Hello October

Hello October

Linking up with The Tiny Twig – Goals with Grace!

(I’m going to pull out a cliché blogging line and hopefully you’re going to be okay with it)

Want to grab a cup of coffee and sit for a spell? Can we talk? I feel like I’ve said this a lot to you lately, but I really hate not being super involved with blogging right now. This season of life is just busy, and it stinks. I’m in my last (blessed) semester of school and working part-time, and I sorta like to maintain a relatively clean home and genuine conversations with my husband.

I feel tension between “Oh gosh, I would love to blog full time” and “Oh gosh, I need to graduate.” In light of the Influence Conference last weekend, that tension is more acute. Why on earth would I want to study the Italian Renaissance when there’s Kingdom work to be done?!


Studying the Italian Renaissance is Kingdom work. At least for me. At least for now.

It’s not my favorite, but it’s what the Lord has put in front of me and called me to walk through. I trust that He has good plans for my life post-graduation, and for OYD.

So, my sweet friend…please hang in there with me until December. We’ll celebrate graduation and I’ll blog like 6 times a day. (not really, but maybe…) Sound good?

Good. Thank you.

In other news, let’s talk about goals!

My September Goals
1. Join a ladies Bible Study Yes! I quite enjoy it, too. Except (womp womp) I decided to opt out for the rest of the semester 😦 Between work/school/marriage, it just wasn’t working.
2. Celebrate our one year wedding anniversary Yes! Hans and I had a getaway to KC 🙂
3. Work hard in school Yes. Ugh.
4. Learn a ton at the Influence ConferenceYES. It was lovely, centered on the Gospel, and also super overwhelming. I need to write about it soon.
5. Lose 2 pounds a week  Yes! Technically I lost like 7 pounds, but whatever.

October Goals
1. Read “The Passion of Jesus Christ” by John Piper
2. Read “Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian
3. Keep working hard in school
4. Do the Write 31 Days Challenge from The Nester (I’m writing on simplicity! Find more here)
>> expect short posts, y’all…there’s only so much I can do.
5. Lose another 2 pounds a week – the healthy way!

What are YOUR goals for October?

Under Grace,

Other Lovely Reads…
Jordyn’s Fall Favorites
Thoughts on Traditions
Why Savor Your Season?
Pear Upside Down Cake…in a skillet!
Nothing says autumn like a good Flannel Scarf


12 thoughts on “Hello October

  1. Oh Rachel- life IS busy for you and I am praying that you can find rest here and there…still ENJOY blogging and of course have lots of genuine conversations with your husband!
    There is grace…and I am sure we will ALL be here in December anxiously awaiting what God has planned for this space of yours! Our Yellow Door is a sweet gift to us!

    I hope your October is lovely and that you have plenty of sweet time with Jesus this month my friend!

  2. Oh Rachel I love what you said about school being your Kingdom work. I’m going to try to adopt that attitude when it comes to my job! Thanks so much for sharing and I’ll be praying for you during this busy season.

  3. So exciting that this is your very last semester of school! I remember that season of balancing class with marriage, hobbies, home, etc. It can be so trying, but it is a special time of growth and celebrating a major milestone too. I loved “Power of a Praying Wife.” It’s definitely worth the time to read through it. I still go back to certain parts of it years after reading it for the first time.

    • Megan, I’m so glad to come across another lady who has read “Power of a Praying Wife”! I’m really excited to dig into it. What are some of your favorite lessons from the book??

      And thank you for your affirming words about this season of life…it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has endured such a time as this! I cannot wait to celebrate graduation!

  4. I totally feel ya on busy Octobers! Working part time and trying to focus on my marriage and housework is crazy as it is, I couldn’t imagine being a full time student! I’m praying for peace through this season 🙂 can’t wait until December! Woohoo!

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