Well, of course, double tickle attacks will always make it to the top of the awesome list.
And here are a handful more! I hope you enjoy!
1) The Read Aloud Revival podcast:
My friend Pam told me about this podcast a while back (Thanks, Pam!!), and I love it! It's basically about how to make meaningful connections with your kids through reading books with them. I've been introduced to so many great kids' books through it. Some are age appropriate for Evie, but a lot of the recommendations are for older kids, which I am totally fine with because I actually love reading kids' books. I also love the idea of collecting books now for my girls when they're older. I'm so excited to share all my favorite books with them one day, and this podcast has been a great tool in keeping up with all the great children's literature out there. If you sign up for the emails, you'll get a downloadable book list filled with book suggestions appropriate for each month. I just started this month checking some out from the library, and these are two of my favorites so far- Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano.
2) The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd and Coffee + Crumbs:
This book is by the writers of the blog Coffee + Crumbs, and I'm really excited to read it. I've been following Coffee + Crumbs for a while and appreciate so much the space those ladies have created for moms from all walks of life and experiences to come together and encourage and support one another through honest writing and photography. If you haven't checked out this blog yet, please do, and then hop over and take a look at this book because I think it will be a truly refreshing, highly relatable, and uplifting read.
3) Evie singing along to songs:
This might seem like a nothing story to most people, but it seriously is one of the most awesome things right now. I've been working with her on some songs, but she really knows so many more than I thought she did. We have this CD we love to listen to in the car (The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This by Rain for Roots), and lately I've been hearing Evie's sweet little munchkin voice singing along in the back seat. And she knows the words!! She may not be pronouncing them right...and she may not know exactly what she's saying, but she mostly knows what words come next and she knows the tunes. It's one of the most precious things. And it helps me to remember these precious moments when Evie is behaving in a completely not precious manner. Which is frequently these days, I'll just be honest and say.
4) Colored Organics:
This is a cool company I discovered recently that makes children's clothes that are organic, fair trade and adorable. Can't beat that combo! If you go to its website, you can learn about some other ways its helping make life better for the people who make these clothes- like providing health insurance for their whole families and giving free hot meals at work. I just get excited about companies that place a priority on being socially conscious. If all companies did this, imagine what kind of awesome things could happen. If you happen to want to buy something, you can use the code SARA25 for 25% off your order on the website. You can also find this brand on Amazon.
5) This quote from good old Oswald Chambers:
"It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God- but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people- and this is not learned in five minutes." -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
I just thought this perspective was so encouraging and down-to-earth. Especially that last part, "...and this is not learned in five minutes." I love how he just kind of leaves that there, like it's an afterthought that he almost forgot to mention, which is appropriate because we all know we have trouble remembering this, too. Though I do own a copy of My Utmost for His Highest, I found this quote from the book I'm currently reading by Emily P. Freeman called Simply Tuesday, which is also an awesome and encouraging book that you should definitely put on your to-read list. It's about celebrating and finding meaning in the small moments of life and has been such a good reminder to me in this season of being at home raising little ones.
Well there you have it!
Five awesome things.
What kinds of awesome things or stories have you got for me?? Leave me a comment, I'd love to read about them!