A book look at 2015

Yes. I know it’s already February of 2016. But just I’m just rolling with it. Such is life in this season.

2015 was a full year in almost all ways that it could possibly be, so I’m quite please with the 68 books I read, surpassing my goal of 60. (Not including the books I re-read. Too much going on, I didn’t keep a tight count on theses, but my guess would be only 3-4 though.)

It’s always a tricky thing to make a book goal for the year not knowing what my life, free time, and season with kids will look like, but it does feel good in the end to have read MORE than I guessed!

I followed loosely Anne’s reading challenge 

1.) a book you’ve been meaning to read: The Princess Bride 
no favorite book of the year, but still, one I had been meaning to read.
2.) a book published this year: Simply Tuesday (also by an ever favorite author of mine) 
For The Love
(Many know I don’t laugh much, I’m working on it. But this book definitely had me laughing.)
As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust
(Flavia. is. the. best.)
I Know How She Does It
(good, but I don’t think my timing in life was right to read it now. One to come back to in another season.)

The Royal We
(light, fun, I want a sequel. So fuffy, in the best way.) 
The Aroma of Worship
(excellent. Gifted many to my friends #oilsaspartofworship)
3.) a book in a genre you don’t typically read: Eleanor and Park (YA, and I finished, to finish but reading about HS life is not my cup of tea.) 
4.) a book from your childhood: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Good memories staying up late to read this aloud with the kids.)
5.) a book your mom loves: Christy (The location, and time period fascinates me.)
6.) a book that was originally written in a different language: Heidi
7.) a book ‘everyone’ has read but you: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(thought I could breeze through these like so many others have, but I just don’t pick them up. I forget I was reading them! Gasp! I know.)
8.) a book you chose because of the cover: Savior: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are (so pretty!)
9.) a book by a favorite author: “Lila” and “Home” by Marilynne Robinson
“Hannah Coulter” by Wendell Berry
10.) a book recommended by someone with great taste: Learning to Walk in the Dark (recommended by Emily)
For The Love (recommended by Sheila)
Rebecca (recommended by Joy)

Happiness for Beginners (Recommended by Anne)
11.) a book you should have read in high school: To Kill A Mocking Bird
12.) a book that’s currently on the best seller list: The Martian (one of the only books I couldn’t put down that I read on the Kindle app! For some reason I just don’t like reading book on my phone. But I think this one was the right amount of “gotta find out what happens next.”)

Other favorites from the year:
The Rosie Project (again, worth noting because I laughed out load at times)
The Highly Sensitive Person (so many “ah ha!” moments)
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace (all the YESES)
Who Switched Off My Brain?
(My favorite nerdy book of the year! New very favorite author too!)
Begin (The Growly Books, #1)
(My favorite read aloud book of the year!)

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook {July 2015}

I think I’m averaging blogging about 5 times a year, so I think it’s time for a post…

Outside my window… beautiful and sunny! (Update: this post has taken me awhile to write…. but it’s still beautiful and sunny!!)

I am wondering… if I’m forgetting anything to put on my to-do list. #busyweek

I am appreciating… the current season, although it’s ever changing. We are in a good groove with school, we’ve got one more potty trained, and the littlest is a pro-napper right now. Thankful for all the little things even when some days are h.a.r.d.

I am thinking… David, Eden, and I heading out for a long weekend away. Much prepping the house/food, and other three kids for us to be away.

I am going… to the YL convention! 3 days of learning, could I BE more excited? Nope!

I am looking forward to… a little get away* and learning tons about God’s plan for our health.

*I rarely ever leave. David watches the kids so I can go away with my book club for our annual retreat weekend (minus the youngest usually.) And for the homeschool convention one year. But the last time David and I went away we only had two kids, Aaron was 4 and Lydia was 2!

I am reading… not much lately. During the summer I was plowing through books and audiobooks. Now that we are on week 5 of school… my personal reading time is shifted to more read alouds and teaching time. I have so many books started I just want to binge read for three days staright <3 but I can settle for little pockets of time for right now :-) (Although when I try to read before bed I fall asleep at page 1.5!)

