July seems like it sped by way too quickly. (Do I say that every month??) We did things, but then also didn’t do much of anything. And yet it still flew by. Funny how that works.
- My brother got married! And threw an epic party :)
- I cut my hair just a little bit shorter and love it so much more now. Inspired: When Free is Short Hair
- Only a month and a half left of being pregnant!
- We picked up a little bigger pool so now that is what our kids do during the day…along with lots of walks and sunshine and inside toys outside in the yard.
- I guest posted about my thoughts surrounding our church switch at Circling the Story. If you missed it click here: Hopefully Churching.
- Anything #wholemama has been so inspiring and empowering for me. Check out our hashtag on twitter or instagram or start reading fomr the links I’ll share below. It’s fun and great. And whole.
- Got rid of a bunch of stuff we have kept in our garage and baby bedroom (hurray for more room!). It’s great although now I am completely inspired to get rid of ALL THE THIINGS and am quicly accumulating a new pile to kick out. Ah well. Such is the american lifestyle? :p
- My kids are learning how to get along. Slowly.
Books I’m Reading Currently or About to Start:
Books I Read:
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer – I didn’t realize she was a rockstar and it wasn’t the sort of how-to book I was expecting, but I was completely intrigued by her life and tenacity and it read like fiction so I finished it easily. Biggest lesson I picked up (that really seems straightforward but happens to be hard for me): Your people want to help you. Just ask. Also so much interesting randomness about being a statue for a living. But you know, language and some content warning.
To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue – I tweeted Emily P. Freeman for a reccomendation for a book of nightly benedictions to calm at day’s end. She graciously suggested this title. Almost exactly what I needed. A blessing for any scenario, I copied down a few and then was sad to return it to the library.I might use one or two as nightly benedictions.
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – very good. Loved the historical account and how she wove the different eras of the story into one continuous thread. Strong believeable characters. I found it easy to set down, but interesting enough to pickback up again every time.
A Glorious Dark by A.J Swoboda – I read this a few pages or more at a time in the morning. I always had a hard time picking up again but was so glad I did each time. Many notable thoughts on hope in darkness and reality. I may have to share some quotes later.
Parenting with Love and Logic – some great suggestions, but I ended up skimming in the end because the ideas seemed pretty straightforward to me. Just have to apply them.
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman – If you’re feeling stuck in your ordinary life and a little uninspired, be sure to check out Emily’s wise and gracious words. (It’s up for preorder and really inexpensive right now ($7.17), In case you are waffling:Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World. And actually this whole list of amazing booksEdit is really inexpensive right now…if you happen to have a book problem like I do :)
I Thought It Was Just Me by Brenė Brown – I might want to own this book to more easily revisit and loan to all my people. It was excellent and empowering and eye opening. Is that enough adjectives? :)
Other people’s words:
All of this letter from Sarah Bessey: To the Young Women Reading Jesus Feminist:
“Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. “
Wisdom from Jennie Allen: Leading Through the Culture Wars:
“Our hope is not to redeem culture… our hope is that people would be redeemed.We want to be wise and we feel torn over how best that could happen. Love or Truth? They seem, at the moment, to be in opposition. It feels like we have to pick one.”
Also, I just started and loved the Magic Lessons podcast from Elizabeth Gilbert. The first episode was encouraging for mothers who are also creatives. And the perfect length of 20 minutes.. Hurrah! So go look it up in itunes :)
On my blog:
I wrote about:
- 10 completely random things about being one of ten kids
- Wondering if I leave enough margin to live whole
- Prayer and brokenness
- A random post where Ali climbs 3.5X her height, i try out Stitchfix and score a grownup lady necklace, and my toddlers play twister.
- And then a few on Hope for days ahead, imperfection, and a book review about diveristy and belief.
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