How is it already June 30th?! Today’s the day for the things I’ve been into this month. It’s one of my favorite posts to write!
Rend Collective: I know that they are probably totally old news, but I’ve just discovered them (they played at The Justice Conference) and their Irishness is simply delightful! I’ve been listening to all of their albums and I haven’t found one I don’t like.
Compelled – Living the Gospel in the City // Ben Knox This sermon was a perfect one to finish up our series on living the gospel in various aspects of our lives. Basically, it all boils down to the art of neighboring.
I finished Siblings Without Rivalry this month. I hope to do a short review sometime in the future, but I’m just gonna go ahead and highly recommend this to you now if you’re feeling the stress of sibling fighting this summer. Easy read, FAST read, but some great information and perspectives are given.
Jake and I are working our way through the Harry Potter DVDs (we just finished the Order of the Phoenix last Friday). While the books are 150x better, I love sharing in the storyline with Jake during our Friday night at-home dates. We cuddle up on our bed, break open the guac and tortilla chips, and watch Potter. I treasure this time and will be sad when we’ve finished!
Red and Honey. If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, you simply must. It’s full of real food recipes, natural living ideas, as well as some fun other things thrown in there. It’s also important to me because I just started on as a Virtual Assistant for Beth! It’s been fun to begin to get to know her and her team, as well as do various tasks for Red and Honey. So I unashamedly tell you to skiddadle over there and follow her on FB if you don’t already!
21 Surprising Statistics that Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own (Becoming Minimalists) A friend of mine shared this early in the month and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Since we live in an apartment without a basement, our physical constraints prevent us from having as much “stuff” as we probably would otherwise. But still. We have SO. MUCH. STUFF. We live in an apartment building whose dumpsters are regularly overflowing with nice items: new tall boots (still in the box), jogging strollers, big screen TVs, toys, desk chairs, lamps. Just a little while ago we found 10 trash bags full of girls clothes. All good stuff. But, apparently others’ “junk”. The stuff problem is out of control here in America. It’s out of control in my own home. We’ve been busy finding ways to give people the stuff we find as well as give away more of our stuff. I’m working on paring down my clothes to less than 30 outfits a month and we’re working up to another toy purge. Bonus: Less stuff= less cleaning.
Teachers Transform Lockers into Great Books. I think this is FABULOUS! Can you imagine going to school everyday and walking down hallways with these bright lockers? I am a firm believer that our spaces REALLY matter. Great spaces inspire creativity and set the stage for the flourishing of people. Brava to these teachers!
My Daughter is Not Giving Me a Hard Time, She’s Having a Hard Time. We’ve been doing some more experimenting in our parenting, and this post speaks to the type of mindset we’re working to adopt. When our kids are fighting and nagging one another, throwing tantrums and what not, we can choose to be exasperated with them and believe that they are just too dramatic, too sensitive, too ________. OR, we can see that they are having a hard time, and emphasize with them and try to love them where they’re at, recognizing that it’s tough for them too.
Stuff We Did
We celebrated Juneteenth with other Madisonites at Olin Park. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S.. I started out the morning hanging out with a few ladies, talking about the racial tensions in Madison, along with our hopes, prayers, and ideas for participating in racial reconciliation here in our City. We’re using this Bible study as a jumping off point for discussion and prayer. If you’re in the Madison area and want to participate, you can join our FB group to get updates on the times and places of the rest of the meetings. After the meeting, Jake and 3/4 of the kids joined me at the park where there was some yummy food, a huge tent of kids activities, music, and fun!
The two younger kids have started ANOTHER 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a challenge that’s pretty self-explanatory :). We finished the first one through the Madison Public Library in May. In June when we were at the Middleton Library (a library that’s as close to us as our favorite Madison library), they invited the girls to do it again! This one’s pretty cool because you write each book that the child reads, and then at the end, you get to keep the book. What a fun way to look back and remember! There are a ton of libraries around the country that are participating, so check out to see if your local library is doing it too!
I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into posts!