Here’s a few I’m looking forward to starting &/or finishing:
OOLA Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World (saving to start on the plane ride!)
All The Light We Cannot See (started, but not finished)
To Kill A Mockingbird (I’m reading this with a Round Robin book club -how fun is that!!!)

A few I’ve just finished and LOVED:
The Aroma of Worship: A 14 day Journey With Your Essential Oils and Your Bible (‘cmon right?!!! Who else has read this?! You KNOW this is one I’m shouting about from the rooftops!! Bible oils are WHY I LOVE essential oils!)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore (just lots of fun!)
The Rosie Project (made me laugh out loud. Not a comedy book, but still I’d recommend)
Happiness for Beginners (aww what a great little book…. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, so I mean this as a compliment but it slightly reminds me of Persuasion!) Have you read it?!

In the kitchen… I’m doing some bulk baking and food prepping so while I’m away and my sister’s with the kids she can be in full FUN_AUNT mode and not worried about breakfast, lunch, and dinner…. and all the times in between that they are BEGGING for food b/c they *think* they are starving! :-O But seriously. It’s how it is. (Oh and also, because doing anything in the kitchen with my 2 yr old is all sorts of “fun”… and he also wakes up as 6:30. I have a feeling she’s going to be more tired than she’s anticipating. 😉 )

I’m wearing… shorts and a tee. #Whole30 for the win! Shorts that did not fit about 30 days ago! (Whole 30 is something I’d suggest to almost everyone!! SO so good. And for way more than what the scale says. #Itsnotaboutthescale)

I’m creating… a school schedule based on 6wk terms. (6ish depending on how things fall) With one week off between each for me to prep for the next 6wks of school… and meal plan… and work on my konmari stages… and time for me to focus and regroup. Since we school mostly year around taking this many breaks puts us way over the 180 day requirement and I think it will help me stay above water while juggling a newborn and a high energy 2 year old. 😀

I am listening… well, I started The Truth According to Us as an audio book b/c it came up first from reserve from the library, but I think I’d rather read this one. I also have The Sharper the Knife the Less you cry on Overdrive audio from the library but I’m not sure I’ll have time to get to this.

I’m learning… that this introvert (ME!) needs to get out of the house. It used to be that I did best not leaving the house too often….. but now, with 4 kids, I need quiet and calm, that I just can’t get at home. Thank goodness my friend introduced me to hot yoga. 90 mintues with no music and no talking, PLUS an excellent detoxing exercise. YES.PLEASE! If I could I would go every.single.day. But for now about twice a week I can make it.

One of my favorite things… the smell of oils on my baby! My favorite? Peace and Calming of course 😉 #alwaysafavorite Also, windows open with a cool breeze!

I am studying… James. A group is doing a Precept study on James later this Fall, but I don’t know if I can commit to it yet. So for now, I’m reading it daily. #Preceptsaremyfavoritestudies

In the schoolroom… we are finishing our summer term this week. (This one is a 5 week term.) So far we’ve started: All About Reading, Living Math (and xtramath.com), A Reason For Handwriting, Character Building (this term it is “Attentive”), and half way through the term we also started Explode the Code. (Not including all the morning time things! -some of my favs!) Isaac (almost 2.5) is starting the 1000 books before Kindergarten challenge. Aren’t picture books so fun?!! Next term we start up the Mystery of History 2 and Swimming Creature of the 5th Day with Apologia. (I forget what else…)

A few plans for this week… hot yoga, finish packing, finish lovely laundry and food prep for while we’re gone, and lots of deep breaths.

I apologize for the typos… I’m just going to post, everyone’s up from naps!

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook {April 2015}

Outside my window… the sun has just set. Rain is schedule for the rest of the week so my biggest two played outside until dark.

I am wondering… How many weeks until I get to meet baby #4! Her older siblings were 10 days, 6 days, and 6 days early… only God knows her timing.

I am appreciating… quietness and a clean house. A family stopped in tonight to chat a bit about essential oils so the house is spick and span! (It’s *mostly* quiet. The kids are in bed but not all are asleep…. therefore playing delay-bedtime-games.)

