Does anyone else feel the pull to slow down?
There have been years in the past where this season has brought an involuntary slowing. We’ve had years where our Christmas was wrapped up in loss or sickness or surgery or even all three. This year, we are all grateful to be healthy and whole but I feel in my bones that I crave a purposeful slowing with my people. The desire to pull in our sidewalks, and just be together is never far off. Do you feel it too?
Clearly, I’m slowing body and soul because my mid-week posts have suddenly become end of the week posts. Ha! Let’s just all agree to be gracious with ourselves and encourage the slowing.
On to the Good Stuff–
Last week I was honored to be a guest on my very first podcast! Holly Barrett and I chat about how to find community, how to embrace slow progress, and what we’re reading and watching right now. It’s a fun show that I hope will be an encouragement to you. Search for the episode in iTunes or click this link: Living a Redeemed Life Podcast: Episode 70 with Holly Barrett. Holly is a true encourager and we share a love of the North Carolina mountains, which is fun.
How to Give Your Kids a Minimalist Christmas without Being a Scrooge, by Gretchen Ronnevik
“We don’t push pause on our values and ideals during this season. Instead, it’s a time to present our ideals and values from a different angle. We present it in a very tangible way. We want to magnify the joy of our beliefs.”
The most recent Hope*Writers Podcast with Ann Voskamp had me in a mess this week, in the very best way. No matter what kind of maker you are, even if you’re simply trying to make today meaningful, I think you would love Ann on the Hope*writers podcast. (also on iTunes.)
And this I’m especially excited about– my friend Logan Wolfram has just finished a beautiful ebook that is just what we all need in this Fall/ Winter weather. Winter Warmers: Recipes & Stories to Warm Your Heart and Home. Winter Warmers is packed with 25 recipes and also has the option to print recipe cards. Logan is relatable and hilarious with a heavy dose of heart– and her writing is just that! I’ll know you will enjoy adding this to your repertoire. (PS– it’s free right now!)
This week in the Blue House Kitchen–
These Spiced Nuts from Modern Mrs. Darcy. I mentioned these on Instagram but they are that good. I cut out the cloves and added a pinch of allspice and I cut back the cayenne to 1/4 tsp so that my little chickadees would also enjoy them. They were quick and easy and I will likely make them several times more for gifts.
That’s all for this week friends. I hope you have a lovely weekend. May your people be close, your coffee be hot and your Hope be in Christ. Happy weekend-ing!