It rained today for the first time in a few weeks. I can’t wait to see the world around me green back up—we’ve not been very dry this summer, but a few weeks of heat without rain have begun to shrivel the grass and the flowers. But everything can be made new—that’s how God made this world.
Around the Web
David Swanson meditates on the inter-relatedness of all of Creation.
- In Marilynne Robinson’s novel, Gilead, an elderly clergyman writes to his much younger son, “This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.”
Helping My Child Deal with Anxiety
Marie Osborne explores a common challenge children deal with.
- Her tummy hurts again. It’s been happening more and more often. She comes in complaining of a tummy ache, wanting me to hold her, to pray with her, and asking God why she feels like this. Why doesn’t her body feel good anymore? We sit on my bed as I hold her to my chest and stroke her hair. “Is something worrying you, sweetheart?” “I just don’t feel right, Mom. Something’s not right.”
25 Books Like a Series of Unfortunate Events
Erica at What Do We Do All Day recommends some books!
- If your kids liked Lemony Snicket’s 13 book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, or the Netflix series about the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans, they will loves these books featuring snarky narration, quirky characters and dastardly deeds.
Facing God in our Greatest Fears and Unanswered Questions
Ashley Morgan Jackson encourages us in our spiritual exhaustion.
- Anxiety filled my chest on that snowy day in Colorado. I took a deep breath and let out a familiar sigh, but I also felt a small stirring of hope. I was daring to believe that today would be different. It was January 1, and that meant new beginnings and leaving the old behind.
Life had been so hard and far from perfect, but it seemed to have eased up a bit.
Around the Warren
An Eye for Wonder: Prepare your Family to be Wowed when Traveling
Rebecca Levake reminds us to prime ourselves for wonder.
- In 2017, we planned a trip to Rocky Mountain National. Park. In the weeks leading up to the trip I sought to instill in the kids a focused, mountains-are-amazing-and-we-can’t-wait-to-see-them mindset. I had no desire to spend an entire day driving cross-country only to have the kids too busy whining “Are we there yet?” to notice the snow-capped peaks as they appeared on the horizon.
In a Suffering World, Discover Hope (and Popple-Cream): Review of Out of the Shadow World
Kathryn Bulter reviews Colleen Chao’s novel for middle grade.
- Colleen Chao has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and knows its hazards and heartache. When her little boy was only 6, her cancer diagnosis overwhelmed her family like a flood.
Chao dutifully endured multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, with all the sickness, pain, and exhaustion they entail, in the hope she might live long enough to mother her son into adulthood.
Something to Do with Your Kids
We’re getting closer to the end of summer and you may be looking for a way to savor the days left to you. This list has some great recommendations of things to do as a family.
Something to Watch
Destin takes a deep dive into metal stamping manufacturing.
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