At the end of each month, I write about things I learned. This practice has helped me pay attention to life, myself, and God’s presence. In no particular order, here are things I learned in November:
1. How to cut hair at an 11 o’clock angle. I learned this while researching hair-cutting techniques. Snipping with your scissors angled at a slight 11 o’clock angle creates the most natural looking trim, without being too blunt.
2. There is no such thing as too many Thanksgiving leftovers. I want more turkey and stuffing.
3. Getting to spend time with my grandparents is limited and precious. My Goong Goong (grandfather) has lots of health issues, and was taken to urgent care recently. He got transferred to hospice care, and is hanging in there, but we all are very aware that the time he has left is waning. It feels like a special gift to be with him, and have our kids get to know their great grandparents.
4. Alex, our two-year-old daughter, has entered into the “NO, I DO IT!” stage. Lord, help us.
6. An animated movie (Big Hero 6) can make me cry five times.
7. Most of my Facebook friends/acquaintances have thoughtful and challenging insights about the racial tensions in the U.S. I’m grateful for people who can have healthy dialogue about difficult matters.
8. House of Cards Season 3 is being released in February. Oh happy day!
9. With each passing year, I have increasing distain for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and general holiday consumerism.
10. Our family thrives when we live in community with friends. Our housemate Ryland moved in earlier this month, and it’s been great to have him here.