Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Songs - Our God is in Control



Deeply meaningful to me now. 

(And I can actually listen to the entire thing without bawling now. Which is also progress.)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekend Links - July 28, 2012

Since I spent the week with 42 7-12 year olds, plus the counselors needed to make that happen, I did not spend a lot of time on the computer. I did not save many links. I did, however, check my email a few times. Coming away from the real world and totally unplugging is hard.

Here are some links I had saved and a few that I saved yesterday after I got home:

1. I still haven't figured out this "proportional dressing" thing, but this post made sense:
A Crash Course in the Golden Ratio.

2. I saved this post for inspiration for future family reunions (just in case I'm ever in charge of making those happen). I don't think you can read the whole thing without wishing to actually be a part of Sarah's family for a few days: Family Reunion 2012.

3. You know that the Second World War was a worldwide thing. Did you know that a bear fought in it? True story: The Soldier Bear that Fought in World War II.

4. I don't have a book deal (although I would love to actually finish one of my books one day!) but I could identify with this post: First-Book Syndrome. There's just so much you want to say, you know?

5. Buying and eating locally sounds good. I am not opposed to Farmer's Markets or grocery stores sourcing locally. But it may not always be the best choice and I'm glad someone is pointing that out:
Locavore's Dilemma. (P.S. Can we please stop making food into a moral issue? I'll answer my own question: probably not. But I can dream.)

6. This just seems odd: JCPenney's to Eliminate Check Out Clerks. I think Penney's problems have a lot more to do with that bizarre pricing scheme they came up with last year and a lot less to do with check out clerks but I'll admit I don't know much about retail (other than how to find a good deal).

7. Moms / Wives this one if for us: The Witch. I Hate Her. (A devotional about not letting hormones get the best of us.)

8. Miss the Olympic Opening ceremony? UK Daily Mail has a fantastic photo post to bring you up to date. My favorite parts: The Queen, the "forging" of the Olympic rings, the moment of silence for those who died in WW1, The Chariots of Fire sequence with Mr. Bean, the parade of nations, the torch ceremony, & Paul McCartney. Did you watch?

9. I had no idea this was a problem: Losing Olympic Medals. I'd probably just wear mine 24/7, even around the house. Especially while I'm vacuuming and what not.

10. The US Olympic uniforms have not been without controversy this year. But after looking through this photo retrospective: US Olympic Uniforms Through The Years, I'd say Ralph Lauren got it right. As a writer at a political blog put it: "We are, first and foremost, a blue-blazer wearing people." I'm forced to disagree with her conclusion that the 1980's uniforms were the pinnacle for us. Let's just admit it: cowboy hats do not look good on everyone.

And with that, my links folder is empty. I'll have to do a lot of web surfing for next week's post. Or, maybe, it'll just be about the Olympics. (It won't.)

Pins to share:

So true, and I do this all the time.

Also true:

Love this bunk arrangement:

And this room is adorable:

Did you stumble on any great posts or pins this week? Come share at Vanderbilt Wife!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Five Question Friday


Another week (well, 4 days) of camp has just come to an end. It was a good week but my brain cells are fried. I am also:
  • Tired - so, so tired. And I didn't even stay up until 3 AM with the younger counselors last night
  • Sore - 31 year old out of shape women should not be playing dodgeball with 7-12 year olds. Even if they're girls.
  • Daunted by a pile of laundry taller than I am. (Granted: not a difficult challenge)
So, in order to best recover, procrastinate, etc., I decided to take part in Five Question Friday.

1. What is the funniest thing you saw on Facebook/twitter this week?
Probably some pictures of "Downton Abbey" olympians from a Tumblr feed. I don't want to link to it because the original site is not family friendly (and there is a lot of bad language). But they did make me LOL.

Also this (via Pinterest, not FB, but just go with me here):

I've only been home from camp for a few hours. I got on FB pretty soon after we arrived home. That's kind of sad. (But I was using it to thank all my excellent help. So that makes it OK, right?)

2. What is your favorite Olympic event?
Michael Phelps.

What's that you say? He's not an event? You are wrong. But, whatever. Swimming, then. Followed by Diving, Gymnastics, Synchronized Swimming, and Track and Field.

My least favorites (because I know one of you is going to ask): Boxing, Badminton, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Gross.

And it's still criminal that they took away softball. Not as criminal as the cheating that goes on in gymnastics judging, but still criminal. [/soapbox]

3. Do your kids do chores around the house? If so, what are they and how old are the children? Do they get paid for them?
We're Dave Ramsey fans so our kids are on commission. Which we start when they're around 4 or 5. They get paid a {very small} fee for each specific job completed. They get paid once a month for those jobs (taking out the trash, doing a load of laundry, etc.)

