Stop what you’re doing and listen to the latest Journeywomen podcast with Annie F. Downs that came out yesterday. I’m not usually one to boss friends around, but trust me on this. It’s all about fun! As simple as the topic of “fun” sounds, the episode really impacted me.
Nashville based author and speaker Annie defines fun as “a shift in how you see the life you already have.” You mean I can think of the everyday tasks and “little” experiences I’m already having as fun?
Here’s a glimpse into Annie’s start to each day that I think we all can learn from: “Waking up for me involves asking, ‘What is happening today, how is that fun, and what’s good about it?’Can I look at the life that God’s given me and find love and joy and peace in it?”
Can you imagine waking up every morning and asking yourself, “What’s going on today that will be fun?” Maybe you already do that. I don’t. This outlook reminds me of Christy Nockel’s quest to seek out “the glorious in the mundane,” which is something I feel God is nudging me to do lately.
But it’s not about having fun for self’s sake. Annie believes that her life’s calling is “to bring joy and fun into the lives of other people so that they will see God.” I love that. For more on Annie and the topic of fun, listen to her really, really good weekly podcast appropriately named That Sounds Fun.
And of course, listening to that podcast yesterday got me thinking about the everyday things in my life that can and should be fun. Today, that’s:
Feeling the cool fall air (something that’s new to us here in Texas) on a walk this morning
Doing yoga on a mat in the middle of my baby girl’s room
Writing a blog post
Going to the doctor’s office to check on Baby B.
Cozying up with a blanket, pumpkin spice tea, and a library book
Other recent/upcoming, everyday fun things I’m thinking about:
Going to the grocery store and picking out all kinds of colorful produce
Walking the trails near campus with friends
Organizing and setting up our baby girl’s room
Seeing my belly grow beyond what seems possible
Attending childbirth classes (neeeever until now did I think this would go on a “that sounds fun” list)
Going on an evening walk with my husband
Dare I say it? Doing the dishes and wiping down the kitchen counters at the end of the day and facing a clean room in the morning
Happy Friday! I’ve been thinking about the things I feel have made my pregnancy better – things other than prenatal vitamins (though they are important – I take these) or yoga pants.
These five items because they have either a) helped me savor the journey or b) made me feel more comfortable. There are also some clothes and a pillow I love and may share in the future, but these were the ones I could fit in a snapshot.
If you’re pregnant, I totally recommend these to you . . . or that you give one of these to a pregnant friend!
Mommy-in-Waiting Pregnancy Journal: Filled with Bible verses, questions to help a mama reflect, a calendar to record pregnancy milestones and doctor’s appointments, and places to attach photos, this journal is a really sweet keepsake.
Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap: This soap came to the rescue when I had an itchy tummy around week 19. I’m not sure exactly why it’s so soothing, but a fellow mama recommended this soap for pregnancy and you can bet I ordered mine on Amazon that very day. The reviews show how this soap is used and loved by both pregnant women and manly men. Lol.
NatureWell Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion: My mom gave me this, and it’s fabulous. It goes on silky smooth and is great keeping the tummy moisturized, as well as legs and feet. The dreamy coconut scent is bonus.
I’m convinced that the pumpkin craze sweeping Pinterest and grocery stores each fall is a good thing. No matter the weather, once October hits, I feel justified in tossing a can of pumpkin into my grocery cart during any given week. I have never once regretted having pumpkin in my pantry when that pumpkin craving hits.
There are soooo many good pumpkin recipes out there. Here are 10 no-fail recipes I love featuring this beloved fall ingredient, plus 3 I have my eye on to try out in the coming weeks. Enjoy!