I am thinking… about the fun things on my to-do list and if I’ll get them finished before starting my baby-moon!! And that I’m so very thankful that I’m feeling so much better at 36 weeks with #4 than I did at 36 weeks with #3 #OHMYsomuchbetter

I am going… to work on a 2 week menu to cycle and repeat through the rest of Spring with plenty of freezer meal/meal components for easy lunches and dinners.

I am looking forward to… getting back in the yoga studio! I’m taking a break from hot yoga (since hitting the 3rd trimester) but very much looking forward to getting back in there! #peaceandquiet #totalbodydeepdetox

I am reading… oh so many books. All of the ones I’ve started are in my “Currently Reading” folder on goodreads. I really should get cracking on (um, start reading) Friday The Rabbi Slept Late… it’s this month’s book club book… and book club is THIS Thursday! I’m also excited to get to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up… because I’m SO OVER tidying up. Sounds like she’s gonna teach me how to never have do this again! #yesplease #winning

In the kitchen… I’m still… and constantly brainstorming how to deal with our several lack of counter space. I clearly did not think though the ramifications of a galley kitchen and our food and cooking style when we moved here.

I’m wearing… yoga pants, a comfy T, and long cardi. #endofpregnancyuniform

I’m creating… a better template for my weekly essential oil newsletter that I send to my team. My goal is to send it out on Wednesday and the past few weeks I didin’t finish until Friday because of formatting things that bother me! I should probably take a lesson from Elsa and #letitgo. #perfectionistatthecore

In my Bible journal/study time… I’m finishing up my Bible in 100 Days reading plan and getting ready to start the Precept study Covenant.

I am listening… a few books on Audible: Heidi (for May’s book club) As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (because I can’t resist Flavia De Luce) and a few Essential Oil lectures from Cherie Ross (because I love research and she’s got some mind-blowing things to share!)

I’m learning… I don’t have the best household systems in place and I think it’s time to add to the list more things the kids can help me with and take responsibility for… #thefamilyisgrowing #andgrowingup

One of my favorite things… the newness and freshness and anticipation of all things Spring. #sun #greengrass #anewbaby #openwindows #readingoutbackafterthekidsgotobed …but wondering if a certain new little girl will go along with this past evening trend 😉

I am studying… The book of Hebrews and oils that are great for pregnancy and labor.

A few plans for this week… keep the house in order and picked up. (and get that Tidying book READ!) Laundry. #butthatsalwaysandforever Plan something fun for next week …when we finish school!!!!! (So excited I started our school year early and we are able to finish so soon!!)

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A book look at 2014

My goal was 60, and I ended 2014 with 65, BUT I re-read 12 books. So, technically, I can say I read 77.

In 2013 I read 61.
In 2012 I read 57.
In 2011 I read 38.
Before that I read very little. I’d read our monthly book club book and maybe a few others for the whole year.

I’m calling the reading year a great success considering October and November I read hardly any. (Too must first trimester yuckiness to even pick up a book.)

A few highlights from my books this year:

Obviously, I loved everything from Alan Bradley: I ready books 2-6 of the Flavia series and his short 6.5 book.

Audiobooks clearly were king: 27 Audiobooks (These work very well for me now in this phase of life. Not sure how much longer this audiobook-easy phase will last.)

I read all 14 book club books (and have read a few ahead for next as well)

Favorite books: (in no order)

A Little Princess: Classic goodness. Why didn’t I ever read this when I was younger?!

Steal Like An Artist: I marked this one up quite nicely. I foresee re-reading it more than a few times.

Go Pro: A short one, but recommending it to my entire Young Living team.

The entire Flavia de Luce series: a series I just plain enjoy, and am so thankful the author has a few more planned to release.

The Expats: excellent audiobook -the kind where you just can’t stop listening! (Was perfect for our road-trip.)

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: A classic I didn’t want to even give a chance, but so glad I did.

Parnassus On Wheels: So good (and short) I almost finished it in one sitting! Recommended to all.

The Night Circus: Just read it. So, so well done. Don’t read about it, just jump in!

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead: One I’ll re-read (or listen to) for the rest of my life.

Do the Work: Exactly. Read this, then go and do.

The Secret Keeper: Why was I so slow to jump on the Kate Morton bandwagon? Anxiously awaiting her new one!

