Spiritual / Inner Life
- Edith Schaeffer died last Saturday. She had an amazing biography and wrote several inspiring, formative books that I still re-read. Here are a few posts honoring her: Tim Challies wrote about her; here's her obituary from Francis Schaeffer studies; 9 Things You Should Know About Edith Schaeffer; I Owe My Home to Edith Schaeffer by Lauren Brooks; and A Tribute to Edith Schaeffer from Mere Orthodoxy. My recommendation, if you've never read anything written by Mrs. Schaeffer is to start with The Hidden Art of Homemaking.
- Jesus Christ and Him Crucified by Staci Eastin at Out of the Ordinary. Excellent reminder.
- Trevin Wax suggested a list of 20 Easter Songs for Easter Season that you should have on your iPod. What would you add to the list?
- This is a post for women who are married to men in full (or part) time Christian ministry: The Woman Who Knows Too Much? by Shauna Pilgreen.
- Eucatastrophic Resurrection from Semicolon Blog. A literary minded look at the resurrection of Christ.
- A Faith in Need of Healing by Jo Lynn at The Sweet and the Salty. Definitely recommend this one to my fellow miscarriage sufferers.
- Finding Friends by Tricia Lovejoy. (Another one specifically for ministry wives)
- The Bible According to the History Channel. Did you watch? I did not, but I found this post helpful in understanding both the appeal and the drawbacks.
- Comparisons Will Kick You In the Teeth and Hijack Your Dreams Every Time by Lisa-Jo Baker. I should probably just go ahead and link to her blog every week: her posts always seem to speak to me.
- Stuck in the Doldrums: An Attack Plan by Jen Hatmaker. Pretty much where I've been for the past few weeks, alas.
- I need to be like this mom when I grow up: That Time There Was Inappropriate Content at My Kids' Party and What I Did About It by Kat at Inspired to Action.
- You're Not a Prop by Angie at Bring the Rain.
- The Change in a Challenging Child from God Centered Mom. Good reminder that what our "challenging kids" need is the Holy Spirit.
- Dear Moms, Jesus Wants You To Chill Out by Stephen Altrogge.
- Why You Can't Read Twilight, a Letter to My Daughter by Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas.
- Introversion and Mothering by Kristen at The Frugal Girl. Some helpful suggestions, bearing in mind that not every introverted mother will cope the same way. (For instance: co-sleeping didn't bother me at all. In fact, I thought it was much easier since I require a lot of sleep and that allowed me the most sleep.)
- Introverts Homeschooling Introverts by Jamie Martin at Simple Homeschool. This is us, with maybe one exception in my four girls.
- 1 Myth, 2 Truths by Andrew Pudewa. Mr. Pudewa tackles the myth that good readers become good writers. (Turns out it doesn't quite work like that)
- When Being Normal Looks Weird, A Message to the Critics by Mary Prather at Homegrown Learners.
- Six Reasons Why Conservatives (Should) Object to the Common Core by Shane Vander Hart. Not sure what Common Core is? Read this post to get started.
- History Through Different Lenses: Comparing Bauer with Foster by Brandy at Afterthoughts. A good reminder that reading broadly is really the only way to balance out our study of history.
- I'm not sure how I feel about this trend, but the pictures are cool: Living in a Converted Church.
- The Challenge of Letting Go of Books by Deb Lee. Yes. Some things are easy to "de-clutter". Books are not.
- I saved this one because the chances that we will need to remodel a kitchen, or even build one from scratch, seem pretty high at this point. Which means we'll be looking at IKEA too: Are IKEA Kitchen Cabinets a Good Idea?
- 5 Steps to Lowering Food Expenses from Go Gingham. Helpful advice if you're just starting out on your frugal journey. (Or you need a refresher)
- On Making Do from Amy's Finer Things. Right now we're in a holding pattern: can't really do anything to this house (it's under contract and we should sign the closing either at the end of this month or next) and we don't have our next home yet. Making Do is the name of the game and it might be that way for a while. (assuming we aren't able to fix everything the way we'd like in our next house, once we get it)
- Our National Pastime by Kevin DeYoung. Why Baseball is the best sport ever. (How about them Redlegs? Did you see that game last night? Crazy times. Further crazy times: my husband is starting to be interested in baseball in general and the Reds in particular. It only took sixteen years of my influence on him for that to happen.)
- Why Most Twenty Somethings Are Delusional by Donald Miller.
- I'm not a Mark Driscoll fan but this one made me laugh (and sigh): How to Interpret Christianese.
- Need a Job? Invent It by Thomas Friedman. Once again, not a Friedman fan (really, really, not) but on this topic I think he's exactly right.
- All Hail Maggie Smith by Gina Dalfonzo. (Dame Maggie is always the best thing about whatever she's in.)
- Pinterest is Changing - 8 Changes You Should Know About. Most of these don't sound too drastic but the head's up was nice.
Seems easy enough:
Another kitchen nook:
One day, friends. One day.
So, what did you read or pin this week? Do share!
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