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What I’m Into Lately

 

Hello there. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. A good friend told me that age fifteen of having a teenager would be the busiest. She wasn’t joking. They want to be involved in everything, but you are their transportation. So here I sit almost at the beginning of February wondering where January (or even the last year really) went. I decided to do a “What I’m Into Lately” post because it’s an easy way to get back to blogging. I have thoughts swirling around in my head for upcoming posts, but haven’t made myself sit down and put those words to paper.

So here you go. What I’m into lately:

British TV

It all started several years ago with Downton Abbey then Dr. Who and now I find myself watching more.

Call the Midwife: An incredibly well done drama that airs on PBS set in the late 1950s, early 1960s that follows the nuns/midwives and midwives of Nonnatus House in East London.

Doc Martin: My chiropractor recommended this one and it hasn’t disappointed. It follows the extremely gruff surgeon Dr. Martin who is now a GP in the village of Portwenn after no longer being able to perform operations due to a sudden onset of homophobia (fear of blood.) The show weaves comedy and serious issues together quite well as you get to know the cast of characters from the tiny english fishing village of Portwenn.

Books

I have recently found myself wanting to read more fiction which has surprised me. In recent years I have only read a very limited amount of fiction. Mainly from Billy Coffey. If you have read any of his I recommend you checking them out.

The Third Target and The First Hostage by Joel C. Roseberg. I’ve never been into prophetic/end of days type fiction, but I enjoy Roseberg’s books and these are his latest two.

Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah. Anne Bogel recommended Kristin Hannah to one of her guests on her podcast “What Should I Read Next?” and I decided to see what my library had of her work. An easy read with just enough drama to hold your attention and keep you reading.

Out of the House of Bread by Preston Yancey. Preston has been one of my favorite writers since I discovered him several years ago through his blog while he was still at Baylor. Out of the House of Bread is his second book and I’m loving reading his beautiful words again.

Music

I attribute it to my Scott/Irish roots, but I love the Wailin’ Jennys. I love the mix of folk and bluegrass their music has and their harmonies are nothing short of amazing. I have a Wailin’ Jennys radio on Pandora, and the majority of the time Pandora does a good job of finding other artists that are very similar to them.

My Erin Condren Planner

The choice between all digital or all paper seems to always be a hot topic at the end of a year into the beginning of the next. For me, I’m a mix. I love the paper for my to-do lists which is why I love my Erin Condren planner so much. I bought the vertical weekly calendar which gives 3 blank sections per day. It’s perfect for listing the tasks I need to accomplish each day. I write any appointments on the monthly layout, but these also go in my iPhone as well.

I like the Pocket Informant app which sync with my iCal for my calendar, but also has great tasks/checklist aspect as well. I like having all my appointments in my phone so it will alert me with a reminder ahead of time. I don’t use the tasks aspect of Pocket Informant very often since I use my EC planner for those, but the Checklist is great for making lists of things I need to pick up at the grocery store, etc.

 

Podcasts

I first started listening to the Popcast because Jamie is one of my favorites on social media plus I had met her through Alabama Bloggers and she is amazing. While I am unbelievably out of the loop when it comes to pop culture I do like this podcast from Knox McCoy & Jamie because it is just fun and entertaining. I never miss a week.

What Should I Read Now? with Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. Anne chats with one guest each week about books they have enjoyed or have not enjoyed and then makes recommendations on what she thinks they should read next. This has been great for adding books to my “books to read” list.

Do you have a favorite podcast or two that you would recommend?

 

Recipes

My kiddo loves the chocolate chip muffins I make. He wipes them out within two or three days. They are on my to-do list to make today. I found this recipe on Tasty Kitchen. I find that I usually add an extra egg as the local ones I buy are more medium sized than large.

Art

I’m enjoying making these 8×8 canvases with scripture on them (above.) I’ve sold all I’ve made so far and working on more.

I am trying to find a place to hang one of my favorite abstracts I’ve ever painted (below.) It’s called “Ascend.” I have another long skinny canvas prepped and ready to begin this week also.


What things are you into lately? 

Fresh Air & Place of Freedom: A Giveaway

UPDATED: Thank you to all who entered! The winner has been drawn & contacted!


I am so excited to share today’s giveaway with you! I do not normally do many giveaways here, but the past few weeks have provided a couple of opportunities. My plan is to be back to my regular blogging tomorrow. At this point in life, sometimes the writing has to take a lower priority.

But back to the giveaway! Today I get to share with you two things that are speaking such life into my spirit right now. The first is the book Fresh Air by Pastor Chris Hodges. Pastor Chris is the founding pastor of Church of the Highlands. We attend the Auburn campus of Church of the Highlands and I love the messages we hear from Pastor Chris. They are always practical and relevant to so many aspects of life. I am sixty percent through the book and I know you will take as much away from it as I have. I have heard Pastor Chris speak about the topic he writes about in Fresh Air and his passion for this message comes through in the pages.

Another aspect we love about Highlands is the worship. We sing songs by many worship teams like Hillsong, Desperation Band, and others, but are also blessed to have some incredibly talented songwriters, musicians, and singers. Highlands Worship’s second CD Place of Freedom is available on iTunes and in stores today. I would love for you to check it out and enjoy some of the music I love singing and worshipping with each Sunday. Emmanuel and Place of Freedom are my two favorites.

I am giving away a copy of Fresh Air and a Place of Freedom CD today! The winner will receive the book and CD. All you have to do is leave a comment below to be entered. Comments will close Saturday, September 22 at midnight and I will draw a winner Saturday morning. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

I was not provided copies of the book or CD for review. I am giving away these copies purchased by me simply because I want to share.

Never Once by Matt Redman

Loving this song right now.

Blessings

I saw a link to this song on YouTube the day after the massive tornados hit our state. Not quite so sure I’m ready to write too much about that day yet. We have friends who have lost family members and homes. Please keep our state in your prayers. So much devastation and now clean up and rebuilding is beginning. To say that day was surreal is the only way I know to describe it and I’m not sure that is even an accurate description.

Of course music is what speaks to me, soothes me.

This song, Blessings by Laura Story, and this one I posted last week keep playing over and over in my head.

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know Your near.” Oh how I know this experience well. 

Your Great Name

Our worship team sang this song during our Easter services. I can’t get it out of my head since hearing it at the Friday night service. May  you all have a wonderful Easter!