Happy December, everyone! It’s that time again – I’m linking up again with the lovely Leigh Kramer to share what we’ve been into lately. I’m going to fix myself a cup of tea, grab a snuggly blanket, and curl up to see what everyone has been up to during the month of November!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The day after Thanksgiving the boys and I did a little Christmas decorating! When it finally grew dark, we turned on the lights and took in the sight. I snapped this photo to send to my Beloved – even he approves! I am hoping to take the boys tree shopping next week, so hopefully soon we’ll have a Christmas tree in our midst!
My Beloved had his 6 month CT scan and oncology appointment to make sure that everything is still fine post-surgery. We received the great news from his doctor – all clear! The cancer has not returned! We drew a huge sigh of relief! The next day he had to leave for 7 weeks of training away from home. He won’t he back until a couple of days before Christmas. It was a rough first couple of weeks, and Thanksgiving was bittersweet without him here, but we are anxiously counting down the days until he is home once more!
Sometimes a long coffee date with a friend is exactly what a girl needs! I had a much-needed Saturday morning out with a childhood friend earlier this month, and I couldn’t believe how time flew as we were catching up from the last 20 years! It was just what the doctor ordered!
I had another quick yummy coffee time with a friend before her family left for a cruise, and a delicious sushi outing with another wonderful friend! Nothing warms my heart like time with a good friend!
I went to see Hunger Games: Catching Fire with two of my favorite people – my brother and his wife. Such a good movie, and I love getting to hang out with these two lovebirds!
The boys and I spent Thanksgiving Day with my parents, my sister, and one of my other brothers. We finished lunch just in time to watch our Kansas Jayhawks “gobble up” Wake Forest in basketball! Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!
The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant – An interesting look at a famous family in the Bible. This story is told through the eyes of Jacob’s daughter. Being historical/Biblical fiction, one needs to take it with a grain of salt, but it was a fascinating look at what life might have been like for Dinah, her brothers, and her mothers.
Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey – Ok, I knew that this book would be an interesting read, but no one prepared me for the fact that I would cry so much while reading it! I cried while reading it in bed, on the exercise bike at the YMCA, and blinked away tears while waiting for Camden to get out of school. Because of the weight that comes with the word “feminist,” the title is sure to grab attention, but Jesus Feminist is beautifully written. The author, Sarah Bessey, says, “At the core, feminism simply consists of the radical notion that women are people, too.” Another part that really touched my heart is where she wrote, “You are not forgotten. Your story has not been forgotten; your heart cry has not been forgotten. Your sisters are not forgotten, and glorious times are ahead because ‘this resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike, ‘What’s next, Papa?’ God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.”
A Million Little Ways, by Emily P. Freeman – I wrote about this wonderful book earlier this month ~ When have you felt fully alive? I couldn’t recommend this book higher – LOVE! Psssst…this would also make a wonderful Christmas gift!
Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich – Oh, Stephanie Plum, I can’t quit you. This is the latest in the crazy adventures of the lovable New Jersey bounty hunter. It was typical Stephanie – bad luck with cars, way-bad language, too many love interests, and her always hilarious sidekicks – Grandma Mazur and Lula! It’s a November tradition of mine to read the latest in the series, and this one didn’t disappoint!
Parenting Your Powerful Child, by Dr. Kevin Leman – Did y’all know that Dr. Leman wrote this book just for me? Well, at least it seems like he wrote it with my little family in mind! I bought it thinking that it would apply to a particular little boy o’mine that likes to engage in arguments, but a few chapters in I found that I have two powerful children! A few more pages reveled that I have three powerful sons! I love that each of my children have special, powerful qualities – and this book is changing how I deal with the power issues that arise in our house. I think that I highlighted about half of this book on my Kindle – a must read for all parents that suspect that they, too, might have a powerful child!
The 5 Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts, by Gary Chapman and Jocelyn Green – Joe and I are reading this book together long-distance. We are reading a chapter each day and talking about it over the phone. I am thrilled that Gary Chapman has written an edition just for military families! It has many ideas for expressing your loved one’s love language while you are apart. Quality Time and Meaningful Touch are not the easiest love languages to have in our situation, but I’m hopeful that this book will guide us in better expressing our love for each other and keeping those love tanks full while we are away from one another!
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss – This was on my list for last month, but I haven’t quite get around to finishing it just yet.
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde – I keep hearing awesome things about this book!
What’s So Amazing About Grace, by Philip Yancey – Recommended by my sweet friend, Crystal – Money Saving Mom, I am reading this a little bit each day – and I just might break my “no writing/underlining” rule with this book because there is just so much goodness that I want to remember!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman – My first Gaiman book, I also keep hearing intriguing things about this little book. I snatched up the only remaining copy at my library – the large print edition – huzzah!
On top of seeing Catching Fire with my brother and sister-in-law, I also had a few long-distance movie dates with my Beloved! One night we saw a double feature – the new Thor movie, and About Time. Thor was a typical superhero movie…I really enjoy Anthony Hopkins and Tom Huddleston – such great actors – but other than that, it didn’t have enough romance for me. I mean, Thor just came back to rescue Jane after standing her up for three years, and now he’s off saving the universe again. The least he could do is spend a little quality time with her!
About Time was such a beautiful movie! It has quite a bit of language, but the story is so sweet, so endearing – please make sure you take a box of Kleenex with you when you go see this movie!
My Main Squeeze and I also saw Ender’s Game this month. Great story, the child actors were very believable, and now I want to read the book!
As far as TV goes, I’m still trying to keep up with Scandal, and Hart of Dixie is fun to unwind with at the end of a long day. Joe and I try to watch Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and Blacklist together when we can arrange long-distance couch dates. Love those!
Along with the posts that I linked above, November was a busy month! We had several wonderful In Her Shoes guest posts, found out what books are on my bookshelves, got an Instagram peek into my life, learned what makes me – me, and I shared about a very different kind of anniversary – looking back at the five years since my first marriage crumbled.
Thank you, again, for all of your support, encouragement, and for coming to visit me here in my little corner of the world! I can’t tell you what this has meant to me!
I’m going to visit my Beloved! *happy Snoopy dance!!!* A couple weeks after that, he’ll finally be finished with his TDY and come home for Christmas!
This week I am hosting my very first giveaway! Eeeek! Please come back Wednesday for all of the giveaway scoop! And I promise that you won’t have to donate any major body organs or name your firstborn after me to enter the drawing!
That’s about all of the news from this neck of the woods…Thank you so much for coming to spend a little time with me today!
Hoping that you have a most lovely December and a very Merry Christmas!
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