(See bottom for the special giveaway!)
Yay! Coffee Date posts are my very favorite! I am so excited to catch up with you!
It feels like two minutes since my Summer Coffee date, but at the same time — so much has happened since July! (right!??)…
In case this is your first time, this is how it goes…Each quarter I love to make believe we are having coffee together while we catch up on all of the things. I share photos, family + work news…and I usually include a giveaway (because why not!?) I’m so glad you’re here and the only request I have is that you leave me a comment telling me something (anything!) from your life too!
(Otherwise it makes for a super awkward one-sided coffee-date.)
So grab your favorite beverage and jump in!
Many of you know I love October for a lot of reasons (Thanks so much to those of you who have sent me pictures of your pretty leaves! 🍁🍂!) but I cannot deny that having my birthday near the end (approximately next Monday!😉 ) adds to the joy. I’ll be celebrating that in a few special ways, (see a bit below) but before I get to that, let’s catch up!
I’ll start from where we left off last summer…
Summer came and went. It was fun, we had lots of guests, and time…flew…by. 😅
At the end of summer we had two recent Pepperdine college-grads move in for the fall to stay in the “big boys” areas of the house, which is currently empty because the “big boys” now live in California. 😉 However when the girls first arrived, the big boys happened to be visiting, haha, so we had a very full house — and a ton of fun — for a few weeks. (I finally posted a bit of that story in this IG post last week.) No denying: We have all loved having some big sisters in the house!
Luke also came and went a few times between summer and fall, but he should be mostly here for the remainder of winter. (This is the best time of the year for waves on the North Shore!) He’s got a big contest coming up in a few weeks and is guaranteed a great cheering section for that.
We attempted some photos on the ONE DAY all of the boys were home together but… 😜
(And I thought toddlers were hard!)
In August I was able to fly over to see Jonah off for his final year (!! what?) of college and what a sweet time that was.
Since then, Levi has kept busy with school, golf, and a growing love for spear fishing.
Then….the highlight of our fall was our trip to Scottsdale, AZ where Levi competed in the PGA SW Regional Champs for the Drive, Chip, and Putt event…
and he WON!
— My parents met us there and we also got to celebrate their 59th anniversary while we were there. (amazing!)
And now we are all planning a trip to AUGUSTA, GEORGIA for the National Finals next April. We are so excited!
(Isn’t it the most fun to end a trip by planning the next trip?)
NBD, just getting interviewed for the Golf Channel. 😲
(did I mention it was a million degrees that day? ^^)
Another highlight of our trip was the chance to visit Dave’s Aunt and Uncle in Tucson. These two have been lifetime missionaries with Wycliffe, investing their life in creating a language for Tribes in Mexico and translating the Bible into their language. I’m convinced these sort of people will have a very special place in heaven.
After Arizona Dave and I slipped away to Oregon for a couple days alone in our old favorite place, (Hood River, in the Columbia Gorge) and then on to McMinnville to visit his family. Yes, I got my fall and family fix and my heart was so full.
In case you ever wonder what we’d look like if we lived in the PNW and wore hats…
and hung out in coffee shops. (I could see it!)
Our favorite day involved a drive around the “Fruit Loop” visiting apple orchards and eating delicious fresh produce. Heavenly.
In McMinnville, we were also able to have an early 89th birthday celebration with Dave’s Dad and siblings. So special!
We are back home now and it’s officially fall on the North Shore of Oahu. The waves are rolling in and well, fall or no fall — it’s hard to beat October around here!
On the Farm..
Dave is keeping busy with his girls and all kinds of fruit growing!
Just before our mainland trip 10 new baby chicks arrived (literally freshly hatched in a funny little box from the PO!) Dave has been busy building a new coop for them. He’s also got a bunch of other projects going on the farm and I’m thinking we are past due for a property update around here. (We’re voting Dave starts his own IG to share all of his fruits and friends. 🐣🐓)
Thank you so much to those of you who faithfully tune in!
The podcast hit 2 million downloads last summer! (What!?)
We’ve had some great episodes recently. In case you missed any, here are a few to check out:
Justin Whitemel Earley talking about loneliness and how we were all Made For People
A July Series with my boys talking about the book of Proverbs (starts with Luke, here.)
Sarah Molitor (from Modernfarmhousefamily) talking about the power of our words.