Some jobs are done just because they're members of our family and we all have to help. (Things like putting dirty clothes in the laundry, make your own bed, put your toys away, etc.)

4. If you get bad service/food do you complain or keep quiet?
Keep quiet. It really embarrasses me when someone sends back food. If I wanted to complain, I'd ask for the manager as I left or paid my bill. Fortunately, in my many years of eating out, we've rarely had truly horrible service or inedible food.

5. If you could pick ONE frivolous item for your home, what would it be? (massive room sized closet? swimming pool? greenhouse? etc...)
A second bathroom and a third bedroom. Bliss.

Those things are not quite out of our reach, not yet, anyway.

As for the truly frivolous:
Source: google.co.uk via Suz on Pinterest

A pool. Just like that one.

An indoor slide.


And a room just for a Grand piano and my books. I might never come out of there.

How 'bout you? Got any frivolous dream house plans?
Are you going to watch the Olympics?
(Just don't tell me you're a die-hard Badminton fan. That might destroy my faith in humanity.)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Words for Wednesday - On Housework

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices 
unless she hasn't done it. - Evan Esar

Monday, July 23, 2012

Be Back Soon

Camp #2 commencing.

Will return and be back to blogging once I'm done playing Shark Tag, monitoring dodge ball, coloring, swimming, listening to classes, helping Philip (a.k.a the camp director) however I can, and, oh, yeah, helping some precious 7-12 year olds grow spiritually.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Songs - Beautiful Scandalous Night


Go on up to the mountain of mercy,
To the crimson perpetual tide.
Kneel down on the shore,
Be thirsty no more,
Go under and be purified.

Follow Christ to the Holy Mountain,
Sinner, sorry and wrecked by the fall,
Cleanse your heart and your soul.
In the fountain that flows,
For you and for me and for all

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree,
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me,
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white,
On that beautiful scandalous night.

On the hillside you will be delivered,
At the foot of the cross, justified.
And your spirit restored,
By the river that pours,
From our blessed Saviour's side

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree,
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me,
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white,
On that beautiful scandalous night.

You carry the sin of mankind on your back,
And the sky went black.
Go on up to the mountain of mercy,
Go the crimson perpetual tide.
Kneel down on the shore,
Be thirsty no more,
Go under and be purified.

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree,
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me,
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white,
On that beautiful scandalous night.

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree,
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me,
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white,
On that beautiful scandalous night.

On that beautiful scandalous night,
Beautiful scandalous,
Miraculous night...

Music & Lyrics by: Derri Daugherty & Steve Hindalong
Mp3 available here (affiliate link):Beautiful Scandalous Night

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Weekend Links - July 21, 2012

First off: Happy Anniversary to my in-laws (38 years yesterday) and to my parents (34 years tomorrow)!

This week between our two weeks of camp has been kind of crazy. We haven't had any showings for our house {super sad face} but the house we want is still on the market and went down in price. My week at teen camp convinced me I needed to give up checking on those sorts of things but we get periodic e-mails from our realtor telling us things like price changes and such.

It's really hard to let it go. But I think I am more content with our situation now. I want to be content with our situation.

In other news we received a letter from our insurance a few weeks ago, telling us that our appeal (about coverage for our miscarriage) had been approved. Then this week we got a call from the doctor's office telling us that they had received a call that it wasn't approved. Many phone calls later and it's still as clear as mud.

And our hospital bill has gone up $5,000 since the last time we talked to the hospital.

Did I mention that Philip had Scarlet Fever? He's recovering but, yeah, Scarlet Fever. I thought that went out with the horse and buggy. Apparently not.

On the up side: A family member shared some really exciting news with us. {huge happy face} So, there you go. Life is a roller coaster, amIright?

Thanks for letting me get all that off my chest. Now to the links! (Side note: no link post last Saturday means some of these are getting kind of old. My apologies for that.)

1. Anyone who enjoys Downton Abbey would enjoy looking at these pictures: Edwardian Fashion in London and Paris 1905-1908.

2. You've heard of Bridezillas I'm sure. Femina Blog warns us not to turn into "Mom-zilla".

3. I'd like to print this one out and hand it around, right after I finish applying it to our family (ahem): 10 Signs Your Child is Spoiled and What to Do About It.

4. Strange news that caught my eye: "Rightful Heir" to British Monarchy Dies in Australia. I love stories like this (the monarchy and heirs and whatnot. Not people dying. I'm not that morbid.)

