Stone Soup for Five: January odds and ends

January odds and ends





I'm going to try to write a blog post at the end of each month recapping random things that I've learned or am doing.   So here's January!

GOALS:  This year I'm trying Powersheets for my goals.  I'm really loving them and having this along with my bullet journal is working well so far.  At the end of January there's a review sheet and then I hop to February!  Here's how January looks:




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READING:  I'm trying to finish three books a month and I'm close!  Just a bit more, but they may end up going a little into February, but I'm okay with that.  I keep We Took to the Woods next to my bed.  I can't read non-fiction before bed, I need to unwind to go to sleep.

Fun book on finishing goals (which I need help with) but it reads fast with the humor and practical steps.  5 stars.
This is an escapist book for me.  Written in 1942 about a small family in the deep woods of Maine.  She's honest about the hardships, but I still would love to live there at that time!  4.5 stars (because a few of the chapters drag just a touch).
This book is excellent.  John Newton was an amazing man with an equally amazing story, but his advice and views of Christ and the Christian life are profound and life changing.  It's intense reading, requiring focus, but so worth it.  5 stars.  Highly recommend.


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LIFE STUFF:  My boys are slacking off on getting up on time and I got tired of the struggle, because it's not my job to be their alarm clock.  Since they're older now, 18 and 15, I decided that instead of policing their bed times, I'd enforce their wake up times.  I made a weekly grid and had them fill out their wake up times (and they didn't say NOON or later, though they joked about it).  They weren't too happy at first, but after talking through what real life is like (your boss doesn't care at all what time you go to bed, but he certainly cares that you wake up in time to shower, brush, and get to work on time), they agreed to try it.  So far it's working great.  If they don't get up when they say (and that means get up and come and see me and don't go back to bed) then they don't get video games that night (which is actually a win for me, because I am beginning to HATE what devices are doing to our family!).  They've missed a few evenings of video games, but it seems to be working well and there is a little attitude when they don't get up, but not too bad...



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WATCHING:  We just finished an excellent series on Netflix called A.D. Kingdom and Empire.  It is a very well done portrayal of the apostles after Jesus was crucified.  (Use caution, however, on the episodes where they show Caligula the Roman Emperor.  He was a narcissist and abuser, and is portrayed pretty accurately, so some scenes with him are PG13.)


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HOME:  Our friends bought us a robot vacuum and let me tell you, it has made a world of difference for my allergies (not to mention sparkling clean floors at the touch of a button)! When I first saw these robot vacuums I was skeptical to say the least.  But, I'm highly allergic to cats and live with THREE of them (not my choice, but I'm surrounded by cat-lovers) and my friends took pity on me and sent us one after loving theirs.  This little vacuum has made an incredible difference!  I don't sweep or vacuum anymore because she (her name is Maid Marion) takes care of all of that for me.  She's fairly quiet and no dust flies in the air when she cleans the floors.  I love my Marion!


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THINGS I LOVE:  Have you met Amy Hale on Instagram?  I LOVE her, her handwriting, her heart for Jesus, her Bible study notes, everything!  Check her out on IG and be sure to watch her saved stories, especially her Yearly Binder!



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I Will Meditate has been selling incredibly, unbelievably well! The thing I love about it the most is that there are hundreds of women all over the world who are ready and willing to dive into God's word for themselves!  (And Volume Two is just around the corner!)



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And, the new Journal and Doodle Bible Study over Philippians is SO CLOSE to being ready to go!  I'm putting together an awesome bundle for the launch and my editor, Kristen, did an amazing job on a Philippians study for students too.  I can't wait to share them with you!  Coming mid-February, right around the corner!  (Here's a behind-the-scenes picture of what the cover looks like all assembled with the back, spine, and front.  All ready to go as soon as I finish up those last edits!




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