Around Here Right Now

It’s a rainy, cold afternoon while I’m writing this, and we’re all cozy inside. Ben’s making apple crisp, and we’re hoping for snow. He made the mistake of telling Everett we’d go to the cabin when the snow melts – he meant in spring, but Everett is just pumped, because the first snowfall is disappearing, so he’s ready to pack up and go to the lake. We’ve been trying to explain the situation to him, but it’s not making any sense to him, so it would simplify our lives quite a bit if we’d just get more snow!;)

I always have a running list of things our family is currently enjoying, and when it gets long enough, I do one of these posts to share our favourites with you! (Affiliate links are included for your convenience) This month’s offerings are about as random as they get, so hopefully there’s a little something for everyone!:)

What We’re Watching: Timeless

Ben and I have really been enjoying this show on Netflix for the last couple of months. Sadly, there’s only one season, and the show was cancelled in spring, but fans raised such an uproar that season two will be filmed in 2018!

The story line involves a stolen time machine, and the bad guys are trying to go back in time to change American history, so the good guys have to take the backup time machine to chase after them, and do whatever they can to ensure history stays the same. Every episode covers a different event in history, from Lincoln’s assassination to the first landing on the moon to the Lone Ranger to the Hindenberg disaster. Because something always goes wrong, and small details of history end up changing in each episode, it’s making us look up these different historical events to brush up on the details. There is some violence, but for the most part, we’ve been impressed with how clean the show is.

Also, if Lucy could please just shave her head and make me a wig with her hair, it would pretty much be my dream come true. I think I commented on her great hair almost every single episode, and Ben was wondering what was up with this hair obsession.

But now we’re finished season one, and I’m sad, and it’s a long time until season two comes out!

What We’re Learning: Historical Fiction

Speaking of history, Anika has been lost in library books for the last week. She came across a historical fiction series called “The Royal Diaries” at the library which includes many of the famous princesses from a wide range of time periods. There are 23 books in the series, and she’s enjoyed every one she’s read. My favourite thing about it, besides just seeing her enjoy good stories, is that it’s reinforcing everything she’s learned in history.When Anika talks about her favourite characters in history, and gets excited about books which shed more light on the background and context to these stories, it makes me happy to see how learning can be fun, and come naturally and enjoyably, instead of just being about dry textbooks.

What We’re Eating: Stir-fry That’s not Stir-fry

I love eating stir-fry, but I don’t like making it. Does anyone else out there feel that way?! I like meals I can stick in the oven and forget about while I clean up the kitchen. While browsing Pinterest for some meal planning inspiration this month, I came across this delicious-looking picture:


I suddenly thought, “Why on earth have I been dealing with a frying pan?!” I love roasted vegetables, so I’ve ditched the stir-fry, and do this instead. Easiest meal ever – I get out all the veggies that need to be used up in the fridge, chop them up, spread them out on a cookie sheet, drizzle avocado oil over everything, and stick it in the oven.

And then I’m free to get the kitchen cleaned up before the meal, so afterwards, all we have to do is put our dishes in the dishwasher, and pack up the leftovers for lunch the next day. So easy, and very delicious!

What I’m Reading: The Whole-Brained Child

I’m slowly working my way through “The Whole-Brained Child”, and it’s really good! I don’t have tons of time for reading, but this book is a great fit, because the chapters are pretty short, and the principles are easy to apply. A friend recommended it to me, and her description had me intrigued. She said it was a book about helping your child learn how to deal with strong emotions, and bridging the gap between explosive emotions and logical thinking. Because children’s brains are not finished developing, it does not come naturally for them to think logically and use reason in the midst of an angry tantrum or hurt feelings. They get swept away in whatever emotion they are experiencing in the moment, and so this book provides helpful tools for connected the right and left sides of the brain, or the “upstairs/downstairs” parts of the brain, as they refer to it in the book, helping to bring about more balance and feelings of calm and control.

Even though I’m not very far into the book, I’m already helping it very helpful, and highly recommend it! While getting this blog post ready, I stumbled across this “Refrigerator Sheet” which summarizes some of the helpful points, in case you want to check out a bit of what it has to say!

What I’m Saving $ On: Restore

Last year, I shared about this fantastic product our family uses on a daily basis. It restores gut lining in a way that’s far superior to any kind of probiotics out there, because it doesn’t just put probiotics into your stomach, it actually helps your body to start producing them on it’s own. All of us noticed a dramatic improvement in our digestion when we started taking it, and our girls’ issues with gluten have improved to the point where they are able to enjoy gluten occasionally, although we don’t want their digestive systems to get out of balance again, so we make it more of a treat instead of the norm.