5. Thought provoking for Christians: Legalist About Legalism.

6. Always helpful: Even Simpler DIY Stain Routine.

7. Too true: 11 Ways Consumers are Hopeless at Math.

8. Strange yet inspiring: Man Pays Off Mortgage with Pennies.

9. Strange and somewhat terrifying: More Eerie "Ghost Cities" Popping Up. Whole, modern, newly-built cities devoid of people? Creepy.

10. The Olympics are coming! (I love the Olympics.) Another Olympics another round of, "Have we beaten Olympic records for the last time?" My answer: no, probably not.

Pins of the Week:
Love this room (the beds are IKEA!):
Starting to wonder, if we can't sell our house and the girls continue to share their room, if we ought to do something like this:
I don't know. Philip's not sold on that design. Not to worry: I have many other bunk bed designs pinned on Pinterest. {wink}

Come share your link round-ups with Vanderbilt Wife!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Five Question Friday




1} What do you call them- flip flops, sandals, thongs, or slippers?
Flip-flops. I have six pairs of Old Navy flip-flops in my shoe collection right now.

Sandals are dressier, more substantial than flip-flops.

Slippers are also known as "house shoes".

Thongs - both the word and any object named that - just make me laugh. Because I'm nine years old inside.

2} Are you a "my kids can do no wrong" kind of mom or a "Johnny punched you? Well what did you do to him first?!" kind of mom?
Probably somewhere between these two extremes. I definitely have some "Mama Bear" tendencies but, on the other hand, I know my kids are not angels. And if we're talking about their interactions with each other, I almost always ask what they did to provoke their sister.

I'm not sure I've ever admitted this but here goes: I do not like other people - whether family or friends - correcting my kids when I'm right there, especially if it's not in a loving way with no mocking or ridicule. I (or their Daddy) will handle it and correct our children in the ways we have learned are appropriate for that particular child.

This may not be the right point of view but I figure God made me their Mama for a reason.

3} Would you confront a good friend that looked/looks down on your husband/significant other?
This has never come up. Philip is awesome and everyone loves him. I think some folks in my family love him more than they love me. {Kidding. Sort of.}

But yeah, I'm extremely protective of my family. If anyone ever said anything seriously out of line about my husband in my hearing, I would throw down. Oh, yes I would. There is no friend or family relationship more important than mine to my husband. (The best part: he would do the same for me.)

4} Biggest pet peeve?
Wow. Let me count the peeves. Actually, I have:
Here's one list of my literary pet peeves. And another list of things that make me nuts.

5} What's your favorite take out meal?
Does pizza count? If so: Papa John's pizza (I like the kind with vegetables). Consistently good, no matter where you are.

If pizza doesn't count: Orange Chicken from a local Chinese restaurant. So good.

Five Question Friday is hosted over at Kate's Life today while Mama M is on vacation.
Come share your answers!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday question of the day:
Series or Stand-alone?
To which I respond with a hearty: Series!

Well, usually.

I love a good mystery series. I used to love historical series more than I do now.

I'm the kind of person who wants to know more. I love a good epilogue. I'm not a big fan of ambiguous endings. Occasionally, ambiguity makes for a good ending. But usually I like things all tied up or at least set up for the next book.

Here are some first books in several series that I have enjoyed (please note that covers are affiliate links):









What about you? Do you love series or stand alones?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: If You Like This, Read That

This is a list of suggested reading if you loved the book:

Anne of Green Gables or other books in the series. (Please note: with a few exceptions, these are suggestions for adult readers rather than children.)

1.The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery. I find this to be one of the lesser known Montgomery works. It may not be to every reader's taste but it is full of memorable characters and stories.

2.Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson. Stevenson wrote many light novels. This is one of her first (and one of her best).

3.Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winnifred Watson. A sweet comedy of errors set in 1930's London.

4.The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert. This would be suitable for an older child. Set in post WW2 Germany, this is a book about how one family survives and grows while waiting for the father to return from the war.

5.Four Graces by D.E. Stevenson. Another Stevenson. I (having four daughters myself) thoroughly enjoyed this one. These Stevenson books were reissued in the '70's (complete with cheesy covers) but they're well worth looking for at your library or used book store.

6.Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn. First in a series. The Daisy Dalrymple series is a series of mysteries set in England after the First World War. Not great literature (the jumps in POV sometimes grate on my nerves), they are nevertheless diverting reads and not too graphic. (In other words, they are decidedly in the "cozy mystery" category.)

7.Emma by Jane Austen. Village life as only Austen can capture it.

8.Enter Mrs. Belchamber by Elizabeth Cadell. One of her most charming: an older, grouchy lady forcibly adopts a man & the three children he is raising.

9.No Holly for Miss Quinn by Miss Read. More English village life.

10.Excellent Women by Barbara Pym. Somewhat in the style of Austen but more than a hint of melancholy. Once again: village life.

This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish.
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