What I’m Into…May 2017

I’m excited to link up with Leigh for her monthly “What I’m Into” series and share what I’ve been into this past month. I LOVE this month, and this year it did not disappoint. I always thought I’d like to have an outdoor wedding in May. Then Bryan proposed in May, and I thought, “Do I want to wait a year to get married? Nah.” 🙂 Now I just think back to his awesome proposal at this time every year! But I digress…

I finished three books this month (and abandoned one). I also want to give a shout out to this children’s book that has been a huge hit at bedtime in our house recently. GGCS

We checked it out from the library, and now I need to buy Ben a copy because he’s completely in love with it.

My MOPS group did the Restless study together this spring and finished it up this month. I got a lot out of it and really appreciated that it required a good deal of self-reflection and some critical thinking. It was definitely more my speed than some others I’ve done. I loved revisiting the story of Joseph and thinking about how I can use my gifts to have a positive impact and be more intentional within my sphere of influence.

Although I struggled at times to get into some of the stories in The Tucci Cookbook, the food was beautiful. Since reading this cookbook, I’ve been inspired to make risotto and tried two different kinds this month. RisottoNote: This photo was taken about halfway through the cooking process. I can’t wait to try more. I really enjoy Italian food. Also, Stanley Tucci. Who’s seen this?

Unbroken got a rare 5 star review from me on Goodreads. I listened to it on audio which helps me deal with violent scenes. On the page, this true story of a WWII plane crash and POW camp survivor might have been too tough, but with the resonant and steady voice of the late, great Edward Hermann narrating (and a task distracting my hands), I made it through. I’m so glad I did. At times, it was hard to believe that these were real events. What Louis Zamperini endured is unfathomable, and his hope and endurance will stick with me for a long time. I also learned some things about the war that I’d never known before, and it made me feel closer to my grandparents who lived through this challenging and redemptive time in our country’s history. My Pawpaw was a radio operator stationed in Senegal. He communicated with the pilots crossing over on their missions. My grandmothers both lost a beloved older brother. Hillenbrand sets an engaging pace as she lays out Zamperini’s story, and the details she includes give a wholistic picture of a live well lived. I was overwhelmed when I finished this book—in a really good way. I didn’t intentionally read this one right around Memorial Day, but it was nice how the timing worked out.

Favorite Spotify listens this month include: Ashes and Wine—A Fine Frenzy, My Offering—Nichole Nordeman, Glory to Glory—Bethel, You Are the Best Thing—Ray LaMontagne, Home—Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Blame It on the Boogie—The Jacksons. We had some epic family dance parties this month.

Speaking of “Blame It on the Boogie”, I discovered a really fun Instagram story series this month that I’m excited to share with you. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in honor of this, a mom in Utah decided to record a dance move (almost) every day because dancing is how she relieves stress and improves her mental health. I. love. this. What a great example of self-care, and honestly, she’s just delightful and fun to watch. You can’t help but smile. Here are a couple of my favorites.

This month, I got to celebrate being mama to this little love of my life for the 3rd time. 18278541_10100845231581477_4815928551278859178_oHe is a delight. My dad was traveling, so my wonderful mom spend the weekend with us. My sister and I took her to see Beauty and the Beast in a fun downtown theater. It was perfect movie to see with my two best gals…although, now that I’m thinking about it, there aren’t many mothers in it. Mrs. Potts! Mrs. Potts is an awesome mother. Also, my sweet husband brought me a hydrangea plant (my fave), and so I’m now a plant mom to several potted plants both indoor and outdoor. I’m trying desperately to keep them alive. Advice is welcome. This beauty from the front yard seems to be doing just fine.IMG_0697 2

Thank you, May. You’ve been good to me once again.