Dad is Fat: Funny, funny stuff.

List: A Christian Guide to Reading Books: Love this one because it says exactly what I want to friends when they say they don’t like (gasp!) fiction.

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving your Skills: I read in January of 2014 and might continue to breeze through again every January.

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Where I get my book recommendations:

-from friends with similar tastes on GoodReads
-from fellow book club friends and their blogs, like Catherine and Sheila
-from Midday Connections (We Pick) book club
-from Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy
-from The Read Aloud Revival podcast
and of course from other bloggers, Instagrammers, and tweeters that pique my interest

Books I re-read in 2014:

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Forgotten God by Francis Chan
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Earle Stegner
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Persuasion by Jane Austen

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A Literary Advent

A few years ago I read about having a literary advent: reading a book a day through the advent season. Last year I got things together enough, and with the help of some sisters and a brother-in-law after a family dinner, we wrapped up 25 Christmas books.

It was an overwhelming success! The prefect fit for our family who loves to read. (I do like to find the thin, less pricy wrapping paper. And as much I love to fully decorate Christmas packages with ribbons and bows, these books do not get that full treatment.)


This year I browsed the used books stores all year and picked up a few new ones to add to our collection. Most of our collection was given as gifts or I found used, a few I bought new.

Here’s a little on the books I have lined up for this year: (My son is 7, daughter is 5, and my youngest son is almost 2)

Great Titles for the Littlest Ones

Lift the FlapLift the Flap Nativity by Allia Zobel Nolan
(Board book) This one is more for my youngest, but it’s a new (used) find this year that I’m sure will pique the interest of the older two. (They’re always up for a new-to-them book.) :-)

the story of christmasThe Story of Christmas by Patricia A Pingry
(Board book) Another one for my littlest guy. Last year I wasn’t sure if I’d add anymore board books to our home collection, but with another baby due in the Spring I’m not sure our current board books will survive that many little hands. (With each child they seem to love “harder” on our board books!)

Picture Books:

Mortimer'sMortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson
New (used) one this year. I’ve seen Mortimer on Christmas book lists all over the internet and decided he needed to be in our collection too. (Age 2-8)

God Gave Us ChristmasGod Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
(Board book) A new one this year because of so many high recommendations. (Age 3-7)

The Animals Christmas EveThe Animal’s Christmas Eve (a Little Golden Book)
This rhyming favorite is in delicate shape from my childhood. (Age 3-7)

humphrey's FirstHumphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
Lovely little picture book about the camel who carried the gift of gold to baby Jesus. (Age 4 and up)

Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-JonesSong of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The whole universe anticipates the birth of Jesus. (Age 4-7)

Christmas Big WoodsChristmas in the Big Woods (My First Little House Book)
Another new find for this year. We’ve just started reading this series, and my daughter really enjoys it! (Age 4-8)

Mr Willowby's Christmas TreeMr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Very cute picture book. (Age 4 and up)

the twelveThe Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Jan Brett
I might have them open this one the same day as the pop up 12 Days of Christmas book, or I might drop it from the stack this year. (Age 4 and up)

The Crippled LambThe Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
Love this one. Good story. (A little long, I’m not sure my youngest will sit through it all.) (Age 3-7)

Night TreeNight Tree by Eve Bunting
Fun story we’ve read since my oldest was 3. Would recommend for everyone’s home library. (Age 4-8)

Wild ChristmasThe Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Cute story about litte Teeka getting the reindeer ready for Santa. (Age 4-8)

The First NoelThe First Noel Illustrated by Jody Wheeler
The story of the birth of Jesus through the verses of the Christmas carol we all know. (Age 5 and up)

The Tale of Three TreesThe Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
Story of three trees that dream of becoming a holder of treasure, a fine ship, a hilltop beacon pointing to God, and as you can guess become the manger, a fishing boat, and The Cross. (Age 5 and up)

The Legend of the Candy CaneThe Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Bernardin
Fun little story that makes my mouth water for hard candy when I don’t even like it! (Age 4-7)

The Light of the World by Katherine PatersonThe Light of the World by Katherine Paterson
I love this one that includes the birth as well as life, teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection of Jesus. (Age 4-8)

gigiThe Perfect Christmas Gift (gigi: God’s Little Princess) by Sheila Walsh
Another one more specifically for my daughter, obviously. (Age 4-7)

The Year of The PerfectThe Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
A longer picture book that might bring a tear to your eye. (Age 5-8)


Classic Christmas Picture Books: 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
No comment necessary. My oldest two can almost quote the entire book! (Age 5-9)

A Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
Again, the collection wouldn’t be complete with some Charlie Brown.

