What I’m Into ~ March 2014 Edition

What I'm Into - March 2014 Edition

Is it really that time again? It’s time to look back at the month of March and link up with the lovely Leigh Kramer as we chat about what we’ve been into over the last month!

Family ~

If I sound a little loopy this month, it’s because I have a back spasm that feels like I’m going through back labor all over again. My doctor gave me a shot on Friday, and I’m taking a muscle relaxer that has me feeling pretty sleepy – but hopefully I’ll be back on my feet in no time!


We celebrated Pi Day by making a strawberry-rhubarb pie! I let the boys take over, and they did a fabulous job on the yummy treat! Quinn and I even worked on a gluten-free mini pie just for him. Happiness all around!

In other news – I’m going to a ball! My Beloved asked me last week if I’d like to attend the Air Force ball with him in April. I’m usually being dramatic when I say that I have nothing to wear, but this time it’s for real! I’ve been window shopping online, tossed around a few ideas, and finally ordered a dress. I’m hoping that it gets here soon, so I can go out and shop on my own if it doesn’t fit. *fingers crossed*


Fashion ~

Speaking of clothes, we have had all sorts of weather this month. One day it was so chilly that I broke out one of my warmest Russian shawls…

Russian Scarf

And another was so warm that I could dig out my ruby slipper TOMS…

Red Sparkly Toms and Animal Print

Last month’s books ~

I reviewed a few of these in my Twitterature post. March was a great reading month!

Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka – Raw, sweeping, and hauntingly beautiful. I can’t rave enough about this book. This story is like nothing else that I have ever read. The voice of the story is so different, and it’s opening up doors of creativity and storytelling ideas that I had never known possible. Please do yourself a favor and read this book soon!


Undaunted, by Christine Caine – Wow. Christine Cain’s story is heartbreaking, yet she allowed God to use the horrible things that happened in her life to touch many others! Inspiring and convicting at the same time, it left me realizing that even though I am delivered from my past – true freedom comes when you help others to be delivered and free as well. This book once again put human trafficking on my heart. I don’t know exactly where my journey will lead, but I’m ready to take those steps.

Operating Instructions, by Anne Lamott – She is the pioneer for all mommy bloggers, telling it like it is, this messy business of parenting. In classic Anne Lamott style, she had me in tears on one page, and giggles on the next. I kept nodding and remembering as I read about those first sleep-deprived months of motherhood.

Anne Lamott quote

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion – In a nutshell, this book is adorable! I kept hearing Sheldon Cooper’s voice as I read it on my Kindle. It has some language, but the story of his “wife project” left me wanting more. I hope that the author revisits their lives at some point with a sequel!

My Sergei, by Ekaterina Gordeeva – Katya Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov were my very favorite figure skaters when I was growing up. I remember reading the news of Sergei’s death when I was a teenager. Watching the Olympics made me want to re-read this love story – and I’m so glad that I revisited it.


Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, by Gary Vaynerchuk – This was my very first Gary V book. I thought his take on social media was pretty interesting. This newbie has so much to learn, and I found that his examples of the good, bad, and ugly of social media were helpful. Social media still intimidates me, but now that I’m starting to learn the ins and outs, maybe it won’t be such a scary place anymore.

Sun Shine Down, by Gillian Marchenko – I read this book this weekend in one sitting. Such a touching memoir of a mother finding out that her baby has Downs Syndrome while living in Kiev, Ukraine. I had first heard of Gillian Marchenko when she wrote a guest post on Addie Zierman’s blog, and I have been following her ever since. The story is the unveiled look at having a baby with special needs, but it also felt like I was sitting across from an old friend and sharing life stories over a cup of chai (Russian tea). To me, that’s the sign of a good memoir!

Sun Shine Down


Reading in April ~

~ To Be a Friend is Fatal, by Kirk W. Johnson – This one comes recommended by Leigh Kramer!

~ What Matters in Jane Austen, by John Mullen – I saw the title of this book either during last month’s What I’m Into or Twitterature link-ups, and I knew that I had to read it!

~ Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell – I keep hearing about this book, and after being on hold for it at the library for FOREVER, it’s finally here!

~ Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery – As I mentioned last month, I want to focus on re-reading favorite books throughout the year. This month, I’ve chosen to revisit everyone’s favorite “Anne-Girl.”

Screen Time ~

My Beloved and I kept hearing about this little show called House of Cards. Similar to Breaking Bad, we thought we’d watch “just one episode to see what all the fuss is about.” Two weeks later, we had binged watched the entire series.

I got caught up on Mad Men, so I’m ready for the season premier this month!

I’m currently using what little down time I have to watch the Veronica Mars series again. I loved it when it was on television, and I want to re-watch all of the episodes before I see the movie. I’ve heard from friends who loved the movie, and I can’t wait to see where the Neptune gang ends up at their 10 year reunion!

Blogging ~

We are continuing our Healthier, Happier You series – and I recently turned it into a link-up! I’d love to have you join us!

Last week I shared with you some of my favorite things this spring, and announced an awesome giveaway that you won’t want to miss! The drawing ends on Wednesday night (April 2nd), so click here to enter!

Giveaway! Win a SIGNED copy of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, fabulous earrings from One Little Momma, and more!

I also shared with you the story of a special celebration in our family

Dear Jesus, thank you for today.

Please help my daddy to stop drinking.

I love you, Lord. Amen.

Dear Jesus ~ A little girl's prayer for her daddy is answered.

We’ve also had more wonderful In Her Shoes guest posts during the month of March! We heard about a homeschooling mom, an American attorney living in Zambia, a missionary in Peru, and the strength of a mother’s love. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy learning about the lives of these women, their beautiful stories, and what it is like to walk in their shoes! Stay tuned for more inspiring stories in April!

That about wraps up the month of March in my little corner of the world. I’m so happy that you stopped by today! I would love to keep in touch. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. We can also be book buddies on GoodReads.

We have more great stuff lined up this month, and you can get my posts by email – just by going to the Subscribe button on the side. It’s easy peasy!

What were you into last month? I’d love to hear all about it!

I hope that you have a lovely April!


~ G


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  • Shana Norris says:

    What IS the voice of The Buddha in the Attic?! I’m almost finished and I’ve been trying to figure it out all along. I love the brown suede booties in your Russian shawl picture. And the ruby red Toms!

  • karen says:

    You have such great style, Ginger! I’m inspired/jealous every time I see a new outfit on IG. 🙂

  • I love that you found Gillian Marchenko over at my place. She’s such a beautiful writer. And oh my word — Buddha in the Attic. GORGEOUS book. Love that you’re a Veronica fan also. I loaned my DVDs out, so couldn’t get all caught up before the movie, but it did not disappoint. Loved it.

  • Christina says:

    Pi Day is one of my favourite unofficial holidays to celebrate.

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    Strawberry Rhubarb pie is the BEST! I’m not much of a fruity dessert person but that pie gets me every time. It brings back good memories of helping Grandma in the kitchen. Hope you have a great time at the Air Force Ball and that you find something fantastic to wear. I haven’t heard of Buddha in the Attic but I’ll see if I can track down a copy. Definitely curious to hear your thoughts once you read To Be A Friend Is Fatal.

  • Amy E Patton says:

    First- I must get some ruby red Toms! Those are adorable! I hope your back is better before the ball… that was a lot of B’s. I also hope you enjoy Eleanor and Park. There is a lot of language- especially on the front page. I loaned my copy to a friend and she left it in the nursery at church. I was so worried another parent would pick it up and see the plethora of F bombs and then see my name on the title page… regardless, I loved the book. Such a good story of seeing beneath the surface. Thanks for the reminder about Gillian… I had lost her link somewhere along the line. Looking forward to following her as well. Happy April, Amy

  • I too caught the House of Cards bug this month. I don’t think it’s as good as Breaking Bad, but still very entertaining.
    Also, Operating Instructions is one of my favorite books ever.

  • I’ve been hearing the same hooplah over House of Cards, and I’ve been thinking it might be another favorite for us. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • I’ll definitely put that first book (can’t remember the name, of course…) on my Goodreads list. So sorry to hear (and see via Insta-world) all those back spasms. Might you be better-better-better soon! xo.

  • Oh, a ball! And so many great book recommendations! Thanks!

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