October Favorite Things

Happy Halloween/Reformation Day!! I love holidays a little to much, so here is the ushering in of a two-month holiday-loving bash. Also, it's time for me to share with you my favorite things right now.

Everyday Moments

We carved an Owlette pumpkin this weekend! Because it's North Carolina, we have to wait until a day or two before Halloween to carve our pumpkin-or else it will rot.

In fact, my oldest was explaining to my youngest what was going to happen last month and she said, "We'll go to a pumpkin patch. Then we'll pick out a pumpkin. Then we'll bring it home. Then we'll carve it into a jack-o-lantern. Then we'll set it on our porch. Then it will mold."

North Carolina livin' is hard for us Fall lovers.


Or correctly, WATCHED. We definitely knocked out all nine episodes over last weekend. I won't spoil it, so I'll just say that I loved it even more than Season 1.

I believe the reason this show is so great is because of the flawed characters and their development. The adventure story is fun, but the characters drive this show. Stories like Stranger Things touch us deep in our souls because they remind us that we're human-flawed, broken people in search of redemption. The Duffer Brothers accomplish this in a story about monsters form another dimension. They are geniuses.

Listening To

I recently decided to join 2017 and listen to some podcasts. I've always preferred music and couldn't stand talk radio or books on tape, so I was a little skeptical. But, I find myself enjoying podcasts.

I've tried out a few, but so far my favorite is Emily Freeman's "The Next Right Thing." Upon first listen in the carpool pick up line, I found myself frantically searching for my notebook to jot down notes. Emily's podcast is concise and powerful.


Creating things with my hands makes me come alive. This wreath is my favorite thing I've created recently. You can read about how I did it in this post.

Internet Reads

"The One Anothers I Can't Find in the Bible," by Ray Ortlund

"Putting the Basket in the Water: Trusting God in the Next Phase of Your Child's Life," by Ashlei Woods

"Wrestling with God in Music by Aarik Danielson