The Incredible Everyday, December edition

About every three months, I put together a list of the things in life I'm loving (or in some cases just liking a whole lot) at the moment. It's about practicing thanksgiving, celebrating the big and small and enjoying the incredible every day. for the amazing and wonderful way they're helping to bring Hannah* home.

This year's Christmas tree for being my first in three years and for bringing a little extra joy into my home this season with it's fresh evergreen scent and it's carefully (and rather painfully) strung popcorn garland.

Sufjan's Stevens' new Christmas album Silver & Gold for being a bit of new and a bit of old Christmas tradition to delight my listening ears.

Enuma Okoro's Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent for inviting me into the season and encouraging me to share in Zechariah and Elizabeth's story for perhaps the first time.

Evernote for the unique ways this simple program helps me keep track of all my notes - blog ideas, first drafts, final drafts, wishlists, fabulous quotes and even sermon notes.

Thanksgiving because even though the Christmas season is in full swing, my heart is still lingering in the wonderful slowness of the holiday.

Lift for being a great little app and helping me to build habits, break habits and generally practice a little more discipline (thanks to Jason Boyett and the 9 Thumbs podcast for turning me on to this one).

Pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks - yep, still loving them and will be all the way into January.

Retracing my steps through Downton Abbey series 1 and 2 and getting geared up for series 3 to premier on PBS in January. (Seriously, can we please have series 4 runs at the same time in the UK and the US. Pretty please.)

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes for always being inexplicably tasty and breaking down all my will power when they're thrown, against all reason, into the grocery cart.

Knitting for the stillness and settling it offers my busy mind and for the hopefully wonderful Christmas presents now in production.

My wonderful clients for continually amazing me and proving to me what we as humans are really capable of and really able to overcome.

The Peanuts Holiday Collection for being delightfully simple and honest in their storytelling and for the wonderful holiday traditions they've become.

Target for offering to sign me up for not a credit card but a debit card linked to my personal checking account - genius, creating brand loyalty while encouraging their patrons to make wise financial decisions.

The new music video No Room at the Inn from my friends Nicodemus Snow for being a fantastic representation of a fantastic song.


What about you? What are you loving right now?


*Hannah is a pseudonym. In order to protect her identity until she is fully and legally mine, I use "Hannah" in all online activity regarding my someday daughter and her adoption.