Weekend Links / / Experience Joy

Pool Days

I often feel the push and pull between being spontaneous (fully living up this free season we find ourselves in) and rooting deep into the hustle that can potentially take Jordan and I to unchartered waters. This weird juxtaposition has plagued me as of late. Jordan and I talk often about embracing this extra “time” we’ve been given, but I wonder what I am supposed to do with said time? I’m still working through some things.

One thing we’re doing with our time is enjoying the pool! I was a water baby and spent most of my youth as a competitive swimmer so I find water extremely calming. Plus, when it’s 90 degrees for weeks, pool time is really the way to spend an afternoon.

Onto the links!

/ / Bridget and her family are living the next three months in Italy. What a fun adventure! I can’t imagine a better way to spend your husband’s sabbatical than traveling throughout the country of your choice! Where would you choose to live for three months? I would probably choose London as my home base but spend a lot of time out in the countryside à la a character from a Jane Austen novel.

/ / 10 Lessons Learned from the Home-Buying Process. I will reference back to this when it comes time for us to purchase a home.

The tip I found most useful? “Buy smaller than you think you need.” The larger the place, the easier it is to accumulate more stuff!

/ / How I Am Reading More. My podcast kick is still going strong. When I have spare time or need a distraction while cleaning, I reach for my phone and hit play. The problem with this new-found love? I’m not reading nearly as often. Audible’s service sounds appealing, but our library system actually offers a similar program (you can rent audio books straight to your phone!).

There are a lot of classics I started reading a number of years ago, but never finished. One of those is Jane Austen’s, Emma. I began listening to the unabridged audio this week. Do you enjoy listening to audio books?

/ / Experiencing Joy. The way Betsy is walking through her family’s battle with cancer (and other life events) is inspiring.

“This earth is broken and fallen.  War, disease, accidents that cut a life too short.  All of those things could absolutely leave a person in total despair. But thank goodness for a God who restores, who redeems, and who brings joy.” 

/ / How to Roast Vegetables + Combination Ideas. I really need a new roasting pan. Something happened to mine over the years!

Happy Weekend, all!

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11 thoughts on “Weekend Links / / Experience Joy”

  1. Three months in Italy? Yes, please! Except I don’t know that I’d ever want to come back. I’m with you — I’m on such a podcast kick, and I do love listening to audiobooks. They’re the only thing that kept me sane last year when I was commuting way too far for work. Sorry if I’ve mentioned this to you before, but do you listen to the Sorta Awesome podcast? It’s my new obsession. Thanks for featuring my post this week! Happy weekend to you!

  2. I miss the pool! Unfortunately, I can’t be out in the sun very long unless I’m wearing, like, SPF 100 (oh, the troubles of fair skin). haha. But, reading by the pool is one of my favorite things to do.

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