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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

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Of Hearth and Home – Literature

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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When I look through my list of the things I want for our family life it can seem like a lot. But really it’s not huge stuff. Well, I can say that right now while life seems mostly doable. This season of feeling pretty good and not dog face tired all day long gives me the energy to try to keep some of this going in our daily life.

I want to emphasize that these are just goals I shoot for in our days and weeks and years together. We fall short. Days pass without goals met, sometimes on purpose but mostly because that’s just how life rolls along a lot of times.

I just like to have the intentions written down and at least put on a schedule so that they’re there. If I’m not at least a bit mindful and purposeful about this stuff it won’t ever happen.

So.

Literature.

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What We’re Reading

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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I always like to hear what other families are reading. Here is a peek at some of our books.

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Summer Magic

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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“Dandelion Wine. The words were summer on the tongue.”

The wine was summer caught and stoppered. The balm of sun and idle August afternoons, the faintly heard sounds of ice wagons passing on brick avenues, the rush of silver sky-rockets and the fountaining of lawn mowers moving through ant countries, all these, all these in a glass.”

Like a smile, like a sudden patch of sunlight in the dark. Dandelion wine. Dandelion wine. Dandelion wine.” from Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Remember how good summer felt when you were a child? Remember how magical the smallest little thing could be? I miss that. I’ll admit it. I miss being a child.

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Because It’s Nice To Share

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Phil and I are spending a couple days in Lincoln to rest before the storm of Easter and new baby. I had planned to catch up on a lot of blog posts while sitting around in my PJs but so far exploring new burger places, HGTV and naps have been winning out.

But I did manage to get one post done so far, aren’t you all so lucky?

It’s not a 7 Quick Takes or 5 Favorites. I’m not linking up with any other blogs, just wanted to share some things I’m reading or happy about.

1. First, I’m excited to introduce my friend Sarah to you all. She shares the gig of pastor’s wife here in NE with me and just joined the Blog World. I think she’s gonna like it here! Go visit her, Saved Through Childbearing.

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2. Ever since I read the book All Fun and No Joy, I’ve been very aware of all the ways we have “over complicated” motherhood and being parents and how much Fear plays into our parenting.

You don’t have to read that book to know that though. It’s all over the place. And I think Anna Mussmann said it well in her recent article as to why that is. When Parenting becomes a “lifestyle choice” or children become accessories to adult life then you better make sure you’re gonna do it well. Make the best decisions and get it all right. Enter tons of pressure.

Anyway, I like when I read articles that just call us out on that and thought y’all might too. So here are some more links.

Over Complicating Motherhood  “Motherhood is seen not as a natural result of adulthood and marriage, but as an aberration that must be micromanaged. From this attitude comes a tendency toward fear.” “If we are to dialogue about the need to give children opportunities for growth and adventure, we must first recognize the link between overprotection of children and the modern attempt to redefine motherhood as a choice-focused activity instead of a simple facet of daily life.”

What Would My Mom Do? “It never crossed my mom’s mind to “entertain us” or “fund expensive summer endeavors” or “create stimulating activities for our brain development.” She said get the hell outside, and we did. We made up games and rode our bikes and choreographed dance routines and drank out of the hose when we got thirsty. I swear, my mom did not know where we actually were half the time. Turned out in the neighborhood all day, someone’s mom would eventually make us bologna sandwiches on white bread and then lock us out, too. We were like a roving pack of wolves, and all the moms took turn feeding and watering us. No one hovered over us like Nervous Nellies.”

And because it fits nicely with the above article, this – 41 Photos That Would Get Our Parents Arrested if They Were Taken Today.

How to Parent Like a German “Berlin doesn’t need a “free range parenting” movement because free range is the norm.”

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3. And then there’s this book, coming out in May or June, LadyLike. You can listen to an interview with the authors, I think it’s gonna be a good read.

4. Check out the Theological Resources page up top. Phil has added more of his work there.

5. And finally, the artwork of Elsa Beskow. Love.