Saturday, November 2, 2013

Seven Things I Learned in October

Yeah, I know it's already November. But October kind of got away from me. Even so, I didn't want to let it totally get away without remembering some of what I learned {well, actually, mostly, remembered ...}.

1. Kentucky has some crazy fall weather. I mean, OK, I didn't learn this. But I certainly was reminded. We've worn winter coats and shorts the past couple weeks.

2. I missed the soap opera that is "Grey's Anatomy." Well, OK, I didn't miss all the story lines. Like I could do without Arizona Robbins in her entirety. But Jackson Avery has won me over. And I've watched seasons 8 and 9 on Netflix and am catching up with season 10 on Hulu. Yes, I'm adding it back to my DVR queue.

3. I like to plan parties. Yes, again, this isn't new. But it's been revived lately. In the last few weeks, I've planned a shoe box stuffing party for Operation Christmas Child at our church, a Thanksgiving dinner with friends, Ben's birthday party, and a birthday party for Jesus. All but the Jesus birthday party are this month. Then December will be here. And did you notice there is a Saturday missing between Thanksgiving and Christmas?

4. Hair color is fun. Other than that one summer I put Sun In in my dark, dark brown hair and then had to wait a long time for the orange to grow out, I've never used color in my hair. I got caramel-color highlights the other day and love them. And the lighter streaks help cover the multiplying gray.

5. Saying no or not right now can be freeing, even when it's a good thing worth supporting. We are surrounded by good causes and projects but God doesn't call us all to them all at the same time. For me, I'm learning about being right where he has me and not cluttering my calendar.

6. Being siblings as grown ups is such a treat. I was reminded of this when we were in Louisville one weekend in October. The three of is siblings and our families along with some other relatives laughed often, reminisced much and sat around tables for long periods of time.

7. Grace is hard to grasp. My mind was really opened on the subject while reading "One-Way Love," which I reviewed here. The book is full of truth like this that make me think Tullian Tchividjian wrote the book for me: "The Gospel is not a command to hang on to Jesus. It's a promise that no matter how weak your faith and how unsuccessful your efforts may be, God is always holding on to you."

Here are my past installments: JuneJulyAugust. September.

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  1. Just say no! What a tough thing to do, but so freeing when you do. Love this list!

  2. KristinHillTaylor11/03/2013 9:45 AM

    Thanks, Mandy! Yes, that's a hard one, but always seems worth it!