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:
- 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.
- 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’.”
- 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.
- 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.
- How to stay on top of laundry: Not an exciting subject, but the thoughts that Danielle Bean and her commentors offer are really helpful.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.”
- 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)
- Going to confession: Radical Catholic Mom has some good tips on how to get over reluctance to go to confession.
- 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.
- 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!
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