My Favourite Things- A World Where There are Octobers

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October is a wonderful time of year, don’t you think?

As the leaves start to turn colors and drift to the ground my heart breaths a sigh of contentment. I agree with Anne Shirley, I am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

Autumn is the Central Valley is not the quite picturesque a what you see in the Anne movies, or in calendars. We don’t have the vibrant colors everywhere you turn. Just last week we had temps that almost reached 100.

I have been harvesting tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkins alongside each other for the past couple weeks.

Yet the cool mornings remind you that fall is trying to settle in. When I was walking with my mom a few days ago, I was delighted by the maple trees that have started to turn red. Little things like that remind me of what time of year it is.

Spring is my favourite time of year, but fall is a very close second. I like to find joy in every season. This morning I am blessed with early morning rain showers, yet another proof that fall is here to stay.

Favourite Reads

Fresh Days and Fresh Starts (For Practices for Fall) @ Mason Jar Values

The Need for Routine (If You Want to Eat Well) @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Fall Quinoa @ An Appetite for Joy

 Favourite Fall Inspired Recipes

Homemade Chilie Mocha

Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Soaked Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Bacon and Rosemary 

Are you glad that we live in a world where there are Octobers?

 

My Favourite Things- Laughter Does the Heart Good

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Laughter does the heart good. It brings joy to your heart and livens your step.

While I don’t believe that life isn’t worth living without laughter, I do think that it makes your day all the brighter.

I’ve been reconnecting with Anne Shirley the past couple weeks thanks to the wonderful world of Librivox. The awesome thing about Librivox is that they are audio books. I love being read to,  plus that means that I get more books in! I listen while I get ready in the morning, while folding laundry, or sometimes in the car.

I love being read to,  plus that means that I get more books in! I listen while I get ready in the morning, while folding laundry, or sometimes in the car.

They are all classics that are in the public domain, so they are free!

Favourite Reads

How to Enjoy More Vegetables @ The Nourishing Gourmet

The Day God Reveleaded to Me the Huge Log in My Eye @ Simple Life Abundant Life

First Days and Fresh Starts- Four Practices for Fall @ Mason Jar Values

My Favourite Things (There is Beauty Everywhere You Look)

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There is beauty everywhere you look. It might be hard to see at first, but it is there.

Maybe it’s a child you work with at a local school, who’s face lights up when they see you at the grocery store.

Perhaps it’s watching your baby sleep. It could be someone enjoying the baked goods you made, even though they don’t know you were the baker.

Maybe beauty looks like the tomatoes you harvested fresh off the vine. Or it might be the cup of coffee you savor each morning while you have a few quiet moments with God.

Perhaps it is an old mason jar filled with wildflowers.

If there is anything I have learned this year, it is to embrace life and find joy in the little things each day.

It is like the apostle Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content“. If Paul stuck in Roman prison can say that, then surely I can find the simple joys in each day.

I am learning to enjoy each day as it comes and to greet the day with a simple heart of thanksgiving. Some days it comes easily, other days it doesn’t.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has always been a source of inspiration to me. The simple reminder to enjoy the little things in life and the beauty they afford is just the what I need in this season of life.

Remember that there is beauty everywhere you look.

If you have a few moments this weekend, make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy these posts that I have enjoyed!

Favourite Links

Homemade Bouillon Portable Soup @ Nourished Kitchen

Paleo Teriyaki Chicken (Soy Free) @ The Nourishing Gourmet

15 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Home @ Richly Rooted

10 Secrets Missionaries Keep @ Carrie Talbot Ink

Finding a Wealth of Free or Cheap Audiobooks @ Passionate Homemaking

What simple things have you been finding beauty in recently?

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Things

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Happy Saturday friends!

I can’t remember the last time I was so glad that it was the weekend! The school where I worked started back up on the 1st and the after-school program I volunteer with started as well. Getting back into the swing of things always takes a bit out of you but honestly I am glad for my routine to be settling in.

Getting back into the swing of things always takes a bit out of you but honestly I am glad for my routine to be settling in. I can only be footloose and on summer “routine” for so long, I’m crazy I know… 😉

At the end of a busy week, I am glad for quiet evening like this where I can get some much needed writing in while I listen to quiet music and sip a cup of tea despite the 100 plus temps we have ahd today.

Why don’t your grab a cup of whatever you are enjoying these days and curl up for a bit while you enjoy some of my favourite things from this past week.

Favourite Reads

I Choose Less (The Day I Realised all I Wanted was Realised Green Gables) @ Richly Rooted

Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads @ Red and Honey

Designed to Laugh  @ Passionate Homemaking (I am so excited that Lindsay is blogging again!)

What’s on My Nightstand

Honor by Lyn Cote

 

 

My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things

This post was originally meant to go live almost two months ago. 

It’s been a long while since I was able to spend much time in front of my laptop and add my noise to the blogosphere. I’ve missed you all, and sharing my favourite things.

I’ve been in a season on intentional and unintentional breaks. Life is full of the unexpected, isn’t it?

Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Instagram (I’m loving it over there!) may know that my brother is seriously ill. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain-stem tumor in the fall. We have been on a wild journey ever since.

There have been multiple ICU stays, nights of sleeping in the same clothes, and lots of take-out, and meals brought to us by many friends. There have been countless prayers, tears, and amazing people.

In April, early on the morning of the 30th, we almost lost him. Respiratory failure has to be one of the scariest things to watch. Yet God is gracious and isn’t done with my brother yet. The paramedics got there just in time and after almost three weeks in the ICU, my brother came home again.

Sadly on the 29th of May (the day post was written) once again he went into respiratory failure and was rushed to the ER in the nick of time. After almost six weeks in the ICU, he was transferred to a facility for patients on ventilators. At this time we don’t see any hope of him returning home.

Things still look bleak yet God is still faithful. 

We have been so amazingly blessed by ICU staff that have become like family, friends showering us with meals, prayers, gas cards, and countless prayers.

Amazingly in the midst of our chaos our Heavenly Papa has given me a greater peace and joy than I have known since I returned from Mexico. Transitioning from the mission field to life in the States is not easy. Someday I may be able to share more about that. (Update, God continues to give me that peace and daily little things in life bring an unshakable joy.)

Other exciting things like my little sister getting married (I was the photographer), my dear childhood best friend giving birth to a precious girl on my birthday, my sister’s wedding reception, family visiting, and a trip to Mexico have filled the last few months as well.

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This is a long way of saying life happens. Life is full of the unexpected. My plan is to be on here more in the coming months but we shall see. When I started this post back in May I didn’t expect things to take the turn that they did.

Until then curl up with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some things I have been savoring the past few weeks and just waiting to share with you!

Favourite Reads

5 Old-Fashioned Habits that are Due for a Comeback @ Richly Rooted

How to Decide Whether to Keep or Declutter Something @ Early Bird

Capsule Wardrobe: What it is, why you’ll love you’ll love it, and how to get one @ Red and Honey

Favourite Eats and Recipes

Nick’s Taco Blog

If You Aren’t Already, Start Saving Your Bacon Grease @ The Nourishing Gourmet

How to Make Thai Curries @ Rachel Cooks Thai

Favourite Books

Sweet on You by Chautona Havig

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider