December. What this month means, has been on my mind a lot lately. We’ve had lots going on this year, enough that I think I can say 2016 has been a pretty rough year for my family. And yet, with a rough year almost closed out, December brings a warmth and joy even if some of it is bittersweet. We are having a simple time of Advent, spending a few minutes each evening reading about Jesus’ birth and what that meant for the world. Do you have a favorite advent devotional? I’d love to hear what it is–you can drop a note in the comments or email me. Here’s some of my other favorite new things and discoveries I’ve made lately.
The minimalist and sociology nerd in me is loving this look at cultural trends and how we can change from a materialistic culture to one that focuses more on experiences.
We are reading this each evening for Advent. The pictures are beautiful as well as the writing.
A super easy and quick read that alternates between Joanna and Chip. It has the same feel as the show “Fixer Upper” that made them famous and shares the story of how it all came about.
I really enjoyed this sci-fi novel. It takes on a very realistic feel of post-apocalyptic times.
With all the reading I’ve been doing I haven’t had a lot of time for podcasts, but I did discover this one recently and am enjoying it:
What Should I Read Next from Anne Bogel, blogger at Modern Mrs. Darcy, she explores all sorts of genres. I especially enjoyed and appreciated her series for kids. I got some great ideas for books my kids may enjoy.
Style This Life I found this blog a few weeks ago and am loving it! Paige offers so much capsule wardrobe inspiration–and its great for moms as she has 4 adorable kiddos herself. Also lifestyle posts as well.
This came out years ago, but it is still one of my favorite Christmas albums.
Goodreads. You may have noticed I read a lot. Sometime I start too many. Goodreads can sometimes help me see I’ve got too many going and focus in and finish up a few. I use the app on my phone to track not just books I’m reading, but to also add book ideas (see podcast above) for my kids because you can make various “shelves.”
This Angelica Infinity Scarf. With the cold, I’ve been layering up and this scarf goes with just about anything. Its also from one of my favorite companies, Noonday Collection, who produces fair trade items from artisans in impoverished areas.