In the past, we ordered Restore from the Restore4Life website, which ended up costing $130 with exchange, tax, duty, and shipping. A bottle lasts for about 1 1/2 months for our family of five, so it’s pricey, but something we feel is important to keep taking.

This last month, I was extremely happy to find a site that sells it for only $100! I felt rich with my $30 savings, so I wanted to pass this info on to you, as I know some people have been ordering Restore since I shared about it on my blog last summer. You can get a 5% discount using this link.

If you’re interested in learning more about it, there are some great videos available here, as well as pictures of what cells look like before and after using Restore.

What We’re Anticipating: Mother Daughter Camp

I’m so excited to share that I’ll be speaking at Mother Daughter Camp at Red Rock Bible Camp in January! It’s been a long time since we’ve gone to camp in winter, and it’s such a great retreat, so I’m really glad to be part of it this year. I’m also very excited about the sessions I’ll be doing, and will have more to share here on my blog as I prepare for the retreat.

To find out more about Mother Daughter Camp, head over here.

What I’m Listening to: “Overwhelmed”

I listened to this fantastic podcast on the weekend. I was feeling discouraged on Saturday, because we’ve had a ton of sickness at our house, and I haven’t been feeling completely healthy for about two months now. My naturopath is trying to get me back on track, but in the meantime, I’ve been struggling to keep a good attitude at all times. I realize there are many, many people with bigger problems than mine, but I also know that wherever we’re at in the moment can feel huge and consuming.

This podcast was exactly what I needed – super encouraging, and such a gentle reminder that when we focus on Jesus, our circumstances might not change, but our perspective always does.






Around Here Right Now

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve taken the time to round up our favorites! So many things we’ve been enjoying lately, it’s definitely time to share them all with you, in case you’re in need of ideas!:) Here’s what I’m loving right now:

This entertainment:


It keeps him busy for hours….

These books:

Cat books

Aaaamazing!!! Anika started reading them a few months ago, and now we all read them – Ben, Anika, and I all have different books in the series that we’re reading to Kaylia, and Anika keeps flying through them on her own. The girls don’t play dolls anymore – they play warrior cats!

This show:


Our new favorite show! It is so good. We watched the movie “Limitless” years ago, but I love this even more – the  movie had a darker, heavier feel to it, but the show is really funny.  It’s about a guy who starts taking a drug that allows him to access every neuron in his brain, and recall everything he’s ever seen, read, or heard. He starts working with the FBI, but is only brilliant while he’s taking the drug. The main character is just fantastic – he’s got this hilarious, creative, enduring, childlike quality to him which makes an interesting combination with solving crimes.

This song:

We’ve decided it’s equally motivating for a morning workout, doing math, or driving to work. Anytime someone needs a little feisty inspiration, we turn on Fight Song.:)

This app:


Ben and I both put water intake tracking apps on our phones, and the results have been a bit surprising. I thought I was doing okay with water intake, but when I actually take the time to keep track of it, I’m not doing as well as I thought! Ben was doing even worse, and our girls were pretty much living like camels. This app is great for keeping me on track, and something has happened: our thirst signal has returned!! When you don’t drink enough water, your thirst signal will eventually stop working, or you’ll start understanding it as a hunger signal. Our girls were NEVER thirsty, even though Kaylia would go a whole day without drinking water, if we weren’t careful. But last night, as she was climbing into bed, she said, “I’m thirsty – can you bring me some water?” Yessss!!!

This recipe:

Broccoli Noodles

It’s so easy, it can hardly be called a recipe. All you have to do is stir-fry a package of broccoli coleslaw mix with some garlic, salt, and olive oil, throw in some cooked chicken, and serve it over noodles. I love the noodles Superstore carries in the Oriental section, made from bean and pea starch – they taste completely like normal noodles, but without all the weird gluten-free grains.

This hair:


It’s time to make going grey look like a lot more fun!

And this Christmas song:

Best Christmas video ever. And I don’t even like dogs!! We had a hard time figuring out if the drummer or the keyboard player was our favorite….

What are you enjoying right now?

Thinking, Reading, Snuggling

I keep telling myself that one of these days, I’ll start writing again – even if it’s just for my own good, I’m starting to feel the need for something deeper around here. As much as I love taking pictures of my sweet children, I’m missing writing.

