November Recap

November RecapNovember is one of my favorite months – I love the fall and Thanksgiving. This was an especially nice November – we were all (mostly) healthy, I got to see a good friend from graduate school when she was in town for a conference, and then my family came for a long visit.

All those visitors did make an impact on my reading time though – I only finished 12 books this month!

The Month in Stats

Books Read Last Month: 12
Books Read For The Year: 212

Best Things I Read

Things That Happened
  • My parents came for a two week visit (actually, they just left), and my younger brother and his family for one week. I was slightly concerned about how it would be with a housefull, including 4 kids 5 and under, but it was {mostly} fine. It was very very loud though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think they all were quite happy to get back to warmer temperatures though – Indiana versus Florida in November is not even close.
  • I took most of those two weeks off from the blog – I stopped by occasionally to respond to comments, and that was about it. Well, and I wrote this post and the Reading Challenge update one, since both kind of needed to wait until the month was over to write. Other than that, I had a break from the blog, and mostly had a break from social media.
  • My son tested for his yellow belt, and participated in his first Taekwondo tournament. I’m sure at some point “cute” won’t be the first word that comes to mind when I watch him do those things, but at 4 “cute” it is. He makes these hilarious faces when he does his forms – I wish I could get a video of it, but if he sees the camera he wants to see what I’m doing and stops doing the forms.
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • The family. That seems obvious. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I’d love to say the boy at his tournament, but it was so ridiculously crowded that I couldn’t actually seem him do most of his event. I saw a tiny bit when he was warming up, and about 20 seconds of him doing his forms. Otherwise, I was completely blocked by other parents.
What’s Cooking
  • Turkey. Dressing. Mashed potatoes. Carrots. Green Beans. Brussels Sprouts. Rolls. Cranberry Sauce. Gravy. Pumpkin pie. French Apple Pie. Chocolate Pie. Cranberry Cheesecake Bars. Oh, my.
  • Does there really need to be anything else after that?
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in December
  • Our eleventh anniversary.
  • The first anniversary of my older brother’s death. Not sure how that day’s going to be, but at this point I just want to get past it.
  • Restarting school with the boy – we took a hiatus while we had visitors, but he’s excited to get back to it. He’s flown through what I had for him, so I also took advantage of the hiatus to order him so more items.
  • Christmas and all that goes with it.

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  1. If you had family visiting for 2 weeks and you’re still speaking to each other, I’d say that was a very successful visit! (I love my family but we would drive each other crazy if we were together that long.)

    • Fortunately it was only my parents for the full two weeks. By the last day of my brother’s visit I think all of the kids had had enough of each other, and it was a good thing they were leaving in the morning. For all of our sakes.

      It helps that many (most?) of us are introverts and don’t get offended when we find a corner to ourselves to read a book or get on the computer. Plus, it helps that I have a fairly big house that provides enough corners for hiding. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I just started reading Introverts in the Church. Interesting so far… curious to know your thoughts!

    • Overall I’m glad I read it, although I liked Quiet more. Maybe because his book had what seemed like a lot directed at church leadership? It also didn’t include some of what I wanted from it, such as some ideas or tips for finding a church that isn’t as … horrendously ill-fitting for introverts as many evangelical churches seem to be. I’m not expecting a church to completely cater to introverts, but it’d be nice to feel like I could even slightly feel like it recognized we are different yet still worthwhile. If that makes sense?

      • I just finished the book today. I agree that it is geared more towards church leadership, but he did make some interesting applications that lay members could draw from as well (of course, I’m straddling both those worlds so it’s hard for me to relate to just one of them). I especially appreciated his chapter on evangelism. I struggle with feeling guilty for not “getting out of my shell” to throw the gospel in someone’s face – but I love how he highlighted the need to “listen evangelistically” and share the gospel through one-on-one relationships that we’ve already established. While we certainly need to be willing to step out of our comfort zones, I think that’s a very valid way for introverts to approach evangelistic outreach.

        For a basic book about introversion, I would definitely prefer “Quiet” – but I think the two books work well together to provide a fuller picture of the introverted Christian’s role within the body of Christ. I may or may not recommend it in the future, but I am glad I read it, if only for my own introspection.

  3. I am impressed you handled that much family at your house for that long! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Keys to success: time alone and a big enough house. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      That, and enjoying one of the benefits of having extra people around: I only had to cook about every other day as my mom and I shared all of those chores.

  4. You have been one busy woman! I remember when I could keep that pace, but not any more. However, reading the joys and pleasures of life as a mom, daughter and sister brought smiles to my face. I’m sorry for your loss and the upcoming anniversary. My husband lost his older brother a year ago in November so we’ve just passed our one-year anniversary. Try to stay busy that day and if you have to think, think of the good memories you have of your brother. It helped us to do that. I hope that maybe it will help you.

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