to live to find peace. There are things I can’t change, and things I can. Knowing which is which, and putting energy in the right areas makes a world of difference.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20

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Update on goals for week 26:

1) Run/walk at least 10 miles per week. Week 26 ~ 10 Run/Walk miles traveled, 278mi in 2015
2) Write 10,000 words weekly. Week 26 ~ 1000 words completed, 76,100 words in 2015

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856. little feet learning how to step on half the sprinkler to make it spray higher, 857. relief from the heat, 858. outfits mostly chosen for upcoming photoshoot, 859. almost no cooking this week, 860. rsvp’s for the birthday party, 861. ice water, 862. comfy pants, 863. dishwasher, 864. the everlasting phone (dropped a number of times but still working fine), 865. kindle and the books i’ve been reading, 866. afternoon naps, 867. world cup soccer, 868. american ninja warriors-in-training, 869. the quiet night, 870. independence