Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – November 2016

Here are favorites from October and what I’m looking forward to in November.

1 Second Everyday 

[If you can’t see the 1 Second Everyday video, click here]

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Around the Web

• This Is Probably the Least You’ll Weigh All Year. Sorry.
Ugh. We’ve reached our annual low. More weight to come through Christmas.

• The Pains Of Humanity Have Been Draining Me
“Some people think we are just whining about the past. But we’re not. . . .You can’t wipe away a 500-year trauma in 50 years” by Lecrae, Grammy Award winning recording artist.


Tips for Decluttering Photos 
Keeping your photos organized is overwhelming. Lots of good tips here. I want to finish this project this year!

The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About
I get this. Sad. But true. You, too?

Losing Friends on Social Media Due to Politics? 
Watch this 2-minute video for good advice (only slightly tongue-in-cheek) if you still want your friends on November 9.


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On Reading

How to Be Book Nerdy
Signs of a book nerd. Which ones are you? I enjoyed Madeline’s complete series; read it here, 31 Days to a Better Reading Life.

5 Reasons You Need Fiction
What the best stories do.

• 31 Books I Can’t Live Without
Another great 31 Days series – Cara Meredith offers a wonderful list of her favorite books.

Five Books I Recommend


• Currently Reading
I made a great library run.

  1. Love Warrior
    by Glennon Doyle Melton
  2. The Bridge of Brilliance
    How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World
    by Nadia Lopez
  3. A Force for Good
    The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World
    by Daniel Goleman
  4. Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age
    by Bob Cutillo
  5. Stumbling on Happiness
    by Daniel Todd Gilbert
  6. The Great Spiritual Migration
    How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
    by Brian McLaren
  7. How to Be Here
    by Rob Bell

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Things I Love

 The K Babies
Such fun at the pumpkin patch again this year with my daughter Jenna’s kindergarten class.

Friday, the day before the day before the wedding:


Jenna and her class


Making a new friend


Proud of the pumpkin she picked

• Saturday, the day before the wedding:

Rehearsal, October 1


Jeff and Jenna: Father and daughter rehearsing for the wedding

Getting closer!  


Nearing the finish line, Jeff and Lisa after rehearsal

Girls Night Out


Bridesmaids and bride the night before. Susannah, Morgan, Jenna, Karlie, Elizabeth

The Big Day, October 2!

Jenna and Trey. We’re still awaiting the real wedding pics, but here are a couple from friends.


Mr. and Mrs. Trey Thornton

My Four Corner Friends with the Newlyweds


Kathy, Alicia, Trey, Jenna, Lisa, Julie

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On the Blog

26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God
#Write31Days . . . Done! Whew.

• Valuables and God
What 3 things would you grab (other than people and pets!) if your house were on fire? Where is God in those things?

Is Your God Worth Sharing?
It might depend on how you think about God.

What’s Your Number?
A brief review of the Enneagram and the new book, The Road Back to You.


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What was one of your highlights from October? What are you looking forward to in November? Please share in the comments.

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48 thoughts on “Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – November 2016

  1. Michele Morin

    I always enjoy your recaps!
    Looking forward to . . . THANKSGIVING Day! My favorite holiday, and I’m diving into Psalm 100 with my Sunday School kids, hoping that we can learn the whole thing in November!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays too, Michele. Nothing but family and food to think about. 🙂 Psalm 100 is a great Psalm to memorize–old and young alike! I know you’ll be blessed through it.

  2. Joanne Viola

    Congratulations to you all on the wedding! Such a fun post to read. One of my highlights from October was “Grandparents Day” at my granddaughters’ school. It is always such fun to see where the two of them spend much of their time. I am looking forward to see what God has for me in November 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, we definitely enjoyed the wedding. Grandparents Day sounds like a lot of fun. How special that you get to spend such great times with your grandbabies. I know it’s a blessing to all of you.

  3. Kristin

    I’m hopping over from Women with Intention.

    I LOVE that you list recommended books! Love Warrior was definitely a good one! I’m going to look into some of the others! Thanks!

