Now, on to the links for this week:
Spiritual / Inner Life:
- Faith for the Messy Unknown by Cassandra at The Better Mom.
- The Game You Will Never Win by Susie Hawkins at Flourish.
- Closed Doors Don't Mean Stagnant Air by Adam Jackson.
- How to Shut Down Gossip and Its Nasty Kin by Dan Phillips.
- This is Not The Life I Dreamed Of by Lisa Spence. Yes, I can relate.
- For the Days You Feel Afraid by Lisa-Jo Baker. Heartfelt, encouraging words.
- Lizzie at Femina blog unpacks Proverbs 12:26.
- Practical advice from The Confident Mom: 12 Great Reminders for Moms.
- The Proper Care and Feeding of Ogres by Joanne Kraft.
- A Gospel Centered Mom Looks Both Ways from the Girltalk blog.
- Wise words from Mary at Owlhaven: A Great Mom.
- Friendship is the Fuel that Ignites the Fire by Darlene Schacht. So glad I can honestly say, with no reservations, that Philip is my absolute best friend and favorite person on the planet. (I've put it this way before: marriage is the original "friends with benefits".)
- A Tall Latte: Letting Him Know What I Need by Lisa Jacobson. Probably should just forward this one on to Philip while I'm thinking about it with this note attached: Ditto.
- The title of this one will probably lead to a "Duh" reaction but the content is great and I love how he explains how much the word "know" means: Communication in Marriage is Important by R.C. Sproul.
- Great reminder: Every Day is Valentine's Day from Marriage Life.
- Living Your Best Life (tips for teens) by Sara Tetreault. Good guidelines and not just for teens.
- Photo Collages: Choosing Photos by Kelle Hampton.
- Really needed this one: Dream House from The Handmade Home.
- And yet I don't think this is contradicting advice, but rather complimentary: Visualize Your Dream Home (a post about organizing) by Colleen Madsen.
- OK, I'm ridiculous and I know it, but I enjoy posts and getting ideas like this: Organized Bathroom Cabinet from Hi Sugarplum.
- Simple Steps You Can Take to Reduce Food Waste by Deb Lee. Food waste is one of the things that annoys me on a regular basis. How do we end up wasting so much when we have so many hungry people living in this house?!
- Kathryn of Designing Around shows how she deals with The Lego Scourge. Oh, yes. Every parent knows this battle. I like her solution a lot better than the usual Lego advice.
- Cut Your Coffee Costs by Roasting Beans at Home. Philip uses the popcorn popper method. I can't say I've noticed it cutting our coffee costs (especially since I still have to buy Decaf and sometimes regular, depending on what he asks for) but it does make him happier with his morning coffee. That's worth a lot to me.
- How to Stop Using a Microwave. We haven't had a microwave for years and here's the crazy thing: we haven't missed it. (Note: we did not stop using our microwave because we thought it was bad for our health. Ours caught on fire and we just never replaced it. I take all those microwave related health warnings with a LARGE dose of salt.)
- Love this approach for all those "don't really need it any more but I have a sentimental attachment to it" items (yes, I'm a recovering Pack Rat): Our Memory Boxes from Simple Organized Living.
- Changing With Your Child Through the Middle Grades by Mary Prather. Oh, boy do I need this one!
- Some folks question the necessity of learning Latin. Well, I have my own reasons for valuing this study in our homeschool but this week one of the funnier benefits was demonstrated: Latin Not Totally Useless.
- Homeschooler or not, you probably need this post if you have kids (or nieces): 10 Ways to Display or Recycle Kid Art by Kris at WUHS.
- I can't be the only homeschool mom who needs this advice: Homeschooling the Strong-Willed Child.
- This post echoes much of our own philosophy: Using Picture Books to Study Great Literature.
- This should be on every homeschool parent's radar: German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom. Related post from The Gospel Coalition: Do Christian Parents Have A Fundamental Right to Homeschool?
- Helpful guidelines: Basic Guide to Proper Fit by Audrey at Putting Me Together.
- What to Wear Postpartum from The Humbled Homemaker. (Other than my husband's pajama pants and the comfiest shirt I own? You can see why I saved this post.)
- Possibly the least important post in this list: How to Tuck Non-Skinny Jeans into Boots. (Hey, some of us need even obvious fashion advice, OK?)
- Scarlet Fever Probably Didn't Blind Mary Ingalls. Say what?! (P.S. Find this news strangely reassuring, as the first thought that popped into my head when Philip had Scarlet Fever last year was, "Mary Ingalls went blind from that!")
- Love this idea: The Memory Library from Kate's Creative Space.
- Winston Churchill and his "Black Dog" that Helped Win WWII. Is there any other single most inspiring man in recent history? I love so much about Churchill but one of the things I admire most is how he dealt with depression.
- 4 Financial Lessons from Downton Abbey. (Be fabulously wealthy, marry fabulously wealthy people, and have fabulously wealthy children: enjoy. OK, no, that is not what the article is about.)
- 8 Ways to Be a Happy Author by Rachelle Gardner.
- A New Kind of Librarian by Aimee Byrd. This is one of the main reasons I blog about the books I love.
- Love this kind of thing: 1943 Yearbook Pictures.
Pins of the week:
Really like this outfit (gives me something to aim for post-baby, right?):
This looks so good:
What a cozy, colorful little spot:
OK, folks, you can breath a sigh of relief. That's it for this week.
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