Some things going on right now: our closing on this house (which means we have to be completely packed and out) is in less than two weeks. Our rental house is almost but not quite ready and we still don't even know the actual address. Baby Boy is getting heavier, I'm getting more pregnancy related aches and fatigue, and he's due in less than 4 weeks. The only way I can explain our life right now: Crazy Times.
But in the midst of this, some friends watched the girls last night and Philip and I had our first proper "date night" in a long time (and probably the last for the foreseeable future). We had supper at Longhorn (I believe I've mentioned my deep and abiding love for steak), stopped at Wal-Mart for a few moving related things (packing tape, among other things), and finished up at Orange Leaf, which we hadn't tried before.
I liked Orange Leaf except the toppings weren't labeled and something kind of minty got into my otherwise perfectly concocted bowl. Also: you pay by the ounce, but that's not really clear as there are no prices displayed. As Philip pointed out, "If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it."
So, all in all, a great date night and much appreciated.
Now to the links!
Spiritual / Inner Life
- Barren Beauty by Jess at (in)courage.
- Health Food Heresy: When Eating Healthy Becomes Your God by Lindsey Carlson.
- Suicide, Mental Illness, Depression and the Church - a roundup of posts and information by Justin Taylor.
- 7 Questions About Suicide and Christians by David Murray.
- How Baseball is Like the Christian Walk by David Prince. Baseball = the best sport and here's another reason why.
- Some Days I Just Want to Give Up: 3 Ways to Surrender in Your Home by Teri Lynn Underwood.
- Being "Burned" By The Church by Barnabas Piper.
- Respect the Author by Persis at Out of the Ordinary. Love this one because interpreting Scripture correctly is so important.
- Why the Church Needs More Christian Women Scholars by Sarah Flashing.
- God Isn't Responding the Way I Think He Should by Kasey Ewing. How often have I had to confront this attitude in myself recently? Far too often.
- Parenting Your Great-Grandmother Would Recognize from Short Fat Dictator.
- Confessions a post about parenting from my sister Lisa.
- Nurturing a Healthy Body Image in Our Girls by Cassandra at The Better Mom. Definitely something my husband and I are concerned about with our four girls.
- Angry Mom: Getting to the Roots of My Outbursts by Jennifer at MomLife Today.
- On Creativity: A Letter to My Children by Rebecca Reynolds.
- 11 Ways to Help a Sick Homeschool Mom by Roan at The Homeschool Classroom (Although, frankly, these are probably good ways to help any mom, sick or not.)
- Low Key Science Without Lesson Plans by Mystie at Simply Convivial.
- Homeschoolers and Data Tracking from Spunky Homeschool. Yes, more about the horrid Common Core.
- Using The Story of the World as a Spine for Learning by Mary Prather at Homegrown Learners. This is very similar to how we use The Story of the World but she also has a few ideas we haven't implemented.
- The Blessings of a Small Home from InspiredRD. We're going from our own beloved small house to an unknown but small rental. I need to keep reminding myself of the blessings of small spaces.
- A Shocking Confession from Abigail's Alcove. Love the "thinking outside the box" in this post.
- 5 Things Thursday: Save Your Money Where Your Mouth Is by Abbie at Five Days...Five Ways. Wait, you can buy ice from Sonic? Why did I not know this?!
I wish I didn't have to share these posts. But I feel like I would be remiss if I did not:
- 9 Things You Should Know About the Gosnell Infanticide and Murder Trial by Joe Carter.
- 8 Reasons for the Media Blackout on Kermit Gosnell by Trevin Wax.
And now, for something completely different from what I was just saying, how about a few Pins?
Love these magnets:
My two oldest have requested they get this bedroom in "the new house":
Love this hallway art from Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles (she's been sharing pictures of her entire house and I think I would love to move in there!):
Well, that's it for this week. What caught your eye this week?
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