It’s no secret that winter is not my favorite thing, but this year I’m taking a little more time to enjoy the abundance of indoor time by reading. Like, actual books and articles–not just social media captions, hahaha! I just finished reading a full novel for the first time in years, and now I can’t wait to get the library or dig through my dusty stash to find another one. I forgot how much I enjoyed a good story! So, in case you’re looking for some good reading material to keep you occupied, here are a handful that I’ve been busy with lately. I’ve mentioned some of these in other places recently, sorry for the redundancy.
For so long it felt like art was just something I didn’t have the time for–and frankly, I didn’t. But this is what fuels me; actively appreciating all the beauty that God created in His world, and using the gift of artistry that He gave me for His glory in whatever simple, humble ways I can. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate those of you who’ve encouraged me to keep painting by commissioning work from me. Mothers and busy people of the world–do everything you can to make time to enjoy your passions and gifts!
Here we are, smack-dab in the dead of winter again, but praise God that winter in the mid-west is proving to be a pretty tolerable one. I couldn’t help but think of Genesis 8:21, the promise of the seasons. January through March is always hard on me, but without these months I suppose I wouldn’t appreciate all of the other ones nearly as much.
As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night,
shall not cease.
It’s been a curl-up-with-a-good-book kind of month, with a few unseasonably warm t-shirt wearing days and enough sunshine to keep the winter blues away. I haven’t taken many photos this month, we’re sort of cooped up in our little coat, boot, hat, glove cluttered, candlelit house–I’m convinced that lit candles are one of the few indoor glories of winter, so I’ve had mine going for the better part of the days. And we’re finally out of a month long bout of sicknesses and just taking life one day at a time.
For all of you out there who’ve waited, pined, nearly died, and are at-this-moment on the very razor edge of your seats for a vegan chocolate milk recipe, this is for you.
Haha, yes, I do realize that maybe one person is interested…perhaps nobody. All the same, I feel compelled to share this recipe because this frothy almond & date & cocoa flavored vegan chocolate milk is my afternoon indulgence and it is so easy and so totally guilt-free! I’m not sure where this recipe comes from, but I tried it for the first time years ago when a family member made it for me. But I’ll be honest with you, the first time I had it I thought it was terrible. Like, really bad.
We are six-months-in here in Kansas, along with a lot of you who got here right around the same time that we did last summer. How do you feel? Settled? Does your house feel more like home than just a house now? Ours definitely does, and I’m so thankful. It was a bit of a rough adjustment at first, to have to downsize when we didn’t expect to. But, all is finally starting to feel right and despite negative temperatures and lots and never ending colds at our house, it’s an exciting time! We’re all finding out what the next year has in store, where we’ll be, what we’ll be doing… A lot of us are moving on, but a lot of us are staying.
We’ll be sticking around Leavenworth for a few more years, and if all goes accordingly, this will be our longest stretch of time at one duty station. As of now, we’ve never been in any one place for more than two and a half years, and even then, there have been deployments and extended but temporary moves thrown into the mix that makes it feel like we’re never really been anywhere uninterrupted for long. So, if we truly do stay here in Kansas for another few years, it will be interesting to see what semi-stability is like!
Good intention set upon a backdrop of general disarray is what characterizes most of my days in motherhood. I thought I was great at doing “all-the-things” (arts and crafts and ABC’s, etc.) with kids when I had one. Then the second was born, and the gig was up. Like, immediately. There wasn’t even a three month period when I tried to keep certain ideals going. It was just over! But every once in a blue moon we manage to all do something together and I take about 273 photos of it just because documenting our one success per six months makes me like maybe we’re okay, after all, hahaha.