I read this blog post about how we go through seasons of producing and consuming, and the idea made sense to me – during the months before Everett was born and the time since have definitely been more about consuming, because I’m not feeling motivated to produce much creatively. Or maybe I’ve been so busy producing a baby, I don’t have space for producing much else!;) But I can feel the desire growing in me, and feeling the pull towards producing in other ways again. Sometime soon.:)

In the meantime, we are enjoying:

Beautiful spring weather!



KayliaBuckwheat cereal for breakfast – soooo delicious with applesauce and chopped nuts mixed in, and super simple to make.

buckwheat cereal

Listening to audio books on the iPad – loving The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables from Focus on the Family.

KayliaPurging as a family – Ben has been helping me in the basement, and I’ve started asking the girls to get rid of 5 items each Saturday. Their choices surprised me! It’s kind of fun to see what they come up with. I had to laugh when I found this lovely couple at the top of my donation box:

purgingThey are romantically wrapped in tape – together forever!

Reading library books!! For the first time ever, our family has a library card. Now that Ben is working in Steinbach and can return library books regularly, we decided a library card would help with downsizing – there are only so and so many books we can cram into our bursting bookshelves, and as I try to simplify and get rid of stuff, this option makes sense.

Anika and EverettAnika read 20 books in the first week, which reaffirmed this decision! But she told me she wants to wait a few weeks before going back for more books, because she misses her own books, and wants to reread a bunch of them first.:)


Watching “The Flash” – discovered this new show in fall, so Ben and I have been enjoying it each week. Makes sense, since it’s produced by Greg Berlanti, who also produced “Everwood”, which we loved. It’s a superhero story, but without the dark feel to it.


Snuggling – “He’s my everlasting love.”

Kaylia and EverettThinking thoughts inspired by Dr. Caroline Leaf – and enjoying this book all over again. Having a baby makes me anxious, and it was definitely time to get back on track with my thoughts, and how much time I’ve been allowing myself to worry about stuff. Highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to think more positively! (Somehow, Ben was just born doing that, but I need all the help I can get!)

Switch on Your Brainsource

What have you been enjoying?

Around Here Right Now

So if I were being completely honest, I would write that around here, I’m not sleeping well, my back hurts, and five weeks never felt so long before. But since nobody needs to hear about that, I’m going to write about the stuff that’s awesome enough to bring joy in the midst of the waiting…:)

1) Coconut Whipped Cream

You guys, this stuff is amazing! Particularly for anyone avoiding dairy. If you stick a can of coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours, and scoop out the solid part (save the thin liquid for smoothies), you can make dairy-free whipped cream. Soooo delicious. I’ve asked Ben to bring me cans of coconut milk instead of flowers, whenever he feels a romantic urge.:)

coconut milk

2) Family Yoga


This is new, but completely awesome. I’ve done yoga every single night for a year straight, and cannot put into words how much it has improved my life. Still going strong at 35 weeks pregnant, and couldn’t survive without it.

Recently, I asked my massage therapist for tips on keeping Anika in good shape, now that she’s started taking violin lessons. After having dealt with a musician’s injury for so many years, I want to keep her back, neck, and arm muscles strong and healthy. His advice? Yoga, with me!

I also asked him about Ben’s knees – he’s had knee surgery already, and commented the other day that most likely, his knees will be the first thing to go. Guess what – yoga for him, too!!

And of course, Kaylia just joined in, because everybody else was doing it, but her comments were so hilarious, it was hard for any of us to take anything seriously.

My evening yoga routine used to be very relaxed and focused, so the atmosphere has changed drastically, but it brings such joy to my heart to see my whole family doing Downward Facing Dog poses in the living room!! I’m hoping this is something that will stick…

3) Getting Ready for Baby

Almost there – I have a few things to cross off my list, and then I can relax at night, because we will be READY!! Kaylia arrived at 36 weeks, so my doctor has told me to be ready! But she’s also told me we could be waiting until 40 weeks, there’s really no way to know. It will just feel better when everything is all set to go….

baby room

4) Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Invitation to Solitude and Silence

This is what I get up and read at night when I can’t sleep – loving it so much! Focusing on quiet rest is exactly what my frantic mind is craving right now. It’s an interesting exercise to spend focused time with God, but not speaking to Him – just being.

What have you been enjoying lately? Please share – I need new ideas!!

Around Here Right Now

Well, Friends, this summer is coming to a rapid end! At least according to the calendar. I always feel like homeschooling lets us squeak out an extra week or two of “summer”. But we all know it’s coming, and in some ways, I don’t mind! I’m missing friends that I don’t get to see as regularly during the summer months, and looking forward to programs starting up again.

