April… it’s here.
March 2021 was an epic month for me. Some pretty exciting and awesome stuff happened… plus some not so awesome but still exciting stuff. Here ’tis.
Highlights of the Month
- Watching medieval sword fights in the name of research
- Reading and writing outside!
- Trying to contain ridiculous amounts of laughter while alpha reading a slice of life/comedy/romance story
- Reading with my little sisters
- Going on a date with my dad
- Trying my hand at blackout poetry
- Discovering an artichoke painting at Hobby Lobby… if you’re a YDubber, you might understand.:)
- Gaining firsthand experience for future writing projects by smashing my toe against a bed frame. On accident.
- Finding a brutal editor in my youngest sister. Case in point: “Yuck. Why rosy face? … you should delete his third biscuit. … how does that help? Delete that.” Ooookay???
- In spite of aforementioned editor, completing the first draft of a novel for the very first time!!!
- Thoroughly enjoying a weekend brimming with cousin craziness
What I’ve Been Reading
Frindle – Andrew Clements
“Who says dog means dog? You do, Nicholas.”
I’m rediscovering my appreciation of good MG fiction with this book. I hadn’t read Frindle in years, so it’s been super fun to read it to my youngest sisters this month!
From the Grave – A.W. Tozer
“Whatever a man wants badly and persistently enough will determine the man’s character.”
I shared about this book in last month’s post, but it’s definitely worth recommending again. It’s written as a devotional for Lent, but honestly it would be amazing to read at any time of the year. I’m really appreciating A.W. Tozer’s no-nonsense way of writing about the hard truth. It’s very easy to understand, and very convicting, as well.
The Bear That Heard Crying – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Helen Kinsey
I enjoy reading books that I really enjoyed as a child to my little sisters! This is based on a true story, and I really enjoy the illustrations, too.
I loved this book as a little kid, and so it was really fun to read it again to my sister the other day. The illustrations are so adorable!
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch – Jean Lee Latham
Elizabeth rolled her eyes gravely from one to the other. “It’s his brain, don’t you think? I mean – it’s awfully restless. He probably reads Latin to keep it quiet. The way girls stitch samplers, you know.”
I remembered really enjoying this book several years ago when I was assigned to read it for school… and when I dug it out of the bookshelf again the other day, I had a hard time putting it down! It’s extremely well-written, and following Nat Bowditch and his ever-present troubles and love of arithmetic is fascinating and enjoyable.
Convicted on Sunday that oftentimes when I feel super “Christian” when I’m drawing near to God, I don’t deserve the title. I’m just doing what anyone else in my circumstance would do. But when I seek God when my flesh doesn’t feel needy… that’s truly seeking God.
Christianity has been twisted and melted into this safe, feel-good cure-all. That’s not what it is. It’s a radical, life-defining commitment to God and God alone, and if we don’t treat it as such, we can’t call it Christianity.
What were some of the highlights of your March?
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