embracing september {monthly goals}

I can't believe it's September already.  It's so strange being in this whole transitional period of adoption... of waiting... the time seems to simultaneously move incredibly fast and ridiculously slow... all at the same time.  Weird, I know... but it's true.

I love September.  It's that awesome month of seasonal transition... the nights get cooler and you can literally smell fall in the air.  Football season is in full swing, which makes for a very happy home here:)  Here is how I plan to embrace September...

protect // my time.
This goal is actually two-fold... protect my time... then actually do something useful with it.  This could mean reading a book, updating the blog, creating some jewelry, or even taking a nap:)  I feel like so often when I "protect my time" I forget what in the world I did with that time... you know, kind of like when I watched 3 hours of Keeping up with the Kardashians.  You know... like that. 

provide // for others.
I have recently been convicted of how quick I am to complain about "not having enough time" or "being so busy" blah, blah, blah... but I mean really?  When did we become so busy that we simply have no time for others?  I agree that there is definitely a happy-medium here... but this month I want to be more intentional in providing for others. Whether it's sharing eggs with neighbors or providing kind words of encouragement to my husband... I want to be intentional in this.

prepare // the nursery.
Woop!  Woop!  This month I'm hoping Lance and I can make time to turn paint chips and fabric swatches into a true nursery for our baby girl.  We have colors picked out (pink & navy!!) and tons of brilliant ideas... now we just need to figure out which brilliant ideas are actually realistic and attainable for us as renters:)  Hoping to make some major nursery progress this month! 

pray // for patience.
Every morning I pray for the same exact thing... "Lord, please let us go meet our baby soon... please." I often wonder if my definition of "soon" and His definition of "soon" are different?  Maybe I need to be more specific?  Then I remember (once again)... that His timing is better than mine... that He knows best.  And I trust that.  Sometimes I just need help remembering.  I will continue to pray that we would get to meet our sweet girl soon... but I will also be praying for patience... for peace in the waiting.

What about you?  What are you focusing on this month?
In case you're interested... or super bored at work... here are my previous monthly goals: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay, JuneJuly and August.