Let those on the hunt for you sing and celebrate. – Psalm 70:4 (MSG)
It’s been a long winter here in the Pacific Northwest. We had more snow last week, but temperatures are slowly starting to climb their way back up and bring hope that Spring is coming.
Here’s a list of what’s making me happy on these cold, February days:
1. Becoming tooth fairy
Jed lost his first tooth last Saturday so I have assumed the job of tooth fairy for a season. Despite my initial excitement I still managed to forget to show up for my first night of work. Oops! In my defense, he lost it early on Saturday morning while in I was still in bed. After a full day on Saturday, in the words of Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter, “I just forgot!” Poor Jed came in to my bedroom on Sunday morning all downcast that the tooth fairy stood him up. I told him I would call her and make sure she came that night… and then I hurried to write myself a note and put it next to my bed so I wouldn’t forget again! Oh, well. #parentfail
2. Sushi is our new family fave
When you have a child who is extremely picky, and a sibling who loves most things, except of course for the few things her brother actually likes, finding a restaurant that makes everyone happy is daunting, if near impossible. But, you guys, we have found a winner: sushi! Both my kids can gobble down a whole bowl of edamame. They both mastered the art of removing the pods, yes, even the two-year old (she has fine motor skills well beyond her years). And my son (okay, we all know he’s the picky one) loves miso soup. While I realize that this isn’t quite a complete meal for him yet, it certainly beats a singular meal of french fries which is usually all he will eat when we go out. Everyone is happy when we go out to Sushi, as my son so aptly puts it, “I like this place.”
3. The Simplified Decorating Course
by Emily Lex @ Jones Design Company
My husband bought this for me as an early birthday present. Early for reasons that will soon be disclosed in an upcoming post. And it’s been so much fun. I’ve always loved decorating, arranging, and organizing but I’ve never really known what I’m doing. I’ve had my share of past decorating fails (like when I painted our entire living room sea glass green — pretty color, a little much though for a living room). Anyway, I’ve been pleased to discover that aside from green living room walls, there were some things I did intuitively well that the class confirmed for me. And I can now identify my style, make a color scheme that works, and create a design board. Thank you, Emily!
From Around the Internet
In this episode, Emily and Kendra (aka the Lazy Genius) discuss creativity and how they approach their work. Since they are both writers/bloggers I was interested to hear how they arrange their work time around family and kids and how they think about their writing and creative ideas. Near the end, Emily offered two important questions to ask yourself about your work: 1) Why are you doing what you are doing? and 2) Who are you doing it for? I literally sat down right then and there and did some thinking and brainstorming about these questions and it was very clarifying for me for the vocational direction I want to head. I think the whole episode is valuable and if you are a writer, or other creative, I highly recommend this episode.
On Finding God in the Pots and Pans by Aimee Kollmansberger
On how to bridge the gap between “quiet times” and the ever-present noise surrounding motherhood.
The Life Changing Work of Making Dinner by Addie Zierman
Addie speaks of depression and her own journey towards the kitchen and a healthy diet.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
This has been the perfect book for a snowy week. It’s big and thick and it has me thinking. I do confess that it was a bit challenging to get used to the style of writing at first and it can be a little hard to follow in places, but overall it’s a fascinating book about the lives of some ordinary, and not-so-ordinary Americans and how they have affected or been affected by the events in the U.S. over the last 30 years. Since I haven’t followed current events very consistently, this has been an eye opener. It reveals the forces and the dynamics at play that have led to our current political and economic system.
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
I actually finished this one a few weeks ago, but since I’ve been absent on the blog and it’s so good, I wanted to share it here as well. I highly recommend this phenomenal book about work. And stay-at-home moms, don’t tune out because while it does heavily deal with paid work, it also has many good, gospel-derived ideas about how we should approach our work as mothers and keepers of the home. This is the manual for understanding how faith and work relate and if you want the gospel to inform the way you approach your vocational life, read this book!
That’s all for now! Have a great weekend!