Today I’m sitting in my in-laws house, happy and full of food and family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because, well, food (duh), but also because the whole center of the holiday is focused on gratitude, family, and just hanging out.
November was a stressful month overall for the family. Jake finished his prelims and is now waiting on feedback from his committee. A favorable response would mean that Jake has moved from coursework to “All But Dissertation”– a huge step in the doctoral student journey. The sense of progress is mentally energizing for both the student and the family :).
We also had a couple birthdays this month….
I’m SUPER excited about the Red Couch 2016 Book Club list! Every book looks FANTASTIC. I’m already diving into January’s Book- The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle.
I’m trying to read a little outside of my normal book lists, and this list by Deidra Riggs has encouraged me in that direction! I don’t think she’s announced the January book yet, but I’m anticipating it will be announced soon! Nonetheless, this list is a great place to get books from.
Randall Goodgame’s new Sing the Bible, Volume 2 has been released to Kickstarter backers and friends, it’s so good! Be on the lookout for it to be released in March!
Gungor’s O Christmas is sweet and very gungor-ish. 🙂 Love it!
Speaking of Gungor… if you haven’t heard The Liturgists Advent/Christmas liturgy, O Light, now is the time. Their liturgies speak to my soul in a way like no other.
The Case for Starting Sex Education in Kindergarten// I’m a part of a really fantastic Facebook group (Raising Kids UnFundamentalist) that talks about lots of different parenting issues. One of the recent topics is how to talk to your kids about sex without instilling fear, taboo-ness, etc. One person mentioned that the Dutch start in Kindergarten, and I’m intrigued! I’ll be researching that more this month.
Kindness Elves: An Alternative to Elf on the Shelf// Because anything that creates opportunities for showing kindness and loving others through action is awesome.
A Prayer for the Waiting Time// Because sometimes Advent is hard.
15 Books That are Good Enough to Give// The writers of Her.meneutics offer their best book gift ideas. Totally legit list.
Girlfriending…on friendships in your 30s// Welp, because friendship gets different as you get older, especially if you move a lot!
My Top 3 Posts from this Month:
1. Who is My Neighbor?// Some of my reflections on the love of God, the life of Christ, and America’s response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
2. Blessed Are Those with the Comfort of All the Answers…. Wait, What?!// I share a little of my faith story and how I’ve begun to embrace the questions of faith and am able to call it “good.”
3. 2015: The Year of My Great Big Audacious Shopping Goal// I set out to be completely finished with all things shopping by the start of Advent.
Linking up, as always, with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into party. 🙂