In The Pipeline, Chinos in Cartoon Form, Hannah Alexander Carpenter

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In The Pipeline, Chinos in Cartoon Form, Hannah Alexander Carpenter

Friends! How these first days of January have flown by! Confession: I have not left the house this week except to go to church and to walk to and from school. And I am still not caught up!

But it’s time to throw off the PJ pants and head out into the world because it is FRIDAY! Yay for the weekend! Double date with friends + Hiking + Life.

Loads to share with you in case you are hiding from the weather on this January weekend!

Five Stories

I have LOVED the return to storytelling in my own writing lately, and it has made me watch more closely for more good stories on the internet. Here are five I’ve loved this week.

A story about being lost at sea. Mind = Blown.

A story about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. It was 20 years ago that they battled it out on the ice, and both lost. Super interesting retrospective.

A story about getting hired by a great company.

A story about life hacking really just being white privilege.

A story about a failure. Refreshing, honest and generous.

Five Books I Loved in 2013

I have not written as much about books this year, partly because I think Goodreads has kind of replaced the need for other book review sites. I finally set up an account (friend me?) and hope to be more active there with what I’m reading in 2014. But here are my five favorite reads of 2013. (I’d love to hear your favorite read of the year in the comments!)

Penguins and Calves by Madeleine L’Engle

I thought I had already read everything Madeleine L’Engle had ever written and then one day I stumbled across this unfamiliar title in a used bookstore. Madeleine takes both the simple and grand events of life and turns them into a meditation that leaves me shaking my head and wondering anew at how much beauty there is in language. And in the world.

A favorite quote: A mortal is a more dangerous idol than a golden calf.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Taido brought Brene Brown into our home this year during a sermon, and I have been so much the richer for the introduction. I have quotes from Daring Greatly all over my journals and nightstand. In my old house, I wrote them on my chalkboard. She inspires me to push forward down the paths that seem the craziest, the wildest and the scariest.

A favorite quote: It is the willingness to be brave while we are afraid that is the essence of our power.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

This brilliant novel inspired me to read everything I could get my hands on about North Korea last year. (I also gave Liberty in North Korea t-shirts for a large number of 2013 birthdays.) I still haven’t recovered. But more importantly, neither has North Korea.

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Easily the best fiction I read this year, I dream of seeing this book as a movie one day, ideally with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard and directed by Joe Wright. I never get tired of WW2 novels and this is one of the finest I’ve encountered, as rich in characters as in history. Tragically beautiful.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

I loved this book so much that I wrote about it two times. Now that we are living in Europe, I hope to see with my own eyes some of places mentioned in his biography.

Five Links By MeΒ (having nothing to do with the New Year)

In 2014, I hope to write more and more for other websites and magazines besides my own. Here are five articles or interviews I’ve done lately!

4 Reasons To Use iPhone Photography On Your Blog for Sarah Von Bargen

7 Free Things To Do in Little Rock for Traveldudes

An American in Aberdeen for Embrace Scotland

Interview for Expat Blog

Our Scotland Yard for Little Rock Family (which is accompanied by the darling illustration by Hannah Alexander that is headlining today’s pipeline! Adorbs!!)

Wow, if you made it here, Congratulations for reading the longest ever version of the Chino House Pipeline! Cheers to a lovely weekend and hope to see you back here on Monday for more storytelling love + an announcement!!



  1. Loved the interview you did for us – great tips for visiting Aberdeenshire. Wishing you a happy 2014, hope it is full of great adventures πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks ever so much for having me!! I’m looking forward to a year full of adventures for sure!! Same to you! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m going to add the Brene Brown book to my reading list. I need a little push right now…

    1. She’s just the right kind of push too because reading her leaves you feeling better about yourself instead of worse! YAY for encouragement! πŸ™‚

  3. Stumbled on your blog a while back via Sarah Von Bargen and was pleasantly surprised with your site and your writing. Love the links, especially on books. I’ve been on a reading kick lately and have made it a mission to write more in general. I’ve also started using GoodReads and I have discovered seem pretty good books. I also like that certain books are available for free to read, such as The Inivisible Man by H.G. Wells.

    1. Thanks for saying hello! So glad + grateful you’re enjoying! I am finding I can totally get lost on Goodreads for hours. Such a great resource. πŸ™‚

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