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the september edit

September 10, 2022

Ana Woods is a former photographer turned stay-at-home mother and freelance writer. She lives in the country with her growing family and writes reflections on faith, homemaking, and motherhood (often by moonlight, after the babies are tucked in bed).

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September is simply the best. After a long stretch of hot summer days, we dive headlong into apple orchards, brisk evenings, and front porch mums. The autumnal anticipation gets me every time!

Last September I was newly postpartum and struggling to figure out how to be a mother to two little souls. We did all the seasonal things…but I was bone-tired and blue trying to get through each day without bursting into tears. This year I’m profoundly grateful for the extra sleep (and regulated hormones) so that I can more fully savor the goodness this month has to offer. Motherhood is surely bittersweet- I was convinced that Maria circa September 2021 would live in her baby carrier forever and now I’m not even sure where it is.

On another note, whenever the seasons shift I go into major “declutter mode”. Over the next few weeks I hope to get our house in order and pare down our belongings. Lately, I’ve been super inspired by some minimalism Instagram accounts and- while I don’t intend to take on the title of minimalist- I do love the idea of creating a more calming, easy-to-clean, and intentional space. Padre Pio’s quote comes to mind: “There should be calm and if there is not calm in your life, change your life and keep changing it until you find calm.” Chasing around two toddlers might never feel calm, but our space can be ordered in a way that leaves us breathing room to enjoy each other and consider the things of God. First up? The laundry room.

Anyway, here’s my September Edit! Filled with books, food, music, goals, and little inspirations from my home to yours.

MY BOOK STACK

Motherhood By The Book, For The Children’s Sake, Padre Pio: The True Story

BOOKS FOR MY CHILDREN

How to Make an Apple Pie and See The World, Thundercake, The Hundred Year Barn

BAKING + TREATS

Morning Glory Muffins, Grandma’s Apple Pie , Apple Cider Donuts

DINNER RECIPES

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells, Baked Sage Chicken Meatballs w/ Parmesan Orzo, Fall Grain Bowl

FEAST DAYS WE’RE CELEBRATING

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8th), Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14th), Michaelmas (September 29th).

LYRICS I’M LOVING

Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov , Godhead Here in Hiding by Kate Curran, ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus by Church of the City

HOMEMAKING HABIT

This month, I’m working to get the laundry washed and folded by the time Mitchell gets home from work. Our nights always feel so hectic and keeping the laundry in check is an easy way to cut back on all the to-do’s after the kids fall asleep. I’m going to 1. Put in a load of laundry as soon as I wake up, 2. Move the laundry from the wash to the dryer before the kids and I leave the house, and 3. Put away the laundry as soon as the kids go down for their nap (with the promise of a coffee and reading break as soon as I’m finished).

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