A cozy blanket, a pumpkin spice candle, and a piece (or two…) of dark chocolate all while snuggled up with a good book. THIS is my recipe for an afternoon well spent. Although lets be honest, if I actually want to read more than a chapter in said book the blanket has to go and I have to be sitting upright or I fall asleep…mom problems.
Or in my most recent case…the time change occurs and my son wakes up at what is now 5 a.m. and I am wide awake myself as both hubby and sister sleep. So, the son watches PJ Masks (for the 1,000th time) and I FINISH a book before 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
Now, this might not be the most “picturesque” way to say I enjoy reading a good book. But it is my reality and honestly a good book made this early morning worth. it. Shhh don’t tell Colby, I don’t want him making 5 a.m. wake ups a regular thing!
I spent the last few weeks slowly working through “The Church of the Small Things” by Melanie Shankle. (Again, reading just causes the sleepies for me and that is no reflection on the quality of this book! It’s totally me, NOT Melanie!)
If you have yet to pick up a book by Melanie Shankle I can only ask “What are you waiting for?!”
You will laugh. You will cry (Yes, even at 5:30 on a Sunday morning, and not just because you are awake entirely too early.) And you will be challenged. Her books have become a welcomed escape for me. A chat with a girlfriend that I know will leave me uplifted while still stepping on a toe or two along the way.
Melanie, if by the EXTREMELY RARE case you ever read this. I really do think we could be friends in real life.
Her most recent release, “Church of the Small Things” was all about times in her life where the Lord helped her see that really the “big moments” in life are made up of all of our day to day. How do we embrace that truth? How do you see the growth that happens daily and not miss it looking for something bigger?
This book has reminded me how much I really do LOVE a good read. It’s my birthday month and Christmas is around the corner so I’m working on the “wish list” and I have quite a few books on the list already.
What are some of your “most reads” I should be sure to add?!
–I have just started “Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed”
I cannot seem to put it down, I think I have highlighted the entire first two chapters!!by