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What I’m Reading & What I’m Loving – May 2020 May 27, 2020

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 8:30 am

What I’m Reading

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  • The Glenbrooke Series by Robin Jones Gunn* – It was very RJG month for me. The Glenbrooke Series takes place in a fictitious, small town in Oregon. The characters are endearing and after many years of reading these books, each page is like visiting an old friend.
  • Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, HI, Cottage By the Sea & Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn* – I fell in Love with RJG has a young teen through her Christy Miller books. Many of her other works cross paths with characters from this original Christy series. These books are all a part of a connected web of stories.
  • Becoming Known by Robin Jones Gunn – (Not pictured because I forgot to grab it for the photo – oops) This was a new release and the first new book that I had read in a while. A new story was a breath of fresh air! Again, this story is connected to Christy, but she isn’t the main character. The Heaven Makers series is one that I will eagerly await each new release as it follows the lives of five women making space for friendship and authenticity in their lives.
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – It’s no secret that I am Hunger Games fan. I’ve been waiting for this new release on pins and needles. The book takes place around the 10th Annual Hunger Games. It offers a new perspective on the post-war Capitol and what went into forming President Snow. Very intriguing, well-written, and kept me on the edge of my seat to the end.
  • Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker – This book was authentic; full of wisdom and insight. I am drawn to Jen’s love of Jesus and people. She is cares about her audience and wants to bring them into the fullest life possible. This book was heavier than her others with slightly less humor than I was expecting. But it was real and honest and that is powerful.
  • Kilmeny of the Orchid and Pat of Silver Bush* – (Not pictured because they are on my Kindle app) Yet again, L.M. Montgomery whisks me off to Prince Edward Island and I am in my happy place. Comfort reading at its finest!

*Books that I’ve read before but not in the last year so they qualify for my book list. (I’m up to 65 total, so I might actually achieve that goal of reading 100 books in 2020.)

What I’m loving 

New books! – While I deeply enjoy reading my home library, it’s been such fun to have three new books from some of my favorite authors. I eagerly awaited each ones arrival in the mail. Each was a treasured gift!

New Movies! – Jeremy was a good sport this month and rented I Still Believe and Emma. to watch with me. Those were two movies that I was curious about but wouldn’t have gone to the theater to see. I enjoyed being able to watch them in my home sooner than I had expected. We also rented Little Women, but I believe that was in April. My internal calendar is a bit blurry. Seriously, though, my hubby is the best at watching things that interest me, but probably aren’t his first choice. (Jeremy’s top entertainment picks would be Star Wars or Marvel movies.)

 

When I was thinking about the things that I loved most in May, I realized that I didn’t have a lot of new things to share with you. May was a month filled with lots of reading, baking, and time spent with family. While it wasn’t flashy, it was definitely a good month. Through deliveries, drive-by hellos, and technology, I seen the faces and heard the voices of so many people I dearly love. I am thankful that even in a time of distance, I have still felt connected to community. Toward the end of the month, I’ve been thankful that some “normal” things have returned as options. Jeremy and his family went golfing and Jeremy took the boys fishing! It’s funny because I have the option of going “out” now,  but most of my favorite things are here at home. I will happily continue to lay low with my books, baked goods, and the occasional movie. As an introverted, homebody I might be truly living my best life right now!

 

 

What I’m Reading & What I’m Loving – April 2020 April 27, 2020

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 8:00 am

What I’m Reading:

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Comfort Reading Month: all novels from my home library

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Sometimes you need to need to escape to Narnia. Now is one of those times.
  • Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, OR – Sundance, WY – Last Chance, CA by Miralee Ferrell – Simple, sweet love stories for the win.
  • A Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery – Take me away to Prince Edward Island!
  • Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn – The next book in this series comes out tomorrow, so I wanted to refresh myself on the plot before diving into the next installment.

What I’m Loving:

Deliveries – We’ve made a few deliveries to friends and family this month. For Easter, we delivered flowers to the grandparents. April events, like a baby shower and a birthday party, were canceled so we made deliveries to friends to drop off gifts. It’s so strange to stand in my friends’ driveways wanting to chat, but also feeling like I need to leave as quickly as possible. Who knew the tension that social distancing would bring? Despite the weirdness, seeing the faces of my friends has been a positive spot in my month. We received a delivery from Owen’s teacher last week with all of his items from school. We used this time to make an exchange. We gave his teacher her end of the year/teacher appreciation gift. I’m grateful for the chance to honor her. Saying good-bye in person brought a sense of closure to the abrupt ending of school.

