Weekend Reads {June 28, 2014}

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It’s been a good week. My husband is off for summer break, and we’ve settled into a good little groove after our trip to Mississippi earlier this month.

This week we were blessed with visits from two of my best friends from college–one on Saturday of last week and one from Wednesday through this morning. 

College Friends

God gave me some wonderful kindred spirits while in college. We can go years without seeing each other and pick up like no time has passed. I know this isn’t the case with everyone, and I’m so thankful I have it!

Today is my husband’s 38th birthday (he married a much younger woman ;)–I’m 33). He is such a great daddy to our three girls. He and our oldest little red both love exploring nature, and this week he led the girls in watching monarchs blossom from caterpillars. They released them in the butterfly garden he constructed in our backyard.

Will's 38th birthday

Without further ado, check out the reads that gave me pause this week! Check out what I’m reading all week over at my Reads and Recipes board on Pinterest. 


Why My Family Doesn’t Do Sleepovers @ Challies

My family made this decision when our firstborn was an infant, partly based on our own experiences at childhood sleepovers and also at the advice of wise friends whose children were older or grown. I agree with the author of this post: Things aren’t worse off today; they are just more in the light.

What Kind of Parent Leaves a Child in a Broiling Car @ Huffington Post

My heart hurts for the families who have lost their children by accidentally leaving them in cars. It’s a mistake anyone–anyone–can make. I appreciate the grace plus practical tips that this post brings to the table.

Whatever Happened to Modesty? @ Michael Hyatt

I read and listen to Michael regularly for his Christian business advice, but this post touched on something entirely different–modesty. I think there is a fine line between dressing immodestly and being legalistic. This father of four grown daughters offers a great balanced approach. I want to remember this for my daughters as well!

Let’s Just Assume… @ To Sow a Seed (hat tip to Mandi at @ Life Your Way)

Love this one. I so tire of the mommy wars. I so tire of everyone thinking their opinion is the only one that counts. That so-in-so is a bad mom just because she chooses a different way. Let’s just assume every mama is doing her best.

On Pumping and Bottles and Formula and Shame @ Life Your Way

What happens when a mama of 5 has to break out the formula for the very first time with her 5th? Most know I’m a huge breastfeeding advocate,  but that does not mean I think those who ever use formula are failures. But sometimes that is exactly how many of us breastfeeding mamas make others feel. My sisters, that should not be.

For more reads like this, check out my Motherhood board (and Raising Daughters board) on Pinterest.

I've never really blogged about it, but missions has been very near and dear to my heart for a long time. Here's a pic from a trip to Africa in 2006.

I’ve never really blogged about it, but missions has been very near and dear to my heart for a long time. Here’s a pic from a trip to Africa in 2006.

{Missions + Social Justice}

What I Learned About Sex Trafficking from an Evening with Two Prostitutes @ Rage Against the Mini Van

Sex trafficking is a hot topic right now–and rightly so. It’s going on around the world, and right under our noses here in the U.S. as well. Posts like this are not easy to read, but the message needs to be heard. These women need help.

For more reads like this, check out my Missions + Social Justice board on Pinterest.


The Truth You Don’t Want to Know About Writing a Book @ Storyline Blog

If I’m ever going to get my book written…this one has me thinking I need to go out and rent a cabin in the woods. Ha!

For more reads like this, check out my Writing or my Blogging or my Being a Work-at-Home Mom boards on Pinterest.

What were some of your favorite reads from this past week?

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  1. says

    Thanks for this great list! Our family has the same policy as “Why Our Family Doesn’t Do Sleepovers”. It was encouraging to read others who are like minded as we have received a ton of criticism on the subject. I loved “Let’s Just Assume”, and I’m heading over to read “The Truth You Didn’t Want To Know About Writing a Book” now. Thanks, again!
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