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What I’m Into ~ December 2013 Edition

It’s my favorite time of the month – time to link up with the lovely Leigh Kramer and friends to share what I’ve been into this month! Fix yourself a creamy cup of hot cocoa, grab a fuzzy blanket, and check out all of the awesome links! That’s where I’m headed!

Around the house ~

Do you see the awesome canvases above our pew? I LOVE the canvas photos that we had made from some my favorite pictures of the kiddos – courtesy of NZ Portraits by Joanne. Romero Imaging did outstanding canvas work! I’ll have to post a better look at them very soon! The boys are very much enjoying their “indoor snowballs” courtesy of Joe’s mom for Christmas! Our living room has become a snowball war zone!


On the road again ~

The month of December started off with a trip to see my Beloved! He spent several loooooong weeks at an AF base in Mississippi, and he had even missed Thanksgiving with us. I was able to go see him over the first weekend of December, but we got more of a visit than we bargained for! I loved having all of that extra time with him! I explored Biloxi while he was in training, spent hours sitting by the ocean, and poured over my side-writing project. *happy sigh*



People I heart ~

Once I got back home to Kansas, I had a busy week ahead! The 24-hour tummy bug hit our house, and it was brutal. Before we had a chance to catch up on rest, Aiden had his routine sleep-deprived EEG to check on his epilepsy. We watched Despicable Me, and Ninja Turtles to keep ourselves awake until midnight, and then we crashed for our quick nap before having to get up at 4AM for the day. But as tiring as it was, we have some awesome news – he had a great EEG! No seizures during his test, so we will keep doing what we’re doing and recheck in one year!



 My brother, his lovely wife, and their stinking-cute little guy came up to Kansas for Christmas with my family! Loved seeing them and having the whole family together for the first time in a year! Yes, those three little hams in the front are mine!


My Beloved, our boys, and I packed up and headed south to visit our Texas family for the week after Christmas. Our wonderful friends let our whole family stay with them. I am so thankful that they let us invade for the week – housing 5 extra people is a huge deal! We also loved getting to see our Austin family and more friends!  It was incredible to celebrate New Year’s with them! This is everyone but our adorable nephew who was sleeping at the time – but trust me, he is a cutie pie! (I’m on the far right – and giving Quinn the evil eye for not looking at the camera – oops!)

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We had so much fun, but Texas plumb wore us out!

As the pages turn ~ December reading

The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, by Gary Chapman with Jocelyn Green – Finally a book about the 5 love languages that deal with the issues and challenges that military couples face! My Beloved and I read this while we apart recently, and it gave practical advice for when the military spouse is away at training, off on deployments, and at home.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman – Whoa. This book was magical, dark, haunting, and stayed with me long after I finished it. It was my very first Gaiman story, and it won’t be my last!

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare – It was an interesting story, kind of Twilight-esque. It was an enjoyable airplane read, but I don’t feel invested enough to keep reading the series right now. Maybe in the future I’ll catch up with the shadow hunters. So many books, so little time!

What’s So Amazing About Grace?, by Philip Yancey – Why, oh why didn’t I read this sooner?! Such a thought-provoking book. It gave me so much to think about as I learn and discover more about grace.

Daring Greatlyby Brené Brown – I first read this book over the summer, but I had to skim the library copy so quickly that when I saw it go on sale recently for the Kindle, I picked it up lickety-split! I was able to go slowly through the pages, highlight everything that I wanted to remember, and savor it. I am enough. Wow. This book was a game changer. I can’t tell you how this book has shaken me to my very core – having held myself back from living a life a vulnerability. I have begun breaking through the shields that I have placed around my heart – and I am excited to face this new year by daring greatly!

Reading on deck for January ~

The Signature of All Thingsby Elizabeth Gilbert

The Circle Makerby Mark Batterson

And the Mountains Echoedby Khaled Hosseini

Pavilion of Womenby Pearl S. Buck – This book comes recommended by my wonderful friend and sister-in-law. She has great taste in books, and I can’t wait to dive in!

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy Worldby Michael Hyatt

Stardustby Neil Gaiman

Screen time ~

The Downton Abbey Christmas special – *sigh* I can’t wait until it comes back again in the fall!

My Beloved and I finished up Homeland, and we had long-distance TV dates where we watched Big Bang Theory, Blacklist, and New Girl. We are now gearing up for the return of Sherlock!

Coming up in January ~

Continuing chapters of Our Story, more In Her Shoes guest posts, I will introduce you to an incredible book that is the perfect read for 2014 – Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, by Crystal Paine – and so much more!

Thank you, once again, for taking a few minutes out of your day to spend a little time in my little corner of the world! I hope that y’all have a most wonderful 2014!




*Disclosure – the Amazon links in this post are Affiliate links, which means that if you happen to purchase anything through Amazon after clicking on my link, I may receive a small kickback on the sale. You won’t pay more for clicking through the links, I promise. And I won’t recommend anything that I don’t absolutely LOVE to you!

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  • I love downton abbey! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Christina says:

    What’s So Amazing About Grace is one of my favourite books of all time. Glad it spoke to you 🙂

  • Jan H says:

    Hey G! I devoured Me After You, immediately ordered another book by Jojo and am halfway through it! Thank you again for your inspirational writing and openness. I’m also becoming book exchange partners with my Grandma this month and am awaiting a nice big box of her favorite books!

    • ginger says:

      I am SO glad that you liked it! Which other book by her did you order? I have The Girl You Left Behind if you ever want to borrow it! 🙂 Thank you so much for your encouragement – it means the world to me! I’m excited to hear about all of the new books you’ll be reading!

  • Jan H says:

    Ha! *Me Before You

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    Those canvases are fantastic! Glad your son had good results on his EEG. Love all the Christmas pictures! That’s the perfect way to describe Ocean at the End of the Lane. Exactly how I felt about it.

  • Tammy Lonker says:

    I hate sleep deprivation nights. The worst part is actually the drive to Wichita after the night of no sleep. It is hard to keep her awake in the car on that 2 hour drive!! We’ll have to exchange stories sometime.

  • Tammy Lonker says:

    And SO HAPPY for no seizures!!!!

  • Visiting from What I’m Into! LOVE your canvases – they look great!! I definitely feel your pain of too many books and not enough time. Do you think we could find that on a bumper sticker? magnet? BOOKMARK? 🙂 (And if you return to the Mortal Instruments series, I’d recommend stopping after #3. The rest of the books are terrible and not worth the time! The first three, though, I did love!)

    • ginger says:

      Thank you so much for coming to visit today! Yes – we definitely need a bookmark or bumpersticker with that saying on it! Thank you so much for the advice about Mortal Instruments. I might give them another go after I work through some others on my to-read list! 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    Thanks for your blog comment! 🙂 Until recently I had heard everyone say that their favorite Kate Morton book was The Secret Keeper, but I’ve had 3 different people this week tell me that they loved The Forgotten Garden so now I can’t wait to read it. I already have it checked out from the library so as soon as I finish the book I’m reading, I’ll tackle that one. Oh, and I can’t wait for Sherlock either! I even wrote it on my calendar so I won’t forget to watch.

    • ginger says:

      Hi Kristin! Yay – another Sherlock friend! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear if you enjoy The Forgotten Garden! And we have to dish on Sherlock later this month, too! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by – you made my day! 🙂

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