"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

August 1, 2013

What I learned In July

This is the first time that I've posted a "things that I'm learning" post.  These posts will be about pretty much anything, silly, serious, about myself, whatever, that I learn each month.  Hopefully I can keep this up every month!  I got this inspiration from Emily Freeman at Chatting At The Sky.

1.  I like foreign languages.  I think I would be good at learning new languages, because I find it interesting and exciting, but I'm too scared to actually speak them once I learn because I'm a perfectionist and I don't want to say something wrong.

2.  It is easiest for me when I have a routine and do something day after day.  For example, exercising, I feel great and look forward to exercising when I do it every day, but when I take a day off it is so hard to start back up again.  Same goes for devotions and journaling, and a lot of other things probably.

3.  I was reminded of what "Ebenezer" means.  Reading from 1 Samuel 7, I found this word again.  I'm pretty sure I thought it meant something else before.  1 Samuel 7: 12, "Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen.  He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the Lord helped us'."  So it means 'stone of help.'  Interesting.

4.  My grandma has only one sibling (a sister) living... and she is/will be 100 this year!  And my grandma just turned 91!!

They both look super!!
5.  A special day isn't made special by what you do, but who you spend it with!  Josiah and I celebrated 4 years of marriage yesterday and had a wonderful day with our families!  I couldn't have asked for anything better.

6.  It is great to get away every once in a while.  It's refreshing and makes working so much more enjoyable.

7.  Forgiveness is really the first step to healing a relationship.  It might take a long time, but I'm praying for grace to forgive every time words or thoughts pop into my head reminding me of a past hurt.

8.  Zucchini is amazing!  And this recipe just made it even more so!!

9.  There is such a thing as sea lice.  Apparently, it is a parasite that causes itchiness and rash.  Gross.  Kind of makes me freaked out to swim in the ocean.

10.  It's a lot harder to make a list of things I learned each month than I thought it would be.  I just don't think, "oh, I just learned something new."  I file it away and usually forget about it.  But today I felt inspired because I feel like I learned a lot in July.  Probably a lot more than I can remember and write on this list right now.


  1. Good stuff on the Ebenezer. Totally bookmarked that squash recipe. (Thanks.) Gross about the sea lice. Love your header photo of the moo moos. LOVE Psalm 127:1. Love Psalms, in general. Love Psalm 40 most and pray it for myself. Pleased to make your acquaintance via Emily's. Where in PA are you? (I lived in Greencastle until I was 11. Still have family there, and dairy farmers, at that.)

  2. Speaking a foreign language for me is hard. It is very humbling and I often pronounce words wrong or use the wrong tense. I say go for it. I bet you will do great. And people from other countries appreciate you at least trying. I agree with #2. I love and hate having a routine but overall it is a positive thing. Thanks for sharing. Stopping over from Emily's.