October is one of my favorite months. I suppose it’s because I was born on the 14th or perhaps because I like all things fall. This month has been a whirlwind with Write 31 Days and a very intense time of reading and writing the series “31 Days in the Gospel of John – Exploring 31 Profiles of Christ” – the book will soon be released! I’ll definitely let you know.
This What I Learned exercise has been extremely helpful to me to assess each month as the calendar page is turned – to evaluate where my time is spent and to evaluate where my treasure is going! I want my treasures to be stored up in heavenly places for all of eternity. So, let’s see what I learned, what I did, in the beautiful autumn month of October!
One. Being Home Alone has its perks. Hubs went off working and shooting guns for 12 whole days. Shooting guns translates into competitive black powder shooting where people dress up like Confederates and Yankees and live in campers for five days at “the fort.” Wanna go? No thanks, I’ll stay home. Not my cuppa tea but I do like to be here and not have to cook or do laundry every other day – mind you, I like my husband but time off is healthy, right?
Two. Hurricanes from 900 miles away still bring trepidation and the urgency to pray. This one was a doozie too. Our state of NC on the coast is still a mess. People left homeless, businesses still shut, roads still blocked. Please pray for Eastern NC.
Three. Weekends with family are never unwelcome! My daughter, daughter-in-love, and two grands came to the mountains for a sleep-over. It was rainy, windy and perfect. We had a great time. Simon, the only guy beside Sam the dog, hung in like a champ. We were all browsing through a multi-level antique store on Saturday morning and we heard guitar strumming only to find he had picked up some strings in one of the booths and was entertaining the sales clerks! What a guy! Hannah, home for fall break, looked fab-u-lous!
Four. Fall arrived suddenly. Things were green – then brilliantly gold and red!
Five. Unplanned road trips are the best! Hubs and I took off for St. Parris, Ohio the morning of the 14th – my birthday! On the way we made a short little side trip just east of Cincinnati and I got to meet Natalie of MessyMom.com – she is a delight. We spent the night in Piqua, Ohio, and headed home the next morning. We took a diagonal route through Ohio and never once drove on an Interstate. In Portsmouth Ohio we crossed the great Ohio River and we arrived home Saturday night! One of the things we saw on the trip in Eastern Kentucky was a union strike – hadn’t seen one of those in ages – and, finally, on this trip we realized we are drivers and not stoppers!
Six. Facebook is an awesome Prayer Group! My former husband, or as my friend Tammy Mashburn says, my “was-band” had open heart surgery on the 13th – and wow! when I put out a call for prayer? There were at least 43 people willing to pray and reach out. Thank you. Update: he is home recuperating and doing well.
Seven. The Nester put on quite a fall extravaganza on the 22nd – NEST FEST! Our tickets were purchased months ago and my daughter and I were so excited about attending as we both follow her blog, read her book and like her style. My daughter, Marni, and grandson, Simon, went to South Florida to tend to my wasband and she had to miss it. Hannah came home from Liberty that weekend so she and I could go! The Lord gave us the perfect day to travel to Midland NC. It was glorious! And, what a festival – perfect in every way. The now famous “white barn” was the site of the writers hall of fame! Shelly Miller, Emily Freeman, Edie Rudder Wadsworth, Logan Lane Wolfram, Lisa Whittle, Timothy Willard and Myquillyn Smith aka The Nester – all there signing books and greeting the people. We had a wonderful day. Took a little side trip to IKEA, which is always FUN!
Eight. Hubs and I traveled to Conway SC for the sixth annual cousins’ gathering of his clan! Another perfect day – cousin Barry called it a “Chamber of Commerce” day! We had an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and fabulous food.
Nine. October 27th marks the anniversary of my mother’s home-going. Hard to believe it’s been four years – does it get easier? Not really, but the grief softens and the memories sweeten!
Ten. Discipline: Read | Pray | Move still going strong. The year-long, chronological read-thru of the Bible has me in the New Testament and I’m still loving The Message. I’m still “moving” Monday through Friday with my T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus. And, I’m still praying, without ceasing, never saying amen!
How was YOUR month of October? Please, do tell!
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