Caravan Sonnet: What's Up Wednesday (October Edition)

10/25/17

What's Up Wednesday (October Edition)

Happy Wednesday friends! I am excited to link up with MelShaeffer, and Shay for the "What's Up Wednesday" Link up! I have so enjoyed reading these ladies posts and am excited to join in! It has been so fun to connect with so many other ladies who are doing this each month over last year and I am looking forward to connecting more in 2017. Here are all of the "What's up Wednesday" posts from 2017:


And here are all of my "What's up Wednesday" posts from 2016: 


 If you would like to join in and have a blog, just answer the questions above!

What We're Eating this Week... 
Spinach. And more Spinach. 

I have been eating several cups of this a day recently and am so grateful each and every day. Facebook recently reminded me (through the memories that it shares) how far I have come in healing... I wrote the following three years ago this week: 

"Dandelion greens have become a part of my diet § remind me that the Lord is healing one day at a time. Two years ago on this day I had a GI specialist tell me there was nothing more he could do § that I should prepare for IV nutrients. Last year on this day a different GI specialist told me I would never get healthy or be able to eat raw food again § that I should "accept my lot". Both years I stared out at the dandelions I could see from my bedroom window § continued to pray for healing. And today....well today my Lyme doctor told me that although this is a LONG journey toward healing we are moving forward § her words reminded me that healing takes place one day at a time in the small § big steps. So tonight as I eat my SECOND helping of raw greens I am incredibly grateful for how far the Lord has brought me and for dandelions. *smiles*"

As I work on a health update... I weep at the goodness of the Lord in this new season... there is still healing to be done, but oh my how far the Lord has brought me. *tears* (You can read more of my story and the health updates under the Notes from the Porch section which can be found HERE.)

What I'm Reminiscing About... 
All things related to my recent trip through Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. It was simply a wonderful and amazing trip.

If you are interested in reading more you can read all of the posts from the trip (so far!) by clicking on the links below:

What I'm Loving... 
These beautiful warm fall days. 

What I've Been Up To...
I have been working on editing tons of pictures from the trip and it has been such a blast to relive such precious memories... 

What I'm Dreading... 
Nothing really. 

What I'm Working on... 
The Shop re-opened a couple of weeks ago after being closed for the annual 10 day break and I have been busy working on orders and preparing to put holiday items into the shop! You can find the shop HERE

What I'm Excited About... 
Honestly... fall... life... the beautiful days in front of us... this new season is such an incredible blessing.

What I'm Watching/Reading... 
I shared a couple of months ago that for a special upcoming project (that I can't wait to share more about in the future) that I have been reading a lot of books from World War II and about the holocaust and specifically the Lodz Ghetto. So much of it is so difficult and yet, I am passionate about keeping this area of history alive so that it never happens again. My recent read is a difficult book to read. The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto is literally a day-by-day chronicle of each and everything thing that happened in the Ghetto. Told by those imprisoned in the Lodz Ghetto it is hauntingly profound as it shares details that we would never know without it. It is edited by a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto and it is amazing for the research that I need.

I have also been reading a few other books at the same time... 
While we were on the trip, I showed my friend Ali one of my favorite movies, The Color of Rain with the adorable Lacey Chabert from Mean Girls (you can find it on Amazon HERE). The Color of Rain (which is also a book- you can find on Amazon HERE) tells the story of Michael and Gina Spehn who both endured the terrible tragedy of loosing their first spouses. Here is a description of the book from the back:

"Matt Kell is a young husband and father in the late stages of terminal cancer. His former classmate Cathy Spehn has recently moved to his hometown with her husband and three children. Four weeks after Matt dies on Christmas Day, Cathy develops a bad headache. She dies seventeen days later of inoperable brain cancer. On her last day of life, she tells her husband, Michael: “Call Gina Kell.”
The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that led to a new life for Michael, Gina, and their five children. This remarkable real-life Brady Bunch story explores the differences between despair and grief, denial and joy, bitterness and redemption."
The reason that this sweet movie and story has been one of my favorites is that I truly believe that it emulates the beauty of finding beauty after sorrow and finding hope when things look like when we feel we should despair. If you are needing a pick me up - take the time to watch the movie or read the book. You definitely will be encouraged. 
Irene Hannon, an author that I enjoy, just came out with one of her most recent mystery books, Dangerous Illusions. I enjoyed it and if you are looking for a sweet and non-violent description mystery than you would enjoy it! You can find it on Amazon HERE.

What I'm Listening To... 
Lots and lots of different music... hahaha a couple of weeks ago I was having a conversation about music and there were some bands that I wasn't familiar with so... yes, those are pretty much now on repeat. Hahaha. One of those bands, rodrigo y gabriela is a Mexican classical guitar duo and are amazing.You can listen to one of their videos HERE and find their tour schedule HERE

What I'm Wearing... 
I shared about this maroon striped dress and boots outfit last week on the blog (you can read about it HERE) but I love this versatile dress and these boots. I just purchased a black pair that are exactly similar because they are so comfortable! 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month... 
The beautiful thanksgiving season, living each day, and welcoming a new season. 

I would love to know your answers to these questions friends! Share your thoughts below in the comments!!

 Happy Wednesday!

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