what i'm into for june

books i read

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris – Not my favourite at all. I found it disappointing and I will just retain his “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and call it even.

Decoded by Jay-Z – absolutely fascinating.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis – Dark and beautiful but I could have done with a little more redemption. Amazingly well-written.

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes – A much slower pace of a book. I liked it but I wouldn’t read it again or even really recommend it. I kept waiting for something to happen and really, nothing did, and then it was over. Lovely in some ways, slow in the rest.

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brene Brown, Ph.D.  I love Brene Brown but this wasn’t my favourite. I’ll hand out The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly like candy though.

(Not a great month for books for me in terms of my “fun” reading. I have a gigantic stack of books related to the research for my second book on the go already, too, but I’ll share those at another time. And most of those were fantastic.

books on my nightstand right now

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy

television worth watching

Pretty much not watching anything on telly right now. We’re considering starting Friday Night Lights because it might be a good show for us to watch together.

movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre

Silver Linings Playbook I know, I know. I’m the last person in the world to watch this beautiful movie. But we finally watched it and WOW. I have a lot of feelings. Beautiful, messy, imperfect, tender. I loved each one of these broken people so much.

in my ears

Continuing with the theme of me being about two years behind popular culture, hey, have you heard of this little band called The Lumineers?

Also, my friend Susan and I went to see Patty Griffin live in Vancouver this month. God, I love Americana folk music. Nights like that feel like some sort of church.

best stuff i pinned

This quote from Calamity Jane:


this shelving idea for the tinies’ rooms

this celebration of nerdiness from John Green

this amazing photo of Kate Winslet with a killer quote

this whimsical signage which I want, pronto

this collection of 50 tattoos inspired by books

stuff i love

long summer days

sidewalk chalk on my front driveway

opening the door and telling the older tinies: Outside with you! every day

the sounds of hide-and-seek neighbourhood games

Saturday night grilling

swimming underwater

chubby baby thighs in little summer rompers

the gift of cleaning my house alone without anyone else around (if you’ve ever cleaned a washroom with a two year old on your back, you know what I’m talking about)

year end report cards and good marks

white tea towels

french press coffee

chubby toddler tummies in princess dress-up clothes

fort building in the basement

garlic and butter – it makes every vegetable better

open windows and lazy breezes

scattered books

preschool graduations with little orange paper grad hats

preschool teachers who clearly love their job

summer hair cuts for little boys with thick hair

loyal friends

people who say sorry easily

when my pastor says “according to Brueggemann…” during his Sunday sermon

piles of pears on my mantlepiece

holding hands in the car

hiding people on Facebook – such a relief. Almost as good as cancelling plans.

and the first sight of my book’s designed pages, all laid out and looking like, well, A REAL BOOK

So, friends, what about you?

What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?

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