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January is usually one of my favorite months of the year, and this was a pretty good one! I love the colder weather and the slower pace after a busy holiday season.
However, January didn’t start out on the best note.
One or both of us were sick the first two full weeks of the year. It wasn’t the worst – we each had a couple days where we were pretty miserable – but other than that we just laid around the house.
I am thankful that I was able to work from home. We took turns taking care of each other and truly enjoyed being home together during those days. My love language is acts of service and I also love funny people, and here’s Paul killing two birds with one stone by doing laundry in a funny hat. 🙂
Paul’s family picked up a prescription for us and left us a sweet care package on the porch!
I slowly put the Christmas decor away, redecorated the house and got everything reorganized after the holidays. Peggy and Thelma Lou enjoyed all the extra attention!
I am so thankful for our cozy home and all the comforts that we have here – an extra bedroom, my home office, multiple places we can sit and watch TV and even things like the headphones that allow one of us to watch a movie without bothering the other!
At the end of our sick days, we got to enjoy a snow weekend! We woke up to 6 inches of snow on Sunday morning and ended up with close to 9 inches in some places!
It was the perfect gray snow day! I made pancakes for breakfast, we played games and enjoyed the view. Living in South Carolina means that snow won’t last long, so I try to soak it in and enjoy it while I can.
By the end of the snow days, we spent 9 days in the house together – every minute -except for two quick runs for curbside grocery pickup. I’m so thankful we have learned to laugh at ourselves and show each other grace. It makes life so much more enjoyable!
I always love a chance to spend time with my nephews! My sister was in town for a meeting last week and we got to hang out with her family – and this super cute car wash operator – for a little bit.
For our anniversary in December, I gave Paul tickets to a Clemson basketball game. I got electronic tickets through Vivid Seats so I made a cute little ticket to represent the gift. The section/row/seat numbers make up our anniversary date. 🙂
Paul has refereed high school and college basketball in our area for 20 years, so he enjoys a good game no matter who is playing. He refereed one of Clemson’s starters in high school and is friends with one of the officials who worked this game. It was fun to seem both of them in action!
Clemson is a next-level Southern college town. It’s so charming! We stopped for lunch at this restaurant so that Paul could try their 1/2 pound footlong hot dog (if you’ve been around for a while, you know Paul is a hot dog fiend). He gave it 5 out of 5 stars!
This year I’m using The Bible Recap plan for reading the Bible in a year. I have a list in my Google Keep app where I’m recording what I learn about God or how I see Him at work in each day’s reading.
Every morning after I listen to that day’s Scripture, I add a sentence to my list. Here are a few that I have so far:
- God is my advocate.
- God is my Redeemer.
- God is there, and God is at work, even when I can’t see Him.
- God is bigger.
- God does not assign circumstances based on my good or bad behavior.
- God’s breath gives me life.
- God is exalted beyond my knowledge.
- God sees and cares for wild animals.
- God’s plans cannot be thwarted.
- God’s plan is always better than my finagling.
- Jesus cares for and sees birth mothers.
- God is merciful when I am unbelieving.
- God has a plan to provide for families that don’t yet exist.
- God is compassionate.
- God can take my mess and use it for his glory.
- God’s plans cannot be stopped.
“Yes, God is exalted beyond our knowledge.” Job 36:26
Posts from January:
- Picky Eater Approved Chicken Noodle Soup
- Organization For People Who Aren’t Minimalists: Under The Kitchen Sink
- How To Stay On Track With Your Bible Reading Plan
- A Week of Soups: 7 Of Our Favorite Soup Recipes!
We are thankful to be feeling much better at the end of the month than we were at the beginning! I hope you had a great January, and that no matter how your month turned out, you saw God’s character as you read His Word! ❤ He is bigger!