It’s 1:00pm and I’m sitting at my desk in a very quiet house.
Normally I’m at work right now, but after a grueling couple weeks, I gifted myself a vacation day.
When I woke up this morning I named this day Sit-In-Bed-And-Read. I have a gloriously tall stack of books on my nightstand and today was going to be THE DAY.
Apparently I have an inability to enjoy a lazy day. After dropping the kids off at school, I decided to do just one thing from my to-do list. You probably can guess the rest of the story. It quickly became obvious I had misnamed this day. It renamed itself Catch-Up-On-Life. It’s morphed into a day that I am doing all of the things that “I’ll just do tomorrow.” Grocery shopping. Making dr. and dentist appointments. Fixing things. And a whole lot of internet errands.
But now I take a break in completing my to-do list to share all the things I’ve been LOVING this month.
First things first.
We don’t purchase books very often, but this month we decided to grab each book in the Ordinary People Change the World series. In each book, kids learn about some ordinary person who has changed the world in a big way. They are well-written and the illustrations are on-spot.
Our book club launched this month, and we read Threading My Prayer Rug, a story about a Pakistani Muslim who moves to America and begins her adult life. It’s both eye-opening and funny, a rare mix. I’m learning about arranged marriages, Muslim faith practices, and what it looks like to move to America from a very different culture.
I finished up a couple books this month that I didn’t enjoy, and I even quit a book in the middle (gasp!). No need to fear though- I have some other promising ones on the horizon.
Around the Web
The One Question that Gets Every Millennial in Trouble// Inc.
Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House: Books// The New York Times
The Preaching Life: An Interview with JR. Forasteros// NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership
Four Powerful Ways to Raise Courageous Children in 2017// CourageWorks
Here’s What to Expect When you Have Four Kids// Scary Mommy
Podcasts and Music
Gungor’s Free has been on repeat because, well, listen to it yourself:
I have been all into Lead Stories, a leadership podcast by Jo Saxton and Steph Williams. My favorite episodes so far have been their series on the wilderness in season 1 (episodes 8-12) and S01: Episode 21: Finding Your Voice in Leadership. Their discussions bring me back to my seminary days!
The Bible Project’s podcast is as good as their videos– right now they are teaching about the Holy Spirit and earlier this month they finished up the Gospel of Luke (my favorite!). You’ll probably want to have something to take notes while you listen because it’s that good.
I stumbled across a whole host of podcasts from Seedbed– Church Leader Collective, Threshing Floor being my two favorites so far. In the same vein, Chad Brooks’ Productive Pastor is good too. While these aren’t as polished as some of the ones I normally listen to, the content is engaging and is applicable to some parts of my day job.
Also, the hubs makes his podcast debut by talking about language policy on Conlangery. He recommends listening to it on 2x speed.
I love using the local library and will almost always request a book before buying it. I’m sure you can imagine my joy when I discovered the Library Extension on Google Chrome. Install this add-on and when you’re searching around on Amazon for the next book to read, you’ll also see whether or not your library has it. Genius.
In the Kitchen
Brussel Sprouts for breakfast, Brussel Sprouts for lunch. Brussel Sprouts for dinner. Munch, munch, munch! They are the easiest things in the world to cook! Grab a bag of fresh brussel sprouts- clean ’em up, cut off the stems, spritz with olive oil, sprinkle them with sea salt and garlic black pepper, and pop them in the oven. Scrumptious.
I’ve discovered Costco and I am in love with their kale salad. While I will eat it anytime, I’m particularly fond of a big bowl on day 2 when the kale has lost a little bit of it’s crunch. I found this copycat recipe and I’m tempted to try it out!
Out and About
On Saturday mornings, we’ve been heading to a local community space to engage in science experiments as a family. So far we’ve made a lava lamp, figured out ways to drop an egg off a ladder without it breaking, and created density drinks. I love that we just get to show up- no preparation on my part!
This month we snuck the kids out of school early and took a quick weekend trip to our alma mater. We enjoyed spending the weekend with some extended family (who we haven’t seen in years!) and some very good friends. While the trip was a little too fast, it was so energizing. My heart was full.
My February/March Posts
The Family Reading List (February 2017)