What I’m Into (June 2014) {{Formerly Ideas worth sharing}}

So to more gracefully include the things I’d like to tell you guys about, and to take advantage of the community that is blogging, I’m going to switch up this monthly post a bit. I’ll be linking up with Leigh Kramer for her “What I’m Into” monthly linkup. It should be fun! :)

So here’s the June Edition:

Read and Reading:

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (free on Scribd!)
I was skeptical of this book for the longest time, but ended up really enjoying it. It made me laugh and think.

Becoming a True Spiritual Community by Larry Crabb (on scribd)
I loved this book. I’ll probably be processing and sharing quotes for quite some time, but here is one that summarizes:

“My burden is to see spiritual communities develop, where spiritual friends and spiritual directors connect with people. I long to see communities where people feel safe enough to be broken. Where a vision of what the Spirit wants to do in people’s lives sustains them, even when they are far from it. Where wisdom from God sees what the Spirit is right now doing and what is getting in His way. Where the literal life of Christ pours out of one to energize that life in another, offering His divine touch.”
– Larry Crabb

What Alice Forgotby Liane Moriarty
An engrossing and satisfying read with believable and inspiring relationships.

How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting by Kay Yerkovich
A look at childhood attachment and how that effects our subsequent relationships. Excellent addition to their marriage book by the same title.

Evensong by Gail Godwin
I loved this book. It feels like a book one might find in a literature course. I enjoyed this look into a liturgical life and the life of a female clergy. It was interesting and deep. And again, excellent believeable relationships.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith
I have written of my love of this book a time or two. :) This woman inspires me.

And Currently:
The Circle Series by Ted Dekker (on Scribd)
The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard

On the web:

It’s Ok to be Happy by Jennie Allen
A Prayer for All the Weary Thursday Mothers and For the days you get nothing done by Lisa Jo Baker
Rethinking Scarcity by Sarah Bessey at The High Calling

Things I’m loving:
Running Barefoot – the day after I run barefoot I notice how my running shoes are impeding my feet and I also have an easier time keeping my form better.
Bright Nails! I tried out Julep (it was a pain to cancel, otherwise I would recommend at least trying it) and scored on some lovely Coral colored nailpolish. Forever love.
My new living room arrangement and so many fun possibilities ! :)

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Art on the driveway with Ranger (not loving: the chalk *shudders*)
Ali’s splendiferous little self.

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– Of course. And Ranger.

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Summer!

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– This print from Dayspring

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– And this made me laugh out loud:

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Trying new things:

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Graze – the first box (and fifth if you stay that long!) is free and you can delay your next delivery for months at a time which makes it a much easier commitment.
Scribd – they have a great selection and it’s really easy to add free months subscription. And your first two months are free if you sign up using a friends link :)
Citrus Lane – super fun! I’ll write a review like post for that soon!
Julep – cool/nice items, a little too spendy for me, but I’ll probably spring for nail polish every now and then.
Zulily – Today they have Merrells at about 50% off!

Simplifying:

Everything! I’ve been considering simplifying my kitchen by putting away half my dishes. And I am trying out some freezer meals to help my cooking to be a little more planned than mac and cheese. :) stay tuned.

On my blog:

I outlined my strategy for stroller passengers on long runs, and how the enneagram made me a better hiker. I talked about busyness and choosing well, writers and dreams, writers and fear, and then capped it the month off with the beginning to a story involving God and feminism and thinking bigger. And much other randomness. :) I also attempted to give myself a writerly schedule! So if you’re interest in when I might post about what go here!
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8 thoughts on “What I’m Into (June 2014) {{Formerly Ideas worth sharing}}

  1. Ha, I’ve had the skeleton of exactly this sort of post in my drafts for a little while now. I guess I ought to finish it. :) Or you know, finish any of the half dozen posts I have lurking around, haha.

    I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing re:reducing kitchen stuff. Any stuff really, but we’ll see how much I’m allowed to get rid of. ;) I wish there was just a delete button for all the stuff we haven’t used in the last 18 months. :D

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  2. Love your little wrap up! I am also loving scribd, it’s awesome for the quick reader like me. I figure I will definitely get my moneys worth out of this subscription.

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    1. Yes! It is super fun! I have it free for a while, but I’m currently trying to decide if I’d just like to buy a new book once a month ( about the price of the subscription) or pay for the subscription when that time comes. I really like to read printed books. We’ll see :) i’m glad you are liking it so well! I really appreciate being able to get the books I couldn’t find before. :)

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  3. Ali looks just like Ranger now!

    Here’s my veggie soup recipe that I think would freeze pretty well:

    Vegetable Soup for 4 quart Crock Pot

    1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, oregano – rinse can and put water in 2-cup measuring cup *can use chicken broth instead of water

    1 8-ounce can tomato sauce – rinse can and add to measuring cup

    Fill the measuring up to two cups and add to the crock pot

    1 stalk celery sliced or chopped

    ½ slice onion, chopped

    1 medium potato, peeled and cubed

    1 carrot, sliced or diced
    ½ cup frozen peas
    ½ cup frozen green beans
    ½ cup frozen corn
    (or instead of the above 4 ingredients, you could use 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables)

    ¼ cup uncooked barley (optional)

    1 14-ounce can northern beans, drained

    *1lb of boneless pork chops (bones can break up into tiny brittle shards in the soup while cooking, in my experience)

    ½ teaspoon salt

    ¼ teaspoon pepper

    Add 1 more cup of water if you have room, and stir.

    Cook on LOW 8 to 12 hours or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours. Break up the pork into small pieces with a spoon.

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  4. I put an * next to pork because even though it’s supposed to be a vegetable soup, I think the meat adds a nice flavor.

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