  4. Barbara H.

    Love your 1-second-a-day videos. Love the wedding photos, too! I’ve been looking forward to those! I need to make a project of dealing with photos. All my old albums are those sticky kinds, and I’ve got several shoeboxes of photos that never made it into and album yet, then the rest are digital. I am definitely a book nerd. 🙂 I enjoyed the post about reading fiction. The one about womanhood is sadly all too true. I’ve been “hiding” most FB posts on politics. 🙂 I’ll be so glad when this election is over – although whoever wins, the other side will probably be complaining for a long time to come.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Barbara. We’re ready to get the ‘real’ wedding pictures soon. I didn’t take a single photo the whole day.

      I love all the photos I’ve collected through the years, but they’re also my albatross. I’ve gotten most of the printed photos organized, and now I’m going back through the digital ones and organizing them, as well as printing the best of the best. It’s been a VERY long project. But hopefully I’m nearing the end.

      Yes, I’ve hidden many of my friends on FB the past 2 months, too. ha. I’ll have to go back through my list and re-follow people after the election….but yes, maybe best to wait a few weeks for the dust to settle. 😉

  5. Trudy

    Wow, Lisa! So many goodies here. I love the photos. You are so beautiful, inside and out. I was intrigued with what that article said about why we should read fiction – that the good ones are an escape not from reality but into it. Now that’s some food for thought for me. 🙂 Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank you, Trudy–that’s very sweet of you.
      Yes, the article about fiction was intriguing to me too. For years I didn’t really understand the benefits of reading fiction, except for pleasure (which is definitely a benefit that counts!). But the last several years I’ve started grasping how important it is in expanding our perspectives in ways that perhaps non-fiction can’t do. So I’m embracing novels more and more. 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I know; the weight article isn’t very encouraging. ha. We are excited to get the real wedding pictures soon! I’m sure I’ve already gained a little weight even since then. 🙂

  6. BettieG

    These are such wonderful photos of your family, and your daughter’s wedding! Congrats! And such great tidbits for all the book nerds! I would have to say “yes” to belonging to that club! 🙂 Thanks for sharing so many good thoughts. –Blessings to you!

  7. Makenna

    I liked the link “Is Your God Worth Sharing”… a really thought-provoking and well-written article. Thank you for writing that!
    Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding, by the way. She is so beautiful, and so are you! 🙂

  8. bluecottonmemory

    What a pleasing October. Beautiful bridge, beautiful mama – and such sweetness woven through! October a juggling act here, being a tween adult – between taking care of my crew’s crazy schedule and older family dealing with hard issues 3.5 hours away – all wrapped in love and faith even in the hard! November- I think it’s time to steep into thanksgiving for He does! I so enjoyed your video – and your photo collage!

  9. Lux G.

    The world is a little crazy especially nowadays, huh? In the news…oh, I just stopped watching the news.

    But all those lovely smiles just prove that life is still worth living. So many reasons to be thankful for, especially the gift of family and friends.

    Have an amazing November, Lisa.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      The news. Sigh. I try to watch as little as possible, too. Yes, life is worth living, though, because of the people we have in our lives! So thankful for that. May you have a blessed November also, Lux.

  10. Sherry Stahl

    I really liked this post. I clicked on the Lecrae article and posted a comment. Thanks for sharing that. It was really nice seeing the photos of your family. Your daughter looked beautiful. My niece had a sash on her dress too. I love that look. Your dress was beautiful Lisa. Have a blessed weekend.
    From the #FaithNFriends Linkup
    ~Sherry Stahl

  11. Lori

    Isn’t is sad we can’t just agree to disagree with other people’s thoughts and ideas? Instead we act immaturely over politics – of all things!

    Oh my goodness! The smile on Jenna’s face says it all. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays, Lisa.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m with you, Lori–I wish we could just let others have their ideas without causing fights about it all. We’ll see how “mature” (or not) our country is after the election results come in tonight. Praying for us all.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I wasn’t fond of that weight reminder either, Debbie. ha. My husband and I both have birthdays in November as well as Thanksgiving, so November is usually a month for extra pounds, not less.

  12. Beverley

    Loving the 1 second every day – still!
    I was in the book shop the other day and was tempted by Everyone Brave is Forgotten – maybe?
    Watching a child become a grown up is always a blessing and one to love forever.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I remembered last night in bed that I forgot to do a 1-second video for yesterday. ha. Most of the time it’s easy to remember to do one, but occasionally I forget. Oh well.

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