Flowers – I’ve had the dream/goal/hope of keeping flowers on my counter during these continual days at home. It’s worked out well that one set of flowers starts to fade right around the time that Jeremy ventures out to the store. He has been very kind in replacing the flowers for me while he is out shopping. Flowers make me happy and they bring cheerfulness to my day. Finding beauty in small ways goes a long way with my soul! I am thankful for a hubby who keeps making my dreams come true!

 

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Healthy Habits – I’ve been battling headaches throughout this quarantine period.  While there are probably many factors that play into these headaches, I’ve been working to maintain healthy habits so I can feel my best. Here are some of the habits I’m actively working on:

  • Going to bed early – These days have been surprisingly tiring for me. I’ve been trying to go to bed before 10:00pm most nights. I’ve been using my Fitbit to track my sleep scores and I can see a difference when I intentionally go to bed early.
  • Moving my body everyday – Again, thanks to my Fitbit, I’m tracking my steps and making sure I exercise. Most days I take a 20-30 minute walk. One of my MOPS friends has been sharing Zumba routines that I hope to try during nap time this week!
  • Spiritual & Mental Health – I’m reading my Bible daily and writing in my prayer journal often. I pause throughout the day to invite God into the moment with me, especially when I feel anxiety rising. I’m also practicing gratitude and thankfulness. When it comes to mental health, I enjoy reading or watching a show while the kids sleep. I also love video messaging with my close friends to fight feelings of isolation
  • Limiting Screen Time & Blue Light Reducing Glasses – I’m doing my best to keep my screen time on my phone under two hours a day. I find myself using my computer more so I don’t end up mindlessly scrolling on my phone. I’m more direct and on-task when I hop on to my computer. When I’m on my phone, computer, or watching TV before bed, I try to use these blue light reducing glasses to help eye strain which might lead to headaches. I got these glasses super cheap on Amazon and they are quite the fashion statement. I don’t love the nerdy look, but I’m willing to try something new if leads to better health.

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Curly Hair – You’ll notice in my photos over the last month, I’ve been wearing my hair naturally curly these days. Right when everything shut down, I decided to give my hair a break from heat styling. It took me a few weeks to adjust back to my natural curls, but I’m loving how quickly I can get ready in the mornings. I now let my hair air dry and then pin it away from my face. I’m enjoying the relaxed pace to my mornings these days. No early alarms, quick and easy morning routine, plenty of time at home to wear my comfy clothes. These are good days!

 

What I’m Reading & What I’m Loving – March 2020 March 30, 2020

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,Simply Me,What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 3:19 pm

What I’m Reading

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  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst –  This was a good read; filled with lots of powerful reminders from my own seasons where I felt things were turning out all wrong.
  • Leveling the Praying Field by Donna Barrett – I had the chance to meet Donna in person. I’ve been inspired by her leadership in our fellowship (Assemblies of God). My husband was gifted a copy of her book at a prayer meeting. It was a good reminder that prayer is not an elite few, but for everyone.
  • Like Ice Cream by Keith Ferrin* –  This book is about sharing a love of God’s word with the next generation. It’s a quick read, but it’s packed full of information, resources, and inspiration.
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks* – I read this book in high school and it’s been a book find myself revisiting throughout the years. It’s a sweet love story.
  • Party Girl by Rachel Hollis – I’ve read two of Rachel Hollis’ books so I decided to give her fiction a try. This book was a based off her party planning experience in LA. It was entertaining and interesting.
  • Finding Alice by Melody Carlson* – This novel follows Alice has she develops schizophrenia. The book is from Alice’s perspective and gives a fascinating look at genetics, homelessness, and recovery.
  • Return to the Canadian West Series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan This three book series is the inspiration for Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. I’ve read a few of Janette Oke’s books series and I watch When Call the Heart, so I figured this would be a good pick.
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins* – Once the world started falling apart, I figured I could use a reminder that things could be worse.
  • Christy by Catherine Marshall (Not Pictured) – I read a digital copy of this book from the library.  It took me a while to get into it, but eventually I found a good flow and got intrigued to see how the story would end.

* Books that I have read before, just not in the last year.

Things I’m Loving

Flowers – I kept one flower from the wedding bouquet. The bouquet was all white so when this flower started to bloom pink, I had to give it a chance to blossom! I love keeping flowers in the kitchen as a small reminder of beauty throughout the day. More than ever, I need small visuals that bring joy.

