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Happy Friday once more, friends! Just a few days left before Christmas and only a few days more until we ring in a new year. I sit here with my hot cup of coffee and can’t help but reflect on what 2017 has brought me and my family. This week alone I was reunited with my husband who stayed behind in CA when Greyson and I evacuated due to the fires. He arrived on Saturday and although he still has to work, I’m thankful we’re all together. I am also thankful that today is his last day of work and he can spend the remainder of our time here in Texas with family without the pressures of emails and phone calls that his work requires of him.
This week also had me enjoying a number of new favorites and here are a few of them!
One | Raising Children in a Scary World
“The daily hugs and lessons we are trying to instill as parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers and friends matter.” – Catherine Short
I absolutely loved this short, but to the point, post by a fellow friend blogger, Catherine of A Short Blonde blog. It can be so scary at times knowing that Greyson, and all of our children, are being raised in a time that almost seems like something described about the End of Days. We are constantly bombarded with the negative, and often terrorizing, images and stories of heartbreak, tragedy, violence, and evil. But, just as Catherine said, our efforts matter when raising children to be kind, generous, understanding, and compassionate individuals – individuals who will inherit this world after us. It is our gifts, our children, who offset the the scary world in which we find ourselves in today.
Two | A Case for Christ
One of my husband and I’s newfound favorite movies on Netflix has been A Case for Christ. I had heard of this book, of the same name, for a little while – it being recommended to us by friends – but never really found the time to sit down to read it. When I saw this pop up on Netflix this week I thought I’d go ahead and check it out – not having much of an expectation since Jesus movies tend to admittedly be cheesy. However, my husband, who tends to be of analytical and fact-based mind when it comes to discussions and ideas of faith, really enjoyed the film due to the evidence that was revealed in support of Jesus’ resurrection. He now wants to read the book, as do I, and I think it’s been a great tool in his journey to understanding who God is and His role in his life. I’m excited to see where God is leading him and I couldn’t recommend this movie more!
**You can also rent the movie using Amazon Video here if you don’t have Netflix!
Three | Affordable Work Style
A great life and style blog that has recently caught my eye is Franziska from Franish! She’s a med school student who is journaling her way through her experience onto becoming an OB/GYN doctor! Not only is her blog a refreshing read, I can’t help but love her style too. You’ll be sure to see more of her outfits make it onto my own style board!
Jules in Flats blog is another one of my newest, and favorite, style blog obsessions! I just adore her simplistic style approach and everything she wears is affordable and can oftentimes be found at Old Navy or even Target (two of my favorite places to shop other than Stitch Fix!). She goes on to prove that classic style doesn’t require too much! With me going back to work starting in January I’ve had to restock my closet full of work appropriate pieces and Jules has been my inspiration.
You can follow my work style inspirations here on Pinterest!
Four | Binge-worthy Netflix Shows
Vacation is always a time to discover new shows and movies and this past week I’ve come across a number of them! First, I can’t recommend Mindhunters more. I personally love true crime and this series is masterfully done from directing, to the acting, and the plot.
Another favorite that I’ve only recently gotten into is The Crown. I knew this was a wildly popular show, much like Downton Abbey a number of years ago, but I never gave it a shot until now. I’ve always been enamored with British royalty and this glimpse into Queen Elizabeth’s reign is quite fascinating.
And lastly, there’s something about re-watching the entire Gilmore Girls series that is just fun. I first began watching the series late (go figure) in preparation for the launch of the four episode re-boot A Year in the Life, and since I’ve been hooked. Re-watching it again has me learning more and more about the characters and it being such a feel good show you’d have to try pretty hard to not enjoy it. I even recommended to my MIL and she has really enjoyed watching it, too!
Any new favorite shows you just can’t stop watching? I’d love to hear and check them out!
I hope you all enjoy your Christmas weekend! We’re anticipating a visit from our friends and my husband’s goddaughter this weekend, which should be fun. And on Christmas Eve we always visit my FILs family’s house every year and sing carols, eat our fill of tamales, and play the infamous White Elephant game. What a wonderful time of the year indeed!