The Polar ExpressThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
I’ve yet to see the movie, but we love this book. (Age 4-8)


Longer Picture Books:

Christmas TapestryChristmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
I found this one last year but thought it was a little too long/deep for them last year. After a quick re-read I think it’ll be a perfect story for them this year. (Another one that might make you tear up at the end.) (Age 6-8)

OrangeAn Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
This too was a find from last year that I held back. Good lessons taught through story always make a winning book. (Age 6-10)

Books with a little extra:
Depending on the child these two might need adult supervision.

Jolly Christmas PostmanThe Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
This one I’ll admit I did buy new. But it’s worth it! This was one of their very favorite books last year. Full of envelops with fun surprises just like the original Jolly Postman. (Age 5 and up)

the 12The 12 Days of Christmas Anniversary Edition (A Pop Up Celebration) by Robert Sabuda
This one I’m very excited about! It’s a new one this year, and yes, I paid full price. The kids have seen the cover, and how thick it is and keep begging to peek inside! The last page not only pops up it lights up as well! (Age 4-8)


Picture books that could be read as daily advent reading:

Nick and HollyWhat Nick & Holly Found in Grandpa’s Attic by Melody Carlson
Love this story, but partly because my Dad played Grandpa in a play of this story at our church. (I still need to hunt down a recording of it to show my kids! They’ll love it!!) Originally, you could buy a set of Adorenaments (from FamilyLife) You can read it in one long sitting, or break it up into 12 days, learning about a different name of Jesus each day. Amazon will let you see inside the book. It’s not too long for little ones to sit through. (Age 4-7)

One-Wintry-Night-by-Ruth-Bell-GrahamOne Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham
Another one you can read over. Last year we broke it up and read a chapter a night. (Eleven chapters, each chapter is about 2 pages.) (Age 4-7)


What are your favorite Christmas books? I love finding those gems out there!


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Simple Woman’s Daybook {August 2014}

Outside my window… it’s sunny and warm. David’s mowing with Aaron watching closely. (He’s anxiously waiting for when he’s old enough to mow.)

I am wondering… How long my youngest will nap, and if I’ll actually finish a blog post in one sitting :-)

I am appreciating… quietness. It’s rare in my house, but always, always noticed and appreciated.

I am thinking… about this week’s menu, and if I’ll be able to fit in time to make any bulk meals.

I am going… a hot yoga class this afternoon. My friend introduced me to bikram yoga and I’m loving it.

I am looking forward to… a week in North Carolina and our book club weekend retreat (both this Fall) I haven’t been to the beach since before my 3rd was born. #toolongwaytoolong

I am reading… Dinner, A Love Story (it’s a kindle read… these usually take me awhile b/c it’s not may favorite way to read, but I’m enjoying it.), Living Balance: Healthy Mind & Body Reference Guide, The Invention of Wings (need to hurry up with this one… library book.) and I need to start A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!! (Our August book club book, which meets next week!)

In the kitchen… chili is simmering for dinner. I know. Chili in summer. We live on the edge.

I’m wearing… my new tunic and leggings from LuLaRoe. My new cloths from my LuLaRoe are my new favorites! Seriously! SO comfortable. I mean, really, it’s gotta be comfortable or I’m not going to wear it. #momwithlittles

I’m creating… a more organized home #alwayswhatI’mcreatingthough

In my Bible journal/study time… I’m still working on my year of inductively going through the New Testament. I’m a bit behind our Bold Year Challenge schedule, but I’m on track to catch up…. eventually.

