Photo: Josiah Swanson
I am taking a quick break from the new series (which, by the way–I am so excited about and have really appreciated all of the awesome feedback on — thank you!) to sit down with my coffee (it’s still dark this morning, and rainy, so my heart is happy) and just catch up with you a bit.
Are you comfy?
So let’s chat! Life has been a bit of a whirlwind here lately, so I thought it would be good to re-group, share a few updates, my latest favorite links and photos, and well, just catch our collective breath. (anyone else need that?)
By the time this is published I’ll likely have landed in Seattle, where my oldest, Josiah, and I are flying for a long weekend at my parents’ home in Gig Harbor, Wa. My mom’s only sibling, an older brother, just passed away after a battle with cancer, (giving me one more reason to really hate cancer) and Josiah and I are going for the funeral. The good news is my uncle was a good man, who had lived a happy and long life, and he and sweet wife raised four incredible kids — who I will get to see this weekend! (as well as their kids and some of their kids ;)) Though the weather is forecasted to be cold and rainy (this IS the Pacific Northwest after all) I will soak up every minute with my family in my sweet home town.
Also: Traveling alone with Josiah? So. Special! (Geek alert: When I texted Josiah to invite him on the trip, after mentioning the obvious benefits of seeing family and eating Grandma’s cooking, etc., my next message was exactly this: “Yay! We can both do some writing on the plane without interruptions!” #writingnerds)
SPRING — as usually, is a bit nuts for us. Luke has all of his season-end contests (mostly in Honolulu), we are wrapping up the homeschool year, getting ready to graduate Josiah (see below), and then will be ready to travel for Luke’s national championship contests in California in June. The boys and I are also going to do a house swap for a couple of weeks in May at Trestles (San Clemente, Ca.) so that Luke can train for U.S. Championships, and the rest of the boys can just have a blast surfing one of their favorite spots. (it’s kinda-sorta Josiah’s Grad trip.) Speaking of which…
JOSIAH’S FUTURE: I am way past due for an official update on Josiah’s future plans! Here they are: Josiah has his homeschool graduation ceremony in early June. Then he plans to take a gap year before college to work, possibly travel, and just enjoy the island life that has been hard of him to make time for in his senior year with AP classes, a research internship, and a lot of leadership in ministry. He already has been accepted to his top choice for college — Biola University in Southern California, (with a helpful academic scholarship-yay!) and they allow a deferment for gap years, so he is all set to attend in fall of 2018. At this time he is looking at majoring in Engineering (though he loves so many subjects — from writing, to photography, and more — he’s done really well in the maths and sciences, so we are gently
urging guiding him that way.) Biola offers a “3/2” program with University of Southern California so that seems be a perfect mix: Three years at a smaller, Christian school, then two years at big USC. We’re just praying God will lead him every step of the way as He always has!
More on graduation and all of that will be coming next month…
And check it out — See photo below: Josiah went to the local high school’s PROM last weekend. It was a blast. (They’re just friends, but didn’t they look great!?)
COMING ON THE BLOG: Way back in my New Year’s post I suggested a series on “Life in my mid-forties.” I got a great response to that idea, and I want to make sure you know I haven’t forgotten! My most recent series —“conversations with your teens/tweens” kind of just happened, and took over for now. Keep an eye out for the mid-forties series later this spring, or well, sometime in 2017. 😉
YOUTUBE NOTE: AFTER I published my last post I edited it to add a note that I published a YouTube video to go with the topic. I am hoping to do videos for each conversation in the new series! (Even better, I’m hoping to bring one of my boys on with me for each of the videos in the series!) Click HERE to check out my YouTube channel and see Jonah and I discussing Identity and Image in teens/tweens. (So best thing to do: SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel! Thanks!)
I’M NOT USUALLY BOSSY, BUT...My friend Roger Thompson (remember this post about his first — really great–book called My Best Friend’s Funeral) wrote his second book, and I have a really good feeling that you’re not only gonna love it, but the MEN in your life will, too. The book launches on May 2nd, in perfect time to get it for Father’s Day! (you’re welcome.) Roger is one of the best writers I have ever known. OK, I haven’t known that many writers, but his writing is some of the best I’ve ever read. And I do not say that lightly. So here’s what you should all do: (you know I’m not bossy very often) go to His website and pre-order his book. ALSO make sure to subscribe to his email list so he can keep in touch with you about pre-order incentives (Free stuff!) and so on. I know some of you are already fans of Roger from his last book, so feel free to reach out and offer to be on the launch team for his new book (and then even more free stuff! :)) Just reading the short bio on his site will make you want to be his friend. (and he’s the type to actually be your friend too, trust me.)
Now I’ll leave you with a list of REALLY GREAT LINKS and some photos from instagram and life.
PS If you’re not following me on Insta yet, click here and make it happen! 🙂
The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting. (a new favorite article!) — New York Times.
Here’s to all of you trying to make the most out of a bad situation. (Just beautiful. ) — Becoming Minimalist.
The best thing I did today was nothing. YES! — Scary Mommy.
Why you should try meditating while you run (and how to do it. Hint: Some of you are doing it already and don’t know it! 🙂 Interesting.) -Runner’s World.
Trying out Slow Parenting. (I’m working on it. 🙂 –Cup of Jo.
Today I’ll press pause (that too.) –ericalayne
Everything you need to know about Easter (great info — so good for families!) — Jelly Telly blog.
6 Science-backed ways being kind is good for your health. Of course! –quietrev.
The important thing about yelling – (an important read!) HandsFreeMama
How to Detangle Productivity with Self Worth – (this too!) No Side Bar
Meet the North Shore’s Next Generation: Luke Swanson — Heck yeah!!! –Quiksilver.com
And for the photos…
Jonah and I doing the YouTube thing…
NOW: You know the drill, right?! Your turn to comment! Tell me any little update, piece of news, favorite book, what you’re eating…Literally just talk to me, K? Cuz this is our coffee date and it’s super weird and awkward if I’m the only one talking! 🙂
With much love,
PPS You now I already love you, but if you click to share this post I’ll love you even a tiny more. xo
also: Click on the image below to find out more about Jelly Telly’s Easter shows!