On one hand, I feel like this month FLEW by. On the other, I feel like so much happened the past few weeks that I can’t believe it’s all happened in one short month. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer again this month to share all of April’s goodness with y’all. Unfortunately, my wireless adapter has refused to work recently, so I’m writing this on my dear roommate’s computer… which means there won’t be any pictures in this month’s post, unless my adapter starts to work again!
Books // I (finally) started to read A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans this month. I’ve been slacking on reading, so I’m not too far into it, but I love what I’ve read so far. I also started rereading Lament for a Son because Nicolas Wolterstorff is my favorite. I received Elizabeth Esther’s Girl at the End of the World in the mail today and I am really looking forward to reading it soon! (Hopefully I’ll actually find time to read in May, so this portion will have real thoughts about books!)
Movies + TV // Guys. I know I said I’d try to watch more movies this month, but I SO DID NOT. I did watch a few more episodes of Parenthood, thanks to my dear friend Maggie, but I’m still in the first season. I guess I’m just not really the kind of person who finds enjoyment in sitting down and watching TV because I feel like there’s so many other things I could be doing with my time. There are a few movies that I’m really looking forward to seeing (The Amazing Spiderman 2, Neighbors) in the next few weeks, so hopefully I’ll actually see them!
Music // Thanks to my lovely friend Jennie, I am now OBSESSED with John Mark McMillan’s Borderland album. I actually downloaded it on iTunes, which is saying A LOT because I couldn’t tell you the last album or even song that I bought from iTunes. I’ve been on such a JMM kick lately, which is great because Jennie and I are going to see him in Columbus in a few weeks! I’m also seeing the Milk Carton Kids in Michigan next week and I am so stoked.
Community // Man, where to even begin here this month. My community tank has been so full recently. A few weekends ago, Jennie and I drove up to Indianapolis to meet up with Maggie, Jazz, Taylor, Abby, and Suzanne for #OTLtakesIndy. What happens when you take seven young women from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and allow them to spend time together in what should probably be known as the second Windy City? Craziness ensues. I meant to blog about how much that weekend meant to me, but y’all know how great I am at actually posting things… ;) These girls are so full of love and joy and they accept me just as I am, no matter what stupid things I do or say. They also speak my love languages so dang well, which isn’t too hard when most of them are food. In other community news, I joined a new small group this month and I absolutely love it. They are so honest and raw about their faith and it is so helpful for me, since I’ve been in a season of doubt and struggling to trust. They also completely understand my love for potatoes; they have joined me in awarding people for great answers with imaginary waffle fries. I’ve loved getting to know them and getting to know Christ more through them.
Growth // GUYS. I did it. I finally did it. As of April 23, 2014, I am officially a resident of the beautiful state of Ohio. I also have a super awkward license photo, but that’s beside the point. To celebrate my new residency, I bought a goldfish that night. Sadly, he died Monday night… On a semi-related note, I planted sunflower seeds last Monday and they are thriving. I think the moral of the story here is that I can be trusted with plants and not fish, so I probably should stay away from having children. In other exciting news, I’m taking a class this summer, so I can legitimately take classes again this fall (this class is a pre-req for everything I have left in my major). Things are just really swell right now, friends.
April was a really great month, if I’m honest. May is looking like it’s going to be stellar as well. I’m joining a 31 day Scripture Challenge to be intentional about digging into the Word each day in May and I’m a bit nervous about it because I suck at doing things daily, but I’m also really looking forward to it. I think I’m going to begin with the Corinthians and I also really want to read Isaiah again during the challenge because it’s one of my favorite books of the Bible.
How are y’all doing? How was April for you? What are you looking forward to in May?