If I sound done with it all, it's just because I am.
Miss Lili and I had to make a doctor's visit this week. She has an ear infection (among other symptoms) and I have a sinus infection. Considering I've been fighting this cold or virus or whatever it is since before Baby Boy was born, I'm ready for it to just go away already.
Oh, and tomorrow's my birthday.
But, anyway, on to the links!
Spiritual / Inner Life
- Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit from the New York Times. Sleep is a beautiful thing.
- We Can't Stop the Crash, But We Can Pick Up The Pieces by Dave Miller.
- If You Could Actually Thank C.S. Lewis by Sarah Clarkson. So glad to hear Lewis is getting a memorial in Westminster. Long overdue, in my opinion.
- What We Lose in our Child-Free Culture by Katrina Trinko.
- If All You Have is a Hammer by Kevin DeYoung.
- The Litmus Test of Genuine Christianity by Cap Stewart.
- My Biggest Regret by Sarah at My Joy Filled Life. Powerful post (and related post: You Would Be 18.)
- Dear Less Than Perfect Mom by Lea at Becoming Super Mommy.
- Helping Your Kids Be Best Friends by Tricia Goyer.
- Rethinking Mother's Day from The Duchy of Burgundy Carrots.
- Stress and Motherhood from The Duchy of Burgundy Carrots. This is something Philip and I have been talking about after hearing a Focus on the Family radio program about motherhood and stress. We've found that the more children you have does not, surprisingly, increase stress. Part of the reason for that is that you ease up on your standards a bit. You prioritize and decide what's important in parenting. (Daily baths? Not so much. Family meals together? Very important.) One thing I love about five kids so far: there's always someone. Someone to help. Someone playing with the toddler. Someone holding the baby. Someone looking for a job to do. Someone building elaborate playsets to play with all day.
- Dad, Will You Teach Me What it Means To Be A Man? by Julie Sibert. (Trivia: this post was published the day our son was born.)
- Related: Raising Good Men. An Interview with Eric Metaxas. Love the books on Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer that Metaxas has written. Also love his willingness to speak truth in this "tolerant" age. Can't wait to read his latest book.
- Twelve Ways to Prepare Your Children For Times of Doubt by C. Michael Patton.
- How Do We Discern the Spiritual Conversion of Children? from Practical Shepherding. This is one of my primary concerns while parenting our children. And we are in the thick of it right now, especially with Sweet Pea.
- Almost Grown: How to Keep the Faith by Lisa at Do Not Depart.
- How to Be the Mom in the Mirror You Want Reflected in Your Daughter's Life from Lisa-Jo Baker (guest post by Emily Wierenga). Really needed this one this week. (2 weeks post-partum is sometimes not a happy place to be, body-image wise)
- How to Raise Good Conversationalists by Janel at MomLife Today.
- Toddlers Becoming So Addicted to iPads They Require Therapy by Victoria Ward. I don't doubt it. Turn off the devices, people! (Side note: we do not have smart phones or iPads and yet I find that Miss Lili is absolutely fascinated with them and can operate them better than I do when given the chance. Wild world.)
- On Pre-reading Your Children's Books from Higher Up and Further In.
- Age Appropriate Books for the Precocious Reader from Hope is the Word. Many homeschool parents run in to this difficulty. One piece of advice that I heard at a homeschool convention: encourage these young but precocious readers to read biographies (especially of Christians who have lived before us). True life adventures and challenges will inspire them while satisfying their desire for action.
Once again, I didn't spend much time on Pinterest this week. But yet another peanut butter / chocolate dessert caught my eye:
So, what caught your eye this week?
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