It’s my favorite time of the month again! It’s time to join the lovely Leigh Kramer for the What I’m Into link up! Fix yourself a hot toddy, grab a blanket, and be sure to check out all of the awesome links this month! Personally, I most love to see what people are reading. I always add books to my GoodReads list every month!
The boys and I enjoy jam sessions on our way to take Camden to school each morning. The most requested song of the month – “You’re gonna hear me ROAR!” It’s nice to have a few minutes to dance in our seats, giggle, and enjoy being together before the day gets any crazier. I love these little moments with our boys. I hope that they remember these times forever and always.
My dad and I took the boys to see the Harlem Globetrotters last week. I snapped this photo of Quinn as he watched in awe. I love the magic and joy that these wonderful players bring to people of all ages!
“Mommy, are you going to have a baby?” Our 5 year old asked me this again this week. I shared with you this month about how Quinn wonders if he will ever have a baby sister.
My little gentleman-in-training, Camden, turned 10 years old this month. I wrote about how we almost lost him a couple of times before he was even born, and how I loved him from the very beginning. Above all I want all of our boys to know that they are enough…and that they are loved.
I found a few fashion bargains this month! I picked up new workout clothes from the TJ Maxx clearance rack. Exercising is just a wee bit more fun when you’re sporting new duds! Speaking of exercise, I’ve been continuing to rehab my hip after having surgery this fall. I’ve worked up to where I am biking 11 miles twice a week at the gym. If all goes well, my surgeon will even clear me to start running in February! Woohoo!
I also stepped into a new fashion trend for me – ankle wedge booties. They were a steal of a deal, found at my favorite local consignment store. If you ever come visit me in Kansas, I’ll be sure to take you there – I always find amazing treasures in that store! I’ve been wanting to try something like this for a while, and I couldn’t pass up such a bargain! I’m still getting used to the shortness, but they sure are comfy! And the wedge doesn’t seem to hurt my hip very much. Score!
January’s Reading ~
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, by Crystal Paine – Friends, this is the must-read book of 2014. I wrote more about this lifesaver of a book earlier this month, and I am excited to implement even more of Crystal’s helpful tips into my life this year!
The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert – This book is sweeping and beautifully written. The story spans a few generations, and takes you on adventures all over the globe. A couple of times the plot twists had me thinking, “Huh?” But overall, I couldn’t put it down!
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, by Michael Hyatt – Full of wonderful advice for bloggers, writers, and anyone who is interested in building a platform. I highlighted about half of this book to go back and review again soon. Awesome!
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, by Caroline Kennedy – An amazing collection of poems that touch on so many areas that are dear to a woman’s heart. I borrowed it from the library, but I hope to have a copy for my bookshelf very soon!
And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini – I read this in just a couple of sittings while I was sick a couple of weeks ago. Wow. Just wow. This story gave me goosebumps, made me cry, and left me wanting to re-read Hosseini’s other books.
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life, by Ann Patchett – I loved learning about her early days as a struggling writer. I highlighted many of her wonderful pieces of advice. This was my very first Ann Patchett book, but it won’t be my last. Bel Canto, I’m looking at you.
The Pavilion of Women, by Pearl S. Buck – How did I overlook this book for all of these years? I’m not quite finished with it, but I should be by the weekend. The story of Madame Wu has captured me. Timelessly written and full of incredible characters, I’ll be reading more Pearl S. Buck very soon!
On Tap for February ~
I’m also joining Leigh Kramer in her February reading challenge. She’s only reading books this month that she already owns, but hasn’t gotten around to reading…until now. I thought it was a great challenge! I took my new books back to the library, (I can always get them again next month), and narrowed down the choices already living on my bookshelves.
These are all books that I have wanted to read for quite a while. I am especially excited about Mockingbird. I’ll be back next month with all of the details!
I shared a letter with you, apologizing to the Girl in the Mirror. We had two wonderful In Her Shoes guest posts: 5 Ways to Encourage Your Young Pastor’s Wife and Grace & Second Chances. The most read post was when I shared how Crystal Paine’s new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, was helping to get my year off to a great start.
I joined the Twitter world! If you’re into tweeting, I’d love to hear from you! I’m @1oftheboysblog
I worked on the About Me page here in my little corner of the world. If you have a second to check it out, I’d love to hear what you think! I’m still so new to this blogging world, but I’m slowing learning and getting my feet wet. Thank you so much for not throwing tomatoes at me while I learn the ropes and find my groove!
My Beloved also helped me to add Pin It buttons to the tops and bottoms of each post. I’m stretching myself to try and create better pictures for my posts. It’s a learning experience – but fun, too! Can I ask you for a huge favor? If you read a post here on Just One of the Boys that you like, would you please consider tapping the Pin It button and adding it to your Pinterest boards so that we can share it with others? It would really mean the world to me!
Coming up this month, we have more inspiring and encouraging In Her Shoes guest posts, I’ll be sharing with you some of my goals for 2014, more of Our Story, and so much more. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today. I hope that you’ll join me again soon!
Wishing you a most wonderful February,
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