Today's Top 3

Happy Monday! I'm back with more favorites this week in one of Elle & Company's newer series, Today's Top 3. Today I have upcoming events, our funny little cat, and a few great books on my mind.

Top 3 things I'm looking forward to

  • The Bloom Workshop - Two of my favorite ladies are bringing their workshop to the East Coast this Thursday! I'm excited to meet Michaela and Ashley in-person, share some insight on blogging and design on their expert panel, and meet other creative business ladies. Three more days!
  • Home Suite Home reveal - It's starting to feel real. Our prints from Minted arrived for the gallery wall, the new table for our eating nook is on its way, and Jake and I are pulling out the paintbrushes this weekend. Each individual piece is so pretty; I can't wait to see it all together!
  • Elle & Company Planner Launch - A new name, a new concept, and an updated design. It's only a few weeks away! Stay tuned...

Top 3 Heidi quirks

I promise I'm not a crazy cat lady. I just can't get over this odd little cat!

  • Neighborhood walks - It's the strangest thing; Heidi joins Jake and I for walks around the neighborhood. She runs along beside us, taking the occasional break to run up a tree, and she makes noise the entire way. Jake gets the biggest kick out of it and I must admit, it's hilarious. 
  • Friendliness toward the dogs - I've never seen a cat that loves dogs quite like Heidi. She joins the dogs next door for their afternoon walks around the pond, she hops the fence to play with them, and she even lets the black lab puppy lick her on the head. It's precious.
  • Snuggling - She loves to snuggle up with us, especially Jake. He can't get away with studying or reading for class without Heidi jumping up in his lap, and she sleeps on his back every night. It's endearing and obnoxious, all at the same time. 

Top 3 books I'm reading

Because who reads just one book at a time? 

  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper - I picked this book up at the Gospel Coalition Conference last June and I've been reading it each night before bed. It documents the lives of five women - Sarah Edwards, Lilias Trotter, Gladys Aylward, Esther Ahn Kim, and Helen Roseveare - who trusted God with their lives and exemplified what it means to be faithful. Reading about the extraordinary things God did through them has been an encouragement in my own walk and has challenged me to make a difference for Christ in my family, my church, and my community.
  • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges - I'm going through this book with a sweet lady from my church and this is her fourth time reading through it - it's that good! Trusting God is well-rooted in Scripture and it's applicable to every season of life. Reading this book has helped me realize that God is completely sovereign, He is infinite in wisdom, and He is perfect in love - therefore, I can trust Him. I'm only two chapters in, but this book has already had a great impact on me.
  • Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin - This book has been recommended to me by several godly friends that I trust and admire, so I picked it up at the seminary this past week. Jen Wilkin provides great tips and wisdom for going deeper into God's Word and studying it on our own, without the help of a guide or someone else's opinion on Scripture. I'm excited to keep reading this one.

Your turn! What are your top 3 favorites this week?


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