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What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

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We may be some of the last people on the planet to do so, but we finally started watching The Crown. And everyone was right, it IS so good!

Jesse and I are watching it first to decide whether it’s something that our girls can watch (we’ve heard there is one episode that is especially not family-friendly in Season 2) and we are loving researching everything while watching to see how historically accurate it is.

I feel like I’m getting this huge history lesson — in the form of a really engaging show! That’s totally my kind of learning! 🙂

Have you watched The Crown? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

And of course, we watched the Royal Wedding. We didn’t get up super early to watch it so we only saw the tail end of it live, but then we watched them share all of the highlights and give commentary on it. It was pretty interesting!

We also watched the final episode of Season 2 of Timeless. And now I really hope they are going to make a Season 3!

I finished One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler this past week and truly loved it. If you are a mom who also works or you are a mom who wants to figure out a way to pursue your passions while also being a mom, I think you’ll enjoy this book.

I loved how Jennifer talks about embracing the chaos instead of trying to make everything perfect or ideal. I love how she shares so openly about the real struggles involved with trying to have a business and be a mom. And I loved how she showed that the seeing setbacks and delays that came with motherhood actually made her stronger as a writer and business owner.

The last chapter of this book was so good and just really encouraged my heart. There are some days when this path I’m on of being a full-time work-at-home mom who both loves my kids and loves my work can feel lonely. Jennifer’s book made me feel less alone and less crazy and it really reinforced a lot of the places that God has brought me to and the peace I have with what our family dynamics look like — even though they are so different than so many other families we know.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

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  • Wendy C. says:

    I LOVED One Beautiful Dream!! Not only is Jennifer hilarious in her storytelling but many of the paradigm shifts she experienced in embracing a bigger, messier and more holy life really had an impact! Two Thumbs WAY UP!!

  • Heather says:

    We ordered The Crown from the library to give it a go too! Yesterday I learned a super fun, but kind of crazy thing that made me think my mom was pranking me (and she isn’t that kind of person!) My parents run a dog rescue in Kentucky and three years ago they pulled a beagle named Guy from a high kill shelter. He had heart worm so he lived in their kitchen and was successfully treated! Then he was off to a beagle rescue in Canada where he was adopted by a nice lady named Meghan who was working there. Now he spends his days with her or riding in cars with her mother-in-law, the Queen of England! I am still a bit in shock that a dog that spends time hanging out in the castle spent time hanging out in my parents kitchen. They’ve rescued thousands of dogs over the 15 years or so, but this is one crazy story!

  • Jen says:

    There are several episodes in season 2 that are not kid (or husband, or me!) friendly…after the second or third time, I stopped watching altogether. So disappointing!!

  • Marian Marino says:

    Hi! I watched both seasons of The Crown and I don’t recommend it for young ones (even young teens). There are definitely inappropriate material in Season 2. I think overall, the themes in the whole show are not kid appropriate altogether (historical or not). I personally would not allow my oldest (14) to watch it. There is a documentary on Netflix called “The House of Windsor” that is good for learning purposes (if I recall).

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