I think I've mentioned I'm not the most patient person in the universe. I'm just going to be honest here: my nerves are kind of raw. Every new thing is just One More Thing Too Many. But somehow my kids haven't got that message and they are jumping on my nerves like they're trampolines for death defying tricks.
Life is turning into Survival Mode and I'm not a big fan of Survival Mode. I like Thriving and Well Planned Mode.
Oh, well. At the very least I know it's a limited time before we have our Baby Boy. The rest of the stuff may not be worked out perfectly, but at least babies come with due dates, right?
Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Now, on to the links!
Spiritual / Inner Life
- Definitely needed this one this week: How to Find Peace When Worried About Finances by Jolene Engle. (Note: I am not exactly worried about finances - we are not struggling financially right now. But I have unfortunately been prone to worry about the house, buying a new house on a limited budget, and how that's all going to work. See vent above.)
- I am Not a Grace Filled Woman by Gina at MomLife Today. Encouraging and convicting.
- Where Do Children Go When They Die? Resources You Can Trust by Kristen Gilles. I have found several of the resources she mentions helpful but I wanted to share this with others who may be struggling with the loss of a baby or child.
- What is Apologetics and Why Should I Care? by Kim Shay. One thing that bugs me about Christian Women (and the books marketed to them): they can be good but they tend to be fluffy. There's a place for that but there's also a place for digging deeper and really studying what we believe and why.
- Liked this one from Lisa-Jo Baker this week: On Showing Your Waist Grace.
- It's OK to Call Yourself a Christian from Relevant. (Post dealing with Marcus Mumford's statements about Christianity. Mumford has written some of my favorite music of the past few years so his comments are disappointing but not exactly worth losing sleep over.)
- You Deserve This Post by Mike Leake.
- Wasted Productivity and a Waste of a Statistic by Kevin DeYoung. I'm not into the whole March Madness thing but I'm not really worried about productivity falling to precarious levels either.
- Experiencing the Resurrection by Rebecca Stark.
- Another Reason to Learn the Bible's Overarching Story by David Roach.
- Twitter Doesn't Equal Real Life by Jeff Cherry.
- The During by The Nester at (in)Courage.
- Crushing a Critical Spirit from Becoming His Eve. Helpful acronym for improving marriage.
- 5 Hard Truths for Parents from Daniel Darling. Powerful stuff.
- Small Beginnings from Joanne Kraft. Encouraging!
- Grace for a Mother's Heart Idol, an excerpt from a book by Staci Eastin.
- How to Deal with Your Own Anger by Charity Hawkins. (Did I mention that my kids are jumping on my nerves? I did. OK. You can see why this post jumped out at me this week.)
- Don't Freak Out by Shaunti Feldhahn. This parenting of Tweens stuff is not for the faint of heart.
- Study Finds Homeschool Students Sleep Better. To be honest, this is one of my favorite benefits of homeschooling. The study doesn't say so but in my experience homeschool parents can get more sleep too. Win-win! (FYI- It's an interesting study whether you homeschool or not.)
- Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts from A Peaceful Day. Some homeschool parents are against teaching our children about Greek (or Roman) mythology. This post explains some reasons why studying mythology can be helpful.
- Brandy at Afterthoughts did a helpful round-up of links about the Common Core standards.
- MacKenzie shared a round-up of Arithmetic posts and ideas. We are loyal Saxon users but this switch to Common Core has me wondering what to do next.
- And Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles also shared an extensive post on how they do Math in their homeschool: Mt. Hope Academy Curricula - Mathematics.
- Moving Your Google Reader Blogs to Bloglovin' from The Patriotic Pam. I haven't tried Bloglovin' yet, but some folks really like it.
- Moving From Google Reader to Bloglovin'?
- Tips for Google Reader Uses Migrating to Feedly. Feedly is the alternative I'm currently test-driving.
- Why It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Google Reader by Alastair Roberts. Finally, someone figured out why this is so upsetting.
- Save Pinterest Boards by Practical Pages. I've thought about doing something like this before and this post may be the push I need to actually, you know, do it.
- Rules for Writing (and Life) by Zadie Smith.
- Top 10 Sentence Slip-Ups from Wordplay. Helpful stuff here for adults or kids.
- More Barbs from Author to Author from Semicolon. I must admit that a good literary insult always tickles me.
- The Week in Bannings: Hugs, Homemade Treats, Award Ceremonies and Axe. While I think we can all agree that banning Axe is a fabulous idea (I kid, I kid, but seriously, what is the deal with that stuff?!), this round-up of American absurdity just annoys me.
- 20 Embarrassingly Bad Book Covers for Classic Novels. So bad. (Warning: at least one book cover contains nudity - unrelated to the material in the book!)
- Humor post: Things You Don't Say to John Piper. (Of course, you'll have to know who John Piper is to think these are funny.)
Pins of the Week:
I could see these plans coming in handy in our near future:
Could be useful:
Thought this was beautiful (both picture and quote):
That's all for this week. This post is linked to Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife. Go on over and share your links posts and see what other folks are sharing. Or just take a peek at the pictures of Jessie's newest little guy. Spoiler alert: he's adorable.