What I'm Into, Spring 2015

While I thoroughly enjoy reading others' contributions to the series, it's been awhile since I've linked up with Leigh Kramer's What I'm Into series. I thought it would make for a good first post at my new digs (how much do I love the banner that Elizabeth designed for me!)

Here are a things I've been into lately.

Juliette loves listening to chapter books. Ben tends to read her newer stuff; I lean on the classics. This spring we've read George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin and Curdie and the Princess. I loved the first and was considerably less fond of the second. We're reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe now. I've never read the whole series (sacrilege!) so I hope we stick with them. (On a related note, I'm looking forward to Advent this year; my devotional will be Heidi Haverkamp's forthcoming Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season.)

As for "grown up" books, this spring I've read four novels: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (I think she's edged out Jennifer Weiner as my favorite "chick lit" author), Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman, and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Station Eleven completely got under my skin; it looms large in an essay I contributed to the next issue of the Christian Century.

I'm currently reading There's a Woman in the Pulpit, edited by Martha Spong. When I wrote my blog tour post, I'd only read my own contribution and had no idea what a remarkable book it would turn out to be. It's phenomenal, truly.

I'm also reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It's 20% completely refreshing wisdom, 20% crazytalk, 60% pep talk. It's certainly working so far; while it remains to be seen if I will actually be capable of keeping our house tidy, I donated nearly half my clothing. I really like the guiding question - does this thing bring me joy? Not about need or hypothetical future use, but joy.

I feel a little bit sheepish about having a style category. I mean, really. We're supposed to be serious-minded writer/theologians around here, right? Pish tosh, as my Mama would say. In addition to figuring out what doesn't inspire joy, I've also been enjoying what does.
Exhibit A: my new Target sneakers. They are not only cute (and apparently featured on the Target Style Instagram account the same day I posted this picture); they also accommodate my big ole' orthotics. 
Exhibit B: my new sweater from the church rummage sale. As I put it on this morning, I wondered if someone would recognize it. Sure enough.

I'm also nesting like the dickens lately. Rather than stressing me out, our living room is starting to make me feel all cozy and comfortable.

I heard so much about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt that I broke down and re-upped our long-latent Netflix subscription. It was good... as was Orange is the New Black. Now we've moved onto House of Cards. Netflix = dangerous.

I've been listening to Home by Josh Garrels on repeat. It's gorgeous. My favorite song is "Morning Light":
It's gonna be alright
Turn around and let back in the light
And joy will come
Like a bird in the morning sun
And all will be made well
Once again

I've never used GoFundMe before, though I've donated to a couple of campaigns. I unfortunately had the opportunity to run a campaign last week, after my sister Marie's house was burglarized. (It was a bad, bad week.) It didn't fix everything, but it was pretty amazing to see people come out of the woodwork to kick in a little bit to help her get back behind the camera. I was very impressed with how easy it was to create and share a campaign.

I, as a white mom of two black children, do not share Baltimore’s pain. Instead, I grieve with you. (Jen Hatmaker for the Washington Post)

LaGrange trustees unanimously approve BEDS center serving homeless (Jane Michaels for the Chicago Tribune)

Everybody Worships: On David Foster Wallace (Alissa Wilkinson for Books and Culture)

Ten Princess Books For Kids Who Could Use a Break from Disney Princesses (Whether They Realize it or Not) (Elizabeth Dillow for Nerdy Book Club)

The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech (Anna Garvey for Social Media Week)

This is Ace (Micah Boyett)

Linking up with Leigh; do check out what everybody else is into as well!

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