What I’m Into {February 2016}

This month marked my first full month of working out of the home all day. We’ve been talking a lot about rhythms and babysitters and schedules and after-school pick-ups. Jake and I have texted more than we ever have, both to connect with each other… “you are never going to believe what I just read” and also to help smooth out the many transitions that speckle our days- “what time will you be home so dinner can be timed right?” and “hey will you grab the boxtops from the school office today at pickup?”

My window for hobbies and creative outlets is shrinking quickly. This month I’ve had to start sifting through all the “stuff” I did before working outside of the home all day.

Which ones are important? All of them.

Which bring the most joy? Um, all of them.

Which one can I not imagine NOT doing? Uhhhh. none of them?

Needless to say I’ve been awesome at figuring out new rhythms. ūüôā

BUT whatever, all of that crazy work for another night. Tonight?¬†I’m going to share all the little awesomes of the month. (more…)

God’s Justice {A Bible Review}

Last year Jake and I attended the Justice Conference in Chicago for our 10 year wedding anniversary. This is where I first learned about this justice-oriented, soon-to-be released study Bible,¬†God’s Justice: The Flourishing of Creation and the Destruction of Evil.

God's Justice Bible review

This¬†NIV (2011) study Bible was written by an international team of scholars (headed up by ¬†Tim Stafford, Senior Writer for Christianity Today) that aims to help readers to recognize¬†the theme of God’s justice woven throughout the entire Bible. Each book starts with an introduction, and study notes are provided¬†throughout each book, adding a scholar’s commentary surrounding the¬†various justice themes.

The contributors to this study Bible care about helping readers understand that each part of the Scriptures is written differently and hence needs to be read and studied differently. First Samuel should be read in a different way than Isaiah or Revelation. While many of us love the Scriptures and desire to read and respond to the Scriptures faithfully, most of us aren’t equipped with the necessary tools we need to read without unknowingly misunderstanding or distorting the text. (more…)

What We’re Reading (February 2016)


What We're Reading

For the past few months, I’ve been using this post each month to talk about what the kids are reading individually and what (if anything) we’re reading together. Because I’m no longer at home during the day, I have less of a pulse on¬†all the books the kids are totally loving. I get to read with them the best of the best, so I’ll still share those here :).

I also decided to add my own books this month! As always, let me know what books you and your family are loving– we love recommendations.

My Reading List

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book should be required reading for all of us that “believe ourselves to be white” (if you want to know what that means, read the book ;)). Coates writes a letter to his son, sharing his experiences as a black man growing up in America. It’s both sobering and interesting. I learned a lot; I need to be reminded of his experience on a regular basis because it is very much not my daily life. I loved his thoughts¬†about how the idea of race is more fabricated than most of us think.

 

 

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Date Night In: Puzzlemania

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One of my goals for this year is to be intentional about spending time with Jake. A big way we do this is by setting aside Friday nights for Date Night In.

We’ve done a variety of things for Date Night In, but if we’re not intentional about thinking up something creative to do, we end up on the couch snuggling and watching Netflix. While this is not a horrible way to spend a Friday evening after a long week of work and school, it’s always a good idea to change things up.

Date Night In Idea #1: Puzzlemania

This may sound lame to some, but listen– it’s NOT. (more…)

February Positive Parenting Challenge: No Yelling

No Yelling

I have a teensy bit of a confession.

When pushed towards familial chaos, my instinct is to start hollering.

And while I know why my first reaction is to do this, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I¬†figure out¬†ways to take a deep breath, count to 10, and with respect and firmness,¬†speak calmly to my children.

Always.

And while I know we won’t be batting 100% on this one, that’s the goal. Because it really, truly matters that our home is a place of love and respect. And yelling quickly drains a home of¬†those two things.

Does this mean we’ll never fight? No.

Does it mean we won’t have to ask forgiveness, sometimes multiple times a day? Nope.

Does it mean we’ll be all rainbows and roses and laughter? Ha!

It just means that we’re all aiming towards kindness and respect and love.¬† (more…)

Planner Stickers: Read. Pray. Scripture.

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As I mentioned a couple months¬†ago, I’m trying out the Erin Condren planner this year.

So far I’ve been bumbling around in it. I added a bit of washi tape this month to the bottom. I printed out some stickers for Feb and March to add for decoration. I made some of my own quote stickers with some of my favorite passages of Scripture and quotes from authors I love (Sarah Bessey quotes will be rocking my planner for the next 3 months!). Since the images aren’t mine, I can’t very well put them on here for the whole world to download, but if you wanna copy, message me on Facebook and I’m happy to email¬†an unofficial copy your way!

In my search for what-fits-me, I decided I’d like some stickers that I can plop on my weekly pages that remind me what I can be praying for that week, what Scripture passages I’m on as I’m reading through the Bible, as well as some books that I’m wanting to read/needing to read that week. Especially when I’m using the kindle to read, I need the titles of the books staring at me or I find myself forgetting that I had even started them.

I couldn’t find stickers like these. None for free. One on Etsy but I didn’t really like the style. And while I’m no graphic designer, I decided to give sticker-making a try. And I love them! And because I made these, I can offer them for free to whomever my little heart desires… and I want to give them to YOU.

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DOWNLOAD STICKERS HERE

You can print them off on regular paper and glue them into your planner OR you can print them off on sticker paper, which is what I did. [Hint: I used this sticker paper and found it to be the most economical!]

What kinds of stickers are you looking for for your planner??

This post contains some affiliate links! ūüôā¬†

Never Miss a Birthday Again {My Birthday Card Experiment}

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I really love celebrating birthdays- friends. family. neighbors, my kids. Jake’s. Mine. Whoever. Birthdays are days of unfettered love and spoiling, a yearly reminder that for one day, your little¬†world stops to celebrate the sheer wonderfulness¬†of your presence on earth.

Case in point. I’ve try¬†to throw great birthday parties for the kids each year. Ice Cream. Chess/Royalty. Monster Princess. Art. Woodland Creatures. It’s so much fun for me, mostly because I love seeing how exciting and celebrated my kids feel. (more…)

How to Slow Down in a Busy World {a Book Review}

I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all just really busy.

It was predicted that our society would now be at the point where we would be working 20 hour work weeks and enjoying the extra time with our family and friends.

Turns out we’re working more hours than ever. And even for those who don’t work outside the home, they not only take care of their children all day, but¬†are¬†putting in long hours of work after kids are in bed to supplement the family income. See ya later free time- it was nice to know you!

Alli Worthingto feels the crunch. She’s an author, speaker, blogger, and Executive Director of Propel Women. She’s also a mom of 5 boys. *Gulp* (more…)