Weekly favorites

August 24, 2007 | 9 comments

Since I’m going to be kind of busy over this next week since I’m having a baby and all, I put together a long list of links in case I don’t post much. Here are 14 posts I loved from my blog reading this week:

  1. On hope: Hallie has a beautiful post about how someone seeing the good in her inspired her to try to be the person God wants her to be. It’s a lovely reminder that we bring people to God not by focusing on their flaws, but by loving them and seeing what’s good about them.
  2. The fallacy of the sex life: Another great post from DarwinCatholic, where Darwin makes the point that “we put ourselves into awkward places when we try to focus on having a ‘sex life’ without admitting that we’re really talking about a ‘reproductive life’.”
  3. Out of the bad must come some good: Mum2Twelve has a touching post about how she and her family managed to make something good out of a very hurtful comment that was left on their blog.
  4. How important is it to get up before the kids?: As a night owl who loathes getting up early, I found this discussion over at Melanie’s blog about getting up before your children very interesting.
  5. How to stay on top of laundry: Not an exciting subject, but the thoughts that Danielle Bean and her commentors offer are really helpful.
  6. Our dogs, ourselves: The Bayly’s point out that Michael Vick was simply exercising his personal choice about what he wants to do with his dog, not trying to tell anyone else what to do with their dogs. Snarky, but with some good points.
  7. Giving thanks, in everything: I liked Susie Davis’ post about remaining in a thankful state of mind, particularly her method of dealing with discontent born of envy. She writes, “If I notice the neighbor’s new renovation — I give thanks for eyes to notice. When I open my ‘worn’ front door — I give thanks for a place to call home.”
  8. Homeschooling and chemo: Any homeschooling moms who are having tough days might offer up their troubles for Heather, who is homeschooling her children while desperately sick from undergoing chemotherapy.
  9. Biking to the monastery: What a cool idea. Stephanie is biking to the monastery where she is about to become a Postulant, using her journey there to help her discern if she is called to this vocation. Here is her first post that summarizes her story. (via the Deacon’s Bench)
  10. God will never count us out: CourageMan has an inspiring post using boxing as an analogy for spiritual battles. He points out that, unlike with boxing, in the spiritual realm “we can be spiritually renewed every day as [a boxer’s] body could not…so we can fight every round as if it were the first.”
  11. It’s a necklace! It’s a teether!: Finally, a necklace I could actually wear. I’m going to have to get one, and it also seems like something that would make a unique baby shower gift. (via mum2twelve)
  12. Going to confession: Radical Catholic Mom has some good tips on how to get over reluctance to go to confession.
  13. Camping out: Amber of Rutabaga Dreams and her family are living semi-permanently at a campsite while they build their own family home. As a person who considers going to the mailbox a bit more outdoor activity than I care for, I read all of her updates with my jaw on the floor. The idea of living out of a tent with two little kids is just so perplexing and fascinating and impressive to me. Some pictures here. Wow.
  14. A day in the life of a homeschooling mom of 17: The Duggar family, who I’m sure you’ve heard about recently, shares a glimpse into their daily routine on their website. I found it really interesting. (via Raising Saints)

Have a great weekend!


  1. lyrl

    At first I thought the necklace link was going to be about nursing necklaces. I guess I didn’t think that all the way through – a baby who’s nursing obviously isn’t going to be chewing on a necklace! I think these two necklace ideas (nursing and teething) are both neat, though.

  2. spanishgrad

    I liked the laundry post…ugh, that’s what I’m doing now. What I don’t get is how almost all the women who posted had husbands who didn’t do laundry! My dad is a vice pres of a big transportation company, works a lot, and does almost all the laundry for the house (+ the yard work + all the ironing). My mom gets mad that he does laundry too often! Maybe this has skewed my view, but my husband (a resident physician) is also quite capable of doing laundry even if he’s working 30-hr shifts all the time. If he can get through med school doing his own laundry before we were married, he can handle folding and putting it away now. Okay, sorry…just had to say that.

  3. Katherine@Raising Five

    Hi Jennifer – thanks for all the links! I enjoyed getting to know you here – so much food for thought from someone who was raised in a Christian (Christ following, not just church-going) family. I especially enjoyed the post about how no one shared their faith with you in high school. I was one of those who “should” have been able to but I did not, at least not overtly (I always felt like I didn’t “know enough,” go figure). I would have done things much differently if I had it to do over, but I guess I’m getting my chance with my kids.

    I’m looking forward to getting to know you more. Thanks so much for introducing yourself. I can learn from you!


    Happy baby day tomorrow, Jen! (Do I have the day right?) Don’t forget, if there’s something you didn’t get around to doing before the baby comes, IT CAN WAIT. Or St. Monica will do it for you. Your job is to be well-rested so you have plenty of energy to have this baby.

  5. Radical Catholic Mom

    Congrats on your new baby!

  6. Jennifer F.

    Simcha – I read that JUST after I looked at my to do list and started freaking out about how I was only going to be able to get to like half of it. You said exactly what I needed to hear — thanks!!

    The big day is Tuesday — throw a few prayers our way if you think about it. 🙂

  7. 4andcounting

    I’ll be saying prayers for your health, as well as baby’s. Such an exciting, but anxious time, at least for me.
    Thanks for sharing all the links.

  8. Stevie

    I can’t wait to hear all the details about your beautiful baby! I’ll be praying for you tomorrow! Take care!

  9. SteveG

    Praying for you and your family!

    Blessings be upon you.

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