Alooooha friend!! I’m so happy to see you!
Got time for a coffee?! This is my quarterly chance to check in, swap updates, photos and favorite things + offer a giveaway! (I think you’re going to love the giveaway this time!)
I’m thinking an after-dinner decaf on the front lanai might be nice…❤️
I’m bubbling up with things I want to cover…Of course we never get to all of the things (and we always finish saying, “let’s do this again soon!” even if we know it will be a few more months, right!?). But the good news is, if you are on my email list, you and I get a “mini-coffee date” every Wednesday! (be sure to sign up for that if you don’t get those emails yet!)
I’ll share most of my updates photo-journal-style below…
How was your spring? Any big news? And what is summer like for your family? Busy?…laid back? Hot?…Travelling? I hope you’ll hit reply at the bottom and update me!
As for me…on the writing/podcast front:
- Raising Amazing is getting in the hands of more and more people…Thank you so much for helping make that happen! It is selling steadily on Amazon, and the reviews over there bring me to tears. (thank you! — also if you haven’t left one yet, you can do that here and that is a big blessing!). Sadie Robertson-Huff chose my book for her LO Sister book club in June and that was so much fun.
Here’s a review (from a man!) that blessed me:
“I am so thankful for this book. As a military family, we struggle to find mentors and this book makes it feel like Monica is right here with us, walking us through parenting God’s way. I love that this is not a self-help parenting book, but is biblically rooted and practical.”
- Annnnd guess what!? One week ago, I turned in my NEXT book manuscript! You guys, I am extra excited about this one! Over coffee, of course, I’d slip you some of the inside scoop…It’s different from the last two, and though I can’t tell you what it’s about *yet*, I will be spilling the beans, soon. –> And I am hoping to have a launch team for this next one too! (best tip: get on my email list!)
- I just kicked off the most special podcast series! I’m interviewing my 3 oldest boys for all of JULY talking about how the book of Proverbs has impacted them growing up! Invite your kids and start with Luke’s interview, HERE!
**ALSO don’t miss the free Proverbs Printable (in that same link!) This topical list will give your kids WISDOM for all that they face!
- I had the chance to speak at two events this spring. Mother’s Day in San Diego and at the Bloom Conference in Honolulu. They were both so special!
Over coffee I’d tell you how I still get super nervous to speak, but how I am enjoying it more and more. I would tell you about how, in my nervousness, I forgot to put on eye makeup for my San Diego speaking (ugh!) and how super blessed I feel every time someone tells me that God used something I said or wrote to speak directly to their hearts. I’m so totally humbled.
Next we might have to chat about books…
What are you reading?
As always, I have been
reading at least skimming through a lot of books…many to prepare for podcast interviews. And others I just love.
Here are some of my spring/summer reads:
Unoffendable, by Brant Hansen (hoping to have him on the podcast this fall!)
I’m reading an early copy of Justin Whitmel Earley’s next book “Made For People” and I’ll just tell you to go ahead and PRE-ORDER it now! (comes out Aug. 15)
Seizing the Good Life, by Shellie Tomlison (a unique walk through John’s Gospel)
**Levi and I are making our way through the Heroes Then and Now Series. We loved George Muller and are now half-way through Corrie Ten Boom (so hard but good to read.)
As for FAMILY LIFE…
Luke has continued to travel for surf a lot– We hate goodbyes, but we love that he always comes back!
This spring he made his way to Tahiti, then on to Australia (with John John Florence, which was such a huge learning experience and so much fun) then on to Indonesia.
PS About that: 👆🏼For those who wonder…Yes, this is all part of Luke’s professional surf career. (He’s not being an aimless surf-head, really, haha.) He is paid by sponsors to travel and surf. (They take photos and make video edits of him for their brands.)(you can watch some of his surfing on his IG) Though, as fun as that is — his ultimate goal is to be on the World Surf Tour…so, he’s working his way towards that!
Also (I can’t help but include) he is also taking online college classes during all of this! 👊🏼 🤓
While Luke was out of the country, the rest of us were able to rendezvous in California for the Mother’s Day week.
And it doesn’t get much better than that.
It was so special doing life with our older boys…from getting to know their church family, to sharing great meals, and even a super fun day-trip to San Luis Obispo and the Hearst Castle… Words cannot express how much I love parenting my boys through this season!
