Joy Journal: August 5th

Early morning prayer and Bible reading outdoors has been life giving the last few weeks 🌿♥️🌿

☕️Dear Friends,

What is inspiring you or bringing you joy currently? Please join me in comments, in your journal, or on your blog!♥️🌿♥️

I’m grateful today for…

This 🌿quote🌿…

It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity – a friend on IG reminded me of this quote and it was exactly what I needed.

||pressing pizza dough down into three pans, flour-y hands|| talking with 3yo about his Schliech puma and jaguar toys||our new rescue kitten, Ghibli or Gibs||laying in the breeze and looking up through the Honey Locust to a patch of blue above||Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, an unique, adult murder mystery within a murder mystery ||Black-Eyed Susan’s opening their eyes||

3yo and I’s snuggle reading 📖 one day…

||my daughter’s chamomile flowers|| a wildflower bouquet from my oldest son|| new paneling slowly going into the bathroom || delish iced coffee made by friend, talking about homeschooling, life, and books with my bookstudy women||Christmas gift planning, thrifting and homemade ideas|| catching 3 yo on floor with pile of books, slowly turning the pages|| looking up and around and seeing 3 children reading near me ♥️📚||

||stacks of picture books to put away|| Malcolm Guite reads C.S. Lewis’ poetry at The Kilns ||zucchini, cucumber , and lovely green peppers from Amish stand||glorious sunrises breaking the dark’s hold || star-drenched skies|| paper bits, quotes, snippets, collage journal resurrected || jalapeño tango paint color still growing strong from Menards|| the summer smell, new mown hay, a friend said it “smelled green” and I looove that 🌿🌳🪴💚||

Amish 🌾 wheat…

||a friend texting me a quote from the book she is reading || white paint to wash away a few years of country living ||Miriam Elizabeth’s Jane Austen July vlogs on Booktube || using a laundromat for the first time in a long time, reading The Princess Bride while waiting for clothing to dry|| old Carl Larsson calendar art cut out and reused||Austin Kleon’s email newsletters, so many weird fascinating things to get creative juices flowing ||single sunflower 🌻 that grew under bird feeder || Berber van Gorp’s peaceful ASMR art journaling YouTube channel ||

Book choices for an upcoming road trip…📚📚📚

What’s on your gratitude list? Are you still soaking up summer or gearing up for autumn? I’m praying and planning a bit, but I’m still loving summer. I’m sooo enjoying reading 📖 outdoors and hanging out our 🧺 laundry. 🌿🌞♥️🌻🌿 Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Love 💕, Amy

8 thoughts on “Joy Journal: August 5th

  1. It’s been too hot for any reading out doors lately. But this week, we’ve now recently had some nicer temps. Just more rain. I’m so hoping for early Fall weather….. Something that brought me a lot of joy today was a wonderful art book that arrived today in the mail. I flipped through it briefly and it’s even more gorgeous than I anticipated! It is a book that teaches you how to draw ordinary everyday things and I can’t wait to look at every single page and also get started drawing!

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you for sharing! I’ve heard that there’s some intense heat out there. We have humidity in WI but overall it’s been soooo mild this summer. Hopefully, you’ll get some cooler weather soon. That sounds like the best book mail! The kind that surprises us! 😍🥰♥️🌿 Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love your opening quote. Thank you! And of course — these posts are full of such wonderful imagery. I’m in the middle of reading The Shell Seekers – have you read it yet? I keep thinking that you’ll love it because it’s full of the most beautiful domesticity. If I’m remembering correctly from your YouTube channel, I think we both reading Coming Home around the same time and were marking up the same passages. But maybe that was a different book?? It’s so hard to keep up! Anyway – I hope your week gets off to a great start. Take care!

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  3. I am thankful for a week away in the Kent countryside with Christian friends; soaking up the sun and swimming in the pool; finally being able to visit my mum and stepdad in France; visiting some fantastic historical places; some comforting reads; and being safely back home now. ❤

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