What I learned this Summer 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

Taking care of my health is and will always be a priority. I embarked on a summer health project that really helped me improve my health. The project gave me much-needed encouragement to lose weight during the summer. You can read (and hear) all about it here

Friendship Culture was birthed this summer. It started as a desire God planted in my heart. Creating a place where women of all racial ethnicities and walks of life can gather to talk about friendships was amazing. I am planning the second event for this Fall. I hope you can attend. The focus of the first one was cross-cultural friendships. We learned so much and delighted in each other's presence. 

Camp Listenbee came and went so quickly. My babies are growing. I am grateful for all the time we spent together. I was especially grateful to steer them towards greater time management while still making room for fun and wonder. You can read about it here

Part of my summer was stressful and downright awful. I learned that when things are out of control, there are a few things I truly can do. You can listen to this podcast here.

Peace and calm are right on the other side of a big decision. I am learning that no one has to understand what I do. Most people around me do not. I am learning that the support of family and close friends is enough. I am learning to cultivate the peace of God in my life. It is a gift worth pursuing. 

My middle child turned 11 this summer. She has the last kid birthday of the three. We celebrated her with gusto. She is a blessing and God was very kind to give our daughter to us. Celebrating life is a pleasure and we do it with all our might. 

My husband and I got away by ourselves for a blissful 48 hours. We went to Chicago, one of my favorite cities. We went there to attend Ricky Dillard & New G's concert. The concert was a dream come true. Zeke has been writing for them for a while and this was the first time we got a chance to hear his song being performed live. We toured Chicago and truly enjoyed seeing and experiencing new things together. We were more thrilled than tired, our memories are more sweet than savory.

A tough lesson to learn was the "not yet" I received when it came to traveling home to Brasil. We had everything planned and ready to go but it wasn't time. I learned to hear God's voice, especially when it is telling that it is not time yet. I am learning to be grateful for the closed doors He clearly places in front of me. 

I'm surrounded by a lot of people who look at me but do not see me. This summer, I learned to be okay with that. I'm not sure why this is happening. Still, I decided once again to stand in my confidence and be everything God created me to be. I refuse to adjust to a culture that ignores people on purpose. I am determined to offer friendship, acceptance, and encouragement everywhere I go. True friendship can be used as an agent of change. The thing is, I need to be willing to be that agent of change.