What I'm Into (October 2014)

I am linking up with the precious Leigh Kramer for this fun What I'm Into series. Once a month I'll take inventory about what I've been up to and share them with you. Fun, huh?

Read and Reading: so...the blogger who wrote this read 13 books last month. Thirteen. I need to read more books. *sigh*
I did do a study through the book of Esther with LoveGodGreatly.com and I also read through 1 & 2 Peter with SheReadsTruth. Both of them were excellent and the devotional content that both blogs provided along with the studies were fantastic.

I've also been reading back through the Valley of Vision book of Puritan prayers. It is so rich and even if I read the same prayers over and over, it still makes me think. I love it.

Also, I've been reading The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple,  I've been working on it for months, and might still be working on it months from now. Honestly, it's a little over my head but I'm getting through it and trying to retain as much as I can, because it is such great information!

Also, Practical Paleo, which has been sitting on my nightstand for 3 weeks now. I don't have time to read as much as I want to!

TV: Ok, so after complaining that I don't have time to read much, I can definitively answer this TV question... :-(

Parenthood, obvs. Best show ever and I am SO sad that it is ending. Also, Joel & Julia FOR-ever. That is all.

We've also been watching The Good Wife on Amazon Prime. We've tried like 5 times to get in to it, but it seems to have stuck this time because we made it to season 2. We're sort of suckers for legal shows.

and of course...the ROYALS. We watched a lot of baseball in October. Honestly, more than I have ever watched in my life. I'm not exactly a baseball fan, but when your hometown underdog team makes the WORLD SERIES, you just can't help but be interested! Really stinks that they didn't win, but hey that's life, right?

Music: ummmm....Taylor Swift.

Things I Love: oh! so many things...

the weather in October is my favorite. It is the best and makes me so happy.

Got to spend some time hearing from Young Living corporate when they came to Kansas City earlier this month! Love these pics with some of our awesome team. we LOVE Young Living!

This girl hit a HUGE milestone this month like it was cake and is so humble and gracious about it. She has worked her tail off and deserves every bit of the award she earned!! She is a servant leader, truly.
Fun friends and this lady is so smart and encouraging and we always have such good conversations. And, we have some fun things up our sleeve! (teehee)

Squash. Acorn, Butternut, Delicata, Spaghetti, Kabocha. I love ALL the squashes! 
Plus they're the cutest! 

Coffee... as usual. This one might make the "Things I Love" list every time.

October is hubby's birthday month, and we celebrated with an amazing gluten free pizza at Rock & Brews, a breakfast party with my parents and siblings (including an awesome skillet apple pie), and a breakfast-for-dinner party with hubby's family. 

I accidentally made another paleo chocolate cake from Zenbelly. Oops.d

We spent a weekend in Branson, MO with my family and did some of the stereotypical things like Silver Dollar City and the Sight & Sound Theatre. We saw the performance of Jonah, which was actually a really compelling telling of that familiar Bible story in a way that made me view it with fresh eyes. Not only was the theatrical aspect very well done (giant sea creature balloons flying over your head and live animals? yes), but the way they portrayed the biblical principles of obedience, trusting in the Lord, repentance, mercy, forgiveness, and examining your own heart before God were so well done. I have caught myself thinking about parts of it many times since then.

Of course, at Silver Dollar City we enjoyed the beautiful fall weather, obligatory rides like the Flooded Mine and some river raft ride I got suckered into riding, in which I got completely doused with gallons of water and spent the rest of the day soaking wet in a pair of jean shorts that kept expanding throughout the day. By the time we returned to the cabin, they were about six sizes too big.

But, I digress. We enjoyed the last day of the Harvest Festival at SDC and walked around for about 8 hours, and everyone got a little rosy cheeked from an unusually warm, sunny day at the end of October. I was toas by the end of the day, so Loren went in search of coffee and came back with this ginormous cookie that took up my entire lap!  And I wasn't even mad. And  I could have eaten the whole thing but I only had a few bites.

on Sunday morning, we all went to have brunch at the Big Cedar Lodge. I had never been, and oh my it was a beautiful hotel! We didn't even see the main part, but we had an awesome breakfast buffet at Devil's Pool and got to sit outside on a huge deck and enjoy the gorgeous weather. 

And this little guy is always entertaining. I got my phone out and he wanted to cheese it up so I took his picture about 20 times. 

On a healthier note, we have recently started drinking Young Living's Ningxia Red super-antioxidant juice in the mornings to help to support our immune systems with the coming cold, nasty winter months. We each drink just 1oz each in the mornings. Some of our favorite ways to drink it is to add it to some OJ, and I LOVE adding it to our homemade kombucha! I even like adding a little bit of it to water and sipping on it throughout the day. It is dad gum delicious and I love that in addition to eating a real/whole/paleo foods diet, it gives us an anti-oxidant boost in a supplement that comes from real food sources like berries, not synthetic substances and that its anti-oxidant sources are varied instead of just loading up on one type. Studies have shown that just supplementing with one kind of antioxidant can be detrimental, instead of helpful. Nutrient synergy, man!!

In the Blogosphere:

I honestly have not read very many blogs lately, other than to look up recipes, or write posts on my own! I love reading blogs but I don't have a ton of time to read at leisure, but that sounds like a dream! Next month I'll round up some blogs for you.

it's kind of a tie between these two. In the mornings lately, Stella already knows she has to go into the laundry room for the day. It breaks my heart to leave her all day every day, and one morning last week, I found her already curled up in her little bed. So cute and precious. And a little sad. :-(

 And this was at SDC last weekend. Uncle Loren is a crowd favorite with the little munchkins.

Hopefully you are welcoming November with open arms and thankful hearts! 
It's one of my favorite times of the year!!