Previous Posts: January 2016

Week in Pictures January 2016

I have often loved sharing pictures from my week, usually if Luke is on holiday and we are off somewhere nice! This past week however was more low key!

Week 1

Yes my week in pictures are just photos of Nathanael! Is there anything more cuter in the world?

Nathanael had a very eventful week, we started it all off by taking down the futon in our spare room which we hopefully will begin decorating this week. Nathanael of course had to help his Daddy on the deconstruction.

Getting into things continued by Nate invading my bag and taking Coco, poor little Coco, whose shade name happens to be Boy! Good excuse to buy another shade – sometimes you have to look on the brighter side of Nate’s adventures.

There were some quiet moments during the week, Nathanael happily plonked himself down while I read my morning devotional, Nate isn’t in to just listening he likes to hold the book!

Nathanael has a way of charming everyone which is why when his little heart was set on Winnie the Pooh at a Mum’s and Tots group his Nanna takes him too, he promptly he returned home with it.
Bear, Nathanael’s Bear who was beloved until that morning was promptly booted out of his spot and replaced by Pooh.
It took  me a whole day and half to hide Pooh to be returned to the playgroup – honestly the whole thing was worse than Toy Story.

Luke scored major hubby points by bringing me flowers for no reason at all!

On the Saturday we went to our niece and nephews birthday party, Nathanael had a great time playing with his cousins. I of course came up with the best game playing pirates out of the window which of course Luke had to take over!

Although our week was fairly low key it was great to watch all the funny things that Nathanael got up to in the space of seven days! I do love him so!

Likes, Links, Things

The past weekend was a bit crazy at #teamsmith our niece and nephew had a joint birthday party think lots of adults and very excited 4 year old and two 2 year olds and you have a house full of crazy fun!

In the midst of returning to normality I have found many opportunities to stumble across some new likes and things you should check out for yourself!

Links post

Suits – My love for Amazon Prime continues with watching TV series that have been out for an age. I tell Luke he should start watching these things with me but lets face it I make Nathanael take a nap so I can get another episode in. I am Amazons dream.

This is on it’s way to me, you all know how I love my planners and Inkwell Press is a divine company I love everything Tonya stands for. That being said the livewell planner is bulky, heavy and not something I can carry around day to day. I plan to use the personal planner to just jot down appointments or major events I need to remember when I am on the go.
And yes Luke did say “I told you so”

I am loving this scent, my sister bought me this for Christmas and it seriously kicks off some scent!

Currently reading these blog posts!

Likes, Links, Things

It’s time for a new series on the blog and this is perfect for that midweek slump when the weekend can’t come quick enough.
Let me supply you with places to go wandering online for more than a few minutes and some of my current faves!

Links post

Amazon Prime: Oh my word I love it, I have more than taken advantage of the next day shipping but more than that I love it for Amazon Video lets recap on multiple season of The Hills!!

Linked to The Hills by way of The City (what a show!) Olivia Palermo has a guest bartender collection with baublebar and I love this I can see chasing around a 2 year old in this – cant you?

Lusting over link

Listening to link will have to do till the wondrous Phil Wickhams album is out 8th April (79 days to go!)

Reading this blog

Let me know in the comments below some of the things you have been loving this week!

Home Projects 2016

Home Projects

The beginning of the year always sees a reassessment of life, work and personal goals, but I like to throw in a few home projects too – just to keep Luke on his toes!

I am quite pleased so far on all the improvements we have made so far in our ‘new’ home, in 2 short years we have renovated the kitchen, installed a full pantry, decorated Nathanael’s and the main bedroom, thankfully painted over the hideous purple downstairs! Decorated the en-suite as well as installing a new shower and finally set up a home office and blogging headquarters!
With a baby/toddler in tow for most of this I think we deserve a pat on the back for all that work however there are 2 last areas of our house that I can’t stand;

The Dreaded Magenta Bedroom – honestly I do not know what the last home occupants were on because there is nothing relaxing about neon pink.
This room also happens to be the guest bedroom, so many apologies are made before people stay the night! With it being the guest bedroom though it is easy to close off and ignore hence why it has been on the bottom of the to do list.
This room requires several good coats of cream, neutral paint – and also a new carpet, as well as shocking taste in bedroom decor the previous owners left some gorgeous candle wax on the floor as a souvenir – and when I say some  – think half a jar!

The Blue Lagoon aka The Main Bathroom – the kitchen used to be this colour and I hated it, and I loathe it in the bathroom – no offence if your bathroom is blue but it is just so cliché to deck your bathroom out like it is some pirate ship or nautical theme and as you can tell I really do not like colour. Cream is a gorgeous shade, there is nothing offensive about it, no one has strong opinions on it, and when should you come to sell your home you don’t spend 3 months painting over things!

With dreary weather and nothing much planned for the next few months hopefully we can tackle these projects soon – keep your eyes peeled for updates!

2016 Reading List

Ok the title for this post is slightly deceptive, as a huge bookworm there is no way five books would keep me entertained for the year, but sometime you need a catchy title for a blog post right?

With that being said lets jump into some of the books I plan on reading this year!

Reading List 2015

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty
After having a fairly bitter end to 2015 this book shouted out to me, and was naturally the first book I reached for and devoured one evening.
Sara takes you on her journey of disappointments and unmet desires to renewed hope and strength in God. As it is her story there will be parts that are not applicable to your situation yet the message that God does not only like you but love you exactly the way you are is the same story for all. I loved this quote
”They approached their days with a confidence that God had something for them – not just one big something but lots of little somethings.”

Meeting God in Paul by Rowan Williams
Who doesn’t love to read a condensed book on Paul – what is not to love really! This book is surprisingly accessible to those of whose who haven’t been to bible college. Would I say I prefer this to my beloved Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E Bailey I would have to say no but it is  still well worth a read!
“ We are delivered from slavery and empowered to pray in a new way; Jesus’ way; we are given the strength to live in service and attention and welcome to one another; and the whole long term point of it all is so that the whole universe may see hope coming to birth.”

Simply Jesus: Who he was, What he did and Why it matters by Tom Wright
My church has just started a year long teaching series on Only Jesus and I thought this book might be helpful in some extracurricular reading! I always find I retain more and act on things if I have stumbled across it myself so I am looking forward to jumping into this book soon.

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Louis Wilken
I love reading anything about the early church thanks to Bryan M Litfin An Evangelical Introduction to Christian Martyr Stories and Getting to Know the Church Fathers.
I can count on one hand the amount of times in my church life someone has mentioned the early church or a church father but there is seriously something compelling about learning about the very foundations of building church and anyone who is prepared to give birth in a prison, send their daughter off to their family while they go off and get killed by a lion has some serious faith!

Gospel Powered Parenting: How the gospel shapes and transforms parenting by William P. Farley
No reading list is complete for me unless it contains a book that is either going to help me invest into my marriage or with my parenting, its all well and good looking lofty with these theological books but unless I am growing as a mother and a wife I am missing the point!
I had heard about this book through a YouTube Channel Sweet and Simple Home and excited to see how this may help shape my parenting!