Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weekend Links - September 8, 2012

I'm scheduling this post since I'd rather be swimming in an indoor pool with my girls than putting up a blog post this morning. I'm sure you understand. Anyway, on to the links!

For thinking:
  • You must read this honest and difficult post by my friend Julie: My Story.
    But some stories are so life changing, they are meant to be told. And in the center of them, we see God's goodness and forgiveness and his unconditional love. We can also see how easy it is to make one bad choice and where it could lead.
  • Great post by Kris of WUHS: Getting it All Done: When Homeschool and Housework Collide.
  • The Great God Entertainment. Prepare to have your toes stepped on.
  • An older one from the archives: The Case for Kids. (H/T: The Common Room blog) Here's a related anecdote that made us smile this week: we were listening to a news story about teen pregnancy on the radio (couldn't switch the station quick enough!). We didn't think the girls were listening but Polly was. Philip and I were contradicting basically everything the announcers on the story said when Polly piped up, "But Mom, Dad, you're not teenagers and you like making babies." Oh my word, how we laughed at that. She meant that we think children are a blessing, not a curse, but it sounded way funnier the way she put it.
  • How and Why Our Kids Drink (Almost) Only Water by Simple Mom. Our kids drink mostly water too (Miss Lili is primarily on milk still, but she also drinks water). They like it. We like it. No juice fiends in this house. {wink} I will contradict this advice from that post: we do not let our kids take cups or bottles of water to bed. We used to let Polly do that a long time ago. It wasn't necessary. So we don't do that any more. No food or drink in the bedroom is the rule here. (A rule that some of our children are constantly testing.)
  • Word Banks to help Emerging Writers. I need to remember this idea with my young writers.
  • Run From Your Problems? I am not a runner. But I'm trying to be a regular exerciser. This post was encouraging.
  • Why I am Grammar Obsessed by Thom Rainer. Yes, it does make me feel better that there are others out there like me.
For fun (or, at least, slightly less serious):
And now, for the first time in weeks, my links folder is cleared out. I'd better get busy finding some for next week!
    Pins of the week:



    (I can't find the source for this quote. Does anyone know? I hate to run around misquoting C.S. Lewis!)

    This post will be linked to Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife, when I can get around to it!

    1 comment:

    MacKenzie said...

    Hmmm, that entertainment article was interesting and I don't disagree with everything he says but I'm not quite sure I agree with this statement:

    "The love of stories, which is a characteristic of childhood, has taken fast hold of the minds of the retarded saints of our day, so much so that not a few persons manage to make a comfortable living by spinning yarns and serving them up in various disguises to church people. What is natural and beautiful in a child may be shocking when it persists into adulthood, and more so when it appears in the sanctuary and seeks to pass for true religion."

    I seem to remember someone (cough cough Jesus cough) who used stories to illustrate some pretty important ideas to adults and I definitely think those ideas should "pass" as true religion.

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