I have been a huge, huge slacker on keeping up with this blog lately. I've just been really, really tired, and the creative juices that I've managed to muster have gone to working with a dear friend on a special project that I'm really excited about (hopefully I can share more on this soon, but for now it's staying on the down low.).
But we put Nora in her own room at the beginning of the week, and we've had an exciting new breakthrough in the form of her sleeping through the night, multiple nights in a row, aaannnddd waking up at a decent hour in the morning, which is a Huge. Deal. So I guess, technically, this should be the first awesome thing on my list.
I wanted to post at least something having to do with Christmas, and though this isn't the deepest, most thoughtful post I've ever written, hopefully it'll keep those warm, fuzzy, Christmas feelings coming for ya.
But first, this Nora face....I just can't...
1) The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp- This is a devotional type book that gives you something to read each day of Advent up until Christmas day. It technically starts on December 1, but I think you could definitely start it now and still be glad you did. I am several days behind myself...but I'm finding it so encouraging. It's a great way to get your mind focused on what I know I tend to forget in all the hectic of this season-the coming of our Savior.
2) I love Christmas music!! And I tend to stick with the classics because sometimes the newer ones sounds like perhaps the writer had watched one too many Hallmark movies before writing it, if you know what I mean. But I think it's pretty cool when artists put a unique twist on an old carol. So here are two covers that I think are done incredibly well while adding a wee bit of something different.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing- Citizens and Saints (This one is just groovy. Evie definitely gets her little groove on with it.)
What Child is This?- Marc Martel (Also, this guy totally sounds like Freddie Mercury and actually looks like him, too, which is crazy but really only contributes further to the awesome.)
Here's a newer Christmas song that is really great: Glory-Gungor
3) Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe-Joe's ice cream and white pine garland(straight from the Blue Ridge mountains!!)- One tastes magical. The other looks magical. Each is under $6. So basically, you should go get both right now, and you'll be guaranteed to feel all the Christmas feels.
5) At Home podcasts on Christmas books and traditions- I plan to listen to both of these podcasts soon, but I figured I'd include them because I really enjoy this podcast in general, and so I feel confident saying that if you take the time to listen, you will get a least one good book recommendation or sweet family tradition idea. Give them a listen here and here.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little list of mine.
I also wanted to include a link to some thoughts I had last Christmas. If you're struggling to find joy this Christmas or maybe going through just a stressful or difficult time, I want you to know I see you, too. I think seeking out the cheerful and light-hearted does a lot of good for our souls, but sometimes you need to know that you aren't alone and that it's ok if you're just not in the mood for carols or peppermint ice cream. And so if that's you, I hope this piece encourages you and gives you at least a little bit of comfort in this season.
I'm aiming to hopefully post Nora's seven month update this week, but if I don't squeeze it in before Christmas, I hope you all have a very merry one filled with so many sweet memories!
As always, I would love to read what kind of awesome things you're finding and experiencing, so feel free to share in the comments!