(Why is Adeline incognito? Because it's stinking cold out and she's burrowed in for warmth!)
6) Daily quiet time: I've started the habit of having time in the Word and in prayer when I put Adeline down for nap, and it's been so satisfying.
7) "So You Think You Can Dance"...as soon as I'm done writing this, I'm heading downstairs to watch. I've been looking forward to it all day!
8) Fall colors: The leaves are gorgeous in Minnesota right now. The branches of my birch tree are laden with golden leaves, and the view out my picture window is amazing.
9) Women friends: I finally feel like I'm settling into some female friendships. I'm loving getting together a few times a month with my mom's Bible Study group, comprised of women with a lot more experience and wisdom than I. We really dig into the word, and have a blast visiting and going out for lunch after...My Friday morning Bible Study is reading "Youniquely Woman", which has been enjoyable and inspirational so far. We also keep each other updated on prayer requests via email... MAKS started again in September, and I'm finding it easier to connect with the other moms this year, especially as I see several of them every week at library storytime. I'm even hosting a playgroup for a few MAKS moms and their kids tomorrow, something I never thought I'd be brave enough to do!
10) Family: The last few months have been incredibly difficult for Brandon and I. We lost a much longed for baby in August, began hosting an exchange student the next week (which has been a wonderful experience so far), found out Brandon's dear uncle had aggressive liver cancer, buried said uncle not long after, and lost a long-time dear friend/future sister-in-law to a messy breakup, all in less than 3 months time. Through these circumstances, I've been so thankful for family that loves each other, isn't afraid to be honest and cry and be angry alongside you, reaches out with their time and shares their meals, and is always there with a listening ear, helping hand, or hugging arm. I'm so thankful God placed us where we are, a few blocks from all our family so we can support each other at a moment's notice when it's needed most.