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Currently: April 2020

It’s crazy to think we’re in the fourth month of 2020 already! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month. 

Current cuteness My in-laws adopted a new puppy! His name is Buddy. He’s a goldendoodle and the sweetest little guy! I miss Mavis and Lola both so much, and meeting Buddy filled a dog-shaped little hole in my heart ❤

Goldendoodle puppy

Current laugh Jimmy painted one of our kitchen doors white last week and Malcolm brushed up against it. He suddenly looks very old with his new salt and pepper fur 😉

Current book(s) Still enjoying my guided prayer journal and since we can’t go to the library, I’ve been re-reading books I already own. I’ve been reading this book, which I last picked up in 2012. It feels so different reading it as a parent!

Current baked good Sourdough sandwich bread.

Sourdough sandwich bread

Current blessing God’s provision. Jimmy has been laid off of work, but God has opened a door for me to be able to bring in income through continuing to work for my family’s real estate brokerage and picking up extra work with Instacart whenever I can. These uncertain times can feel stressful, but the more I remember how God always provides, the more I learn to trust Him with my whole heart.

Current obsession Begging Jimmy to let us get a dog. It’s so lonely in the Zottola home without a pup!

Current food Opened-faced egg sandwiches with aforementioned sourdough sandwich bread. The eggs from my aunt and uncle’s chickens. Delicious! I like to top my bread with hummus, lettuce, and parmesan cheese (and of course eggs!).

Egg sandwich

Current prayer Healing for our world with the COVID-19 situation. This is tough, but God is bigger than this. 

Current beauty product Still loving this toothpaste!

Currently looking forward to The next time we can gather with our church family! We’ve been able to watch our services online, but man do I miss everyone! 

Church on TV

Current joy The kindness of others. Our neighbor who has some health issues mentioned that she didn’t have a mask for going out in stores, so I gave her one that we had. It was the last one in a pack that Jimmy used when he worked in our garage. I didn’t think anything of it because I figured she needed a mask more than I do.

Fast forward just a few hours later and I’m at our local grocery store checking out with an Instacart order and the woman bagging my groceries (who I talk to each time I’m at the store) said she was worried about me doing Instacart and not having a mask, so she sewed me one. Wow!! 

Current fun Taking family walks with Jimmy and Sadie. The weather in Pittsburgh has been beautiful lately!

Family walk

Current project Learning to make Paska, which is a Ukranian bread traditionally made for Easter. 

Current excitement The fact that it’s spring! I planted some seeds in a seed tray and some of them have sprouted! If all goes well, I’m on may way to having arugula, swiss chard, baby greens, and corn in our garden 🙂

What’s current in your life this month?

Currently: March 2020

Happy March! I’ve been waiting to say this for a few months: spring officially begins this month! I’ve started to see the stems of daffodils peeking out of our neighbor’s grass and have been hearing birds chirping in the morning. Love it.

Baby and chocolate lab

Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month. Also, this post has a few affiliate links!

Current book The book of Job, Brain on Fire, and this isn’t quite a book, but I bought a guided prayer journal and really find it beneficial in organizing my thoughts and prayer life.

Current excitement I’m going to start some seeds for our garden this month! We usually buy seedlings in May and transplant them straight into our garden, but there’s a few less common vegetables that I want to plant this year that we don’t usually see seedlings for in May.

Current food Cinnamon rolls made from pancake mix. Working on perfecting the recipe, though Jimmy will tell you they’re perfect as-is, haha. I just want them to look prettier 🙂

Cinnamon rolls made from pancake mix

Current prayer For everyone impacted by the tornado in Nashville, TN.

Currently looking forward to Sadie feeling better! She has a double ear infection that didn’t respond at all to 10 days of antibiotics, so we’re on another 10 days of stronger antibiotics. If those don’t work, we have to move on to a series of shots. I just feel so helpless seeing her cry and pull on her ears. She’s so off balance and keeps falling, which makes her cry more. Poor baby girl.

Current project I spruced up Sadie’s changing area with her own little garden 🙂

Succulent nursery

Current beauty product I’m at it again with considering dental products as beauty products, but I am loving AP 24 Whitening Toothpaste. I actually used this growing up (my parents have been Nuskin consultants for probably 20+ years!) and was surprised to randomly hear it has a cult-like following in the beauty world lately, so I ordered a tube and was instantly brought back to my childhood, haha.

Current fun Family coffee dates and silly pictures!

Family in Starbucks with baby

Current drink Pretty much any coffee from Starbucks, but especially the Veranda blend.

Current baked good Mini cherry pies. Jimmy had a craving for cherry pie, but our pie pan was being occupied by the above cinnamon rolls, so I improvised and made individual little pies.

Mini cherry pies

Current blessing the Bible study I’ve been doing with a few other women at my church on Wednesday nights. My sister has been leading it has been very enriching.

Current cuteness Sadie has been drawing little scribbles on paper, so I hung her first piece of art on our fridge 🙂

Toddlers drawing hanging on fridge

What’s currently going on in your life?!