My Happy Place

My Happy Place

I saw this the other day and it made me smile…because I know this feeling and I love it!!!


I can remember in college there was this one Saturday night when it was supposed to snow big and I had this last book in the Christy Miller series that I wanted to read.  And it snowed.  I got out of bed, called our church phone line to see if the message said church was canceled (Yes, I am that old) and then I climbed back into bed and read the entire book from cover to cover.

All 288 pages.

While the snow trucks plowed the roads outside my window, I stayed in my little bed reading word for word while my baseboard heaters worked overtime.

I loved living in that little apartment alone.

It had one bedroom and one bathroom and a smallish kitchen though it was big enough for me (especially when I had the washing machine lid down which added extra counter space) and a little living room…and you could see all of it from the front door.

And that reminds me of a funny story (funny now…not so funny then).

The bathroom in my tiny apartment was across from my kitchen.  To be exact, the toilet was exactly opposite the oven.

And the bathroom did not have enough heat on those cold winter mornings.

So I did what any college student would do, in the winters, I would turn the oven on to 400 degrees with the oven door open and let it warm me up while I got ready in the mornings.

This was the most wonderful idea (I thought)…almost like having a fire place.  (My thirty-something year old self is dying at the thought of what I used to do.).

Let’s just say that one day I came home and my apartment was so hot, I could not walk in.

And let’s just give the Lord some praise because He was working overtime that day (and most days of my life) to protect me and I am most grateful!

But back to the book thing.

Lately, I have found myself getting into bed earlier and earlier with a good book to read.  I read Chip & Joanna Gaines’s new book, Magnolia earlier this month and I highly recommend it, especially if you like their show, Fixer Upper.

I have also been reading through old copies of Our State magazine lately.  Dustin has subscribed to this magazine for years.  However, I had never picked up a copy of it until a few weeks ago…it is great reading material while I dry my hair in the mornings.  I never knew that North Carolina had so many interesting things, places, inventions from here!


I am so thankful to have called North Carolina home for the last almost twenty years.  I have never lived anywhere this long in my entire life.

So what are you thankful for today?  What makes you giddy with excitement?  I would love to hear from you!

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

2 thoughts on “My Happy Place

  1. You know I sat here reading your blog this morning kind of chuckling. My whole childhood I wanted to be different and I thought we were night and day. But I was so wrong, after reading this I realize how much alike we are. This weekend my happy place was reading my entire Magnolia book while Adelyn napped for 2.5 hours. And when I lived alone at the same apartment, I turned my oven on (never to cook) but to keep warm while I got ready. I’m super okay with being like an old lady at the ripe age of 30 because I’m thankful to be slightly as awesome as you 🙂


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