Here’s a little bit about what we’ve been up to lately:

Rainbow stage1) “The Little Mermaid” at Rainbow Stage!

So fantastic! The girls LOVED it, and we’ve had the Broadway soundtrack playing constantly at our house!

2) Getting the girls ready to share a room.

We want to move Kaylia into Anika’s room before we start school for the year – one adjustment at a time! Kaylia has been waiting for this moment since the day we moved her out of the room they were sharing. She’s never liked having her own room, and never spends any time in it, if she can help it. She’s never gotten over missing Anika!

Anika, on the other hand, is not terribly excited about sharing a room, so we’ll see how that goes. Until we finish our basement, this is what we’ve got to work with! I keep thinking of families living in one-room huts, and I’m pretty sure everyone will survive!!

But OH, MY WORD!!! Decluttering with kids is HARD!! I think we’re making progress, though! Anika is now voluntarily throwing things away on her own, and some items she is willing to part with if we first take a picture so that she can remember it always. Guaranteed, she’ll never need to look at the pictures – once those items are out of sight, she rarely thinks about them again. But that first step is tough! Surprisingly, she takes after her father….One of my more surprising moments of marriage was finding out that my incredibly laid-back, seemingly-not-overly-sentimental husband has a very hard time getting rid of stuff! Because I loooooove decluttering, I have to be careful not to bully my poor family into parting with their “treasures”.

3) Becoming addicted to “The West Wing”.

The West Wingsource

This one is a total shocker. I don’t like politics. AT ALL. But we are loving this show! We needed something new to watch for all these evenings when I’ve used up all my energy, but it’s hard to find a good, clean show.

I’m not even sure what made us consider “The West Wing”, but the reviews were fantastic, there’s seven seasons of awesomeness, and we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves. So weird!! I don’t understand a lot of the political stuff, but still find myself desperately caring about these amazing characters!

4) Reading some awesome parenting books and blogs.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to deal with some issues that are driving me crazy – you know, quickly whip my children into shape before the new baby arrives!! Or at least come up with an action plan before we start school.

Positive Parenting Solutions is an awesome blog, and I’ve really been enjoying the free webinars offered on that sight.

I’ve also been reading A Family of Value (for the second time!), Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours (which I’ve used many, many times over the years), and The Baby Whisperer. I feel slightly overwhelmed by the fact that I now need to be dealing with preteen issues and a strong-willed five-year-old, as well as brushing up on caring for a newborn!

I’ve been trying to tell myself that “a change is as good as a break”, like they say, and with constantly changing from one parenting stage to the next all day long, I should just feel like my whole DAY is a break!! I’ll be the most refreshed parent around, right??!


5) Watching Ben turn fuchsia.

It started out with a throat infection that wiped Ben out for a week. Just when that seemed to be on the way out, he came into the room one evening, and said, “I think I’m getting a rash….”

In reality, it looked like he’d gone to Mexico without me, and gotten THE WORST sunburn possible. He was bright, bright pink. After a few days on the medication the doctor gave him for the allergic reaction he had to the stuff he’d previously been taking, he started turning a lovely shade of purple, which he informed me was a “good” sign – the rash was on it’s way out. He’s itched and scratched since Sunday, and whenever he looked at me with those puffy eyes, I could have cried. He looked absolutely awful!

Things seem to be getting better though, so we’re hoping that by this weekend, he’ll be back to his normal self.

But…who knows what will happen to our awesome vacation plans! We were supposed to be at the cabin for a week, but since he’s still recovering, and has missed about two weeks of work already, a holiday might not be the best plan….. Still trying to figure that one out!!

And that’s what we’ve been up to! Looking forward to “normal” life again soon! What about you?

Around Here Right Now

Here’s what we’re up to these days:

1) Baking biscuits


This has been my go-to recipe for years! Always love it. (I substitute tapioca starch for corn starch, and millet flour for soy flour.)

2) Listening to this song over and over:

Kaylia keeps asking for it over and over again!

3) Sorting baby clothes!


Getting so excited to dress a little boy! But I do find myself feeling a bit baffled about the need for so many animals, modes of transportation, and sports paraphernalia when I wonder through the boys’ section. What if our boy doesn’t like animals, won’t drive a car until he’s 16, and gets his athletic ability from his mother instead of his father?

