Suffice it to say we were off our routine and - except for the visiting grandparents part - slightly out of sorts all week. Wednesday I seriously just wanted to go back to bed and stay there. (You can guess how well that worked out). Schoolwork just sort of drifted - a few things got done but much more didn't. Meals were based on what was at hand (fortunately we got to eat with grandparents two days this week!) and I felt behind and inadequate all week.
But it's Saturday now and the week is almost over. I'm so ready for a fresh week. It won't be exactly routine, we have a TN trip and more visits with other grandparents, but it has to be better than this week.
Now for the links (and there are a LOT of them, so settle in):
Spiritual / Inner Life
- The All-Better Kiss by Britney Hamm.
- Why Telling Your Story is Not the Best Way to Share the Gospel by Leslie Keeney. Apologetics is important and critical thinking (logic) must be taught.
- Related: How Logic Can Help Save a College Student's Faith by Dave Sterrett.
- Should We Sing "To" God or "About" God? by Ross King. (And if you're thinking the answer is "both", I agree, but there's more to the post so don't be scared off.)
- 5 Lies Every Twentysomething Needs To Stop Believing by Paul Angone. Hope it's OK for a thirtysomething to post this since I'll admit that I needed it too.
- Stop Following Your Heart by Chris Nye.
- 10 Perils of Prosperity by John Teevan.
- 5 Words Vs. 5 Lies by Trip Lee.
- Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are by Meredith Fineman. Convicting.
- The Ache of Mortality by Elisha Galotti. Lovely post and I could definitely relate.
- 12 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently by Marc Chernoff.
- Concepts for Kids: When to Stop Organizing by Rachel guest posting at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Good reminder here.
- Challenge Your Youth by Alvin Reid. This post is somewhat directed to church workers but it certainly has applications for parents as well.
- Getting Your Child Ready to Leave by Susan Yates. It starts now, even if your child won't be "leaving" for several years. (Related to this concept: I had a "how to sew on a button" lesson with my oldest yesterday. More practice required but it's a start.)
- A Nation of Wimps by Hara Estroff Marano. I may have posted this before but it is kind of related to the above post.
- Marriage and Birth Order by Corrie Anne. The Birth Order stuff interests me but I don't think it's quite as accurate as other personality measurements. For instance, my husband is more of an Only (because his only brother is quite a bit younger) and I am a textbook Oldest but our marriage works incredibly well. I can't imagine how my marrying a Baby (the best match-up according to Leman) would work at all. A Baby of the Family Husband would drive me insane.
- Holding My Faith Firmly Instead of My Children by Sue Birdseye. So hard.
- How Do You Keep Your House Clean With 5 Children? by Amy at The Finer Things in Life. I loved this post.
- The Introverted Mother by Eowyn Stoddard. Yes. This is where I live.
- Raising a Boy Who Loves to Write from Playful Learning.
- Reading Criteria for My Angelicscalliwags. I thought this list was useful.
- Multiplication Pin Explained. Have you seen that pin about how Japanese kids learn to multiply? This post explains how it works.
- Any budding architects in your house? They probably need this Monochrome Lego Set.
- How to Make Your Old Furniture Work in a New Space. Thought I might be needing this soon.
- Converting an Old Barn. Cool and it gives meaning to the age old cries of mothers, "Were you raised in a barn?!"
- How to Stop Hating Facebook. I have a love / hate relationship with Facebook. I read another post this week that said the problem with FB is envy. I told my husband that wasn't true for me. Pinterest causes me to envy. Facebook causes me to despair. I was only partly kidding.
- Speaking of Pinterest, did you hear about the user who was attributing Hitler quotes to Taylor Swift? Always check before repining "inspirational" quote pins, is my motto. OK, no, it wasn't my motto. But it is now.
- My friend Amy sent me this one: Stills from the Lion King vs Real Life Safari.
- Half the U.S. Lives in These 146 Counties. I live in one of them, how 'bout you?
- Sleep Boosts Brain Cell Numbers. I could have told them this. (P.S. Dear BBC, thanks for taking the stigma out of wanting to sleep longer. Kisses!)
- This Abandoned Mall is Perfect for Your Zombie Back to School Shopping. We've got a few local malls that are tending this way. Bring back the malls, I say. These new shopping centers mean I have to drive to each individual store and buckle / unbuckle my kids at each stop. So I just don't go. Of course, I didn't go to the mall much anymore either so I guess they don't need my opinion.
- The 1970s Cold War Era Home Built 26 Feet Underground. You know you've always wanted a glorified bunker with a pink kitchen...
- Last link of the day and it's just because it made me laugh out loud: Under Julia Child's Kitchen Counter.
IKEA Furniture for Barbies. How has it taken them this long to think of this?!
I love everything about this room:
So, what caught your eye this week?
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