I’m a summer girl through and through, but I’m sad October went by so quickly. I’ve worn tank tops, flip flops, gloves, and winter boots this month alone. I do like a cozy hooded sweatshirt too! Our November is shaping up to be crazy with two trips and lots of other fun plans, but I want to savor October before it’s completely over.
With that, here are Six Things I Learned in October …
1. Jep and Jessica have a TV show about adoption.
I asked a few friends if they knew about “Jep & Jessica: Growing the Dynasty.” When they said they did, I felt like they were holding out on me, but I’m glad I’m no longer in the dark. Jep Robertson reminds me of one of my dearest friend’s husband, so that’s fun. Plus, adoption stories are my favorite. And it’s acceptable to watch the kids so it’s been fun post-dinner entertainment now that our pool is closed.
2. I survived speaking into a microphone.
Y’all, this is where my introverted extrovertedness comes out. I love to talk with people, but throw in a microphone and require earbuds and I get nervous. My friend Katie Cunningham interviewed me for the podcast called This House she does with her husband, Kory. It was a fun experience.
Being on This House podcast as my first-ever podcast interview is appropriate because Katie is my friend who persuaded me to listen to podcasts in general … and hers was the first one I listened to! Now we chat about what we’ve heard lately that we think the other would like.
On the podcast, I shared about my book and adoption community. There are other things I wished I’d said and plenty I’m sure I could have said better. But it was fun and I’m grateful to have friends like Katie & Kory who bring truth into people’s everyday lives. Plus they make me laugh during the episode’s introduction.
Go listen, and subscribe to This House while you’re there.
3. And then I survived a radio interview.
Sandra Flach interviewed me for her radio show, “Orphans No More,” which is part of the Justice for Orphans ministry she leads. My interview will officially air on Dec. 1 on the local Albany, NY radio station, so I will be sure to share the online broadcast with y’all. It was fun to connect with Sandra through a mutual friend and share the story of what God has done in our family.
4. Hearing people talk about my book is humbling.
Seeing and hearing people’s comments – on social media, in text messages, and in real life – as they read my book is humbling and encouraging. I love hearing how God has encouraged them even when their story doesn’t look like mine. At least two churches and a local campus ministry have copies available in their libraries. I’ve connected with other people because I was willing to share God’s story from my own life.
5. You can swim in October in Kentucky.
Our pool is officially closed, but my husband and kids swam a couple times in October before we had it winterized and covered. It was fun watching them swim while the nearby tree’s leaves turned red. I know this isn’t news to y’all, but we really love being pool people and are grateful for this first season of hospitality that happened in and around the pool.
6. Five ear infections in eight months is no joke.
Ear infections hurt. And I keep getting them. I’m hoping to go to the ENT soon to hopefully address the recurring issue.
How was your October?