And the legend himself, Max Lucado, was on this week, reminding us that God Never Gives Up on You. I LOVED getting to know him!
Always more great episodes ahead! (got a topic or guest request? Email me! [email protected])
In case you missed the news, I’ve sneaked the word out that my NEXT BOOK will come out in May of 2024!! It’s called “Becoming Homeschoolers” and I can hardly stand it I am SO EXCITED to share this book with the world! It’s our family’s story of (unexpectedly) becoming homeschoolers, a big dose of encouragement, and it’s also a practical guide from Preschool to College for anyone interested in giving homeschooling a try…
I’ll be sharing more about it over time, and I hope to have an actual launch team this time 🙏🏼 so if you are a homeschooler or thinking about homeschooling one day down the road (or just curious about homeschooling!) I’d love to have you join me! (You will get early access and be able to help me get this book out into the world.) Stay tuned!
Next: I mentioned my birthday celebration…
AND A GIVEAWAY!… 🥳⭐️💥
(Quick backstory–) After my Character Training Course opened and closed in early August I have heard from so many people who missed it due to travels or summer or school starting (etc.) And though I was not planning to open it again until 2024, I decided that it would be fun to offer a FLASH BIRTHDAY SALE from Monday, the 23rd to Friday the 27th! 💃🏼
Here’s the deal: I’ll be taking $25 off anyone who uses code: BIRTHDAY.
If you’re not familiar with my Character Training Course, be sure to go over to the COURSE PAGE to have a look at everything that is in there! It is a course for parents of kids of all ages, and it’s changed the lives of hundreds (thousands?!) of families around the world. The good news is, once you’re in, you have lifetime access to everything in the course and everything I add to it over time!
But before the doors even open —
I want to GIVE ONE OF YOU FULL ACCESS TO THE COURSE FOR FREEEE!
Leave a comment at the end of this post and you’ll be entered to win!
Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Veronica for winning!!
And thank you to all of you who left the best comments ever…I LOVE hearing from you all! xo
Now, before our coffee date ends, I know we would do a speed round of “what are you/your kids reading?…listening to…wearing!?” and all the rest. There’s never enough time, but we’ll squeeze in what we can!
Here’s my quick:
4 Podcasts for kids, 3 fall recipes, 2 things I’m wearing, and 1 thing God has been teaching me. ❤️
3 FALL RECIPES:
This (healthy) soup roundup could keep me busy for a while. 🙂
My favorite fall dessert! (Your family will love you forever for this!)
2 things I am wearing this fall:
These overalls in a crazy yellow-green color I surprisingly love. (but there are 15 color options and I wish I could have them all. )
This jumpsuit in cinnamon. (see photo of me sitting on the fence, above.)
I have loved all of the jumpsuits but I so rarely wear long sleeves that this short sleeve option is perfect!.
1 Thing God has been teaching me:
That as a follower of Christ I can — and should — have a JOY that is unshakable and unmistakable, and which reflects Jesus to the world. ✨ A joy that is NOT dependent on circumstances but is totally dependent on the unchanging nature of Jesus.
The Bible has a lot to say about joy…
(FIve of them are listed in this article on the Billy Graham Library website.)
And a fun quote by Anne Lamott:
Quote: “Joy is the best makeup. But a little lipstick is a close runner-up.”
(Fun fact: I try to wear lipstick or something on my lips all of the time b/c my natural lip color is blueish and not pretty.)
Before I go//just so you know—
As I write this, Josiah is flying home for a visit (and to surf the north shore waves, let’s be honest!) so I am guaranteed to have a great 53rd birthday (YES, 53!!!) Follow all of our fun on Instagram!
Now it is your turn to update me! I want to hear absolutely anything new from your world! Family, work, life updates…Share your favorite part of fall or what you’re looking forward to this winter. Anything goes!
I will be choosing one of you to give access to my Character Training Course too! (if you already have it, you can choose a friend to gift it to!!)
Winner will be chosen and contacted on Monday, October 23rd!
Giveaway closed! Congrats to Veronica! 😉
Remember: Character Training Course doors will be open from Monday to Friday (October 23-27th!)
Love to you all! — Monica
PS Quick note: You can join my weekly email list HERE and at the beginning of each month you’ll receive my email with updates as well as great links to things I’m loving. (Kind of a mini-version of this!)