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I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to talk about some of the things I’m into this month.
Okay, so November flew by faster than I ever remember it flying by before. Maybe it is because I’m getting older and no longer have a Thanksgiving Break to look to for rest. Maybe it is because I have a baby who seems to be growing and changing so much every. single. day. Or maybe its because Christmas is right around the corner and now that I’m an adult I am fully responsible for getting good gifts for everyone on my list. Regardless, November is over already.
It was a great month here in the Roberts household though! We had lots of big things that happened, and we have been soaking them all up, or we’re trying to at least. We had the opportunity to see lots of friends and family with Thanksgiving. We got to travel to Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; Decatur, AL; and Alabaster, AL. Lots of miles, lots of people, and lots of fun. So without further adieu, here are the things I am into this month:
“Some of the best things in life come when you’re not planning on them. It’s important to see them for the gift they are.” // “Child, the good Lord got plans for all of us that we don’t know–and he always got his reasons. He want us to learn and rejoice in the good that come from his design.” // “We family; they ain’t all about blood, you know. Families is people lookin’ out after each other, not hidin’ behind secrets.” // I got Whistling Past the Graveyard from my local library this month. It has been on my to-read list pretty much since I decided to make a to-read list and stick to it at the beginning of this year. When I saw it at the library, I grabbed it, and it did not disappoint. This book is set in 1963 Mississippi. I loved the main character, Starla, and while there are some heart-breaking parts of the story, they are balanced with Starla’s laugh-out-loud comments. It reminded me of The Kitchen House: A Novel a little bit, which I read earlier this year and loved as well.
“Any man in this world, Atticus, any man who has a head and arms and legs, was born with hope in his heart. You won’t find that in the Constitution.” // “You said, in effect, ‘I don’t like the way these people do, so I have no time for them.’ You better take time for ’em, honey, otherwise you’ll never grow.” // “Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” // “Dear goodness, the things I learned. I did not want my world disturbed, but I wanted to crush the man who’s trying to preserve it for me. I wanted to stamp out all the people like him. I guess it’s like an airplane: they’re the drag and we’re the thrust, together we make the thing fly. Too much of us and we’re nose-heavy, too much of them and we’re tail-heavy–it’s a matter of balance.” // Another book I got from the library this month and finished was Go Set a Watchman: A Novel. I am a little late to this party obviously, but I just got my hands on this one and loved it too. Maybe I was already in the mindset after reading Whistling Past the Graveyard since their settings are similar. Jean Louise Finch, or “Scout” you may remember her as, stays true to herself and her beliefs, fighting the very people that she loves when it comes down to it. I am disappointed by the number of people who didn’t like this book. SPOILER ALERT: I understand that people did not like Atticus Finch’s character to be tarnished, but this book is real and raw. Like my friend Sara said, “the reader becomes disillusioned alongside Scout, realizing that her father isn’t perfect.” This one may not be your cup of tea, but I thought it was great.
I’m still reading A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel. It is a long book, and I went to the library while I was in the middle of it, so I have a little bit more of a “deadline” to read those books, since I own this one. Like I said here, the characters are great and make me want to continue reading the book, especially because I am not sure exactly where it is going at this point. It has been a great read so far, but there are some parts that are a little risqué and some language too (just a heads up!).
I’m still reading the other two books I mentioned in my November Reads as well, but those are going to take time, and I don’t want to talk about them every month.
Also, reading related, my favorite way to buy e-books is after getting Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Kindle Deals sent to my e-mail everyday. She sends out great books that are marked down for Kindle and sometimes audiobooks as well. I hardly ever pay full-price for an e-book thanks to these e-mails.
As most of you have probably heard, This is Us is absolutely fantastic in the most family nostalgia, heart-wrenching, tear up every week kind of way. John Mayer even likes it. If you haven’t given into the buzz and watched it yet, I, along with a bunch of other people, encourage you to take the plunge.
Sam and I are also watching Survivor: Millenials vs. Gen. X. I know that “no one watches Survivor anymore,” but we do, and we like it. Also, can I just say that I do not like being a millennial? The way the represented us on the show is both typical and disappointing. I don’t know who my favorite is this season still, but I will continue watching until I do.
