Hey friends…We made it to the middle of March and Alexa just told me that winter ends…tomorrow! — Wow what timing! Congratulations! You’ve made it through winter.
Let’s have coffee and celebrate!
Since I published my Holiday Coffee date post I feel like I barely blinked and here we are! Did the last few months fly by for you, too?
If you’re new to these seasonal coffee date posts, this is how it works:
I imagine we each grab a cup of something warm and yummy and find a cozy seat and settle in…I will share any current thoughts, life/work updates, and the kind of things we might actually talk about over coffee. Next I ask you to leave a comment with the same! I read every comment. Then…I pick a couple of you to send an Anthropologie Gift card to! Sound good?
Good!…grab your drink and let’s get started!
Where to begin?…
I have a feeling that over coffee, I would process something that’s been on my mind lately. (and if I had time would likely write about in a full blog post…) It actually began when someone else’s words hurt me…but God quickly showed me that there was a lesson in it for me as well. (don’t you love that?😉) Now, the more I ponder it, the more I realize how truly powerful this lesson is…
It’s simply the idea of assuming the best in other people.
–Assuming the best in friends who drop the ball. Strangers who are rude. Relatives who let you down. Everyone. (Simple enough, right?)
Just assume the best. And speak the best…to people and about people.
I’m realizing that not only does this help prevent a lot of conflict, but it does something to our own souls, too. It puts to rest that part of us that feels compelled to blame, to judge, to be critical. And that…is so freeing.
God’s Word has a lot to say along these lines. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us that “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” And Matthew 7 is where Jesus talks about how we ought to check for the log in our own eye before pointing out the speck in our neighbor’s eye. (boom.💥) I think of the Proverb I often quote to my son, Levi: “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11) And there are countless verses about our words and the power of the tongue (James 3 is a good start!)
None of this is easy. And it certainly isn’t normal or expected in today’s world. In fact, it’s quite accepted to be easily offended, suspicious, and defensive. It’s normal to complain, criticize, and judge.
But that’s not God’s best. And it won’t take us anywhere good.
At this point I’d probably laugh and apologize for the mini-sermon, but we’d agree that it helps to process things with a friend. (Also, I need accountability to keep working on this.)
Next I hope you’d tell me what God’s been teaching you, and I’m pretty sure this would lead us to more conversations about family, relationships, and faith. And that makes for a really good coffee date.
(I read recently that a good coffee date with a friend is often as beneficial as a few professional therapy sessions.)
We would of course dive into all that is ahead of us — Spring break plans?…Easter? End of the school year!? Wow, there’s always a lot. You may or may not know all of my work-stuff so next I’ll give you my quick list from 2023, before pulling out my phone and sharing some photo-highlights.
THE PODCAST REBRANDED in the NEW YEAR: From “Boy Mom” to “The Monica Swanson Podcast” Yay! It was much smoother than I had anticipated and I hope you love it! (remember to tell your girl-mom friends!)
BLOG REFRESH: Have you noticed the new look? I was aiming for a clean, simpler look that was easy to navigate. Hope I accomplished that!
RAISING AMAZING FINALLY RELEASED! DOB: February 21, 2023. Thank you so much to all of you who pre-ordered, cheered me on, and didn’t quit on me even if you were tired of my emails or social media posts. (It’s just what we have to do as authors!) Thanks for understanding. I’ll continue to be sharing about the book because, well, it’s SO MUCH of my (and my family’s) heart! *** If you have read it, it would mean so much to me if you could leave an Amazing Rating/Review!! 🙏🏼
Also: Have you checked out the Raising Amazing Spotify playlist!? My son put it together and it is so good. ♥️
AND….COMING SOON!! —
The Character Training Course will be OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT from MARCH 27-31st!! I’m so excited to share it with you! There’s so much I could say about it, but it’s best to start on the main Course Page and be sure to leave your name/email so you will be notified when the doors open!!
Next: Wanna do a quick book rec./swap?
Here are a few books I love leading up to Easter!…
Uncovering the Love of Jesus our family’s favorite Lent Devotional (by Asheritah Ciuciu)
Amon’s Adventure (my favorite chapter book to read with kids leading up to Easter!…and honestly, any time of the year!) (grades 4-6…)
The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross (also excellent!) (ages 2-7, but also good for older IMO)
A few other books I’ve been loving…
The 40 Day Feast Devotional , byWendy Speake (I love this one!))
Faithfully Different by Natasha Crain. (solid💥)
Mind Your Mindset by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller. (Seriously this is awesome!)
WILL YOU RECOMMEND?…📚 I’m about to start a book club with a couple friends, and we need a great book recommendation! We’re looking for a good STORY — fiction or true story — (pretty much anything but a parenting book, haha!)
Now for a photo dump from the past few months. Then we’ll get to the giveaway!
In order…1. My big boys before they left for California again…2. My bookends in their happy place. 3. Levi and I on the golf course (a common occurrence these days.) 4. The “Bro-boarding trip” to Washington that happened during my book release! 🙂 5. yay for the books!! 6. Dave and I celebrating on a little Waikiki getaway. 7. Loving time with the best grandparents. 8. A Rip Curl Photo of Luke with (nbd 😲) world champ Gabriel Medina and Samuel Pupo. 9. Levi on dish duty (because we walk our talk. 💪🏼😉) 10. Josiah and Jonah adventuring together in California, this weekend.
Now I want to hear from you!
Answer any of the following questions in comments below and you’ll be entered to win one of two $50 gift credits to ANTHROPOLOGIE!! *See note at bottom for double entry!
- Anything God has been teaching you…how you are growing in this season?
- Your best book club suggestions?
- Anything new with you and your family? Good news/bad news? Changes? Prayer requests or praises? I’d love to hear.
Leave a comment and next Saturday (3/25/23) I’ll choose 2 of you to send an Anthropology gift card to! ALSO: DOUBLE ENTRIES if you tell me that you left an Amazon rating/review for my book, Raising Amazing. (you can do that here!)
Sending big hugs and love to all of you!
PS: Dave and my favorite parenting meme.
(Are we friends on Instagram yet?)
PS. Be sure you are on my email list for (mini-) coffee dates every Wednesday, with updates, great links, and encouragement! 💥