The last third of the year can become unenjoyably busy for our family very easily, with ten family birthdays and our anniversary sprinkled in among the bustle of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So in 2016 Greg and I resolved to designate one day from each weekend in October, November and December as an "at home … Continue reading The Accidental Sabbath: Plans for 2017
At the very beginning of this year, I shared why I am so excited to "homeschool" this fall. I use the quotes because most of the time, "homeschool" with my almost-4-year-old son and almost-2-year-old daughter is woven into everyday playing and errand running rather than appearing more "school-like," such as doing worksheets at a table. But sometimes we … Continue reading Our “Homeschool Curriculum” Fall 2015
We are finally emerging from the post-hospital haze, which is similar in almost every respect to the post-hospital haze from last year; it occurred during the same months, I went through the same cleaning rituals- mostly gutting the fridge and vacuuming dog hair- I FINALLY saw friends, and I'm working on reading a Brandon Sanderson book. … Continue reading Post-Hospital Haze II
In response to a prompt via Facebook: ten books that have stuck with me over the years, either due to emotional impact, practical application, or both.1. The BibleWait! This isn't just a filler answer. I wasn't raised in church, and when I became a Christian late in my teens I immediately read the bible cover … Continue reading 10 Books….
Our safari (zoo-like) household is finally slowly emerging from a month-and-a-half long post-hospital haze: that hangover period in which you recover from hospital eating and sleeping, clean out the fridge and shop and plan meals and clean up cobwebs, clothes, and dust bunnies and generally get back into the home and chores routine. In late … Continue reading Post Hospital Haze
Transforming For a Purpose is my favorite book of the readathon. I came across it when I wrote the recent post about women's ministry which included my account of attending the Inspire Women conference in 2008. That conference was truly inspiring not only because of its content, but because it was evidence that there is … Continue reading Readathon: Transforming For a Purpose
I'm lumping two books together here because they share many similarities- I started them as part of a Bible study group, I haven't actually finished them yet, and they are both about communicating love and grace to your children and others in your life. The Blessing is a small group study based on John Trent … Continue reading Readathon: The Blessing and Grace Based Parenting
Another book that I have loved this year is No Other Gods, by Kelly Minter. It's a realistic but gracious look at modern day idolatry. That is to say, it's not an over-the-top legalistic view of idolatry which claims that watching tv or listening to "secular" music is a gateway for the devil. Instead the … Continue reading Readathon: No Other Gods
This is the one bad review of the readathon, and it is the main reason why I left the women's ministry group recently. I actually delayed joining this group for six months until I thought this particular study was over because critical reviews online described problems with the book that were big concerns for me. … Continue reading Readathon: "The Excellent Wife"
There was never any shortage of good conversation when I worked at a university. At my most recent university job, postmodernism was a big topic, and a colleague of mine taught a class on it. Friendly debates arose in the hallways and break rooms of our department over the virtues and dangers of using technology … Continue reading Readathon: Postmodernism