Links as of Late

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I really intended to keep dong some link post every week. But this summer has been swallowing me whole, leaving little time for reading. Also, I recently took on a role of doing curation for the site For Every Mom, headed by my friend Jenny of Mommin’ It Up.

So in all honesty, most of good links are going to Jenny. Here are a couple posts that ran there lately from my curating:

But I’ve also run across some other stuff that won’t quite work there. So here are some other great links I want to share with you.


I’m at the beach this week, so definitely sparse online, as it should be. Reading away and spending time with my family. Have a great week!

Favorites of the Week

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A favorite picture – David’s Mother’s Day gift. He thinks I’m 52, but the fact that he said my favorite place is the Y makes me feel pretty virtuous.

Some favorite links of late:


Recipes I want to make:

Favorite moments this week:

  • Swinging with Joshua on my lap. The weather was just perfect, and he was going, “Wheeee! Hi, Birdy! Wheeeee!” Joshy keeps me on my toes and wrecks our home, but he is the sweetest little guy. He loves animals and often comes to announce, “Want Mommy kisses!”
  • Seeing Libbie in their kindergarten-graduation “Seafood Festival.” I am so glad that don’t have a cap-and-gown kindergarten graduation. This sweet program, where they were all dressed as ocean animals, was the perfect capstone to a wonderful year.
  • Receiving a poster of pictures from David’s year in the 3-year-old preschool class. As soon as I picked him up from his last day, I cried. David is a quirky kid, and I wasn’t sure how he would do in school after a whole year of staying home with me. He had the best teacher ever and just thrived so much this year in that class. We ADORE the preschool where Libbie went for last year and David has gone this year, and I am glad I have another kid to go through it, too!
  • Laying in bed reading The Husband’s Secret while rain poured and thunder boomed yesterday. <— That’s what I’m reading offline!

I know my blogging has been slow lately. Lots of work, lots of end-of-the-year stuff, and something has to go to fit it all in and keep my home livable. I hope to have a little time to plan and generate ideas after school lets out this week!

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

Favorites of the Week

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Just some quick links, cause somehow it got to be Sunday evening already!

Favorite links:

Recipes I want to make:


Reading offline: A TON. I guess this week I will post about what I read in April. I just zoomed through First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen, and started reading The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle.

What have you been up to this week? I can’t even begin to explain the giant, crying, bundle of emotions I have felt like lately. See: When You Think You Are Too Much. Wednesday I texted a friend and told her I just desperately needed to see someone over the age of 6 that day. I ended up going to a Bible study with her, and it was really a wonderful choice and a great experience.

Favorites of the Week

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Favorite picture: We went to the Creative Discovery Museum this week, and Joshua was sure that the tambourine was actually a necklace.

Favorite links:


Recipes I want to make:

Favorite moments of the week:

  • Finding the Make-It room at the Creative Discovery Museum. It is a room full of recycled things, wood pieces, fabric scraps, a sewing machine, hammers, nails, and some fun blocks that you can build and add a motor to. I could have stayed there all day! And I think David (my artist and builder!) probably would, too.
  • Coming home to find Mr. V had cleaned the living room and organized a closet. This is romance when you’ve been married nearly 11 years!
  • Playing board games.
  • Libbie working on writing her own book.
  • Making nachos and cookie bars for dinner – Spring Break food – and eating on the couch while watching Master Chef Junior.
  • Talking to my dad on Skype and seeing how much better he is feeling! My parents went to a restaurant and went for a walk yesterday in a park. Yay! (He had open-heart surgery just 16 days ago!)
  • Taking my big girl shopping. It was really fun. I am seeing the light of having a big kid! She is so opinionated, but so very animated and adorable.

Reading offline: Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg, and yes, still getting through Daring Greatly.

What have you been up to this week?

Favorites of the Week

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Favorite picture: Flowers my sweet girl wanted me to put in her hair.


Favorite links:

Recipes I want to make:

Favorite moments:

  • Snuggly Joshua. Always. I am holding so tight to this season with my probably-the-last baby, especially now that he’s 2.
  • NO MORE PACIFIERS!!!
  • Talking about what it means to become a Christian with Libbie on my lap. She’s showing interest in this lately, and it’s so exciting! (And then we played Frozen magnet dolls – because she’s 6. I am not much of a play-er of toys with my kids, so this was a special event!)
  • My dad making it home from the hospital. Yay!
  • Deciding to host a little Facebook class about essential oils and depression.
  • Traveling to Nashville for the retirement lunch of my “Nashville dad.” It was so nice to see him and a lot of other old friends.

Favorite offline reading: I am loving The Nester’s book, and I finished up A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, who is one of my favorite authors.

What’s going on with you this week?

Favorites of the Week

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I came across this picture from my sister-in-law’s wedding in August. Man, I love our little family! And my eShakti dress (courtesy of the company) totally delivered. It was perfect for this casual, summer wedding. I may order another dress or two for this summer.

Favorite links from … the past three weeks (sorry!):


Recipes I want to try:

Favorite moments:

  • Joshua just as happy the eighteenth time he goes down the slide as the first.
  • Everyone going to school ALL THE DAYS THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO this week.
  • David’s intensity and focus as he makes train tracks or plays with a Lite-Brite.
  • Scrubbing floors on my hands and knees. I know, weird. But the satisfaction of having them clean made it well worth it, and hard cleaning can be really therapeutic.
  • Speaking of therapeutic, writing.
  • Water aerobics.
  • Reading The Boxcar Children to Libbie.
  • David making his dove puppet go, “Coo! coo!” at church Wednesday.
  • Telling kids in children’s church about the family line from Rahab to Jesus. It makes me so excited!
  • How much the kids laugh every time they see “Donuts for Benny,” the VeggieTales Silly Song.
  • Joshua saying, “Bi-bible, Buck Denver!” To everyone he meets. Including a dog at my chiropractor’s office.
  • Beating back a nasty sinus headache with lavender oil. Oh, it is a wonder!

Favorite offline reading: I am trying to make it through Daring Greatly. The problem is I keep having a breakdown and having to process a lot of memories and information as I read it. It’s going very slowly.

How are you doing? I’ve really had a pretty crazy week – not activity-wise, mostly emotionally. My dad is having open-heart surgery next week, so I’ll be traveling and would love your prayers for him and my mom.