Today I read lovely posts by Modern Mrs. Darcy & Caris Adel, in which they each linked up with a new-to-me blogger Hopeful Leigh, who does a fantabulous series of monthly posts where she shares her current faves…
Books on the Nightstand
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans: I am really loving this read…it is as good as it is popular in Christian reading circles at the moment. Rachel is a delightful writer that has me laughing out loud and pondering deep truth in the span of a sentence.
Love Story by Nichole Nordeman: The first book from a Christian musician that has been dazzling my ears for years with her insightful lyrics and lovely melodies. This book is so delightfully conversational, and makes me feel like she’s sharing the entire thing with me over a good cup of coffee…
Praying God’s Word For Your Husband by Kathi Lipp: This practical and lovely book was one of the many titles I was given at the Allume conference. Kathi gave a short talk at one of our group meals, and I instantly loved her effervescent and fun personality. (She reminds me of my beloved theatre friends). I just started this one, and anticipate it to be a quick read.
Where I’ve Been
This past month has been filled with delightful short weekend jaunts to see family. A few days ago, I blogged about our non-traditional Thanksgiving adventure.
I first saw my favorite Write Now Journal in a post on The Inspired Room blog,(Write More Happiness Into The World) then I saw another one of their lovely creations in a post at Cardigan Way. (In Everything, Give Thanks) These journals are beautifully illustrated and come with a variety of designs and quotes – find your favorite one here.
Right before the Allume Conference in October, I created some blog swag to help promote my little piece of blog-estate…I took many notes, and have been going over my session notes, as well as brain storming and dreaming up lots of other ideas for future posts…And can I just say how in love I am with my blog header and pen design by the fantabulous Abigail Kraft?
It’s confession time: I have a serious addiction to…pens. I’m uber finicky about which pens are my favorite – it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to feel right as I grip it in my fingers, and run the ink across the page. On our Thanksgiving Cali trip, I found a fantastic stationary store with all sorts of novelty journals, paper, gifts, and pens–it truly was like dangling a Manolo Blanik shoe in front of Carrie Bradshaw, people. I found this lovely pen that claims to last for 7 years…we’ll see how that pans out, but I love the feather quill on the clip, and it writes beautifully.
I love to wander through the Anthropologie store when I’m looking for visual and or home inspiration…(though they are primarily a clothing store, my pocketbook winces at their prices). Their mulled wine scented candle is a thing of beauty and the rich, sweet, earthy scent sends me over the moon in search of a crackling fire and a crockpot filled with wine and cinnamon sticks.
On The Blogisphere
~Rachel Held Evans has featured numerous ‘Women of Valour’ posts on her blog, and this one heralding (my favorite) author Madeleine L’engle (written by Catherine Trieschmann) is perfection.
~Sarah Markley also recently tweeted about her Writing Music Playlist, after which I promptly tweeted her back, and begged her to share it. Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because I was thrilled to see she blogged about it. (Take a listen – it’s fantastic!)
Sometimes I really wish I had the patience and wherewithal to be a food blogger…because I am quite the foodie! (I do intend to do more food-focused posts in the future, and perhaps even post a few photos and recipes…you up for it?) To say I’m obsessed with Trader Joes may just be, ummm, a slight understatement. (Especially if you ask my husband). I could devote this entire post to my favorite food finds there (and will be posting later in December specifically on their holiday treats) but November found me devouring their pumpkin bars and rosemary raisin (sounds gross, but trust me, they’re delish!) crackers…yummers.
For any regular readers I might have, this is a given, but for any new friend reading this post, I’ve been posting my playlists for over 2 months. (I know, I know, it’s a 31 days series, but my chaotic schedule this fall led me to draw out the posts as long as needed to hopefully maintain quality.) I have been listening to all sorts of styles of music, (I have some goodies left in the mix for you coming up – including my Christmas playlist and a guest post!) and have visited the Grooveshark database so often, I feel I could safely be their blogging poster child. Along with my featured playlists, some of my new music finds are not in their database…
as well as returning to an old favorite, Over the Rhine’s Christmas Album Snow Angels:
What I’m Looking Forward To:
“God of…Christmas light…Deepen my longing, heighten my expectation, and make pregnant my hope. I know that with my heart is a Bethlehem: a place where light shines with tender memories. A place where angelic voices sing loud and clear. A place of wonder and awe, delight and calm…God of…Christmas light, journey with me during these days so that I may know and prize my Bethlehem moments. Amen.”
—Larry James Peacock, quoted in An Uncluttered Heart