When my fellow author friend Bekah left me a message last week congratulating me, I had no idea what she was talking about… so I quickly hopped online and found out that my book A Different Beautiful is a finalist for the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards this year! Such excitement.
It’s been a season with some hard news – not only our friend Stephanie’s death but other friends and loved ones who are really hurting and facing a lot of loss – and this was such welcomed good news to receive!
Here’s a round-up of what I’ve been into this month – what I’m reading, links I love and favorite family moments…
I plowed through a bunch of great books in January, and have slowed down a little but am still reading more than I ever have before. I’m grateful for more opportunities when I can choose to read and an excellent “to-read” list that gets me excited to keep picking up books.
Most recently, I finished Toxic Charity (such fascinating insights, highly recommend!) and Good as Gone (this one was just OK for me; I liked The Girl on the Train better). This week, I started reading Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorious, Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and children’s lit The War That Saved My Life.
On my nightstand right now
Connor recently finished the The 13-Story Treehouse and immediately borrowed The 26-Story Treehouse from the library… and two days later, when I asked him if he wanted to read a chapter with me, he said “I’m already done!” So, apparently, these are good reads 🙂
We also discovered a series at the library by Harry N. Abrams that focuses on girls and science, and my kids love it. We’ve read Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer so far. The books are really cute and encourage imagination, exploration and innovation.
I had such a blast last week chatting on The Conversation Cafe podcast with Bekah Shaffer. Pour some coffee and come join us for a listen!
I read this article on International Women’s Day and thought it spoke such truth about the way that churches can show value and support women.
“I love that of all the names that Jesus could have come up for Himself, He used the word Emmanuel. God with us. There’s something beautiful when you’re with people.” I absolutely love this article from Bob Goff that he wrote for Ann Voskamp’s blog!
After weeks of winter cookouts, bike rides and short sleeves, we got a change…Mother Nature can’t quite make up her mind here in the Midwestern United States!Sharing our family’s story at the Why Not You Today conference – what a privilege to speak to groups of women and learn from their experiences as well.
This silly girl and I got to indulge in pancakes for IHOP’s National Pancake Day in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!
Speaking of Children’s Miracle Network… these two cute faces were having fun shooting photos for CMN promotion for our local children’s hospital!A little indoor winter swim with his Cub Scout troop…
ALL THE BOOKS. Love our library time!
Have a wonderful week!
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