This Is How We Do It

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As you may know from my self-confessed blog crush, Modern Mrs. Darcy is pretty much my favorite blog. I comment there so much that I sometimes worry Anne will think I am stalking her. (But really, do you know any bloggers who LOATHE comments? Hint: NO.)

I am so honored today to be guest-posting at MMD about “how I do it” – as a work-at-home mom to three little ones, writing for magazines and managing my own blog as well as a brand’s, and just generally attempting to stay sane.

And if you’re visiting from Anne’s blog, welcome. You might enjoy some of these posts that characterize what I do here at JessieWeaver.net – parenting, faith, recipes, books, and confessing my awful housekeeping skills.

  • 25 Jesus-Centered Christmas Books to Celebrate Advent is by far my most-pinned post, and one I think is really helpful! I know we don’t want to start thinking about Christmas yet, but …
  • I’m slowly working on telling The Big Story, about God working in our lives and marriage through foreclosure and completely unexpected circumstances.
  • My son Joshua may have been a surprise, but he was no accident!
  • Nine Minutes is pretty typical of my inability to get a grip on keeping a clean home.

And to my regular readers, I hope you’ll hop over and read what I had to say.

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Also, I think I got the most Facebook comments I’ve ever received when I confessed I haven’t cried yet about Libbie starting kindergarten. I wrote a little more about it on ParentLife this weekend, if you are interested. Here’s “More Ways to Feel Guilty: Not Crying about Kindergarten.” Plus you can see Libbie’s adorable first-day-of-school picture.

Blog Crush

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I have to admit that I don’t actually read that many blogs regularly anymore. After a phase this winter of reading almost none, letting my reader get backed up to more than 200 posts, I decided to trim down my must-read list to under 20 blogs. I read a lot of links from Twitter and Facebook, but this small set works well for the time I set aside to read.

By doing this, I would say I’ve become a devoted commenter and lover of this set. And lately, a huge fangirl of these two women: Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy and Kayla Aimee.

Anne shares my passion for reading, and she writes about it. She’s encouraged me to write more here about books. She also writes about being a modern-day accomplished woman and what that means. I’m most of the way through her e-book, How She Does It, and it’s been such a refreshing read for me in that, “Oh hey, IT’S NOT JUST ME!” kind of way. I love everything she writes. Seriously. It’s well thought-out, provoking, and grammatically correct.

You might remember that I met Kayla Aimee when we traveled together to the Allume conference. Since then, we’ve gotten to be friends. But I don’t love her blog just because I love her – I love it because it is fun, funny, and inspirational. Kayla has a micropreemie daughter named Scarlette, who is a hoot. Kayla shares Scarlette stories – both serious and hilarious – as well as writing about decor, books, faith, and just everyday life. Her slightly self-deprecating humor and willingness to expose her weaknesses make Kayla an endearing, wonderful blogger.

I think the other thing about these two sites is that they have devoted readers who comment. Reading the comments on their posts is almost as fun as reading the post itself.

I long to have that kind of community here. But these two women have put in the work and it’s well-deserved on their parts.

Favorites from Modern Mrs. Darcy

Favorites from Kayla Aimee

Do you have any recent blog crushes?

Worshiping with the Senses, Decorating when You Have No Sense

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I’ve been mostly recovering from the weekend around here, but I did manage to write two guest posts for two people I love very much!

dough bowl with golden applesAt my aunt’s site, Got My Reservations, I wrote a post that I titled “Tablescaping for Dummies.” She’s made it into a she said, she said between the two of us as I talk about how I put together a pretty awesome tablescape for my sister’s engagement party. I LOVE how the post ended up!

Jessie: When you are a self-confessed imbecile when it comes to home design, it’s a little intimidating to have your aunt, who blogs about tablescapes, come visit while you’re preparing to throw a dinner party. Really, though, it was a great blessing. The Expert went through my cabinets and drawers, helping me throw together a fantastic tablescape using only what I had. [Keep reading ...]