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Church at Home –  I’ve been loving church at home. Jeremy is able to sit with us through the whole gathering. Owen sings along to the worship songs and it makes me almost cry. We get ready with enough time to eat a sit-down breakfast together. After years of getting the boys ready by myself, grabbing a quick bite, and rushing out the door, I am thankful for a change of pace and extra time as a family.

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Communion at home – apple grape juice and oyster crackers.

Marco Polo – I’m relatively new to the app. It works like a walkie-talkie with video messaging. I record a message to a friend and when they have time, they reply with their own video. In a season where I am not seeing friends face-to-face, I’m thankful for a chance to see my friends through a screen and keep up-to-date with their daily lives. Seeing a face right now feels like a deeper connection than just a text message.

UP Faith & Family Free Trial – I signed for the two week free trial of UP Faith & Family. I used to watch Bringing Up Bates on UP when I had satellite years ago. I decided to get the two week free trial to watch the most recent season of the Bates.

Reasons to Celebrate – March has been full of reasons to celebrate. They build excitement so that each day isn’t just like the last. We’ve been able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, Jeremy’s birthday, and tomorrow will be the second anniversary of moving into our home.

Walking – My fitbit loves me! I’ve been walking everyday and getting my steps in. When possible, I walk our long driveway. When it’s rainy, I pretend I’m in a Jane Austen novel and take a turn about the room – aka I walk laps around my living room.

Baking – I’ve been keeping our family well supplied with baked goods during our time at home. Over the last two weeks, I’ve made cinnamon rolls, scones, brownies, a cherry dump cake and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. It’s a good thing I’m taking walks daily to counterbalance all the sugar!

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What I’m Reading & What I’m Loving – February 2020 February 24, 2020

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,Simply Me,What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 3:13 pm

Here we are! The last week of February! And it’s a Leap Year! Do you have any special plans for your February 29th? Since the end of the month is in sight, let’s talk books and things I’m loving from February 2020!

Books

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  • You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins – a fast but practical read that was recommended to me by an author friend.
  • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend * – I’m currently working on this book, but should have it finished by the end of the month, so I included it. I’ve owned this book for years and I am re-reading it as a refresher on the principles.
  • Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island by Susan Page Davis * – You’ll find that I love anything PEI. This is a lovely story about when Prince Albert visited the island.
  • For the Love by Jen Hatmaker * – I read this book when I was pregnant with Graham and I remember laughing so hard while reading it. I figured it was time to revisit it.
  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory –  This book and the next one on the list came recommended by an author I follow on social media. Both books were a little too steamy and had too much language for me to recommend them to others. I’m fairly conservative when it comes to entertainment and these books were a little too PG-13 for my personal taste.
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes –  see my description of Royal Holiday.
  • The Anne of Green Gables Series (minus Anne of Windy Poplars) by L.M. Montgomery * – As you can tell, I love re-reading my home library. It had been a while since read the Anne books. When I read the Anne books it’s like visiting an old friend, a kindred spirit. I’ve decided that Anne of the Island is my favorite because Anne realizes she loves Gilbert and they get engaged at the end. Anne of Windy Poplars fills in the three years between her engagement and her marriage. The plot line doesn’t move forward in this book, so I skip it!

* Books that I’ve read before; just not in the last year.

Things I’m Loving

Keepsake Quilts from Nana – I’ve been in the process of pairing down baby items in my house over the last year or so. I had this idea for making keepsake quilts out of the receiving blankets the boys used. We had SO many! My mother-in-law is a quilter and she took up the task for me. The boys got a sneak preview of their quilts about a week ago and the finished products were delivered to them yesterday. These quilts are such a precious way to preserve a part of their baby days. Graham’s blue blanket has pieces from blankets that Jeremy and his brothers used as babies. Nana even went the extra mile and made the boys matching pillows to go with them!

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 A New Planner – I was gifted this new planner by an author friend to help me on my journey of planning and writing this year. I’m currently using it to keep track of my editing schedule. It’s a dream planner so it has spaces to dream for the year and it also breaks things down into quarterly goals. I learned very quickly when I started to use it that I should write in pencil and not pen. Plans change!

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Girl Scout Cookies – It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I have a wonderful Girl Scout in my class of Wednesday night girls and I am happy to support her desire to go to summer camp by buying as many cookies as Jeremy will let me!

