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The Blessings of Being Raised by a Low-Maintenance Mother
- My mom has a little curve on the tip of her nose that she affectionately calls, “The Cullimore Hook.” She also has wrinkles on her face, a flat chest, a great smile and incredible legs. She is capable, kind, smart, low-maintenance and beautiful.In today’s world, full of over-processed, over-done, over-glammed out women, I will be forever grateful that I was raised by a mother who has always been too busy with important things to scrutinize every inch of her body, to obsess about fine lines, to turn herself into something she isn’t.
Call That Love
- So God’s glory and God’s love are incomprehensible apart from one another. His greatest glory is the supreme manifestation of his love. We don’t choose to favor one over the other. Instead, if we want to know God’s glory, we must look at this love and its concrete expression in Jesus’s self-sacrifice. And the more we press into the experience of his love, the more we’ll understand his glory — and that understanding is actually part of the love. God’s love for us includes his bringing us to delight in that love. We come to love the way he loves us, which, if we are seeing rightly, says more about him than it does ourselves.
13 Summer Reading Programs
Carolyn shares some fun summer reading programs in her post at A House Full of Bookworms.
- I love summer reading programs! Maybe I’m just competitive, but I get excited when my kids finish their reading logs and are ready for their reward!
My oldest is a voracious reader and will finish our library’s reading contest in the first week! If you have a kid like mine, this list will keep them busy–at least for a few weeks!
I hope you enjoy this list of summer reading programs and resources!
11 Bedtime Stories to Read to Your Children
Brian Phillips suggests 11 great stories for bedtime reading.
- C.S. Lewis once remarked, “I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story. The good ones last. A waltz which you can like only when you are waltzing is a bad waltz.” Reading the great fairy tales and classic stories to our children remains a great responsibility for all parents.
Around the Warren
Julie Park tells the story of God’s rescue in her life and the beauty that introduced into her family.
- I was at my lowest point when the Lord rescued me by giving me grace, hope, and a renewed desire for life with much prayer and support from dear friends and family.During this time, I didn’t realize that I had allowed the stress to strain every aspect of our family life. I was just surviving with a lot of checklists and schedules but little grace, much prodding and pushing without gentleness, deadlines and results without beauty. Awakening from my pain-filled stupor, I craved to bring order, beauty, and restoration back to my family.
“…you should smell like dirt.”
Words by Margaret Atwood. Art by Paul Boekell.
Helena Sorensen recommends a book series she first was introduced to by her second-grade teacher.
- Mrs. Eddlemon, my second –grade teacher, earned my undying love in two ways: first, she rewarded good behavior with “Funny Bucks” (which we stored in cigar boxes) and allowed us to shop at her General Store on Friday afternoons, and second, she read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books to our class whenever she could squeeze them in.
Old Roger Ribbit
Gina and Joe Sutphin team up again to tell us the tale of Roger Ribbit, a friendly old frog.
Something to Do with Your Kids
I’ve seen neighborhood summer reading libraries popping up over the past couple of years. There are some families in our communities who may not have access to books when they’re not in school. Maybe your family might be able to be that resource. If you’re interested in creating your own street-side library, here’s a cool DIY on how to build one. If you’re not a DIY type, consider strapping a milk crate full of books to the back of a bike or a wagon and heading out around the neighborhood for a ride and some lending!
And Something to Watch
Have you ever wanted to levitate a droplet of water? I mean, who hasn’t? I saw a clip of this on American Idol a few weeks back and decided to check out Destin’s Smarter Every Day channel. Yeah, it’s cool.
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.