I feel myself gravitating towards plaids and stripes instead….We’ll keep his options open!;)

4) Digging up our yard

For my birthday, my dad’s gift to me was granting one wish – whatever I wanted! At first I didn’t know what to ask for, but it didn’t take me long to think about this project for our backyard:


Ben is wanting to set up a play structure, but our yard is too sloped for him to just put one up without doing some landscaping, which seemed like a ton of work to add to his full schedule. But I told my dad that my greatest wish was for this project to be complete, ease the stress in Ben’s life, and get the play structure up so our girls could enjoy it this summer. My dad arrived with his tractor a few nights later, and got things going. So much faster than Ben doing it with a shovel! But now our beautiful sod is a mess, and we’ve got a ways to go yet!

What are you up to these days?

Around Here Right Now

Right now, I’m loving…

Her shirts tucked in (always!!!!)

shirtAt first, I tried to talk her out of it, but she was so insistent, I gave up, and now it’s just the way it’s done!:)

Fresh strawberries with Greek yogurt


Reading fiction again!

I’ve stayed away from it for years, because it usually results in me staying up far too late at night to finish a book, or getting grumpy at my family because I don’t want to talk to people – I just want to read my book!!!

But after my entertainment fast ended, I watched TV every night for a week, and Ben said, “Can we please do something other than watch TV? Let’s sit on the couch and read!” I have a hard time spending an entire evening reading nonfiction – I like doing that in one-chapter-at-a-time chunks. So for the love of my husband, I went and got some fiction to read. It’s a lesson in self-control and getting to bed at a decent hour, but it is very nice to sit with Ben on the couch, reading our books.:)


Individual snack-size hummus!

hummusSomeone out there completely understands my snacking needs! We’ve bought many, many tubs of hummus that don’t get finished before the expiry date, and have to get chucked. But these are perfect.

hummusOrganizing my new homeschool cupboard:

cupboardWe’ve tried to jam all of our supplies into one little kitchen cupboard for much too long. We could never find what we were looking for. Now everything has a place, and we don’t have to use the “cram-it-all-in-and-slam-the-door-shut-really-quickly-before-it-all-falls-out” method.:)


These articles on happiness, and why making our children happy should not be our goal:

Happiness is Not a Goal:

“Happiness is not a goal. Happiness is a natural response to a well-ordered life.

It’s better to ask the question, when in your life have you felt most happy?

For me, it was often when I felt I was being used in some good and powerful way, beyond myself – which was always connected to feeling like I was in the service of love.”

Happiness is not a goal. Happiness is the natural response to a well-ordered life.

It’s better to ask the question, when in your life have you felt most happy?

For me it was often when I felt I was being used in some good and powerful way, beyond myself- which always was connected to feeling like I was in service of love.

– See more at:

Happiness is not a goal. Happiness is the natural response to a well-ordered life.

It’s better to ask the question, when in your life have you felt most happy?

For me it was often when I felt I was being used in some good and powerful way, beyond myself- which always was connected to feeling like I was in service of love.

– See more at:

I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical:

“Parents do not make childhood magical. Abuse and gross neglect can mar it, of course, but for the average child, the magic is something inherent to the age. Seeing the world through innocent eyes is magical. Experiencing winter and playing in the snow as a 5-year-old is magical. Getting lost in your toys on the floor of your family room is magical. Collecting rocks and keeping them in your pockets is magical. Walking with a branch is magical….

A childhood without Pinterest crafts can be magical. A childhood without a single vacation can be magical. The magic we speak of and so desperately want our children to taste isn’t of our creation, and therefore is not ours to dole out as we please. It is discovered in quiet moments by a brook or under the slide at the park, and in the innocent laughter of a life just beginning.”

I wish you many simple, enjoyable moments in your day!

Around Here Right Now

Well, I think it’s about time for another one of these posts. Here’s what we’ve been filling our snowy days with:

1) Dress-up!


Kaylia is suddenly obsessed with dressing up, which is hilarious. Also, a bit time consuming, because whenever we need to leave the house, I have to convince her to take off the five necklaces that swoop down past her knees, just for safety reasons. Of course, she does not understand this at all, and we have had a few difficult exits from the house…

2) Zucchini Muffins

Gluten-free, of course, and very delicious. To my delight, I’ve discovered that my girls don’t notice at all if I replace chocolate chips with unsweetened baking chocolate. Less sugar is always a good thing around here.:)


3) Everything is awesome.

