November Reflections

It seems like we had a very short autumn. It wasn’t just that time appears to be flying by ever faster. But our moderate fall temperatures gave way to winter-like ones seemingly sooner than usual. I enjoyed the fall color and crisp air while we had it.

Family news

We’ve all taken turns being sick, and we missed out on pumpkin decorating with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. They sent pictures, though. I went very super simple with mine and my husband’s.

We did get together for early Christmas cookie baking and Thanksgiving feasting and Christmas decorating. Another round of colds started up before the last two, so we’re hoping they don’t spread through all of us.

I’m so thankful that everyone except our out-of-state son pitches in to decorate here for Christmas even though they have their own places to decorate. All together, we get it done in a few hours. If I had to do it myself, it would probably take me several days. It’s fun to go through all the familiar things and stories.


I made this card for our pastor’s wife’s baby shower.

I knew she was using blue, tan, and brown with a Noah’s ark theme in the baby’s room. So I wanted to do something with those colors and baby animals. These animals are just stickers, but I loved their expressions and the way they’re drawn and colored. I couldn’t find anything else I liked nearly so well in the Cricut images. With the ark theme, I should have put a rainbow in as well, but didn’t think about it.

I also made a card for a friend, but since she hasn’t received it yet, I’ll have to wait to show it til next time. šŸ™‚


Since last time I finished:

  • The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo, a true story about a disgruntled man terrorizing a pastor’s family and their struggle to love and forgive him as well as protect themselves from him.
  • Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson, Christian time slip novel about a timid bookstore owner whose research of a name inscribed in one of her books leads to surprising connections to her adopted mom.The historical time line takes place in Austria as WWII is closing in. One young man hides his Jewish friends’ treasures, helped by the caretaker’s daughter. She’s in love with him, but he’s in love with a beautiful Jewish violinist. Excellent–will probably be one of my top ten of the year.
  • Be Right (Romans): How to Be Right with God, Yourself, and Others by Warren W. Wiersbe.
  • The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White. Just finished this one over the weekend and will review it later this week.

I’m currently reading:

  • Treasures of Encouragement: Women Helping Women by Sharon W. Betters
  • 100 Best Bible Verses to Overcome Worry and Anxiety
  • Be Available (Judges): Accepting the Challenge to Confront the Enemy by Warren W. Wiersbe
  • Christian Reflections by C. S. Lewis. I always enjoy Lewis, but this one is particularly challenging. I may set it aside for now.
  • Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligan, first in a series of novels about friends in a small town in GA.
  • A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas (audiobook)
  • IBS for Dummies by Carolyn Dean and L. Christine Wheeler

I’m looking forward to some Christmas reading in the days ahead.


Besides book reviews, Friday Fave Fives, and Laudable Linkage, I had these posts on the blog this month:

  • Is This the Right Way? Sometimes the Christian life doesn’t look like we thought it would, and we wonder if we missed a turn somewhere.
  • What Kind of Roots Are You Growing? Good roots are nourishing and supportive. But bitterness can take over like a stubborn ivy and crowd out healthy growth.
  • Don’t Reject God Because of His People. Those “deconstructing” their belief system often point to the failures of other professing Christians as part of the reasons for walking away. But we’re responsible for the truth we heard from others, even if they don’t live up to it themselves.
  • A Perfectly Ordinary Thanksgiving. In trying to come up with a new angle with which to write about Thanksgiving, I realized Thanksgiving doesn’t need an angle. And we can give thanks even if we don’t feel thankful.
  • Your Soul Needs Food Even If It Doesn’t Want It. When our appetites are off, we don’t want to eat much. Bur our bodies need food to function and heal. The very food we don’t have an appetite for will not only help, but will create an appetite. The same is true spiritually with God’s Word.


Once again, not much has been done on the book project, though I did have one really good session where I think I got my opening chapter nailed down. I have three different sections to it, and I think I’ve had each one at the beginning at some point. With all that’s involved over the next month, I’ll probably have to wait until January to get back to the book. But then I need to make revising and finishing this book a higher priority!

As we transition into the Christmas season, may we not leave the spirit of thankfulness behind. May we remember to spend time with the One who went to such great effort to be with us.

(I often link up with some of these bloggers.)

13 thoughts on “November Reflections

  1. Barbara, the baby card is so sweet. And I so agree with you … may we not leave the spirit of thankfulness behind as we move into this next season.

  2. Barbara, I’m sorry you guys were sick. šŸ˜¦ I love reading about the traditions you have with your family. What special memories you’re making through the generations! BTW, I LOVED Hidden Among the Stars. I’m so glad you did a book review on it.

  3. I enjoy your monthly wrapups. Sweet card, and I know the new mom will appreciate the custom theme! Your reading looks good. You’ll find time for you book after Christmas, I bet. Most of the books I wrote happened during the slower winter months. It’s a good time for that!

  4. Congratulations on starting your book, Barbara! Be encouraged that you’ve made progress, “I did have one really good session where I think I got my opening chapter nailed down.”

    Yes, “In January, I need to make revising and finishing this book a higher priority!” I finally figured out this week that I would spend one day a week writing my blog, and one day a week writing on my book. Though it seems like a slow process to only write on my book one day a week, I see encouragement that I would make progress – slow and steady progress. Here’s to our writing goals and much progress in 2022!

    • I’ve actually finished my (very) rough draft, so I need to go back through and revise, figure out the best placement for things, see where there are overlaps or holes. I’ve rearranged that first chapter I don’t know how many times, but I think I’ve got it now.

      That’s a good plan. I may need to do something similar.

  5. Special baby’s card! I love it! And I so love your lists of books. I always like to know what may be out there that I have missed.
    May your day be filled with blessings and continued healing.

  6. I adore the baby card. So thoughtful xx How do you read/listen to so many different ones. I am unable to concentrate on more than one at a time. Actually I haven’t read anything in while, well not novels or non fiction. Perhaps I should do audio books too. #SenSal

    • I’m currently in more books than usual, and I’m feeling the down side of not getting as much out of them as I would with fewer. I laid one aside for now and thought about doing so with another. But I usually have at least four going at a time. I keep one in the bathroom. šŸ™‚ I have one on audiobook that I listen to while doing other things, usually a classic story or Christian fiction or biography. I can get pulled into a story that way, but with other nonfiction, I need to mark pages and make notes and reread paragraphs, which doesn’t work as well with audio. I have one in my Kindle app that I read sometimes in the evenings before going to bed. And I have a nonfiction one that I read after my time in the Bible when I have time. These days I am also using a study aid with my Bible time, so I guess that’s five at once.

      If they were all the same genre or time frame, I’d get them confused with each other. But by keeping them different, I can get through several in a few minutes a day.

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