Monday, December 15, 2014
the usual coffee date's gone hot cocoa this month
If we were on a cocoa date, we'd be dipping chocolate covered spoons into our warm, flavored cocoa. I think mine would be peppermint because I like the chocolate-mint combination. I'd suggest cinnamon rolls because they're warm and tasty and we'd fall into sugar-induced comas from all that sweet Christmas-time goodness.
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd tell you how I'm struggling to read lately. I don't know if it's because I became so attached to the manuscript over November and I'm now without it for a month, but books are just boring and hard and not interesting. I've tried switching things up, changing genres, picking smutty beach-side reads, to no avail. What gets you back into reading when you're out of it? Please, tell me.
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd confess I'm not enjoying the Advent study I got for this year, but that I am enjoying doing it with Jason and in conjunction with my mom. It's fun to share in words and to compare what we took from the lesson, but it's so surface, so easy, and just not interesting or delving into for me. This makes me think something is wrong in my heart and its posture and that scares me.
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd share all the soup recipes. Now that things are finally chilly in southern California I just can't stop cooking soup, that brothy goodness, it just tempts me every time and so, I always oblige. I'd tell you all the recipes make lots of soup, so I share it with friends, or I freeze it in mason jars and I revel in the fact that I can defrost it and eat at a later date. (I'd advise you to buy stock in french bread because that always pairs well with soup!)
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd gush about Mockingjay and braids. That movie, oh my soul, just rocked me to the core. I don't know if it's because we saw it as the Ferguson decision came in, but the way the movie correlated so much with our nation terrified and awed me. I know, way to go there and get all morbid, but, honesty right? And so braids, all the braids in my hair these days.
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd ask where you find your inspiration. I've been more intentional in noticing what inspires me (music -specific songs a thousand times over- and art) but know that exposure to new things can be so vital. I've been sinking myself into new communities in an attempt to have life and love spoken into me and, in turn, to share in doing the same for others and, well, that's wonderful. But where, where' s your inspiration found?
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd tell you that I have woman crushes galore, but lately have found myself to have family crushes. Families that I just really, truly admire. Not families I want to copy or mimic (though I will borrow some of their awesome parenting techniques because, WHY NOT?), but families that really enjoy one another -parents and children alike. That's unique these days it seems, unique to see them doing things together, eating together, talking together, gathering and loving and sharing. Family crush, fo sho.
If we were on a cocoa date, I'd remind you that you're part of the reason I see magic in this season. Yes, He is the reason, the foundation. But you are such a light, a reminder of Him in my life and you make my life magical because you're in it and He's in you. Lots of circular reasoning there, but thank you for being you and being here with and for me.
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