Guys. We went to the moon.
I was watching coverage of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and marveling once again that such a thing ever happened. I love it. I hope we never stop dreaming.
There’s a couple of moon-related items in here for you today. Because I can.
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Why Hospitality Beats Entertaining
Jen Wilkin reminds us that opening our lives to others does not have to be a chore.
- But more importantly, I regret that tweet because I have come to recognize that the standard it proposed is flawed. It revealed my own lack of understanding about the nature and purpose of hospitality. In my self-righteous desire to offer advice, I had confused hospitality with its evil twin, entertaining.
10 Children’s Books About the Moon
Emily at Table Life Blog has a list of books for kids about the moon.
- Are you planning a unit study about the moon or covering it soon through your science curriculum? Maybe your kids are fascinated by the solar system. Regardless of why the moon is a hot topic in your home, children’s books about the moon are a great way to enhance your learning.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite children’s books about the moon. Since these books are a good combination of picture books and nonfiction, you should be able to find reading options here that will meet your needs.
Don’t Squander the Little Years
Dane Ortlund reminds us that the little years–though exhausting–are valuable.
- Tiny kids are hard. By tiny I mean the first, say, three years of life. The age when they are factories of need and vacuums of love, yet can’t even offer the decency of an occasional “thank you.”
The endless demands of parenting little ones can feel heightened by the fact that this is often the very season of life—late 20s through the 30s—when budding careers are most demanding and precarious. The need to be tirelessly devoted outside the home can tempt young parents to be less devoted inside the home.
Conquering Fools: Weakness and the Eucatastrophe
Austin Hoffman reminds us of the joy that eucatastrophe brings to every small aspect of life.
- “Despair is for those who see the end beyond all doubt,” Gandalf cautions the men, elves, and dwarves (and hobbits) who have gathered to discuss Mordor’s activity and the revelation of the One Ring. While Sauron gathers orcs and evil men to himself, in a stroke of fortune they hold the Enemy’s great Weapon. The gathering is divided between two possible strategies: they will either use the Ring’s power to conquer the Dark Lord, or they will destroy it in Mount Doom’s fire.
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A Light Through the Cave
Carolyn Leiloglou walks through the darkness of a cave with her daughter and helps her find the light.
- Last summer, on our Epic Family Road Trip, we visited Carlsbad Caverns. We arrived in the evening in time to see the bats swirling out into the twilight. The next morning, we said goodbye to the sun and made the long, steep trek into the chilly cavern. The rock formations grew more stunning the deeper we went. But not all of us were able to enjoy them. As we descended into the darkness of the cave, and the sky vanished from our sight, one of my older children discovered that claustrophobia applied to large sky-less caves as much as small cramped spaces.
Poems to Learn by Heart
Laura Peterson has a few poems for you to learn, all nicely wrapped up inForget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart.
- I’ve been thinking lately about poetry, about what sticks in our minds when we hear a poem. The sound of the words, the rhythm of the meter. I was watching TV the other day and heard some lines that I knew immediately were Shakespeare, even though I was unfamiliar with them. They just sounded like Shakespeare, you know? I often wish that I had read more poetry growing up, or had some way of bridging the gap between Shel Silverstein and my college-assigned Norton Anthology of English Literature.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Ever thought it would be fun to have your very own moon rock? Now you can make some!
Something to Watch
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