I was watching Grey’s Anatomy after catching up (finally) on Netflix, but now we are at a break until January, which makes me sad. The winter break finale or whatever its called definitely left me hanging, as Shonda always does, so I’m looking forward to its return at the beginning of 2017.
Other than that, I’m making my way through One Tree Hill on Netflix. I was flying through at the beginning, but then I implemented a rule of no Netflix or TV in general until noon, and my pace has slowed a bit. Either way, its pretty good in the guilty pleasure kind of way.
The Angelcare Bath Support is something that we have used with Henry since he was like a month old, but since this is my first What I’m Into post, I thought I would include it here. This is one of our very favorite baby gear items. We even gave it as a gift to some of our friends who are expecting. It sets in the bath tub and holds your baby while letting the water in as well. This has been a great solution for washing Henry since its part of his bed time routine every night.
I don’t know if y’all have walked by the baby/toddler section in Target recently, but holy cow, Cat + Jack clothes are so cute. Our favorite ones for Henry are the Baby Boys’ Lined Jogger Pant in Sandstone (not an affiliate link) and the Baby Boys’ Denim Jeans in Dark Wash (not an affiliate link). We love the elastic waist band on both of these, they have been durable and haven’t faded in the wash so far, and they are just cute. I’m probably going to have to sneak some more of these clothes for Henry for Christmas (shh, don’t tell Sam).
I saw this book at Publix, of all places, while grocery shopping and picked it up for Henry’s first Christmas. Goodnight, Ark is such a cute book, and I just saw there is a Goodnight, Manger as well that I might have to order. Its about all the animals getting scared and/or woken up, so they all come sleep in Noah’s room. Super cute, the words rhyme, and the pictures are really well done.
Yes, I succumbed to the La Croix trend. I tried the La Croix Pomme Baya Sparkling Water, and to be honest, I did not like it at first, but after making myself drink a couple, I found them really good. Weird, I know, but you can’t help what you like and don’t like, right? I’m going to try more flavors and see how I feel about them as well.
This Sausage and Cream Cheese Breakfast Casserole from Plain Chicken is delicious. I have made it for overnight guests, my parents when we stayed with them, and for breakfast for dinner potlucks at church, and there is never any left over. It’s delicious.
Oh, and if you like iced coffee/cold-brew coffee, try the Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks. It was really good when I tried it.
When I went to the Belong Tour with some friends this month, I heard Nichole Nordeman for the first time, and she is fantastic. I even linked her video to the song “Slow Down,” which is a tear-jerker for the mamas out there in the blog post I linked above. After hearing her speak at the tour as well, her heart is just as beautiful as her voice and music. Here’s another one of her songs, for your listening pleasure.
Amy Lynn Andrews sends out a Useletter once a week, which has a lot of good internet tips in it! I have also referred to her page for a lot of blogging questions that I’ve had about affiliate links and whatnot. Her website is a great resource.
She also recommended the website Workflowy, and I have been using it for everything since then. Once you get the hang of it, it is a great tool for notes, to-do lists, and anything else you need to keep track of.
As I mentioned above, I also love getting Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Daily Kindle Deals to my e-mail. It is one of my favorite things I subscribe to.
I wrote a post about adoption that really shows my heart about the topic. The rain that we finally got in Alabama and Georgia sparked another post. I also did a post about the way that we are keeping up with pictures and family memories with something I’m calling the Family Memory Catalog.
We kept up with what we were thankful for this month, and it was great! We filled out notecards and drew little pictures to go with them. It is a Thanksgiving/November tradition we plan on continuing.
This month was a busy one for us! At the beginning of this month, we went to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA on a business trip for Sam that Henry and I tagged along on. It was a lot of fun, and we ate lots of yummy food.
We got to see a lot of family and friends because of weddings, Thanksgiving, and Henry getting dedicated at church. It was good to spend time with people we love.
Henry’s dedication at church!
Lastly, we are about to move!! We will no longer be living in the third-story, back apartment. We are moving to a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom rental house that is next door to some of our new friends. We are really excited about it!
That’s it for this month!!