But I, as usual, have plenty of links to share so let's get on with 'em!
Spiritual / Inner Life
- When You're Expected to "Pull It Together" by Angela Nazworth at (in)Courage
- "I Wish Our World Was Like That" by Travis Prinzi.
- There's No Such Thing as Perfect Hospitality or Perfect People by Lisa-Jo Baker.
- 10 Reasons I Love Memorizing Scripture from Rivers of Water. Memorization should not be a neglected discipline for adults.
- Is Your To-Do List a Monster? From MomLife Today.
- C.S. Lewis on Selfishness Vs. Self-Interest from The TGC Blog.
- Count Down to Easter with this 21-Day Bible Reading Plan from Do Not Depart.
- How Not to Argue Like an Idiot: The 15 Most Common Logical Fallacies from Scribble Preach.
- American Evangelicals' Global Vision Began in Korea by Miles Mullin II. Such an interesting history.
- Are You Worried About Your Daily Bread? by Melissa McDonald at Domestic Kingdom.
- Celebrate the "Extraordinary" and "Ordinary" Testimonies by Aaron Armstrong.
- America's Baby Bust from the Wall Street Journal.
- Those Hot Pink Jeggings from Kelle Hampton. I laughed, yes. But I sighed a little too. Baby comes in 8 weeks and I hate that "I still look pregnant but my baby is already 3 weeks (months?) old" feeling.
- Some funny, some serious: Silent Children are Up to No Good and 30 Other Parenting Truths from Feels Like Home.
- Respect for Your Husband from Lamp on a Stand. Practical examples of what not to do / say.
- What Not To Say to Someone Who's Trying to Have a Baby from Fox in Flats. (11 Things they don't want to hear and 5 things to do instead)
- To the Parents of Small Children: Let Me Be The One Who Says it Out Loud by Steve Wiens.
- Nurturing a Healthy Body Image in Our Girls by Cassandra at The Better Mom. As the mother of four daughters this is something I think about a lot.
- Funny but true: Learning to Love Books (First Six Stages for Babies). Miss Lili is pretty much in Stage 4. While I read to her big sisters at night, her daddy reads to her. I hear this conversation: Miss Lili: "How 'bout 'Good Carl'?" Her daddy: "OK, we can read Good Dog, Carl." Miss Lili: "And 'Mouse Cookie'." Him: "OK, we'll read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie too." Her: "And 'Baby Dear'." Him: "Lili, no, we just read that one last night. Not Baby Dear." Her: "BABY DEAR!" Sometimes when we're driving home from church on Wednesday nights she starts telling us all the books Daddy is going to read to her when we get home. The list is never shorter than five books.
- Why Can't Learning Look Like This? From FIMBY.
- On the Introverted Mom Homeschooling Extroverted Children by Jamie Martin at Simple Homeschool.
- Great round-up of posts dealing with homeschooling excuses: I Can't Homeschool Because... I need to write a post like this on the excuse "Because we don't have enough space." Shorter version of that hypothetical post: Trust me: you do. You do not need a dedicated school room, wall to wall bookshelves (although, wouldn't that be nice) or separate desks for each of your children.
- Creative Blogging for Kids. Our oldest would like a blog. I'm thinking about setting her up with one (private, of course) because she could use the writing practice.
- If you're a parent, whether homeschooling or not, you need to read Deb's post: On the Common Core.
- Homeschooling and the Struggling Learner by Jessica at Molding Minds Homeschool.
- 15 Tips on How to Make Your First Quilt by Mollie at Wild Olive.
- A Small Thought from The Frugal Girl. Frugality does not look the same for all of us and it doesn't have to.
- Sheila Wray Gregoire hosted a series of posts called "Fight the Frump" this week. Here's one from the series: Finding Clothes That Fit and Flatter.
- Top 10 Countries that Disappeared in the 20th Century. We've lived through history. It's funny to think my kids have no idea what Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia or the USSR actually are, except from history books.
- This is ridiculous: You Don't Own Your Kindle Books, Amazon Reminds Customer. And that, my friends, is one reason why an eReader will never replace my love affair with the published, printed word. No one can just come take books off of my bookshelves without consequence.
- Rachelle Gardner shared her Single Best Tip for Using Twitter. Must look into this. I gave up Tweetdeck long ago but my Twitter is becoming unmanageable as is.
- Doom! Doom, I say: New Wave of 'Superbugs" Poses Dire Threat. Stories like this make me crazy. (And a little more vigilant about hand-washing and avoiding unnecessary antibiotics.)
- Full disclosure: I'm Baptist. So the hoopla about the new Pope seemed a little over the top to me but I did find these two posts interesting and informative: The New Pope: Novelty Following Precedent by Kevin White at Mere Orthodoxy and 9 Things You Should Know About the Papacy by Joe White at The Gospel Coalition.
- And two posts about the sad, ridiculous news of the week: Google Reader is Shutting Down. Or, as Melissa Wiley put it: Google Reader To Be Put Out to Pasture. I'm trying to switch over to Feedly. I don't love it yet but I might eventually like it better than Google Reader. I tell you who I really don't love: Google. I'm sure they'll worry about that all night.
Sweet Pea still has trouble with this so I was grateful for these ideas:
This looks like a great way to inspire more water drinking:
And this t-shirt pictures my life pretty well right now. Baby Boy is a Wild Man, is all I can say.
So, what caught your eye this week? Feel free to share your links in the comments!