Here are some of my favorite things from this week:
1. Pumpkin Spice
It is that time of year where you can find pumpkin spice everything. This youtube video from last year pretty much sums it up: Pumpkin Spice Movie Trailer
I've enjoyed a few Pumpkin Spice Chai lattes or Pumpkin Spice 1/2 caffeine lattes this season. I've also made pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, and pumpkin creme brulee. And Seth loves pumpkin, so I'm sure there are more recipes in my future this Fall.
2. The Treasure Principle
This is a small book by Randy Alcorn, only 120 pages. Seth and I have been reading it together before we go to bed. It really puts giving into perspective. I love how he relates giving to storing our treasures up in heaven instead of here on earth (Matthew 6:20). It has definitely convicted me to take a look at where we are spending our money, and how much we are giving. I would highly recommend it.
Here are the six keys:
1. God owns everything; I’m His money manager. We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us.
2. My heart always goes where I put God’s money. Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.
3. Heaven—the New Earth, not the present one—is my home. We are citizens of "a better country—a heavenly one" (Hebrews 11:16).
4. I should live today not for the dot, but for the line. From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in Heaven.
5. Giving is the only antidote to materialism. Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.
6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. God gives us more money than we need so we can give—generously.
3. Early Home Class
We attended a class at the birthing center last night. We are delivering at a stand-alone birthing center, where the mom, dad, and baby go home around 4-6 hours after baby is born. If there are complications or issues, they'll transfer you to the hospital for a longer stay. However, if all goes well, Lord willing, we are excited to be able to go back to the comfort of our own home shortly after Baby J arrives. The class was very informative, and helped us to be aware of issues to watch out for, and what to expect those first few days after our baby arrives. Every week, things are getting more real! We are also taking a breastfeeding class this Saturday!
4. Coconut Oil
We've had coconut oil around the house for over a year, but I wasn't quite sure how to use it. I'm still learning about all its benefits, but one thing I've done is replace my body lotion with coconut oil. It's a little tricky, because it is solid at 75 degrees and a liquid at higher temperatures. Our house is not 75 degrees this time of year, so I have to 'thaw' it under hot water before I can effectively apply it. There are a ton of benefits to using coconut oil on your skin. A quick Google search will tell you that it is great, and it doesn't have all the artificial stuff that lotion has in it!
5. Almost 34 weeks pregnant
The interwebs tell me that my baby is about the size of a large cantaloupe (last week she was a pineapple). She is about 17.7 inches long from head to heel and weight almost 5 pounds! Don't you love the comparisons to fruits and vegetables that they use to tell us how big baby's are in the womb? At least cantaloupe and pineapple are familiar fruits. One week, my baby was the size of a rutabaga. Now, I don't know about you, but I do not feast on rutabagas very often, so I had no idea how big that was!