To my American readers, I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! My mom took the above photo on the first of the month, which beautifully captures the changing of fall to winter. Here's Watt's been up with me this month.
LISTENING: For free on Libby, I listened to the following audiobooks in their entirety: Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear by Jinger Duggar Vuolo, The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo, Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo, and Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I just started listening to The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. Dad read The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien aloud to me, and now I'm listening to him read the next book, The Return of the King.
You'll notice that many of the books that I listened to our children's books, but in my defense, I must quote C.S. Lewis, “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
LEARNING: I'm learning to pair listening to audiobooks to tasks that are mostly mindless like exercising, cleaning, and cooking! I'm still learning how to drive, and I'm scheduled to take my test next month!
ENJOYING: I attended a baby shower for one of my cousins this month, and I got to hold and play with another cousin's baby. That was fun!
ORGANIZING: Christmas caroling at a nursing home at 6 PM on Sunday, December 10th–if you are local, sign up here! I also organized a Christmas card exchange for my writing group.
PRAYING: I’m studying 1 Thessalonians with my mom and a friend from church, and I have been reminded how important it is to pray for the church. In 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, Paul prays to be present with the church of the Thessalonians, that their love would increase, and that they would be strengthened. I think that is a good prayer model to follow!
DECORATING: In early November, we hung our outdoor Christmas lights while the weather was warmer but waited to turn the lights on until the night of Thanksgiving. We're planning to put up our Christmas tree tomorrow.
MAKING: A crochet baby blanket with Bernat Blanket Yarn. A crochet lovey. Paper crane ornaments. Crochet hats. Christmas gifts that I can’t show pictures of here. ;) My mom and I hosted a craft night, and I baked muffins for that. It was fun to work on our crafts with other ladies. For Thanksgiving dinner, I also prepared cornbread, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and oatmeal bars. I didn't get a picture of the pumpkin pie, but it turned out really well! I used this recipe for the crust and adapted this recipe for the filling by leaving out the boiling water. My mom said that it was the best gluten and dairy free pumpkin pie that she has had.
DECLUTTERING: One of my goals is to use materials I already have for my craft projects, and I’ve been pretty successful with that. I’ve also been giving a lot of my projects away, which completes the decluttering process.
EATING: Anything I want! At a recent church fellowship lunch, I ate a meatball sandwich on a wheat containing bun. I had no fear and no reaction. That’s amazing progress!
WRITING: I participated in The King’s Daughters’ Writing Camp this month and finished several projects. I also guest posted on my friend Katerina’s blog about creativity during chronic illness.
BUYING: A new protective screen for my phone since the old one was cracked–thankfully, the phone’s actual screen was fine! I also bought some books.
Watt have you been up to this month? Have you read any of the same books as me?