Having just arrived home from a trip with my favorite people (my handsome hubster and two silly kiddos), I discovered several things during our time away.
First: I am officially in love with my dishwasher. The place where we were staying did not have one (unless you call me and my two capable hands the Dish Washer). Every meal and teatime seemed to reveal a new multiplication equation with the growing piles in the sink. Like a complicated game of Tetris. But without an end to the game.
Second: I love aquariums. I do. I did not fully know this about myself, but there’s something about seeing brilliantly colored tropical fish, friendly frogs, graceful jellies, slow movin’ turtles, and whimsical seahorses that does crazy things to my heart. I even loved the eels! (I know, right?!) I cannot help but be in awe of the amazing creatures on our planet and the creative Creator behind it all.
Third: I must admit my deeply rooted obsession with all things Italian. We went to a place called Eataly on our layover in Chicago that left me speechless and salivating. Every kind of olive, cheese, oil, pesto, wine and bread you can imagine, surrounded by gorgeously displayed fresh produce in large wicker baskets. If only my suitcase had been bigger. Amo l’Italia!
Fourth: I always take books on planes, but rarely read them. This time however, I consumed an entire book! Jennifer Smith’s The Unveiled Wife. Jen’s words are refreshingly honest and oh so relevant for us married folk. Seriously so so good! Plus she just had a baby girl — with the middle name Ann. Coincidence? I think not. Congrats, dear friend!
Anne-Renee and I actually passed each other in the air the other day. She was arriving home from her trip, and I was heading off on mine. At the moment, I’m in a hotel room in Nashville with a friend attending a favorite conference. Favorite speakers, help and inspiration in my life as an adoptive mom, motivation in running our church ministry to adoptive and foster families, and a wee little break from everyday life. Good times. P.S. I have an absolutely fantastic husband who is at home holding down the fort.
I think I just might have a tiny bit of brain power left after a full day of attending sessions functioning on zero sleep to think of what I’m loving these days. So here are the first four things that came to mind:
First: I have a crush on PBS — I just thought you should know. My current favorite shows (that I watch online) are Call the Midwife (Season 4) and Twice Born. There’s a theme there, yes. Pregnancy and babies. And no, this is not any sort of announcement. While I’m nuts about these two amazing shows, I don’t recommend them while pregnant. Just don’t.
Second: Like Anne-Renee, I always pack a real live paper book in my carry-on and have great plans to read and pass the time while feeding my mind and soul with a good book. But I just can’t bring myself to actually read said book. This time, I read the first page of my book. Baby steps. So proud. But what I do love for my in-flight entertainment is a) podcasts, b) music, c) a magazine. It’s the only time in my life I buy a magazine. I don’t usually read the articles. Shocker. But I do enjoy flipping through and rolling my eyes at fashion trends that should have stayed in 1991.
Third: The other day my new neighbor invited me in for tea and served me the most amazing cup of wow. It’s called Hot Cinnamon Sunset by Harvey and Sons. It isn’t “hot” like Atomic Fire Balls (remember those?), it’s just the right amount of everything.
Fourth: Music is a huge part of my life. Worship music, more specifically. One of my new favorite albums is We Will Not Be Shaken by Bethel Music. Especially tracks #2 and #9. I didn’t instantly love the whole album like I do now. That took some time. I had to listen repetitively to understand the lyrics and heart behind the message. Once that happened, I was sold.
We hope you have a beautiful weekend doing and enjoying the things you love most!
So tell us, what are you loving right now?
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