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Jotter’s Journal // november

November 6, 2015

Jotter's Journal // november

I seriously realize with all due consciousness that I haven’t been here in a while. Actually, that would be an understatement in itself, but I can’t think of a better answer other than the normal clichè, “Life’s been good & busy.”

But I’m not going to be one who fills posts with apologies excusing my not being here, instead here I am again, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

November has gotten off to a rollicking start, though I think I left my brain back in May somewhere, but I’m doing my best to catch it up to speed!

//Out-of-doors. . .
November in Tennessee doesn’t necessarily mean barefoot days are over! On the stroll to the mailbox this afternoon I traipsed through a carpet of leaves on the front walk, leaves that but two days ago were all neatly raked. Oh well, so much for that! All it took was one rain and a bit of wind. Looks like more raking is in order!

//Busy working on. . .
Each day is different but, for right now I think I’m in the skill-building/study-and learn-all-you-can season! I’m working my way through numerous books (finally making some headway on that ever growing list!) and the Lord has also blessed my etsy shop which has kept me on my toes filling orders!
Fun fact: People actually buy Christmas gifts the last week in October! (don’t laugh, it’s true.)

//Currently reading. . .
The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall & Debbie Jones

//Favorite book recently read. . .
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
Jim and Elisabeth Elliot’s story is so sweet and shows just the amazing-ness of the sovereign hand of God in their lives! Their testimony of how they trusted the Lord, even in regards to their relationship, was an enjoyable read. And plus, Elisabeth Elliot was such a grand writer, in case you didn’t know.

//At the desk. . .
My newest skill I’ve been burying my head in is book-binding! I’ve made several journals now and am LOVING the process! The smells, the textures, the finished project. . . ah, you get the idea! I’m having fun!

//Beyond the desk. . .
Cross country season being over for the younger siblings, we still get to watch them race every now and then at an occasional race around TN, and lately a trip to the pumpkin patch was a fun family excursion. Family time is precious.

//In the evening. . .
Late nights talking with family, early nights in which I head to bed and read, some nights when work carries over until it’s time to hit the hay; a little sampling of each, makes my night-owl-at-heart-ness happy!

//Reflecting on. . .
The contrast of my selfish and stubborn tendencies to the Lord’s self-sacrifical and ever good ones. Learning how to die to myself and surrender my own will daily, taking every thought captive and looking to His grace every day for strength.
Amazed at the Lord’s goodness.

//Through Scripture. . .
I’ve really enjoyed going through a scripture study by She Reads Truth called Women in the Word (Old Testament) which walks you through a 5-week study of the women in the Old Testament through various passages, each day focusing on a different woman. It’s been encouraging and convicting and sheds light on so many areas.

//Happy about. . .
/Celebrating this month about being truly thankful, it’s one of my favorite things about this time of year.
/New plans and ideas regarding this blog (I know this is getting old, but I’m a change lover, new ideas are just a part of my brain!) 😀
/Just life, each and every day, the opportunities!
/Getting more chocolate from Trader Joe’s soon, I’ve been too long without it!

//Inspiring quote. . .
“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”
>>jim elliot

I’ll be back soon, I promise! In the mean time, enjoy every moment of this glorious season of November! (I have a feeling it will be a fast one!)

>>>a b b y

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