Lots of transition in August. School starts. Summer sort of ends, but the heat stays on a while longer here in Atlanta. Here's some favorites from the month.
Bible is already the Sunday School answer for "Favorite Book," so you know, I thought I'd kick it up a notch with my latest favorite in the category. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name.
I have actually heard rave reviews of this one in the past, but I started reading it with Ella this week. It was so different than I expected. Given that I've grown up in church my whole life, it was a suprise. Here's a little quote for ya -
Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn't do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done.
I have seriously been searching quite some time for the option to schedule when my emails are sent out. Someone asked me why on earth I would ever need to do that and I quickly responded with socially acceptable answers. But the real reason is that sometimes I don't want to respond two seconds after someone emails... but I do what to keep my inbox practically empty. Enter Boomerang.
BEST COMMUNITY ACTIVITY
Well, it may not actually be the best, since our neighborhood also hosts an annual kickball tournament and an amazing Halloween party (that, give my love of costumes and candy, I help organize). But every year, we do a progressive dinner. And it's always a fun time to walk through the neighborhood together and eat amazing food all along the way.
BEST FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTO OF THE QUEZADA CHILDREN
You decide. Personally, I think the one one the right has an authenticity to it that is unbeatable.
Turned out the first day of school for Isaac was also his first day in shoes. (Some have suggested this is the reason for his distress.)
FAVORITE TV SHOW OF AUGUST
Heroes. I know. It's old. Naturally, Billy and I just discovered it. We've been binge-watching with glee. In fact, I heard myself say, "I think I am just a person who likes sci-fi." Really? Ah, well....
BEST GIFT EVER
If you follow me on the socials, you already know that Billy took me on a fan tour of the Hunger Games Filming Sites from the second movie. It was quite the special birthday gift, and we had such a blast. President Snow's mansion. Archery Tag. District 12. The lake that was the Cornicopia. (I even got to stand on one of the pedestals!) I now fill equipped to offer my own bootleg tours, if you're interested.
Runner up for this category are these headphones I bought Gabriella. She was super stoked.
BOOKS OF THE MONTH
I shared reviews of Interrupted and Overrated this month. Both quality reads. I also started Americanah. It's the story of a Nigerian immigrant to the United States and talks about race, cultural identity, falling in love, and the immigrant experience. As you might imagine... I'm interested.
LINKS OF THE MONTH
Why Does Kale Taste Like Dreams Deferred?
The Secret To Having a Marriage That Never Goes Stale
Justice & Discipleship & Worship
Hand It Over: Cultural Differences In Giving
10 Dating Customs From Around the World
Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On in the US
What were you into this month?