Snow Days

Even though I worked a half day today and Kyle had some homework to do, it was still a relaxing snow day at the Shepherd house!
I have to admit it has been veryyyy nice not having to take the dogs down 3 flights of stairs in the freezing cold to go pee. 
There is something about being snowed-in that makes it okay to do absolutely nothing. There are plenty of projects to be done around the house but nope not today, there is snow on the ground so that means we get in our comfiest clothes and slippers and sip on some coffee or hot chocolate.
The dogs have enjoyed playing around in the snow for a little bit but then they come in to do a lot of this...

-I wish I had a puzzle to work---my mom and I always always did puzzles when it was snowy and school was out. I miss that mom :)

-Snow days also make me want to read books---blankets and books are a good combination

-And of course you have to watch some sort of movie marathon---Kyle and I watched Red last night and rented Red 2 on redbox to complete the series tonight. I've seen a lot of good marathons going on when scrolling through Facebook. (StarWars, Lord of the Rings, etc.)

I hope everyone is enjoying the things that snow brings to their lazy days even if you do have to work or get some homework done---although, I hope this is the end of these days, I can only be accommodating of below freezing temps for so long :/

Stay safe and stay warm


The 5 Love Languages

After these busy days, I have been taking some time in this book---The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

It has been a top recommendation for any married person to read because it defines and discusses the 5 ways people feel and express love.

I'm only about half way through so I'm not going to go in much detail but I'll list the 5 languages to maybe spark your interest---these languages are applicable to everyone in any relationship. Once we learn our language and our loved ones languages, we can grow deeper and closer.

Love Language 1: Words of Affirmation

Love Language 2: Quality TIme

Love Language 3: Receiving Gifts

Love Language 4: Acts of Service

Love Language 5: Physical Touch

Love is many things---a lot of the time it is a choice we each make especially when the "fireworks" have lost some of their spark. I'm choosing to try and learn Kyle's primary love language so he can feel and experience my love toward him in the most effective and rewarding way.

I believe this book makes A LOT of sense and I'm excited to learn to love my man better---Kyle and I are a year and 8 months into marriage and I think this is a part of marriage that needs to be worked on continuously. 

Marriage, friendships, family---it applies to all so I definitely recommend this one!


NewlyWifed Book Club

Happy Friday, friends!

I've been brainstorming ways Nat and I can feel more connected to you all, and I got to thinking about something I've always wanted to start but never had the guts--a BOOK CLUB!  

This book club will be a little less pressure than the kind you may have been joined in the past.  We won't really meet in person, but every month we'll pick a book to read on our own and then discuss it on the blog, in the comments, and through email if you'd like! The books will vary from personal memoir to fiction to devotional--I don't have them all picked yet.  And I'm open to suggestions!

But for now I wanted to give you a heads up so you'll have the time to buy, borrow, or check out the first book.  For February, in light of the IF GATHERING, we're going to read:

On her book webpage, author Jennie Allen says,

"We were over it. We were over building our lives. We were over houses and cars and cute Christmas cards. We wanted something; we couldn’t put our finger on it. It was burning in us. We had loved so many other things more than God.
We were ready to do anything.
So we prayed. As sincerely asI have ever prayed any other thing,

I prayed in my heart as Zac spoke:

'God we will do anything. Anything.'
It didn’t feel fancy. It wasn’t even a big deal. But the prayer held in it a thousand little deaths. In saying anything, it meant we were handing him everything. My heart raced a little at the thought… and then we fell asleep."

I'm excited to dig in with you!