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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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Jotter’s Journal // a p r i l

April 1, 2015

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//Out-of doors. . .
In the air is the aroma of freshly clipped grass, the honeyed twinge of blossoms blooming, and the ready warmth of continuous sunshine. It’s been in the upper 60s and 70s here in Middle Tennessee the past few days, and every spare moment will find me on the front stoop, getting my reading in (and just a wee bit of fresh air).

//Busy working on. . .
Uncountable amounts of school! I am picking up my pace to finish this leg of the race of my senior year with endurance, joy, and diligence. It’s hard. A bit trying. Itching with excitement to finish and move on. But never without a lesson learned when the day is through.

//Currently reading. . .
Jesus on Every Page by David Murray
Peace Child by Don Richardson

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamot
Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White

//At the Desk. . .
Speech assignments! Learning the art of preparing speeches and executing them in a way so that my audience won’t be snoring! It’s harder than it may seem, but rewarding in many ways.

//Beyond the Desk. . .
Besides the house tasks and personal responsibilities here at home, I have so been enjoying the time I can spend outside (barefooted or flip-flopped) with my siblings. Quite a few bike rides and shooting baskets have occupied my time!

//In the Evening. . .
Journal writing, family time, munching dark chocolate, and catching up on free time reading.

//Reflecting on. . .
Being constantly amazed at God’s goodness of each and every day he gives, knowing that we are here for only a short while, but being convicted to live each day to His glory and realizing each moment is a beautiful gift!

//Through Scripture. . .
Reading through Exodus and Matthew in the mornings, Romans at night with the family.
It is an amazing thing to be reading through both the old and new testaments in the same sitting, and seeing God’s sovereign hand through it all!

//Happy About. . .
/That spring is here and summer is on the way!
/That I am about to embark on another part of life’s journey by finishing up my “formal schooling”
/A steaming mug of earl grey in the morning.
/A chuck of dark chocolate when I break from school in the afternoon.
/Hearing occasional stories from my wonderful Granddad, that always inspires my pen.

//Inspiring Quote. . .
“To love means loving the unloveable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”
~G.K. Chesterton