The here and now (on a Friday)
On this Friday, I am...
- wearing layers(!) and a ponytail because I can't decide if I like my new haircut (I think yes? It's not too different really, but we're still getting acquainted with one other)
- making these muffins (but with chocolate chips...I'll make them this way until I can convince Nicholas to fall in love with blueberries)
- hard-boiling eggs
- cleaning the kitchen/tidying up the apartment
- knitting a little on my Hitchhiker Shawl
- renewing library books
- browsing through this cookbook
- bracing myself for what the local weather is referring to as a "cold front" this weekend (but really, we're expecting the temperature to dip down briefly into the 70's and 80's ;)
- re-discovering how much I love the work of La Blogothèque: the informality, the intimacy, glimpses of the process behind a musical performance, all of it. A few favorites are this one (Local Natives) and this one (Sufjan Stevens), but their entire YouTube channel is definitely worth exploring.
- making lists and assembling camping supplies, because...
We leave this evening for what we're referring to as a "belated anniversary/first camping trip in Texas!" I've been antsy for some quality outdoor time + a little getaway with Nicholas.
P.S.—I am (possibly...err...definitely) way too excited to break out my headlamp again. A few years back, I got a lot of use out of it in my dorm room...just ask my college roommates and their loving mockery of my headlamp use in my lofted bed ;)
P.P.S.—You may notice that the overall appearance of my blog changes fairly often (it just did!), all thanks to my web-developer husband who built it and enjoys updating it.
In the kitchen, July 2022
As a home cook, I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen everyday, and lately, I've been finding so much joy in trying lots of new things in the kitchen with items from our garden, ingredients purchased locally, or new recipes made with my sourdough starter.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.
What brings me to worship: Life lately, mid-May 2021
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.