On the Nightstand:
Well, I probably didn't read as much this month as the last couple, but I enjoyed what I did read.
Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions by Brennan Manning
I was slightly more consistent with it this time and some of the meditations close to Easter really got me. So good!
Work: A Kinddom Perspective on Labor by Ben Witherington III
This continues to be a really good read. There have been quite a few passages that have just really resonated with me.
[This is also why, in my opinion, the good writer becomes better by surrounding herself with the strong words of others]
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
I'm still working through this. It's so enjoyable and I'm finding myself nodding as I read.
Immersion Bible Studies: Acts by Craig S. Keener
We're going through these studies in Sunday school and I'm loving them. To me it's the perfect balance between a deep analysis of Scripture with a very practical application. We've done Luke and are in the middle of Acts. Luke had a huge justice focus and Acts (of course) has a huge focus on the Holy Spirit. I've been very impressed.
On the Shelf:
I'm keeping both "manuals" from last month as I didn't really make a ton of progress in either. I'm also adding a parenting book to the mix.
Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manuel by Barbara Brundage
I keep saying I'll get to it and then I put it on the back burner.
Equipped to Serve (the Training Manual for the Center for Pregnancy Choices where I'm volunteering)
This is something I really need to get serious about.
No More Perfect Moms: Learn to Love Your Real Life by Jill Savage
My friend Darlene and I are seriously thinking of starting a small group for moms at our church and I think we may start with this book.
At the Theater (or from the couch):
Seriously, I did not watch a single movie, even from the couch.
On the Small Screen:
And I hardly spent much time with the TV. I didn't even watch much of The West Wing. I guess I just got busy and distracted by other stuff. Peyton's gotten way ahead of me and I feel like I'll never catch up so we can watch together :(
In My Ears:
My March playlist. It's really brought on strong emotions.
Around the House:
I decorated for Easter. It was very (very!) minimal, but more than I've done the past couple of years.
The kids decided a good place to store their plastic "hunting" eggs was in the play sink.
I've made some tomato soup from one of my favorite cookbooks probably three times in the last month. It's really good, but it was just not tomato-y enough. Which is SO weird because whenever I try premade a tomato soup in a box or whatever I always taste the tomatoes too much and it's not creamy enough. Anyway, I'm working on adjusting the recipe. This is the first time I've really tried to tweak a recipe, but it is getting better. I'm making it one more time this week.
Also, this is a bit of a cheat, but I watched/helped my sister make this chicken pot pie with biscuits for the crust this week while she was in town. AH-MAZING. I'm going to have try making it myself.
Also, random observations, but Value Butter doesn't come in sticks so much as um, blocks:
In My Closet:
I really enjoyed this sweater this month. I bought it on sale from the Anthro last Spring and it's so comfy. I also really like it for this time of year. It feels a little Springy (maybe even Summery)-- I guess because of the white? Anyway, it's just not as dull as some of my darker Winter things and it makes me happy.
In My Mailbox:
I haven't ordered anything and no fun mail really to speak of.
In My Cart:
We're in budget mode and I'll be honest, I'm proud of how I've limited myself. Mainly, this means just not even walking through the doors of a Target. I did treat the kids to some new Play Dough when I realized all our old stuff was hard as a brick.
Also, I recently had a chance to visit an Ikea and I got this cute print for $5 (for the kids room way down the road):
In My Prayers:
- I'm praying specifically for that group- that it will be a place of encouragement for moms and also a place where we can share our struggles as well as our triumphs openly and without fear.
- I'm continuing to pray for our church in general as we have a lot of transitions with various staff positions being open.
- For my marriage. Peyton and I had a rough week last week, but this one was WONDERFUL. It's something I should always include in my prayers, regardless.
On the Calendar:
April is both kids' birthdays. We're going to have a joint party again this year and that will be toward the end of the month to accommodate Peyton's schedule. I also want to make the actual day that their birthdays fall on special to each of them. I'm kind of racking my brain since AP's is next week :)
I'm linking up with Leigh, of course. I'd LOVE it if you'd join me!