Month In Review

July 2017 Month in Review

Here we are in August. I cannot believe how fast this summer is going by. The kids start school at the end of the month and they are already complaining that their summer has been too short. Normally in July I start thinking about Christmas shopping. Now, I said thinking about it. I’ve never actually started until November, but it may be smart to start early, given the fact that we purchase everything on a cash-only basis.

Here is my July month in review. Enjoy!

LOVING: My “new-to-us” dining room table that is currently being transformed. A dear friend gave it to us and it had quite a bit of acrylic paint on it. My husband is refinishing it and we are close brining it in the house.

READING: I started reading the Zoo Keeper’s Wife in July. I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I am sure I am going to watch the movie before I get the book read.

LISTENING TO: Bethel worship on Spotify in my car. I have a neat little gadget that allows me to access Spotify and other music on my phone via bluetooth. It’s really a great little thing. 

SHOPPING FOR: Nothing in particular, although I want to try a new skin care for my face. I’ve been using Mary Kay for years, although not very faithful with it. Right now I am just taking my make up off with make up remover wipes. At my age, my skin needs a little more care. I am looking at N0. 7, among other brands.

EXCITED ABOUT: Our upcoming 29th anniversary weekend getaway. I used Priceline to book a room in Santa Cruz. Now to plan our fancy dinner and what we will do for two days without other responsibilities.

WORKING ON: Clearing the clutter. I am going to be participating with Melissa in her declutter challenge. I am behind a couple of days but will be caught up by this evening. We declutter the amount of items that coincides with the day of the month. Super easy! You can check it out here.

ENJOYING: Some quiet evenings as my kids have had two camps in July where they were gone for a week each time. I love my kids, but sometimes it’s nice to have a break.

USING: My Starbucks tumbler to drink more water. It really helps!

WEARING: Pull on shorts and t-shirts. I’ve been living in my comfy lounge shorts every day after work. Plus, they really “give” in the waist when needed.

PLANNING: Normally in July homeschool planning is in full swing, but since we aren’t homeschooling this year (independently that is), I’m on a planning break.

SINGING: “No shadow you won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me. No wall you won’t kick down, lie you won’t tear down, coming after me.” I LOVE this song by Bethel Worship.

LEARNING: To be kind to myself. I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life, although I just over the last few years have been able to admit it for what it is. July had me searching for ways to treat myself well. I am learning that healing is sometimes a long process, and there will be hard days. But God will bring me through.

Healing is sometimes a long process, but God will bring me through. Click To Tweet

WISHING (PRAYING) FOR: My mom, who has been recovering from a fall and other medical conditions. She also has early dementia. We have a long road ahead of us but I know God will continue to pour out grace and strength.

DOING: Not too much. I’ve slowed down a little, but now I fear I am neglecting things that should be taken care of.

DREAMING OF:  Taking my husband away on an exotic 30th anniversary vacation in 2018.

NOT CRAZY (SAD) ABOUT:  My debit card was compromised on the last day of July and someone stole $500 out of our account. The bank had the money back within 2 days, but it just makes me sad that there are people in this world that do this sort of thing.

Here is my favorite Instagram shot from July. I would love for you to follow me there at @barbieswihart.

Grandson # 2 at 7 weeks. Isn’t he the cutest?

How as your July? If you write a recap post I’d love to visit you.


10 thoughts on “July 2017 Month in Review”

  1. Rachelle Craig says:

    I love your monthly recaps!! I really need to get back into blogging more, but time! I am so happy to read you and hubby we’re able to plan a getaway for your anniversary, but so sad to see your bank account was compromised. I don’t understand why people feel the need to rob others, or how they can even live with themselves for that matter. I had fictitious charges on my credit card for skin care products a few months ago from a company I’ve never even heard of. My credit card company handled it great, and all the charges were removed. Thank God! Hope you have a wonderful August! And that new grandblessing of yours is absolutely precious! ❤

    1. Barbie says:

      I certainly understand about the lack of time to blog. I only blog when I can, not near as much as I use to. But that’s okay. Thanks so much or stopping by to read!

  2. June says:

    Good stuff, Barbie! Sounds like you have some wonderful things planned for August! and some much needed “YOU” time – good for you! Blessings on your week, my friend.

    1. Barbie says:

      We almost feel guilty getting away. We really don’t have the $$ but I told my husband that for the last few years my bonus, which is a lot of money, has aways one towards bills and we need this time together. I think it will be great!

  3. Susan Shipe says:

    Love this breakdown of the month. It really puts our lives in perspective.

    1. Barbie says:

      I love doing it Susan. your L.I.S.T. makes it so much easier.

  4. Sue Donaldson says:

    santa cruz sounds fabulous! it’s our 29th as well, well, heading into our 30th – will try a trip on for size, too! (Athens for the 30th) Yes, be gentle with yourself when blue. I liked the Zookeeper’s wife – didn’t read it, tho. Happy august!

    1. Barbie says:

      I’m hoping to whisk him away to a resort in Cancun in 2018. My boss has a membership. We shall see. Thanks for stopping by Sue.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much! That’s so kind of you.

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