I am listening… Talk Like Ted (audiobook -taking this one slow. It’s a good book, but not interested in big chunks at a time. Might have been better to read it, so many things I’d highlight!), I just finished the latest Read Aloud Revival podcast (Love this one!), The Art of Simple Podcast (I’m 1.5 behind on this one… maybe that means I’m also behind on cleaning), Eiffle’s Tower (one of our book club retreat book flights), Just So Stories (audibook with the kids), The Invisible Man (audiobook)

I’m learning… (still learning) my plans are always for more than 168 hour weeks. Sights set too high? Good possibility.

One of my favorite things… our August schedule. It’s 3/4 LESS full than June and July!

I am studying… the book of Luke and the Essential Oils Desk Reference. It’s fascinating how God created plants with such healing “life-blood” oils inside of them and what research has proven the pure form of that oil can do for our bodies. #mindblowing

A few plans for this week… Nature Club, an essential oil team meeting, and our first full week of school! (we’ve been going 2-3 days a week)

A couple pictures to share…


1.) Lydia and me (People say we look alike. I take photos like this so I can try to see it.)
2.) Rushing out to meet daddy. Everyone’s always anxiously waiting for him to get home (especially on day’s he bikes!)
3.) Silly faces before read aloud time
4.) Much of the summer has been spent right there on the back patio. #outdoorliving

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Bold Year {First Quarter glimpse}

This year I’ve been participating in and co-leading an online challenge: The Bold Year Challenge with MacKenzie and a few other online and in real life friends. (Jodi, Lauren, Kari, and ReneeButton-Bold-Year-ChallengeIn short it’s a year to be BOLD.

Now, I’m not already bold, I’m learning to be bold with all the participants.
Real life.
Bold living.
Imperfectness and all.

The challenge as several components. The main one is The Bold Year Visual Bible Study: reading, studying, and visual journaling through the New Testament inductively. <– Right there? All those words? So exactly me and what I wanted for my year anyway! (Also this type of study aligns exactly with my learning style.)

We are attending a church that’s a bit of a drive from us and in this current phase of life driving to church throughout the week for different activities and Bible study is more than we can commit to as a family right now. Enter the online world. YES. I know some of you might think community and relationships can’t happen and won’t grow though the computer, but it is possible! I wouldn’t say that is the only way or that you shouldn’t have face to face time and fellowship with others, but as a mom with three young ones, this is my reality right now.

I often meeting with friends on Google + hangouts or Facetime. The kids even join in sharing. Don’t knock the internet friendships 😉 that’s all I’m asking. Sooo all that rambling to say I’m loving the NT challenge with these lovely ladies online! I’m marking my Bible with the precept studies key word markings. (I even copied them ALL into a mini moleskin to use as a reference. A long project but worth it. I plan to continue marking my OT as I read those with our church and next year.)

Real life note: I’m behind in this portion of the challenge. I skipped James while we were traveling and on vacation. I’m studying and preparing to teach a bible study this summer and adding that on top of the NT challenge made my head swim.

Another component is Bold Fitness. Each month you can download a calendar of tips and exercises. I’ve picked up doing yoga again. It was one of my favorite prenatal exercises when I couldn’t get to the pool to swim. I have P90x so I use that yoga routine if I have a larger block of time. Or I find one on youtube. I’d love to get better at some of the more challenging poses…. so I know I have to get in a better routine of practicing regularly.

Real life note: I’m getting exercise in 3-4 times a week. Which isn’t bad, but I’d love for it to be 7 times. Current obstacle here: Isaac likes to get up at 5:30 am. (insert yawn.)

Each month also has a theme. April has been “The Ways of Old” – Looking at traditional homemaking tasks and hobbies to see how we can apply them today. May will be “Beautiful Spaces” – Making our houses into homes.

And the last (but not least!!) is the Bold Book Club the portion of the challenge where I contribute. The word challenge seems fitting here. I’ve had an in-real-life book club for six years next month so I know the blessings and joy of meeting face to face and discussing books. I’m still working on finding a way to have a good book club discussion on line. (Let me know if you have suggestions!)

This month we’re reading Home Comforts. It’s a really a reference guide, so definitely on the heavy/long side. But oh, so, handy! Visit Anne’s site for a great description of it here. Next month, Emily P. Freeman’s A Million Little Ways!

If you’re interested in joining the challenge the beginning of every month is a great time to start! Visit Bold Turquoise for all the details.

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