Adopted by the King
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What I Learned: Fall 2016

Going to counseling is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes the best things are the hardest things. Squirrels are an instrument of the devil.

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Today I'm linking up with Emily P. Freeman to share what I learned this fall!

I learned (again) how much I love this album. The Sovereign Grace Christmas album, Prepare Him Room is so good. I played it tonight while I did dishes and rested in the gospel truth wrapped in beautiful music. If you don't have this album yet, you should grab it today!

Going to counseling is one of my favorite things to do. I cannot even begin to tell you how much my biweekly counseling appointments are helping right now. After years of crappy counseling, we have a counselor who is so incredibly helpful. I look forward to my appointments instead of dreading them with gut-wrenching anxiety. Between appointments, I don't get so worked up about everything; I just add to my list of talking points and push the issue aside until I can sort through it in therapy. I've always rolled my eyes at people who say, "everyone should be in counseling! It's so great!" Now I happily drive myself there. Amen.

Sometimes the best things are the hardest things. This month, we moved our two oldest children to a residential treatment center hours away. Three weeks in, I can tell you that this is a great thing for our family, but it's also heartbreaking that residential treatment has entered our world as a "best thing." Stay with me. I'll have the words for our story eventually.

I don't love to bake, but I do love to bake these cookies once a year. These pumpkin sugar cookies are yummy! Soft cookies, pumpkin spice glaze, and they turn out well every time. They are a bit more work intensive than my preferred place-and-bake cookies, but the effort is worth it...once a year.

It's ok to do things out of order. I love using Ruth Soukup's 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life to tackle the always-present clutter of a seven-person household. This time through, though, I got stuck in the process because I didn't want to declutter the next area prescribed by the book. As I became increasingly frustrated about not making any decluttering progress, a thought came to me: I didn't have to declutter my home in the order of one particular table of contents. Crazy, right? I do love how thorough this book is, though, so I copied the 31 areas into a Word document, intending to declutter in my own order. The next day, I tackled the pantry that had been bothering me so much, even though it wasn't "next" on the list. Freed from the tyranny of an ordered list, I think a lot more decluttering is in my near future.

Squirrels are an instrument of the devil. Squirrels? Cute, fluffy squirrels? Yes, squirrels. Squirrels who chew through metal and put more holes in our siding than we can even find. They are hell-bent on living in our attic for some reason. I have written check after check to our handyman who dutifully keeps coming to patch the holes. And still, they chew and scrape and scurry over my bedroom between the hours of two and six a.m. Of the devil, I tell you.

On that note...what have you learned this fall?

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