Our Top Ten Items
1) The Bible – At the risk of sounding “holier than thou,” I’m going to list the Bible first. There are times when I think we have way too many Bibles in our house. Then I wonder if there is such a thing as too many Bibles. My husband loves gathering books, and good Bible sales don’t escape his notice. My go-to Bibles at the moment are the ESV Study Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Bible. I was only recently convinced that I could read something other than the New King James. If you want notes and explanations, I highly recommend the ESV Study Bible. I do not recommend carrying it to church with a kid on each hip and a diaper bag over the shoulder, though. It is HEAVY!
2) Band-Aids – Nora has an obsession with bandages. Perhaps most toddlers do? Whatever the case, Nora thinks a bandage will help anything, and definitely not only wounds that bleed. I really should buy stock in those princess ones.
3) Lavender – Along with a bandage, Nora thinks lavender essential oil will cure whatever ails you. She often wakes up at night asking for lavender. Oh, sweet girl, Mommy just needs to sleep.
4) MAM Pacifiers – I’m ashamed to admit that Nora used her pacifier for WAY too long. Nora absolutely loved her MAM pacifier. When Hannah was born, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to introduce a pacifier for fear of a similar attachment. Then the incessant crying started. (Okay, it really wasn’t incessant, but it felt like it.) I tried to give her pacifiers, and she refused them. I probably tried 7 different brands, but she inevitably landed on loving the MAM pacifiers. Now to break her of this habit before her fourth birthday!
5) Milk – Our family loves milk. At times this past year, a gallon would only last us about 5 days. Is that absurd when only three people are drinking from the gallon? I know some people are choosing to avoid cow’s milk. I choose to focus on the fact that my kids are going to have super strong bones and teeth!
6) Podcasts – Since Nora’s arrival, I’ve found a need to make a concerted effort to stay connected with current events. Enter podcasts. I enjoy listening to the NBC Nightly News broadcast from the previous evening and The Briefing when I’m getting ready in the mornings. Polar opposite viewpoints. Ask Pastor John is another great podcast.
7) Donuts – I look forward to Saturday mornings for multiple reasons. One of the best reasons is Matt and Nora’s date to our local donut shop to get our breakfast. They go and have fun, and I get to have my weekly donut. Nora thinks the donut holes they get are our breakfast “dessert.” Are donuts not sweet enough? And, just FYI, I don’t usually serve dessert at breakfast!
8) Coffee – I LOVE waking up to the smell of coffee. I typically prep our coffee at night so it can brew early in the morning. We’ve recently been drinking a Texas Joe Texas Pecan blend from Central Market. It’s delicious!
9) Moleskine Notebooks – They just make me feel organized. I recently purchased a planner that isn’t actually made by Moleskine, but it has a similar look and feel. It’s been great as well, but I need a bit more space for notes. I make lots of lists, so Moleskine notebooks are perfect!
10) The Jesus Storybook Bible – We were introduced to this Bible right before Nora came. This has been our go-to Bible for her. Granted, it is not the actual Bible. The author takes some creative liberties, but she does a great job of relating everything in the Bible back to Jesus. We tried to put Nora to bed last night without reading her Bible. She practically refused. It was most likely just a toddler stall tactic, but I’ll say she just loves reading her Bible THAT much!