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Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie! Do you have a favorite?

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I love adding Thin Mints to my brownies! Such a good combination! 

Honorable Mention:

  • Unsellable Houses on HGTV – One of my close friends knows the twins who host this show. They actually helped her family buy and sell their house a few years ago. I love watching home shows that feature the PNW. And I’ve got Jeremy watching it with me, so that is a bonus as well!
  • Doctor On Demand – I was very pleased with my experience this last month using Doctor On Demand for my sinus infection. I loved that I could video chat with a doctor from the comfort of my home during nap time. As someone who never takes time to go to the doctor, this app is a game changer!

Now for some photos from the last week:

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Grandpa met Owen at the bus stop last week and gave him a ride home on the lawn mower. Such a fun treat!

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Poor Graham has been under the weather this last week!

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Owen and I tagged along on an adventure to help Grandpa buy a new truck. Owen loved being included in the process. 

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Watching space videos while resting in a giant pile of stuffed animals. 

 

What I’m Loving – January 2020 January 30, 2020

Filed under: What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 8:00 am

Welcome to the first edition of What I’m Loving! I try not to be materialistic. I’m not into clutter. I tend to be a minimalist. With that being said, we are post Christmas and January is my birthday month. I have a few new gadgets/goodies that I’ve been enjoying this month. These aren’t my usual splurges, but it’s a special time of year. I promise next month will mostly feature cookies, candy and cake (because of Valentine’s Day and my addiction to sugar).

What I’m Loving – January 2020

Rosie the Roomba – I know I’ve mentioned Rosie in a few posts. I’ve now had a month of her partnering with me to clean my house and my review: she is a complete gem. I love her! She vacuums my hard floors daily and my bedrooms every other day. I love how thorough she is and carpet lines make my heart happy. Rosie is my new best friend! And she acts like a pet to keep track of around the house (bonus: she doesn’t shed).

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Heaven is reading a book while a robot vacuums the room for you.

Fit Bit – My boys got me a Fit Bit for my birthday. I’m all over my house throughout the day, but rarely keep my phone on me to count steps. I love that my Fit Bit validates that I am active. I’m also a slave to it now. I must walk 250 steps each hour, I must get 10,000 steps a day, and I’m always striving to get an excellent sleep score (that one hasn’t happened yet). I love that my Fit Bit encourages healthy habits and movement. And because notifications come up on my Fit Bit from my phone, I don’t feel like I need to find my phone whenever it pings. Very freeing. 

Our Electric Kettle –  I’ve become addicted to having hot chocolate daily (with whipped cream – I’m wild). Jeremy enjoys drinking hot water especially when he is feeling under the weather. We don’t have an instant hot water tap so we thought it would be good to invest in an electric kettle. Brilliant! It looks like I won’t be breaking my addiction to hot chocolate any time soon.

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Our new dining room wall display – When we moved into our house we put up a piece of artwork that was on our old dining room wall despite the fact that it was too small for the new wall. For almost a year we’ve been contemplating buying a personalized US map we saw at a friend’s house and creating our own travel themed wall. With some birthday spending money, we decided to go for it! The map says “The Scott Family Explores America” on the top and we have pushpins to document our travels. The map is surrounded by photos from our travels. The prints are inexpensive so we can change them out as we travel more. And the whole thing is hung with pushpins like a college dorm room to be cost effective. Maybe some day we’ll invest in frames. I love the memories that are displayed on this wall. Seeing the map with so much of the US unexplored gives me a travel bug and makes me want to go on a new adventure!

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Jeremy found the sign at Hobby Lobby. It fits perfectly! I’m a proud wife. The picture of Jeremy and I at Haleakala turned out darker then I expected. I’m using it as a placeholder for pictures from our upcoming summer adventures. 

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Jeremy attempted to color code our adventures! 

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How the display fills the wall by the dining room table. 

Honorable mentions:

  • Sanditon on PBS – My sister-in-law clued me into this show right before it premiered. After reading all of Jane Austen’s novels this fall, I’m shocked to find out that I was unaware of her unfinished novel, Sanditon. I’m a sucker for period dramas, Jane Austen, and PBS.
  • Our local fire station – Our MOPS & MOMSnext group took our annual outing to the fire station this last week.  The kids always love exploring the station. I’m so thankful for the service of our firefighters and the blessing they are to our families by letting us visit.

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