Phew, what a full month October turned out to be! Once again, I realize this post may not interest everyone, but for the few who asked for updates, I thought that this would be a fun way to share what us Weissers have been up to as well as some baby spam for those who are into that sort of thing!
What we did this month
Soccer practices and games for Jude
Our first date night since having Millie
The culvert was put in on our back 8 acres and the driveway is underway!
Carved pumpkins and decorated for Halloween
I made the kids Halloween costumes (scroll the bottom of this post for pictures)
Playdates with friends and morning walks in the cooler weather
Fall break with the kids where I planned 2 days of helping our community and had SO much fun serving with the kids.
Took school photos for the boy's school
Had my first major branding session at the studio!
Visited the LEGO store and spent a lot of time building (and cleaning up) LEGOs this month
Friday Night movie nights- each week the boys take turns pulling an envelope that has a Disney movie listed inside. The movie they pull is the one that we watch and I try to make a fun, themed dinner to go with the movie. October included Aladdin, Luca, Little Mermaid, Finding Dory, and Coco.
Lots of rehearsals at the dance studio for our upcoming show
Trick or Treating and Fall Festivals
Things that October has taught me.
October was jam-packed that it feels like such a blur! I dove back into work full force and photographed SO MANY sessions this month. When the weather begins to cool down and the days begin to get shorter I am reminded of how important it is to slow down and savor even the little moments. I can hardly believe Millie is already 2 months old. She is beginning to chit chat and smile which just melts my heart in a puddle. I have tried hard this month to instill a morning routine and reestablish a bit of quiet time for myself before the house wakes up. It's not perfect and doesn't usually last long, but it's just enough for me to feel grounded enough to start my day. I feel like the books I read this month were responsible for a lot of the things I learned this month I definitely recommend them!
What I read this month
SO MANY GOOD NUGGETS IN THIS BOOK! My pages are full of underlined words and notes. I highly recommend this! If you have never read Gloria's books before I find that they can be a blend of easy reading and sentences I have to reread several times. It's 10 bucks with Amazon Prime right now! Go grab yourself a copy mama. Here are just a few of my favorite nuggets.
"The Christian mother's hands are full with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3) and her work in nurturing children in the fear of the Lord is her privileged participation in God's work in uniting all things in Jesus."
"As mothers, we can so easily become fixated on the immaturity of these little image-bearers, who show people their boogers, that we neglect to treasure them as reflections of God's glory. In our noble efforts to practically raise our children to grow up to be adults, we often miss something. We miss the rising sun that signals another day of grace in which God has entrusted us with nurturing his little image-bearers to love and honor him first and foremost. When the mundane looms larger than eternal life, we forget who God is, who we are, and who our children are. We tend to forget about tomorrow and eternity when our day is filled with the tyranny of the urgent."
"We need to remember that God is no less good to us when we find ourselves in a battle of wills with a preschooler in the checkout line at the grocery store than he was as his Son dragged a cross up a hill that Friday two thousand years ago."
Winning your Spiritual Battles- Tony Evans
Our church is doing a series inspired by this little book right now so I decided to grab a copy and give it a read. It's a super simple read but is full of some great information.
"Satan wants to destroy you as an individual, but he wants to destroy your family even more. If he can destroy your family, he can do more damage than simply destroying the present generation. By destroying your family, he is increasing the potential to destroy future generations. This is because if he can get to your children before you have a chance to mold, shape, direct, and guide them correctly, he not only has influence over your home but also has influence over their future homes. If they are given over to strongholds in their lives, they will be less equipped to raise their children in such a way that will teach them to live in obedience to Christ. If their children cannot raise their own children according to God's principles, then those children will also be ill-equipped to raise their children well /The cycle will repeat itself down through several generations."
Jesus Over Everything- Lisa Whittle
I audio booked this one throughout the month as I drove to town, went on morning walks, folded laundry, etc.
“There is no one safer than Jesus. No worry of betrayal, no worry He will turn His back and walk away. He’s never told a thing I’ve told Him. He’s never been absent when I needed Him most.”
“If we trust a perfect God, we will trust that His version of us is the best version, and we will want none of the subtracted version we have become.”
Things I would like to do next month
Read Tech Wise Family
Weekend adventures with my family
Plan the Boys birthday parties
Finish out my career in weddings with my last 3 weddings!
Start Christmas shopping and planning Christmas festivities
Branding Session with Lauren Carnes! Of course, the girls made an appearance in a few photos.
Friday family movie nights always call for the blow-up mattress.
I was asked to take the school photos for the boy's school. Cannot believe how big Jude has gotten!
We met up in South Carolina one afternoon to visit some cousins who traveled down from Alaska. Its a little crazy how mich Knox resembles his cousin Obie.
Halloween 2021. I had so much fun making the kids costumes this year. The boys were toy soldiers, Emma was Cinderella, Millie was her sewing mouse, and I was the "Fairly Good Mother".
September to October phone photo comparison of Millie. I cannot believe how much she has grown this month.