A look back at October as November Slipped In

Hey!

November seems to have arrived for me quicker than usual. The holidays are just around the corner and I’m still trying to recuperate from the month long writing challenge. If you missed the posts from my #write31days writing challenge on Wisdom From the Animals, you can find all of them here.

October was filled with writing, reading, and teaching. I think, at last count, I was participating in four Bible studies. Obviously, God is working on me and knows I need constant surveillance!

On books, I’d recommend To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I reread and  For the Love: Fighting For Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. I really enjoyed both of these books.

For movies, my recommendations for old releases are The Good Lie about the lost boys of the Sudan starring Reese Witherspoon and The Big Year which is a comedy about amateur bird watchers and the competition to count the most species in a year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. The best new release that we saw was The Martian starring Matt Damon and based on the book by Andy Weir. So excellent!

In the music category for October, I downloaded a lot of Andrew Peterson. I particularly like The Burning Edge of Dawn CD and Behold The Lamb of God CD. I’m pretty excited about Adele’s new music too.

We went to see our son at the end of the month. I was so glad to see my boy. I missed him. He is doing great and school is jam packed with study. He is pursuing his doctorate in Geographical Information Science from the University of Illinois. I have no idea what he does but I’m proud. His advisor is tops in the world in this field so I think he is getting the education he needs as well as an introduction to Chinese since his advisor and most of his doctoral candidate group is Chinese. We ate at some great restaurants in the Champaign/Urbana area and learned a lesson: Never-ever-under-any-circumstance book a hotel room just off campus on a Halloween weekend. Bad idea. 4am. Two nights in a row. Enough said.

Jack got his undergraduate degree from U of I so he was pretty excited to be on campus again. We took the Amtrak train with a sleeper car. An excellent way to travel. You do need earplugs since the train whistle blows at every intersection.

austin and jack

Delta spent almost 2 weeks with my parents in Arkansas. We affectionately refer to her time with them as doggie boot camp.

daddy and delta

That rundown concludes the days of October that fell like fall’s leaves and ushered in November so quickly I barely got a chance to notice.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV Bible

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Which one?

Hey!

Every day we make decisions. Some are huge and others are tiny in comparison. Still, others are made without us ever really engaging our brains. We’ve made the same choice so many times we don’t even register it. More likely than not, we do what we do because our mama or daddy did it that way or we saw it done that way or perhaps we learned it along the way. Then one day, an opinion opposes our own and suggests a new alternate path. The suggestion might’ve come from a person or something you’ve heard or read but all of a sudden, you find yourself faced with this eternal question.

Which one?

  1. Thick or thin pizza crust?
  2. Creamy or crunchy peanut butter?
  3. Install the toliet paper to be pulled over the top or pulled from underneath the roll?
  4. Squeeze the middle of the toothpaste tube or squeeze from the bottom of the tube?
  5. Close the lid or leave it open when flushing the toilet?
  6. Sleep with the pretty side of the sheets against you or the seam side towards you?
  7. Eat with both hands above the table or 1 hand above and 1 hand in your lap?
  8. Coke or Pepsi?
  9. Leave book jackets on books or take them off?
  10. Remove the ‘don’t remove’ tags from pillows, blankets,etc. or leave them on?
  11. Take a bath or don’t take a bath before bed?
  12. Sweet or unsweet tea?
  13. Heinz or Hunt’s ketchup?
  14. Brand name or generic?
  15. Decorative pillows or no pillows on the bed?

So many choices – Which ones will I choose today?

Blessings,

Mimi

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 NIV Bible