We came home, Levi turned 13, and we wrapped up 7th grade.
Oh, did I mention braces happened somewhere in there?
Finally, we did some Father’s Day boating with Dr. Shormann and family. Dave’s happy place for sure. (and I had fun snorkeling with my guys!)
A couple weeks ago Dave and I got to go to a wedding and be reminded how glad we are that God thought of marriage!
It’s been extra special having my (normally) “Virtual” assistant, Morgan on island with her husband and two darling boys for part of summer. Her husband is working here, which has allowed us to work together IRL a few times. And also, hang at the beach with her cutest-ever baby!
I’m so grateful for Morgan’s help with all things online, (she’s amazing!) and I know that some of you have received email responses from her and found yourself a new friend. 🥰 She’s like that.
Luke was home for a minute, then last week he flew to California to be a workshop speaker at Future Quest (a huge annual youth conference hosted by Foothills Church.) This was his first big speaking event and he talked about the importance of being grounded in your identity in Christ as an athlete. I’m so proud of him! (he says he was nervous, too. ;)) I heard he did great! And if I get a link to the recording, I promise to share!
And now we’re hosting missionaries who we love like family and we are once again being inspired to live out the Great Commission wherever we are!
Now that I wrote all of that, I realize this spring/early summer has been much more full than I even realized!
But honestly, on regular days I struggle with feeling a bit overwhelmed with writing deadlines and dishes in the sink and a family that would love more attention (always, right?) I have missed a few special events and had to let some things go, (I’m looking at you messy hallway closet and emails that I can’t seem to get caught up on….) but here’s what I am learning: When I start each day abiding with the Lord, and surrender my will to His, He really does direct my steps. (Psalm 37:23-24//Proverbs 16:9) And when I am tempted to compare to other people in any variety of ways, I keep coming back to what God has called me to do…in the season I am in. And that will always be enough.
So, friends, may I encourage you? To consider what God is calling YOU to, in the season you are in? Is it small children? Or a job you may or may not love? Is it caring for an elderly parent, or something else that only God can see? Whatever it is, remember that Proverbs 37:24 says that God delights in every detail of the lives of the godly. That’s something to ponder!
Before I go…One favorite feature of my weekly emails is my “Things I’m Loving” — links at the end of most emails! Here’s a sampler–
First 15 App (been starting my devo’s with this a lot lately.)
The Aloha Collection bags/totes/etc– just keep getting more gorgeous prints and I (all my friends here in Hawaii!) use them for everything from travel to beach to my fave hip-pouch and more. #cantstopwontstop.
This outfit from Z-Supply has been my spring uniform.
Loving this Journaling Bible (Got it at the Bloomtique — there’s great stuff over there!)
Discovered my favorite water bottle of all time.
Smoothie bowls are still a (near-) daily thing in our house.
AND…ICYMI (In case you missed it) a few more highlights from this spring:
*An IG Reel with Levi’s latest favorite books (for middle school boys)
*This podcast episode about Great Summer Reading with Your Kids (with Sarah Mackenzie of the Read Aloud Revival)
*A new pasta salad recipe and why I want to up my recipe-posting game.
* A fun way to teach your kids about the Holy Spirit
Look for these two topics on the blog this summer!!! —
—A chat about Peri-Menopause and all of the glory.
–A Big HOMESCHOOL UPDATE!!
Be sure you’re on my email list so you don’t miss either of these!
NOW FOR A GIVEAWAY!
I want to bless 3 of you with a fun item from the Aloha Collection!!
To enter to win: Please comment with any of your own updates …
And also: would you give me some feedback!?
What would you like me to share more of (on the blog/podcast or in a book)
A. More parenting/family Inspo (comment as specifically as you like!)
B. More health and fitness chat (it’s been a minute!) **Including women’s health/menopause, etc.
C. Homeschooling topics!
D. Something else (fun style posts, more recipes, you name it!)
I will choose three winners next FRIDAY (July 14th) and send something from the ALOHA COLLECTION to each of you!
*Share on social media (and tag me!) or share with a friend (and tell me) and I will give you extra entries!
xoxo. It’s been so much fun having coffee with you! Big hugs and much Aloha,
PS. For those who have asked!! — I am doing some awesome updates and will be opening the doors to the Character Training Course for a Back-to-School Sale in early August! Stay tuned and cannot wait to see you there!