reading

Currently: October 2017

Current book Just started The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky.

Current indulgence Going out for coffee, specifically Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

Current beauty product Burt’s Bees vanilla bean lip balm. My lips have been so dry since the start of fall.

Current goal Still wanting to finish writing my book before the end of the year!

Current craving Getting out and about to use my camera more. Jimmy and I went to a fall festival this weekend, and I brought my camera along to take pictures of the scenery. It was lovely and had me wondering why I don’t bring my camera out with me more often.

Beautiful stream and trees in the fall

Current food Marbled banana bread by Smitten Kitchen. My mom made a loaf for me recently and it’s banana and chocolatey perfection.

Current mood Thankful 🙂

Current blessing Pet sitting has been busy lately. It’s astounding to see God open doors and work in ways that only He can.

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy

Current confession I can’t stop laughing at my mom in the latest vlog we filmed.

Current need Absolutely nothing. Feeling very blessed.

Current obsession Taking pictures of Lola and Mavis snuggling. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Black lab and cocker spaniel puppy cuddling

Current procrastination Finishing up folding and putting away laundry.

Current drink Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Current excitement I’m making a Lego-themed birthday cake for my cousin Josiah! He’s also going to pet sit with me again this month, just like last year 🙂

Pet sitting with Josiah, circa 2016 🙂

Current prayer One of my pet sitting clients found out his dog has cancer. The pup is having surgery tomorrow, so I’m praying all goes well.

Current question If you’re a coffee drinker, do you prefer Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or another brand of coffee?

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Recent Reads and All Sorts of Cuteness

I feel like I haven’t talked much about reading lately, so this post is going to change that!

I’ve been camped out in the book of James (in the Bible) for a while now, just rereading it over and over. Also loving Psalms and Proverbs. Soon, I’ll begin studying Jesus’ birth as the holiday season is approaching! I finished my Women of The Bible devotional and really enjoyed it.

Coffee and Bible

I’ve read a few birth/midwifery/pregnancy-related books recently: Midwife: A Calling by Peggy Vincent, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Midwife: A Journey by Peggy Vincent, and Baby Love by Rebecca Walker. Of those four, I most enjoyed the books by Peggy Vincent. I could read midwife memoirs all. day. long. 🙂

Fiction-wise, I read Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue and The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall, both of which were good reads. Non-fiction I’ve read lately includes, This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick and Cherish by Gary Thomas. Both also wonderful reads.

I’m currently reading The Runaway Midwife by Patricia Harman, and it’s pretty good. I’m interested to see how it will end! Also reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren during my devotional and Bible time.

I think that’s everything in terms of books, so how about some cute dog pictures?! I have been taking Mavis pet sitting with me in an effort to socialize her more, and it’s so much fun.

Cocker spaniel puppy and havanese puppy sitting together

She has now spent time with small dogs, big dogs, playful dogs, and calm dogs. She’s been in other people’s houses, in the car, and even had a “tea party” with the puppy above! And by tea party I mean they shared food, haha. Also, Lola continues to impress me with how patient she is with Mavis.

Black lab and cocker spaniel puppy cuddlingCocker spaniel puppy and corgi puppycocker spaniel puppy and Boston terrier mixChocolate lab and cocker spaniel puppy

Mavis also spent an evening with her cousin, Indy (my sister’s puppy!), and had a blast. They get along really, really well. Hannah and I just love seeing them play together. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see our actual children play together. I think my heart would explode from happiness?!

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy playing together

In other news, Jimmy thinks I’m becoming a dog. So much so that when I took a nap after a full day of dog walking, he took this picture of me with a snapchat filter.

Girl sleeping dog snapchat filter

It’s okay, though, because I deserved it for creeping on him while vlogging. I just love hearing whatever random things he says when he walks in the door after work, so whenever I’m vlogging I try to catch him in the act. I creeped on him in the vlog below around the 7:40 mark.

Alright, this post is getting quite long and I need to get my day started!

Have you read any good books lately?