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Friday Favorites–Brrr… Edition

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I know a lot of people get bummed out when they take down their Christmas decorations, but as much as I love getting them all out right after Thanksgiving I also kind of love putting them up. Everything feels clean and fresh, which seems just right after a month of Advent and celebrating the arrival of the One who would wash us white as snow.

January is a hard month for me because I like being outside and I like green things that grow. This past weekend I bought a fern and plopped it on my kitchen table and a big bowl of succulents and stuck it on my mantel. We’ll see how long they live, but right now the little verdant bursts are making me smile.

A few recent favorites. . .

Prodigal God by Timothy Keller: I have been on a big Tim Keller podcast kick when I run. Matt and I always give each other a book for Christmas, and since the prodigal son story is his favorite I got him this book. After he read it, I did too, and we both loved, loved, loved it. A must read.

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl: Matt gave me this book for Christmas, and even though it’s a recipe book I read it cover to cover. Reichl is a gifted cook but also an exceptional writer. I thought of my dear friend Heather all the way through it. I’m a firm believer that the closest of friends have their own special language, a unique way they talk to each other. For Heather and me, it’s food. We have a thousand memories together and almost all of them have an accompanying taste–bright Florida citrus, earthy potato leek soup, and, of course, the infamous duck.

Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear: I read the first nine of this series on our anniversary trip and the final two when I got home. It’s a series of British mystery novels set in the time period between WWI and WWII. I love historical fiction and a good mystery, so this was a winning combo for me.

ESV Study Bible: For our anniversary Matt got me this study Bible, and I love it! The ESV is my favorite version. (For many reasons, but at the top of the list–it includes all the beholds–my word of the year for 2014.) This one has great study notes at the bottom of each page and a ton of maps and diagrams to help visual people connect the dots.

Iggy Peck, Architect & Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts: My mom got these for Lottie for Christmas, and they are so fun! We’ve read them about a billion times already. The illustrations are a welcome relief to a mom who needs a break from Disney princesses.

Rain for Roots: My friend Jess and I went to Ellie Holcomb’s Christmas concert. We are both huge Ellie fans, and at the concert she sang “Do Not Worry” from The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This CD.  I got home and ordered several of these Rain for Roots CDs for my girls, my nieces, and birthday gifts for some wee friends.

The Giving Keys: Matt got my word for 2016 on a key necklace for me. I wear it often, and I love the story behind The Giving Keys.

Live FashionABLE Mamuye tote: In case you have Christmas money, may I recommend this incredible tote? It is beautiful, and the story behind the women who make it is even more beautiful. Also, it’s made in Ethiopia. {Love.} I used to be a cheap clothes/wearables kind of girl until I realized that if a shirt costs $3 someone wasn’t paid fairly to make it. My clothing budget hasn’t increased so this means buying waaaaaaay less stuff, but when I do it’s quality and I try to support companies that are engaging in responsible and fair business practice. All that to say, this company is awesome. When my birthday came around in September, I put all my gift money together to get this bag. I love the size {because, hello, we can’t go anywhere without 246 snacks} and supporting the women of Ethiopia.

Krochet Kids beanie: My husband loves beanies, and I found this cool company helping women in Uganda and Peru be able to earn a fair wage with a hook and yarn. I got him The Reed, and he wears it all the time. Even in the house. {Because we keep it like an ice box in here in the winter.}

Stay warm, friends! It’s gray and cold here today, but my trusty fern is doing her job to add a little green in front of me.

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  1. The Maisie Dobbs series sounds right up my alley! It’s been years since I’ve read historical fiction, but it used to be my absolute favorite genre. Recently, I’d been reading lots of cozy mysteries because they are so easy to fly through in an afternoon, but now that I have so much time on my hands, a mystery with more depth would be fun!
    And I love the mission of Live FashionABLE! I’ve had my eye on their passport case for awhile. For handbags, I tend to stick with another ethically responsible company: Better Life Bags. But that is family loyalty 😉

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