- Married LifeI am blown away at all of the blessings of married life. Staying up late reading together in bed to oldies on Pandora, making a huge mess in the kitchen as we prepare adventurous meals, impromptu waltzing in the living room when our favorite songs come on the radio, curling up on the couch with a bowl of cherries to watch Psych, having strong arms to hold me when hard days come and all I can do is cry, laughing till our stomachs ache over ridiculously cheesy jokes, waking up each day next to my best friend…I’m truly blown away.
- Audrey HepburnI finished my first Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday, and absolutely loved it. Hepburn deserves every bit of the adoration she’s received for decades on end.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the summer. I’m such an introvert, home-body, indoors-y person that I’ve never really enjoyed all the classic summer activities like going to the park, visiting the beach, drinking lemonade and Izze at the pool, lying out in the sun with a good book or shopping at the farmer’s market. Marrying an outdoors-y guy changed all that for me and I’m loving summer! I’m even getting a bit of a tan. Well, it’s mostly just a ton of freckles, but hey – it still counts as something! At least I’m not blinding people when I wear shorts anymore.
- I’m head-over-heels for the song artist Bastille. The haunting melodies, unique style and powerful lyrics have me completely mesmerized. Not to mention the main singer’s strong British accent and the way he imbues each word with such emotion. I love every song I’ve heard so far on the album “All This Bad Blood” but my favorites are definitely “Poet”, “Laughter Lines”, “Bad Blood” and (of course) “Pompeii”.
- Jane Brocket
I’ve rediscovered Jane Brocket. I have her book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity, on my coffee table at all times, but only just recently have I picked it up again for the first time in years and reminded myself why I adored the book in the first place. Her celebration of the colors, textures, smells, luxuries and challenges of homemaking inspire me with such excitement and restores my passion for the “gentle arts”. The first time I read her book I didn’t knit at all, so now I’m especially intrigued by all the passages and pictures of Jane’s brilliant yarn creations. I’ve also discovered her blog, Yarn Storm, for the first time and love it almost as much as her book.
- The Dark KnightI watched Batman: The Dark Knight for the first time. I know it was all the rage several years ago, but I was always turned off by the violence and dark undertone I knew the story contained. We watched it the other day, though, and boy was it well done! Definitely dark and definitely violent, but Heath Ledger as the Joker – holy cow! That man could act. Now I know why everyone made such a huge deal about his performance in that movie. I’ve never seen a scarier, more brilliant, more insane villain than Ledger’s Joker. The Dark Knight is not a movie I’d want to watch over and over, but I was surprised at how well done it was and how much I enjoyed it.
- Yarn and KnittingI’m reveling in the joys of knitting! Christmas is half a year away but I’m getting started now on gifts. I’m almost done with a dark aqua scarf, and will probably do a hat next just to mix things up a bit. Browsing through Kristen’s posts on Wool and Wheel keeps me motivated to keep knitting even when I get tired of a project. She finishes an advanced, challenging project every week (or so it seems) so I’ve got nothing to complain about!
- T-Tapp. I’m getting so much good out of T-tapp, a fantastic exercise program. I used it for years without many results, and hated doing it. Recently though (because my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law are all experts at T-tapp, have consistently won T-tapp contests and are as good as personal trainers) I’ve really gotten into it. Little did I know I’d been doing it wrong all this time; after a few tweaks to the way I was doing things, I started to love T-tapp. It’s only 15-20 minutes a day, every other day, but the payoff is huge. My clothes fit like I’ve always wanted them to, my posture is way better and my back doesn’t hurt like it used to.
- God Without ReligionI read God Without Religion by Andrew Farley, and my life will never be the same. I don’t have room here to do it justice by a long shot, but I can’t recommend it strongly enough! Since reading the book, I’ve listened to tons of Farley’s sermons on YouTube, as well as the series “Sin No More” by Michael Pearl which lines up spot-on with Farley’s message. Even for a girl born and raised in a strong Christian home and Bible-teaching churches, the way Farley and Pearl explain the gospel was earth-shattering for me. It’s Jesus plus nothing. No trying harder. No being good enough. No striving to keep in good standing with God. No religion. Just Christ. Seriously, go read God Without Religion.
- Right Now…
- At this exact moment in time, at 3:28 in the afternoon I’m sitting on a beautiful teal and green quilt in the shade on my deck, with The Gentle Art of Domesticity and my knitting beside me, slowly working on a gluten-free blondie that is out of this world, listening to Piano Guys. The sun is shining, I can hear the creek running beside my house, and I’ve only got two and a half hours left till my husband gets off of work. Yep. It’s a good day to be alive.