Incense censerAnd at OhAmanda, I wrote a piece about worshiping with all our senses, and what the biblical precedent for it is. I’d love if you would go read it and leave a comment for Amanda.

One of my best college friend’s wedding was very high church. He is an Episcopal priest, and the wedding was complete with big bishop hats and a fellow priest with an incense scepter swinging back and forth.

I’ve always thought the whole smelly incense thing was kind of weird. It’s probably due to my highly sensitive nose, but also the fact that I attended (and still attend) a Southern Baptist church growing up. We’re a little wary of anything mystical and churches that don’t have an altar call. Just sayin’.

But this past week it’s become very clear to me why the high church has incense. [Keep reading ...]

I hope you’ll go and visit these two wonderful sites. And if you clicked over here from one of those places, Welcome to My Couch! Get comfy, have a bite to eat, and I hope you’ll come back.

Welcome to my couch.

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Welcome to my couch! | Jessie Weaver

In October, after I went to the Allume Conference, I wrote this.

Readers, I want to invite you into my living room. Onto my couch. The rest of the room is probably littered with toys, purses, diaper bags, craft supplies, an empty coffee mug or two, the throw pillows my children INSIST go on the floor, and cracker crumbs. But I can clean the couch off, and I can probably manage to get those pillows back on there.

I want you to sit with me and look me in the eye. I’m going to tell you about how I’m a mess. Not just literally, although that’s true, but inside. Some days I feel like I want to hide in bed rather than face mothering again. Some days I’d just like my body for myself instead of being nursed on and climbed on and pulled and pinched. Some days I want to give in to Satan’s lies that tell me these kids would be better off without me, my husband is going to run off on me because I’m such a disaster, and God must be ashamed of me.

I will probably cry, just so you know. But I’ll also feed you, because that’s what I do. I love to cook and I love to feed. I will make your Great-Aunt Hoopti’s recipe for Fish Egg Stew with Homemade Ketchup and Steak Tartare if it will make you happy and feel loved.

And finally! We are here. I am slightly redesigned, I am rebranded. I am me. I’m excited to welcome you to JessieWeaver.net. We will probably be talking about a lot of the same things we have for the past seven years. But I also want to focus more on sharing devotions with you, talking more about how I deal with a messy life, and really invite you into my living room and my life.

I am so excited about this transformation. I have to throw out a GIANT THANK YOU to Amy Bennett, who helped me tremendously. I have absolutely no knowledge when it comes to the technical part of blogging, and I could not have done this by myself at all.

So come sit with me while my kids are planted in front of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. What’s going on in your life? 

Confessions of a Highly Sensitive Person

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I have a guest post up today at my friend Mary’s site Giving Up on Perfect. I’m talking my own version of perfectionism and why I always thought I was just plain weird. I’d love it if you’d go read it!

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I’ve always thought I was a pretty strange person.

I fit into many of the categories you ascribe to firstborn children … overachiever, bossy, serious perhaps to a fault. But there was one area where I never knew quite where I fell: perfectionism.

In some ways I am an uber-perfectionist. I worked as a copy editor, which requires an eye trained for detail and rules. When I am serving others my cooking, I freak out if everything doesn’t look like the cover of Southern Living.

Keep reading here!

Top 10 Posts of 2013

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Good grief. This year has just been a ride. Most of the year has been adjusting to this life-with-three-kids mania for me. I love my wee ones and some days I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. Sometimes.

But it hasn’t left a ton of time for inspired blogging. Nonetheless, I write when I can and I’m working on a project as well that I hope I will have time to complete!

So for the time being, here are some of my most-visited posts from this year.

Recipes

Non-Food Posts

Personal Favorites from 2013

Thank you, sweet readers, for sticking with me! It’s been a wild year for me.

I also want to give a quick shout-out to my top 10 referrers: ParentLife, Truth in the Tinsel, Kelly’s Korner, The Pleated Poppy, Stuff Parents Need, I’m an Organizing Junkie, Secret Recipe Club, Once a Month Meals, Finding Joy in My Kitchen, and OhAmanda.