The weather turned a little bit this week—it was downright cool one day. I know it’s not the end of the summer heat (I live in the American South, after all), but it was a hint that a corner is coming and autumn is on its way. I couldn’t be more delighted, despite the crazy end-of-summer business that brings for me. I hope it brings you joy, too.
Around the Web
The Beauty of Bluey
Over at the Rabbit Room, Sarah Bramblett digs into why we love Bluey.
- A Jennifer Trafton print of a quote from Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga adorns a shelf in my daughter’s room. Vibrant colors speak over the nursery, “It’s a story the maker has always told, and the story, my child, is true.”
The Rabbit Room celebrates that beauty; good stories echo the True Story. Some of the best stories I’ve discovered in my daughter’s first year-and-a-half have been shared in seven-minute segments by a family of animated dogs.
Brand New Kid by David Almond
Janie reviews a novel for middle schoolers.
- Brand New Boy explores the “humanity” of manufactured humans through the eyes of curious middle-school students.
Chasing Delight in the Middle of Suffering
Katie Blackburn explores what it means to seek delight.
- It started with cake. A cinnamon roll cake, to be specific. Sweet and soft and just decadent enough to feel a bit over the top—a little more than just a small part of the meal dropped off to help me through the most painful season of my life.
5 Prayers for Moms to Start Their Day Right
Amanda Idleman gives resources to moms for making a start to the day.
- I recently began reading Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. I have loved every page, but one section that stood out to me was her description of how we program ourselves to focus on things through the patterns we establish as we start our day.
Around the Warren
Lindsey Murphy takes a look around.
- A few nights ago, I was on an airplane home from an incredible trip to Colorado Springs. My eyes were glued to the view outside the window as we were literally flying through a sea of clouds, enveloped in light and water, set afire by the sunset at our backs.
The entire trip was encounter after encounter with the Unfathomable. We hiked across the world’s highest suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge, peering into an impossibly deep canyon at the glittering river below.
Saving Samantha: A True Story
K. A. Ramstad reviews a picture book.
- Saving Samantha: A True Story, written by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, tells the story of how Robbyn and her family rehabilitate a fox kit. Robbyn’s journal entries are intermingled throughout the story, describing their care for the fox and the adventures she has.
Something to Do with Your Kids
I was introduced to the idea of birthday traditions (like a set of questions you ask every year) later in life—we had the privilege of picking dinner and cake in my family, but didn’t have a whole lot of things that happened every year. If you’re looking for a tradition like that, here’s a birthday scavenger hunt that could be fun!
Something to Watch
Destin paints the sky and tells us about the speed limit of helicopters. This one is the last video in a series, and there are some cool ones that come before, but I loved the painting with light!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team