Favorite things

Here are a few things that have captured my heart (or at least my attention) as of late.

1. Hamilton

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If you are not yet aware of this latest Broadway smash, then I am thrilled to introduce you.  Sophie Hudson over at BooMama has already catalogued her obsession with this musical, but let me just say, the hype is worth it.  I know, I know, you're skeptical.  A musical about the founding fathers written in modern language including rap battles over political events?  Sounds unlikely.

But. it. works.  Between the brilliant lyrics, humanity of the characters, and flawless execution by the cast, this is one you won't want to miss.  There's some language, so be warned that this is not for little (or sensitive) ears. 

2. La Croix

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I first started drinking this during my pregnancy with Edelweiss.  Carbonation was the only thing that settled my stomach, yet I didn't want the real or fake sugars that come with other sodas.  This one took some getting used to, but I'm hooked.  Besides, Pamplemousse (French for "grapefruit") is just too much fun to say.

(If you're wondering how to pronounce this particular beverage, I already entered a fierce debate on your behalf while vacationing at the beach with family.  According to the website, "La Croy" is the right pronunciation, although I stand by my French Diction classes and assert that although "La Croy" may be right, "La Craw" (the "cr" is almost a "q") is correct.  I will die on this hill.)

3. Maya Angelou

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I recently finished her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and I am absolutely captivated by this woman's life and legacy.  The degree to which she overcame some tragic events with such grace and eloquence is remarkable.  I've watched every performance and interview I can find on YouTube, and I only wish I had met her in real life before she passed into Glory.  If you want your heart opened and your soul stretched in the most wonderful way, grab a copy of one of her many books.

4. LuLaRoe Leggings

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So, Facebook sales really aren't my thing.  I'm extremely skeptical of anything I cannot buy off a shelf by myself.  But with my brother and sister-in-law starting their own LuLaRoe business, I had some skin in the game.  Krista was kind enough to send me pictures to give me first pick of her new inventory, and I snatched these right up.  Ya'll.  I already love the whole long tunic + leggings look, and these things are heaven.  They were touted as being "butter soft," and good people of the internet, I think I wore them for 48 hours straight. (Yes, I even slept in them.  Don't judge me).  Since we homeschool, pajamas are our uniform anyways, so these babies are able to multitask like a boss. 

(However, I do ask that we abide by the Jen Hatmaker policy regarding leggings as highlighted in this video. Please and thank you. )

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This book has been a sweet haven as I've struggled to survive the rest of the summer and enter the school year with some degree of sanity.  It's full of great reminders of precious truth and comes with a deep assurance that you're not alone.  I love the solidarity it provides, yet instead of wallowing in the "this motherhood stuff is hard, ya'll" vibe, this book constantly points you back to Christ, his finished work, and your hope and rest in that.

6. First Graders

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I have a first grader.  I can't believe I just typed that.  The last few years of so many littles in this house had me truly thinking this day would never come.  But alas, we've entered a new era.  The benefits of having a reading, cognitively independent, tall, able to reach-high-things helper are amazing.  The fact that I can now put the baby down for a nap and take a shower while the other three watch a movie (knowing someone will come let me know if something is amiss) is a luxury I never imagined in the early years.  This of course comes with its own unique challenges, but let me just say that when he kindly offered to make lunch for his sisters while I fed the baby a bottle, I almost jumped up and down and yelled "Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!" There's a light ahead, baby mamas.  The fact that the lunch he made was a "peanut butter and M&M honey sandwich"?  I didn't even care.  Buddy the elf would be so proud.

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7. Storm trooper Elsa.

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I think this one speaks for itself.

 

That's it for now.  What have you run across lately that's brought a little happy to your world?