Fall Reading

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Yesterday, a couple of books were delivered from Amazon that have been on my wishlist for a LONG time.  I am SO excited to get some time to sit down with these.

In case you can’t make out all the cover info in the picture, they are Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon & Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck.

I LOVE reading about anything natural health related & I’ve heard such great things about both of these books for the past couple of years, I’m kind of surprised I’ve waited this long to add them to my library!  Mr. Wiles is just starting to get more interested in eating actual food, so it will be fun to see what Real Food for Mother and Baby has to say about first foods.  I already know quite a bit about what Nourishing Traditions teaches, and in fact, I honestly thought I had this book for quite a while, but I realized it was just because I’ve read so much about it online.  I’m excited to have it as a resource of my own now.

I’ve also just started reading The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.  I received this one as a gift at one of our baby showers.  I’ve just made it through the introduction so far {it’s not long, I’m just a distracted reader :)} but I already think it seems like it will be a great resource for mommyhood.  If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I’ve mentioned before that I tend to read multiple books at a time, so I’m trying to keep my current reads to just these three.  I could probably get through things a lot quicker if I’d just pick one, but I don’t have that kind of focus ;).  You can check out the rest of my reading list here if you’d like.

Are you reading anything great these days?

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Gratituesday ~ Garage Sale Donations & One Thousand Gifts

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Well, today as I sit here & think about all that I have to be grateful for, I’m overwhelmed.  Our adoption fundraiser garage sale is this weekend, & for the past 2 weeks we have been collecting donations from friends, relatives, our church family & complete strangers.  Everyone has been extremely generous & so sweet!  I don’t think I could ever thank everyone enough for their support.  Our garage is filling up fast & we have more stuff coming in everyday, such blessings.

In my bible study today (I’m currently doing Beth Moore’s James study), I came across such a fitting verse for today…

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.   James 1:17 (NASB)

Obviously, this applies to so much more than just our garage sale donations, but it was such a great reminder that all good things come from our Heavenly Father.

I’m also in the middle of reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts with a couple dear friends.  In her book, she encourages us to give thanks for every thing, big & small.  The chapter we just finished reading this week goes so far as to say that by giving thanks for the small things, time can actually slow down.  Now, this isn’t some magical thing that happens.  It’s just that when we take time to notice the small things, to give thanks, we live in the present, not rushing on to the next thing or looking ahead for something better.  Such a powerful message & one I need reminded of daily each & every minute of the day.

My sweet sister’s in Christ & I have challenged each other to begin making that list of one thousand gifts.  We didn’t set a timeframe on it, yet anyhow, but we are making the first step towards living a life of thankfulness for each & every gift from our Heavenly Father & living in the here & now instead of looking off to tomorrow for something greater.

So, here’s just few things I’ve jotted down the past few days.  I won’t even try to post each of the one thousand gifts here but I hope to share just a few each week.  If you’ve read my Gratituesday posts before, you may notice that I’m focusing in a bit more than usual.

I’m grateful for…

1. Fall leaves raining down
2. Sleeping in mornings
3. Snuggles before sleep
4. Crisp Fall mornings
5. Sweat dripping at boot camp;)
6. Warm showers
7. Sweet smelling coconut oil
8. Sunday morning walks
Now it’s your turn, what are you grateful for today?  I’d love to hear about it!