What I’m Into ~ January 2015 Edition

Hiya, Friends! It’s that time again – time to share in Leigh Kramer’s fabulous link-up – What I’m Into! I just love going through the other links and finding out what everyone has been reading, watching, eating, and into over the last month! I’ve found some of my new favorite blogs and people this way! So grab a fluffy blanket and a cup of tea, and let’s dish about January!

 

Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag!

My Beloved and our boys gave me an Etsy gift card for Christmas – and I finally found the perfect thing to get with it! It’s a purse/messenger bag that just happens to be made out of a coffee sack! I had another purse sort of similar, but it wasn’t as well-lined as this one. This one has pockets inside, plenty of room for my laptop, and a sturdy strap! I get compliments whenever I take it out – and I couldn’t be happier!

new purse

Check out the Etsy seller Sublime Surprises for more of her beautiful bags! Shipping was super fast, and she was a dream to work with!

 

Last Month’s Reading ~

 

January books

 

Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen, by Queen Liliuokalani – Wow. I’m a history nerd, but I had no idea about the incredible life this woman lived! Definitely one of my favorite memoirs, and it has fueled my interest in learning more about Hawaiian history and culture!

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, by Nadia Bolz-Weber – Y’all. Now I understand all the fuss around this book. This book is not for everyone, but I really enjoyed her rich storytelling and fresh look at life, pain, addiction, and the church! And guess what??? She’s coming to Kansas THIS WEEK!!! And guess where I’m going??? Yep! My friend Andrea and I are going to have a little mommy road trip to go listen to her speak, and I couldn’t be more excited! Some girl time with my wonderful friend AND getting to listen to Nadia speak – Sounds like an awesome night to me!

Plot and Structure, by James Scott Bell – I learned so much about structuring a story this month! I probably highlighted straight up half of this book for future reference, but I feel as though I have a better grasp and understanding of what goes into a GOOD story, and why some things tend to work while others don’t work.

Essentialism, by Greg Mckeown – While I learned quite a bit about analyzing whether or not things in my life are essential, it wasn’t my favorite read of the month. I wanted so much to love this book – but it just didn’t hit it out of the park for me.

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield – I breezed through this one. Full of quotes to get you fired up about living creatively, it was fine – but it’s probably not going to be one of my all-time favorites.

 

February’s Reading ~

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott – I’m continuing my quest to grow and learn as a writer. You can’t go wrong with Saint Anne! Every time I read her book I learn something new, and I’m already absorbing new things as I’m only a few chapters into it!

Books that Stick ~ Bird by Bird

 

The Ship of Brides, by Jojo Moyes – My friend Jan (Hi, Friend!) lent me her copy of this book yesterday at PE class. I love everything else that I’ve read from the author of Me Before You, so I’m excited to get started!

Love and Respect, by Emerson Eggerichs – I mentioned HERE that my Beloved and I are re-reading this one together.

Shoal of Time, by Gavan Daws – A history of Hawaii, this one looks captivating!

The Betrayal of Liliuokalani: Last Queen of Hawaii, by Helena Allen – I’m telling you, I can’t get enough of this Queen. Her life was fascinating, and I can’t wait to learn more about this brave woman!

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And if I finish those books, I have plenty of books to dive into:

A Prayer for Owen Meany, Found, Hands Free Mama, Essentialism, Fooling Houdini, and more! So many books, so little time…

What have you been reading lately? I’d love to hear all about it!

 

Screen Time ~

Like almost everyone else on my Facebook feed, I watched the Parenthood finale last night. *sniff, sniff*

My Beloved and I watched Unbroken and American Sniper. Both were pretty difficult to watch – American Sniper especially for this military wife. But I thought that both were very well done. I’ve read and enjoyed Unbroken, but I might see if I can borrow my dad’s copy of American Sniper to learn more about Chris Kyle’s life.

I watched the first part in the documentary A Path Appears this past week, and again my heart feels so burdened by the stories that Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn! I love seeing the work that people are doing all over the world to free women who are enslaved in trafficking, and I can’t wait to see what things are spotlighted next week.

 

On the Blog ~

(Just click on the photos below…)

This month we revamped a series – Take a Little Time for YOU!

Take a Little Time for You! header

 

My friend Tammy shared 25 things she learned in 25 years of marriage ~

25 Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Marriage

 

I shared a few of my favorite links from around the web ~

This & That

 

We began a new series – Yours, Mine & Ours: Blending Families. This first part in the series focused on my 10 Favorite Books on Remarriage and Blending Families!

Yours, Mine & Ours- Blending Families

 

I shared a peek into our family’s evening routine – that has become a memory that I will never forget. A big thank you to my friend Cara Meredith for letting me share it as a guest post over in her corner of the world!

A Mommy's Love - To Infinity... and Beyond

 

I shared this post from last year for my little man’s birthday ~

Camden

 

And I was thrilled to join my friend Alysha in a video chat/interview where we talked about being intentional with our families while in the midst of trials.

BE-INTENTIONAL-WITH-FAMILY

 

Screen Time ~

Like almost everyone else on my Facebook feed, I watched the Parenthood finale last night. *sniff, sniff*

My Beloved and I watched Unbroken and American Sniper. Both were pretty difficult to watch – American Sniper especially for this military wife. But I thought that both were very well done. I’ve read and enjoyed Unbroken, but I might see if I can borrow my dad’s copy of American Sniper to learn more about Chris Kyle’s life.

 

What About You?

What have you been up to this month? Found any must-read books? Anything on Netflix catch your eye? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

Wishing you a phenomenal February!

~ Ginger

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  • CUTE bag! So fun!

    Love and Respect has saved a marriage or two from the counseling office. A few women have balked at the idea, but once they see themselves in the crazy cycle, they’re willing to give this a try.

    I smiled when I saw that Tammy had written 25 lessons in 25 years of marriage. In a week or so I’m posting 8 random observations (or so) I’ve gathered from 39 years of marriage … and working with thousands of men and women.

    I’m heading over to see what she discovered.

    Have a great weekend!

    • ginger says:

      Thank you so much, Linda! Yes, Love and Respect has been wonderful at breaking that crazy cycle! I can’t wait to read your post of things you’ve gathered over 39 years of marriage and working with so many people!!!

  • Ahhhh, I can’t wait to watch the Parenthood finale this weekend! I’ve got a date with Hulu and a box of tissues!

  • I’ve been reading a marriage book lately and I think I might have to add Love & Respect to my list. I feel like I made huge strides last year in improving my relationship with my son (I’d fallen into some bad patterns of yelling, spanking, etc. that I really wasn’t happy about) and this year I need to focus on my relationship with my husband. It’s way too easy to let that slide in the busyness of life, work, parenting two little kids, etc.

    • ginger says:

      You’re so right, Sarah! It’s so easy to let something else slide when we’re busy and focused on something else, even if it is a good thing. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it! 🙂 *hug*

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    I’m so jealous you get to see Nadia speak! Bird by Bird is one of my all-time favorites. I refer to it all the time when I’m writing and need to remember why I do what I do.

    • ginger says:

      Oh yes, Bird by Bird is like a LBD. It never goes out of style! 🙂 I’m so excited to go see Nadia speak – wish you were closer so we could all go together! 🙂

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