Simple Joy Saturday #57

Simple Joy Saturday #57

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1.  One of the best stories that I read for my British and American short fiction class was “An Appointment with Love.” My classmates engaged in a friendly debate about whether this story was realistic.  If you have an opinion, please share.

2. I finished the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series this month (I started the series in June), and I cannot overstate how much I love these books.  I convinced the children’s literature professor at my alma mater to give the books a chance, and she read two of them within a week.  If you find even the slightest enjoyment in reading children’s literature, you have to read this series.

3. Do you remember Stephanie Meyer?  Yes, I mean the same Stephanie Meyer that started the nationwide obsession with vampires in 2008.  This month, I discovered a book that she published in 2016 titled The Chemist, and it is so good!  No vampires or werewolves are involved.

4. I usually only share 3 stories/books, but here is a bonus treasure:  Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.  

As I said in July, I am still making steady progress on my reading from the 100 Books Bucket List, but nothing is worth recommending.  Honestly, I wonder how some of these books made the list.

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Simple Joy Saturday #27

Simple Joy Saturday #27

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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March 10-16, 2018

1. Longer days and more sunlight!

May we never lose the blessing that is Daylight Savings Time!

2. The overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

(both the actual love of God, and the chorus of this song.  Check out the lyrics!)

Oh! The overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God.

Oh! It chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.

I couldn’t earn it. I don’t deserve it! Still, You give Yourself away.

Oh! The overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God.

3. This cartoon that Brother shared on Facebook.

And the top comment that he added is true.  Our last name actually means “sheep” in German.

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Simple Joy Saturday #26

Simple Joy Saturday #26

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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March 3 – 9, 2018

1. Chocolate covered almonds

(or chocolate covered anything, if I’m being honest)

2. Finishing my first graduate-level class

(with a good grade!)

3. Free shipping. 

Am I the only one who falls for the marketing schemes?  The website says, “Spend $10 more to qualify for free shipping.”  So I spend $10, usually on peanut butter.

 

Two questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite chocolate-covered food?
  2. Do you put more in your cart so that you qualify for free shipping?
Simple Joy Saturday #22

Simple Joy Saturday #22

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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1. Homemade chocolate and peanut butter no-bake cookies

I had never added chocolate to my peanut butter no-bake cookies, but I made two batches of these cookies this week (one batch for a game night, and one batch for Bible study).  Y’all. These. Are. So. Good.

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Simple Joy Saturday #21

Simple Joy Saturday #21

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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January 27 – February 2

1. On Tuesday, Pine Cove posted this blog that I wrote over the summer, and I was reminded (once again) how thankful I am for the three summers that I worked at Pine Cove.   I don’t get any compensation for saying this, but if you live near a Camp in the City church, you need to send your kids to camp!

I have photographic evidence that every camper will have fun in a Christ-centered, safe environment:

 

2.  My second joy of the week is pretty nerdy.  For grad school, I have to write a weekly four-page paper.  This week, I am researching the prompt, “Discuss Bandura’s progression from Behaviorism to Social Cognitive Theory.”  Long story short, God directed me to an article that is basically an autobiography of Bandura’s progression from Behaviorism to Social Cognitive Theory.  It was so helpful!

3. A few weeks ago, I was told that a college friend was starting a Friday night Bible study.  We had our first meeting last night, and it was joyous.  We laughed and joked around, but we also dug into God’s Word.  Here is a snippet from our study:

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What have you been up to lately?

Simple Joy Saturday #18

Simple Joy Saturday #18

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December 30 2017 – January 5, 2018

1. The Screamery

I have been dreaming about this decadent ice cream since the last time I was in Arizona (July 2016).  I ate a bowl after church and bought another bowl to eat in the car.

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2. The majestic peacocks at Reid Park Zoo

3. Editing photos of Arizona

 

Simple Joy Saturday #17

Simple Joy Saturday #17

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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December 23 – 29

1. God’s handiwork displayed at the Grand Canyon

2. Making memories with my family

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3. Lotion (because the air is so dry out here 😂)