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Thankfulness

I hope that you all had a joyous and restful Thanksgiving day.  Looking back on this year, I have so many reasons to give thanks.  What I am most thankful for this year and every year is the love of God.  I found myself singing this song in the shower tonight as I reflected on a wonderful day of fellowship with my precious grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, parents, husband and friends.  It was complete with delicious food, great conversations and perfect weather for playing hide and seek/tag/whatever else my youngest cousin decided we would play.  Thank you God for your legacy of love that permeates my family and passes to each new generation.  I am blessed beyond measure.  Let us not remember only our earthly blessings during this holiday season but also the love of our Heavenly Father.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
No mind has ever conceived
The glorious things that You have prepared
For everyone who has believed
You brought us near and You called us Your own
And made us joint heirs with Your Son.

How high and how wide,
How deep and how long,
How sweet and how strong is Your love.
How lavish Your grace,
How faithful Your ways,
How great is Your love, oh Lord.

Objects of mercy who should have known wrath
We’re filled with unspeakable joy.
Riches of wisdom, unsearchable wealth,
And the wonder of knowing Your voice.
You are our treasure and our great reward,
Our hope and our glorious King.

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Great, great song.  I have it on iTunes, but I can’t figure out how to insert it into this post.  If anyone knows, please advise.  I’m sorry.  I’m still learning.  Anyway, I like the Hillsong version of this best.  The first stanza of the second verse pops into my head often.  We are objects of mercy who should have known wrath.  Praise God for that.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and yours!

Them There Eyes

I have very eclectic taste in music.  I enjoy making mix CDs for friends and family, and they are always a random (bordering on chaotic) blend of genres.  If you like surprises, you would like my mix CDs.  🙂  Today, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite song lyrics about love.  Please keep in mind that these lyrics will NOT have the same impact without hearing the beautiful melodies that go along with them and their context within the complete song.  I recommend listening to each of these songs when you’re in a romantic mood.  Can you identify any of these lyrics?

1)  All at once you look across a crowded room to see the way that light attaches to a girl…
2)  Mercy’s eyes are blue and when she places them in front of you nothing holds a Roman candle to the solemn warmth you feel inside…
3)  And in a wide sea of eyes I see one pair that I recognize and I know that I am, I am, I am the luckiest…
4)  I fell in love with you the first time I looked into them there eyes…
5)  Remember those walls I built?  Well, baby, they’re tumbling down.  And they didn’t even put up a fight.  They didn’t even make a sound.  I found a way to let you in, but I never really had a doubt…
6)  At last my love has come along.  My lonely days are over and life is like a song…
7)  Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime.  Let me lead you from your solitude.  Say you need me with you, here beside you.  Anywhere you go, let me go too…
8) So take me don’t leave me.  Take me don’t leave me.  Baby, love will come through it’s just waiting for you.  Well I stand at the crossroads of highroads and lowroads, and I got a feeling it’s right.  If it’s real what I’m feeling there’s no make believing the sound of the wings of the flight of a dove…
9) If anyone can make me a better person you could.  All I gotta say is I must’ve done something good.  You came along one day and you rearranged my life.  All I gotta say is I must’ve done something right…
10)  Nights when the heat had gone out.  We danced together alone.  Cold turned our breath into clouds.  We never said what we were dreaming of, but you turned me into somebody loved…
11) If you let your feelings go, dear, it’ll scare you what you’ll find.  I find them on your street, dear, and you’re always on my mind.  No one needs to know that you let me in tonight.
That you let me see the world behind your eyes…
12)  Chances are you’ll find me somewhere on your street tonight.  Seems I always end up driving by.  Ever since I’ve known you it just seems you’re on my way.  All the rules of logic don’t apply…
13)  I think I figured it out.  We need to be together like the shore and the sea.  We are not one thing.  We’re drawn here together; my ocean and me…Love, we sleep apart for the last time,
For the last time…
14) There’s no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard, no song that I could sing, but I can try for your heart.  Our dreams, and they are made out of real things like a shoebox of photographs with sepia-toned loving.  Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart like why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving.  I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together…
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