And I will be forever reminded of that, thanks to the new Lego movie theme song, which is now permanently in my head. The girls request this song multiple times a day, and I can’t decide if I think this is fun, or just getting annoying…;)

4) Preparing for a retreat!

I’m speaking at a retreat at the end of March, and around here right now, it’s all Moses, all the time. I can’t believe how I keep stumbling across the most interesting tidbits everywhere where I go, and it all connects back to things I’m thinking about as I prepare for the retreat.

It’s actually making it really hard to have a blog, because I can’t only write about Moses for the entire month of March, but that’s basically all I’ve been learning about, so I’m trying really hard to come up with something original to share around here!

What have you been up to lately?

Around Here Right Now

I can’t even remember the last time I did one of these posts, and since I’m pretty sure you sit around your house, just WAITING to hear more details about my awesome life, I figure it’s about time to give you a little update…

Okay, not really, but here’s what we’ve been loving lately:

1) Wholesome Gluten-free Honey Cookies

Honey Cookies

They’re supposed to be Christmas cookies, but there is NO WAY they’ll last till Christmas. These are the best gluten-free cookies I’ve ever made, and I’m pretty sure it happened at least in part by accident. Mine look nothing like the picture in the blog post, but we all don’t care, because they’re delicious. The blog I got the recipe from has never disappointed me yet! So many good gluten-free treats to try, it’s my first place to look for Christmas treats.:)

2) Another photo wall!!

Yes, I’ve done it again! This is the third photo wall I’ve put up in our house (with some help from Ben;), and I have visions of at least two more!! It makes me so very happy to see pictures up on the walls. This one’s extra special, because it includes our wedding picture, our most recent family picture, and one of my all-time favorites that I’ve taken since getting my new camera. (It’s the one on the bottom, left.:) Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers, plus the photo always reminds me of this golden evening with my dear friend Juls!)

photo wallI have a little bit of work left to do on it, but it’s already increasing my joy, especially since it’s right across from our washer and dryer – I love having something pretty to look at on my way to do the laundry!

3) Trying to find time to read!


I have a massive stack of books to get through! So many awesome books that people have borrowed to me, and I’m feeling pressure to get some major reading done so I don’t out-lend my welcome! All of them are on topics that I’ve been chewing on for awhile now, and I’m eager to do some thinking and learning as I read!

What are you enjoying these days?

Some Monday Odds and Ends

It was a looong Monday, friends!! Good, but long. So here I sit at the end of the day, waiting for inspiration to hit so I can write an awesome blog post to kick off the week.

I’m getting the sneaky suspicion that I may have to wait a bit longer for that inspiration, but in the meantime, here are a few random thoughts to share with all of you:

1) I’m pretty giddy about any sign of snow these days.

There were some flakes dancing down while I was driving home today, and my heart leaped with joy. I do not understand this, because winter can be a hard season to get through, and I know I’ll be completely tired of snow by March, but for some reason, that first snowfall always manages to excite me every year…

2) Getting our entrance closet ready for winter is a nightmare during the process, but pretty wonderful when it’s done!

entranceMoment of truth…that looks horrendous! I wish I had an awesome “after” picture, but I only took one during the process of nastiness!

That was my major accomplishment this weekend. I went through all of our shoes, jackets, mitts, scarves, and any other random objects that managed to find their way into our entrance closet. I washed all the summer stuff and packed it away, and I pulled out all the winter stuff, and got everything all organized and ready to go. Now it can snow anytime, and we’ll be ready!

3) I have a new favorite salad dressing.

I’ve been eating it all weekend. SO delicious. Found it here.

salad dressing

4) I took another bold plunge of faith, and invited a couple we don’t know over for supper!

It was another one of those moments of listening to that little voice deep inside, telling me to do something scary, unknown, and wonderful. I felt like such a freak, but I went up to the couple and said, “I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve been feeling as though God’s telling me to invite you over to our house sometime. We’d love to get to know you!”

And they seemed happy about it, and we’re really happy about it, and I’m amazed once again that the smallest thing can give so much joy. I’m also continually amazed that it doesn’t really matter if God actually told me to do it or not – it was a good thing, and so I’ll go with it. No excuses. Just do it quick, before I change my mind. The worst thing that could have happened was them saying no. But they didn’t, and they’re coming, and I’m quite sure we’ll have a great time!

And if it happens to snow for the first time on the day that they come, and I hang their jackets in my newly organized closet, and make my favorite new salad dressing to serve them for supper, then all of my random thoughts of the day will flow together, and no longer be random. Right?!

What have you been up to this lovely Monday?