1. Feeling swollen with baby each night, while we sit on the couch and eat our snack. Getting off the couch is taking a little more effort these days.
2. Rediscovering the pretty prettiness of Tastespotting, (I have been hopping over there to browse recipes this week) and submitting a few of my own recipes to the visual potluck.
3. Hadley's crazy nice naps. All summer, this girl has been sleeping about 2 1/2 hours every afternoon!!
4. Chrystal Smith's beautiful blog! Full of recipes that are gluten, dairy, and funky-ingredient free. :)
5. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Hercules on Netflix.
6. Football season: started! I can't wait for Sunday games!
7. Scrolling through our photo stream in iPhoto and finding old pictures of Hadley. Like these from summer 2012:
Oh my. You're telling me she was this cute?!! My pregnancy hormones are raging. I cannot cannot wait for another little one growing up in our house- being this cute! I feel like the Lord has been showing me this week especially how ready I am for another one. As we rolled back into our normal routine with school and regular life, I can easily see the space that this new baby will fill.
8. This recipe for sour watermelon gummies from meatified. I have been wanting to try homemade gummies for about a year now and just haven't bought the grass-fed gelatin to do it. I have a huge weakness for gummy candy.
9. Walking to the farmers' market yesterday and finding the first winter squash waiting for us! I bought a bunch of delicata- my favorite kind.
10. Getting together with girl friends. Who are moms. It's such a refreshing time.
11. The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music playlist on Spotify. Grant plays this one in his classroom.
12. Posted on my fridge this week:
This short list of admirable goals comes straight from (fictional) Katy's diary Stepping Heavenward. I re-read this book (for probably the 6th time) over the summer and loved Katy all over again. I benefit so much from the godly and womanly wisdom offered in this extremely candid and relatable diary.
Katy deals with real life questions and experiences in her diary: Do I love the Lord, or no? Why are things always hindering me in getting near to Christ? Am I growing in my walk with Him because of these trials? Will I ever learn to behave better? Can I give my baby to Him joyfully? Can I learn to trust my husband, and will he ever understand me?
The language is wonderful and the heart revealed is humble and beautiful.
I know I've talked about this book before (sorry!), but I will keep on recommending it as long as it does me good! Read it and you will be entertained, convicted, sympathized with, and encouraged.