Beauty and art and nature. I’ve been thinking about all of them this week and the internet seems to have been doing so as well.
Around the Web
Is Sunshine Sacrament?
Nathan Gilley explores the truth behind a flight of imagination.
- Sometimes, I’m exasperated by the sheer number of times my daughter asks “why?”
Yesterday, after a long day, I asked her to go outside and play just before supper. She asked, “Why?”
Knowing my logical answer would be a bit raw I went the whimsical route (for sanity’s sake). I dutifully explained that over the course of the day, due to a lack of sunshine, argumentative imps had began growing and multiplying on her shoulders. At first whispering in her ears then climbing into her ears and finally crawling out her mouth and attacking her sisters. The only easy cure for this problem, I explained, was sunlight, which melts argumentative imps into nothingness.
9 Awesome New Art Activity Books for Kids
If you’ve got a budding artist on your hands, or if you want to introduce the idea to a reluctant artist, here are some great activity books for you to try.
- I love checking out new books filled with arts and crafts ideas and other creative activities to do with the kids. There’s so much potential inside them!
In my mind’s eye I imagine afternoon after afternoon of happy creating. I see activities that I know will inspire us, bring us together, and that will be fun to make while adding to our repertoire of ideas and techniques.
Embracing a Surrendered Life
Michelle Myers reminds us that we meant to have priorities.
- Life includes numerous roles and responsibilities. In the home alone, you can be nurse, teacher, chef, and taxi driver—all in the same five minutes. But can I ask you a question? When you look at “all the things,” do you ever get overwhelmed? Do you ever feel pressure to find “balance” in your life, but you don’t know where to begin?
I’ve been there, friend. I spent years trying to achieve life balance. But whenever I had a glimmer of hope that balance was in sight, our season would change, causing me to begin again. Can you relate?
How to Raise a Confident Daughter
Maria Furlough writes at A Holy Experience on how she’s learned to be a model for her daughter.
- Come with me to January 1, 2018. Happy New Year!
I had officially spent the last five weeks of my life eating all the things at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, and all the cells in my body were screaming, “Stop eating cookies!”
“Okay, fine,” I say. It’s been awhile (like a decade) since I’ve tried to be on a diet, so let’s give it another whirl.
Out goes the sugar, the dairy, the grains, and anything processed, and for fourteen days I ate almost nothing but fruits and vegetables.
But something happened that I did not expect.
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Enchantment in Every Wood
Katie Williams takes us hunting for eagles.
- Camera in hand, I tip-toe along the trail behind one of our local neighborhoods. A tiny creek burbles alongside the path, and the low hum of mosquitoes fills the air with a palpable tension. My finger is poised on the shutter, and my faded tennis shoes seem to whisper against the gravel, as if they, too, understand the need for silence.
I am hunting for eagles.
Rodents, Romans, and Chiaroscuro: Why We Love The Tale of Despereaux
Alyssa Ramsey brings out the beauty of light and shadow.
- Let me tell you a few things you already know:
Sometimes light and darkness take up residence in the same heart.
Sometimes those who love the light the most find themselves plunged into the deepest darkness.
And sometimes even those capable of the darkest deeds find themselves drawn into the light.
To all such souls, I heartily recommend The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.
Something to Do with Your Kids
The folks at The Artful Parent have a resource for how to encourage your kids’ creativity and confidence when drawing.
Something to Watch
I just finished reading the book Rocket Men, about the flight of Apollo 8–the first mission to leave earth orbit. The men took what’s one of the most famous photographs of the 20th Century, “Earthrise.” This video brings together that image with an HD video of the same thing taken 40 years later.
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