This is my third month in a row to look back at the month and recap some of the things I loved. So, in March, I’ll start by saying I’m starting to love remembering the things I loved 🙂

March was a huge month for our family for a couple of reasons related to our church and my job. On March 17, after more than a year of conversation, six months of all-church meetings, and tons of prayer and discussion, our church voted to merge with a larger church in our area. With that, I will be transitioning into a new role.

My current responsibilities overseeing communications and creative stuff will all be done from a central location for all four campuses. As we talked about my skill set and experience, our new pastors asked me to oversee a ministry of the larger church that reaches out to a broader audience through a radio show, podcast, books, conferences, web site and other publications they create.

Two weeks after the merger, our new pastor and his team were planning a trip to the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Anaheim, California. This is a great opportunity each year to build relationships with radio networks and the team that helps produce the show, so they invited me to go along this week.

I could talk about my anxiety of starting a new job, getting introduced to tons of radio people, spending three days with my new lead pastors or flying across the country. But let’s get down to what really mattered: Fashion.

As I mentioned very briefly in my other blog post, Male vs. female process of choosing an outfit, I can put just a tiny bit of thought into what I’m going to wear. This was no exception.

I knew that most of the guys would be wearing sport coats and dress shirts. But what does that mean for a woman? There are so may more nuances and levels to female fashion. Wearing a suit felt too extreme, but I wanted to dress up more than my typical colored jeans and sweater look that seems to dominate my wardrobe these days. Plus. California weather!

You don’t want to know how much time I devoted to mix and matching my wardrobe and finding a few new pieces to create outfits that I felt good about. I was most proud of myself for condensing my choices down and only packing two pairs of shoes so I could fit everything into one carry-on bag. I didn’t even pack any alternate outfits JUST IN CASE my mood suddenly changed or I didn’t feel like wearing a certain color! 🙂

Just for fun, I pretended to be a fashion blogger while I was there and take photos of my outfits. It didn’t hurt that I was in a super clean hotel room with a full length mirror right by the window! All of that back story was just so I could show you the three outfits I wore while at a conference in California. 😉

Here’s a quick recap of everything else I loved in March:

BOOKS

My favorite book of the month was Atomic Habits by James Clear. I wrote more about that here. I really enjoyed his approach to thinking about habits in a new way.

I also listened to an interview with Lysa TerKeurst, the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and I knew I had to listen to her new book, It’s not supposed to be this way. It was amazing to hear her journey of almost getting a divorce after her husband started having an affair, dealing with a near-death health challenge and later finding out she had breast cancer.

KIDS BOOKS

I love good children’s literature. This month, I listened to Fish in a Tree, along with our nine-year-old daughter. We both loved this book, which is another great pick from the Bluestem Award list. It’s about a girl whose life is changed by an awesome teacher. It’s so good. Whether you are 9 or an adult, go read it.

MOVIES

I rarely ever watch a movie these days. But I got to watch two great movies on the plane:

A Simple Favor is about a mom vlogger whose cooking show takes a twist when she starts investigating the disappearance of her best friend.

I also watched Adrift, which is the true story of a couple who run into a hurricane while on a 4,000-mile sailing journey. It was so good.

FILM FEST

The other huge family event of the year was when we got to go to Taylor University to see our son’s short film in their high school film fest. He took home the award for Cinematography for the high school division for his film, Welcome Home. I wrote all about that here. 

MORE FAMILY NEWS

Our 14-year-old wrapped up her competitive cheer season with a sports banquet. As a freshman, we were so proud of her to make the varsity cheer team. She also received the Most Spirit Award from her coaches. It was fun to see her receive a special coaches’ award since she’s only a freshman.

Our 9-year-old gave the most adorable performance ever as a cute chick in her third grade musical. She and her friends were a chorus line of sassy, intelligent and CUTE chickens. Did I mention they were CUTE?!

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Well, thanks for reading! I would love to hear what you loved in March. What was your highlight?

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