It’s been a long time since I’ve just sat down and had a coffee date with you all. So free time covering the front desk seems like the perfect time! Go on ahead and grab a mug of java and join me.
Personally, I’ll be sipping in my own custom harry potter mug. My cousin and I had a pinterest craft date this weekend and it was awesome. And that coffee selfie up above? Well you are now privilege to a part of our group text convo. haha What started as a planning text for a wine date / girls weekend, has turned into the most amazing group texts. We often text our daily coffee selfies and silly ecards, but we also talk through deep stuff, work out life issues, and pray for each other. These girls are amazing, and I love them deeply. Having encouraging women in your life is just wonderful. It’s also sometimes hard because they tell you what you don’t want to hear but what you need to. And I am grateful that I am learning to take constructive criticism when I need it, and I’m glad they’re so sweet about it (and they listen if I have things to say too).
Also on the coffee front, I’ve been restocking my etsy shop. I have perfected my seamless coffee cozy pattern (sewing 20 of these bad boys for Refresh Summit will do that) and am sewing like crazy on shifts nights to get them into my etsy shop. This one actually isn’t there because it’s being donated for a friend’s adoption fundraiser. But if you click on over, you can see what is there! haha I also updated the header yesterday. And made a new one for Crochet Every Day while I was at it! I’ve been a busy bee, I guess!
Speaking of Refresh Summit, I still have my recap post in draft form (I think having some words to accompany the pictures would be good), but we are already planning the next event. It’s going to be in Tennessee. I am so stinkin excited! We had our first planning meeting last night, and I couldn’t resist instagramming the fun! We skyped in Brittany (Delights and Delectables) and Heather and I fell in love with her sweet personality and adorable (and completely unexpected) accent! [You can read her post about the summit while you're over there.] Sadly, Amia and Amy were not able to join Bobbi, Heather, and I last night; but it’s hard to coordinate six different schedules over three states! The last summit was so wonderful, and I am excited to see what happens in Franklin!
I also started a new reading plan last week. I’m trying to read the bible in 90 days. Well, it may be 100 or 120, but I am determined to read the bible cover to cover. Not for legalistic purposes but because I have never done it and think it’s important. I first read Brittany’s post (what’s with all my blogger friends being named Brit??) about it last month and thought, “She’s cray! That’s ridic! No way!” but I kept thinking about it. And we’ve been texting about it. And I have been reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, which helped me create a best stuff list, and “develop a more intimate relationship with my Lord and Savior” is my number one thing. And wouldn’t this help? Sure it’s not deep meditative prayer, or a crazy in depth bible study, but it will get me back into the word on a regular basis. And, quite frankly, if I have time to crochet, I have time to read my Bible. So I started, but I didn’t tell anyone. Because that would be accountability yo! Then on day 2 I told my girls. Then two days ago (that would be day 5?) I posted a link on facebook, and now I’m telling everyone. Because accountability is a good thing. And if something happens and it takes me two years to finish, you guys will love me just the same. And if you don’t, then quite frankly we don’t need to be friends. hahaha Brit recently posted an update, how it’s not a legalistic thing, but seeing the whole forest and not just the trees. I liked that. Plus, it reminded me that I need to use #biblein90summer
I’ve also finished some other reading. I was going to do a whole book review post, but ain’t nobody got time for that. I posted a list of books I wanted to read this year. I think I had 12 books. I’m slowly working my way through. One of my biggest takeaways from Refresh Summit was my need to rest. #rest2014 is my current hashtag (although I keep forgetting to rest)! Taking a hot bath with a good book is a perfect way to unwind and relax. It’s all about making time to rest and heal.
I read The Giver because it’s just that good, and I wanted to see it before the movie came out. I can already tell the movie will be different, but that’s okay. I don’t know how they could have made a movie to follow the book exactly anyways. The Giver is just one of those books that everyone should read. I read it in 8th grade, I think, but it was great to come back and read it as an adult. Plus it only takes day or two. It really makes you think though. We could live in a world free of pain and hurt, but then would we really be living? You can’t have joy if you don’t have pain. Not that it’s inevitable, but, well, maybe it is.
I also read (and spilled wine on, oops) a stolen life. It’s the memoir of Jaycee dugard, the girl who was kidnapped and held in captivity for 18 years. I’m not really sure what I expected out of the book. It started to go into some of the sexual abuse, and I had to skip it. I mean, she had two kids by this perv, so I should have expected it. But it really pissed me off. Like what kind of ahole would do that to a KID! And what the hell kind of wife would stand by / approve? I mean, seriously. There are some sick people in the world. I’m glad that Jaycee got out and is healing with her children, but I finished this book just pissed at the sick people of the world. Lots of prayer going down over here.
Let’s end on a happier note. I’m super excited to go to Chicago next month for Flame Fest. It’s a retreat for Firefighter Wives (and the fire fighters) and I’m so excited to see friends that I met in San Diego, and meet more of the ladies whom I love so much. We still need to find a house sitter and all that, but it will work out! On that note, I’m out!
Recap: coffee, pinterest, coffee, friends, refresh summit, #biblein90summer, reading, flamefest.
Question: What do you think of The Giver? Have you read it? Will you see the movie?