We just finished up our oldest daughter's birthday pizza party - just family and family friends. Now Philip and the three oldest girls are playing a game, the youngest girl is napping, and I have time to sit down and share the ridiculous amount of linkage I have saved.
On to the links!
Did you see my recent news? Here are some pregnancy / baby related links I've saved for several weeks but was waiting to share:
- Pregnancy at an Older Age from The Finer Things in Life. OK, bear me out here: I'm 31 which is not considered "advanced maternal age", even by my midwives or OB, but I can definitely tell a difference between having my first (when I was 20 years old) and having this baby.
- Making a Special Place for Baby without a Nursery from Raising Arrows. Please pray that we sell our house and get settled in a new place before this baby comes, otherwise he'll be lucky to get a corner of his own. That said, I do appreciate the advice in that post because, with the exception of our firstborn, none of our children have ever had their own room.
- One thing about being pregnant & also parenting four daughters: I have no energy. Like, zero. As in: I fall asleep sitting up and reading. Or watching a mystery show with my husband. Or when I'm sitting with the girls in the afternoon. No. Energy. So this post caught my eye: 25 Surprising All Natural Energy Boosters.
- I definitely want to remember some of these: 6 Home Remedies for Natural Baby Care.
- Surviving Pregnancy When Life Gets Busy by Nish at Simple Mom. (My only question: when is life not busy?!)
- Trevin Wax shares 5 Ways to Play with Your Kids This Christmas. I love the idea of making a soundtrack and acting out a story with figurines. I know my girls would love to do this with their Playmobil.
- Don't Be A Scrooge This Christmas by R.C. Sproul.
- An interesting roundup of A Christmas Carol Adaptations: A Christmas Carol, The Best and Worst Adaptations. (Side note: the only one my family insists on every year is A Muppet Christmas Carol.)
- Douglas Wilson recommends we Go Overboard Celebrating Christmas. Interesting way to put it (provocative ought to be that author's middle name, I think) but I see his point.
- 4 Simple Ways to Memorize Scripture from Rivers of Water. Kevin DeYoung says in his book, The Hole in our Holiness, that as we memorize more scripture, we improve the Holy Spirit's vocabulary in our lives. Maybe these tips will help us do that.
- Speaking of Kevin DeYoung, he shared in a recent post Why You Should Consider a Social Media Fast.
- Thought this news article was very interesting: Kosher Jesus: Messianic Jews in the Holy Land.
- The People Pleaser by Susie Hawkins. Are we so busy trying to please others that we forget to please God and seek His approval?
- This opinion piece is just crazy and sad (the subject matter, not the opinion): Profiting From a Child's Illiteracy. What's it going to take for people to see that dependence on government is NOT healthy?
- The Media and the Massacre: True Compassion Requires Turning Off the News by Andy Crouch.
- T-shirts vs Sheets, The Control Freak Rises Again by Sheila Wray Gregoire.
- The Duck Dynasty Gospel. I've never seen the show but I know many of my Facebook friends enjoy it. If you're going to be quoting it & pinning pictures from it, you ought at least to know what they believe.
- You Have the Power to Touch Someone's Life. Do It. Wise words in a timely reminder by Heidi of Mt. Hope Chronicles.
- 4 Things to Do For Your Money Before the New Year. Start 2013 right financially!
- 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know. How do you score?
- Once Upon a [Blog] Comment by Jamie from See Jamie Blog. I know people read this blog - I see the numbers of visitors. Sometimes people I know will mention it. And yet comments are rare. Blogging is supposed to be a conversation. I wish I were better at leaving comments on the blogs I read (I'm going to be working on that!) and also at responding to comments left here. Do you ever check to see if I responded to your comment? Blogger isn't the best platform for this but it's what I have to work with right now.
- Don't Be Afraid by Marquette at the Pinstrosity Blog. Great advice in that post!
- When I was younger the Lucille Ball / Henry Fonda version of Yours, Mine & Ours was one of my favorite movies. All those kids! That house! All that food! Well, the actual patriarch of the family, Frank Beardsley, recently died at the age of 97.
Love this nursery:
This looks yummy:
If you're looking for a last minute Christmas present for me, this Grammar Police t-shirt would do in a pinch:
Wishing you all a very peaceful weekend and a joyous Christmas holiday - May your children not overdo it on the sugary treats, may your gifts wrap themselves, and may you have no reason to enter the Target or Wal-Mart parking lots between now and January 7th.
This post is linked to Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife. Share your own links or see what other folks are reading this week.