It's been a few months since I've shared some of my favorite things. We're at the beach this week, which is certainly something I'm into, so I thought I'd compile a June list of fun! I hope you find something you can enjoy as well (seriously, these apples...), and I'd love to hear some of your favorite things in the comments. Here we go!
An Apple A Day
They say it keeps the doctor away. They don't say the apples can't be slathered in almond butter, dotted with chocolate chips, and sprinkled with coconut! This is my latest obsession. The kids love it. I've decided it's a health food. Even if the Pinterest recipe calls for dark chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut (which I can't seem to find), and I'm taking liberties. It's practically like eating raw kale.
Let's be honest. It was only a matter of time. If you've followed my "What I'm Into" posts over the last year or so, I've been inappropriately obsessed with sparkling water. To the point that people sometimes tag me on Instagram when they drink it. I really should be getting paid from these companies, right?
Anyway, Billy felt our "sparkling water budget" was getting a little much. So he bought a Soda Stream. Personally, I don't add any of the flavored syrup thingies. Just fruit. Lots of lemons and limes. A couple raspberries. It's a bit of a learning curve to get the carbonation just right, and I thought I was going to lose an eye or a hand the other day when I "overdid it" a bit. But I'm getting there!
Because June has been all about Copa America. Also, I keep getting messages "we just saw your family on TV" thanks to Fox Sports 1 plucking this gem out of the interwebs to add to an Argentina highlights reel. Billy was certain this twist of fate would mean he'd get to meet Messi. So far, that has not happened...
Road Trippin' Reads
I've spent a lot of time in the car in June. Gabriella and I went on a "Girls Road Trip" to North Carolina to visit my dear high school friend and her sweet babies.
Then, we drove to Kentucky to frolic with family and check "Trampoline Park" off my bucket list. Which, by the way, was incredible! I thought I would be sore for days, but I wasn't at all. Only happy. After that, it was on to Chicago. Because Copa.
All that driving means lots of Audible for me! (If you want to try it, click here and get two free books to get started!) I listened to I Let You Go, which is a suspense novel. There's definitely a surprising twist that shifts what you thought was happening throughout the book.
And now I'm in the middle of Enrique's Journey, thanks to many of you recommending it to me! It is the story of a teenage boy who travels from El Salvador to the U.S.. I thought I knew quite a bit about child migrants and some of the challenges they face. But the book has painted a much deeper and more nuanced portrait of a family than any news story has the time or space to capture.
It was written by a journalist and unpacks this real family's experience. It's not an easy book because of the subject matter, but it's been eye-opening and important for me to read.
Next on my list is Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and Seeking Refuge to understand more about the global refugee crisis.
Here's some terrific articles I've read online this month:
When Charity is just a Band-Aid - I tend to feel rebellious when people refer to something as a "must-read." So I'm just going to say don't read this one at all.
#IAmAnImmigrant - This video highlights Immigrant Heritage Month and the challenges of mixed status families. I'm sad to report that the Supreme Court decided not to decide, which means DAPA stays frozen.
A Unified Church Is Gospel Witness - Christena Cleveland writes, "In a society rife with racial conflict, US evangelicals are in a unique position to build cross-cultural bridges." I believe that's true, and I hope evangelicals step up.
Here's some things I wrote in June:
Seeking Shalom for the Immigrant - If you're into podcasts, I did an interview with Osheta Moore at Shalom in the City. She asks some great questions about immigration, and it was a joy to speak with her.