For this home-loving introvert, that is not exactly a recipe for happiness. Oh well. I guess I'll catch my breath later.
On to the links:
Spiritual / Inner Life
- Paying Attention by Jonathan Rogers at The Rabbit Room. How often have I brushed off this kind of encounter?
- Free to be Ordinary by Adam Crawford. My husband shared this post with me since this is a struggle we've faced many times.
- 5 Churchy Phrases That Are Scaring Off Millennials, A Response by David Murray. (Dear Millennials, speaking as one of you - born in 1981 - please consider just one thing: maybe it's not all about us. Get your collective heads out of...um, wherever they are buried. Sincerely, One of You Who is Tried Of It.)
- De-stressing The Holidays by Jennifer Dyer. Please read the above paragraphs if you seriously need a reminder why I needed this post this week.
- Intolerant Tolerance by Mark Driscoll.
- Dear Church, 11 Signs You're Burning Out Your Church Staff by Jon Acuff.
- 7 Truths and a Lie About Motherhood by Jessica Smartt at The Better Mom.
- Don't Tell Me Your Kid's Sins by Megan Hill. OK, I have conflicting thoughts about this one. One the one hand, yes, our children are not our property and their stories don't just belong to us. On the other hand, this parenting thing is part of our story. We would be falling into the ditch on the other side if we never discussed those struggles. Pretending we have it all together is not helpful either. If you've read this article, what are your thoughts?
- Affirmation in the Thick of Things by Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter. (I think I could have used the phrase "In the Thick of Things" for the title of this blog!)
- Shutting Down the Homeschool Fight (Before It Starts) by Kara Anderson at Simple Homeschool. I hope to have new neighbors soon so this post caught my eye.
- Teach Creative Writing Without Lessons by Nadene at Practical Pages. Every once in a while I start doubting myself on teaching our kids how to write. I need posts like this.
- Why Johnny Can't Write, and Why Employers are Mad by Kelley Holland. This is the other side of the above post, the negatives if we don't teach our children how to write something beyond text speak and emoticons.
- Pushing Through by Pete Peterson. The importance of pushing through difficult literature.
- Narnian Equality by James Witmer at Circe Institute.
- 50 Years After C.S. Lewis' Death by Cal Thomas for World Magazine.
- Quotable: C.S. Lewis on Books and Reading by Brian Phillips at Circe Institute.
- How Lewis Lit the Way to Better Apologetics by Michael Ward for Christianity Today.
- 10 C.S. Lewis Quotes That Show He Was Ahead of His Time by Tyler Huckabee for Relevant.
- Tips For Renters by Stacy at Not Just a Housewife. I really hope our renting days are in the low numbers at this point, but it's still good advice.
- No More Knick-Knacks! Grown Up Decor That's Kid Friendly from Apartment Therapy.
- Even More Terrible Things Are Happening to the American Girl Doll Brand Than You Thought by Alexandra Petri. This just makes me sad. I loved American Girl as a child and my girls love it now but it's not what it used to be. (Shaking my fist at Mattel. WHY?!)
- Obamacare Schadenfreudarama by Jonah Goldberg. I don't like to be too political on this blog but this post was a favorite for my husband and me. (Crazy thing: we weren't together since he was at school and I was at home, but we read it about the same time.)
- 16 People on Things They Couldn't Believe About America Until They Moved Here by Michael Koh.
- Did Disney Make an Honest Movie About Walt Disney? by Jordan Zakarin at Buzzfeed. I really want to see this. (Tom Hanks! Emma Thompson! Mary Poppins! All in one movie! I can't stop using exclamation points!)
- 41 Ways Your Dog Makes Your Life 100% Better from Buzzfeed (language warning for this site). I'm saving this for when we have to convince Philip it's time for our family to have a dog.
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