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Because it’s been that kind of week! After a crazy few weeks of travel and late nights and being off our rhythm, we are taking it slooooow this weekend. The only thing on our to-do list is a salted caramel apple pie that Lulu and I have wanted to make for months now. We’ve been waiting for a day where the weather has a crisp bite to it just like the apples we are excited to spin around the apple slicer. We’ve been eating bushels of honeycrisp apples and piles of sharp cheddar which Matt likes to cut into triangle slivers. I think it makes the cheese taste even better. And it’s perfect weather for curling up with a pile of books. Here are some favorites recently…

Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers: This three book series is an old one, but I finally listened to Heather and read it. (I think the covers of the books threw me off a little. I know, I know. Don’t judge a book by its cover.) I hate that I waited so long, but these are great historical fiction. The first one was my favorite, but I really loved them all.

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner: I had this one on hold from the library for a while. It was finally my turn to check it out right before we went out of town last weekend. I stayed up late and skipped a nap because I couldn’t put this one down. Another great WWII novel, and we already know those are my jam.

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer: A great companion to the movie War Room, this book is loaded with Scriptures to add to your prayer journal. I was highlighting and writing post-its all over the place.

Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri: Our Lottie Dot turned three on Monday. Big crowds aren’t her thing, so we had just a few of her friends over to eat pizza and Muddy’s Prozac cake last week. Her one request was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. That Prozac cake was so delicious, and I hear it’s even better for breakfast. I wouldn’t know first-hand, of course. That’s just what I hear. I found this silly book at Costco about a pizza-stealing raccoon, and Lottie loves it. We’ve read it at least 872 times since Monday.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen: This beautiful story would make a great Christmas gift for any child. I love the storyline, and the illustrations are simple and gorgeous. Also, it makes me want to knit.

The Dot by Peter Reynolds: Another birthday gift for our Lottie Dot, this one is fun and creative and inspires the artist within each child. This would make a great Christmas gift, and you could pair it with a set of watercolors and a pad of paper.

In the Meantime series by Andy Stanley: During my runs, I’ve been listening to this series. It is SO good! You can watch online or get the podcast. It’s all about keeping hope when our circumstances seem impossible.

Twistables crayons: I know these are made for kids, but they work great to highlight your Bible. They are nice and thick, leave a great mark, don’t bleed, and they come in all kinds of colors. And they don’t cost a lot! I keep one in my Chronological Bible, so that it’s always handy.

It’s time to go slice some apples and roll some dough. I hope this pie tastes as yummy as I’m imagining! Happy Saturday!

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