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I think I begin every one of these “favorite things” posts with the words “It’s been a while since I shared one of these…” but it’s been a while since I shared one of these, and there are genuinely some random favorite things I want to share with you all this month!
I’m always a big botanical garden fan (see: any travel-related blog post I’ve ever written.) But I was hesitant to get a botanical gardens membership, knowing that we will likely be moving again halfway through the year. BUT the botanical garden’s membership here is reciprocal with 300 other gardens around the country, so I’m planning to get my money’s worth out of it both here and wherever we may end up next. Plus anywhere we may travel throughout the year. I foresee this membership paying off by approximately mid-February.
Friends who don’t give up on you, even when they know you’re leaving them soon 😭
I have this terrible (but great) habit of making new friends right before leaving a place. But I am so thankful for sweet people who are willing to invest their time on me (and Susie) even while knowing that we will only be here for a few more months. Friends make moving so hard – even when something is a “good move” it can still be super hard to leave behind good friends.
This is my virtual book club book for this month and I am a huge fan. Nancy Pearcey gives a really well-reasoned perspective on some very controversial issues. I first learned about this book by listening to an interview of Pearcey on Allie Stuckey’s podcast, Relatable, so if you’re interested to hear a good overview of the book you can check that interview out. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is wanting to gain a Biblical perspective on issues such as abortion, marriage, and sexuality (just to name a few.)
I’ve been really into bread making lately. Baking bread symbolizes staying home all day, and I like that. Each step is simple enough, but when you add in multiple rises and baking, it ends up being a slow all-day process, which is most of the appeal for me. So I pretty much make some form of bread every 1-2 weeks. I’ve tried a couple of different recipes for bread in the Dutch oven that have had varying results. But the process is still enjoyable. Here’s a really simple one that’s yummy.
I picked this book up on a whim at a Lifeway store closing sale, and I’m SO glad I did. Last year, I read Gloria Furman’s more well-known book Missional Motherhood, so I was familiar with the author, but not the book. I honestly liked this one a lot more than Missional Motherhood. It’s really short and really deep. I have lots of things underlined and circled, and I know it will be one of those books I keep close by.
Of course, the Bible should always be the most favorite of the favorite things every month, but I became very convicted towards the end of last year that hasn’t been the case for me. I had been spending more time reading books about the Bible than actually reading the Bible. So I’m priorities reading the word itself, and less commentary on the word from various authors (although I’m obviously still reading plenty of extra-biblical things as well!) So in addition to various Bible studies and workbooks and nonfiction books, I’m making sure that I don’t neglect reading the Bible itself. Sometimes that means listening to the Bible app. Sometimes that means reading on my phone. But the bottom line is filling my heart and mind with scripture every single day.