Earlier this week my sweet husband informed me that today, July 3rd, was Anne Day (for an explanation, read the note at the bottom of this post).
As I tweeted last night, I was pretty excited about having a break from my before dawn alarm, but, of course, my eyes popped open at 5:00 a.m. on the dot. I powered through, though, determined to stay in bed longer. Next thing I knew it was almost nine. Nice!
So far this morning, I’ve exercised (yay! 3 days in a row!) and am enjoying my first taste of dairy in over 30 days:
So very delicious!
We’ve got some very loose plans for the rest of the day, and I’m taking my camera along. I love spending the day with the man that I love, and I love not having a schedule. Life is good, y’all.
A little of this, a little of that:
~ Five lessons learned from counseling those with anxiety. Lots of good stuff here.
~ Why you should live in the Psalms
~ Anyone want to try a week (3 meals for 2) of Hello Fresh for free? I have some invites, so just let me know in the comments if you want one. Paul & I just enjoyed a free week, and we’ve signed up for more.
~ The 25 best true crime books. True crime podcasts and books interest me because I’m fascinated by human behavior. Why do people do what they do? I haven’t read any of the books on this list, but I own a couple, and others have been on my TBR list for a while now.
~ I finished two books yesterday (My Berlin Kitchen and Better Than Before). I feel like I’m in a bit of a reading rut, and I’m hoping an upcoming beach vacation will help me get out of it. Any recommendations?
Happy Monday y’all!
From hither and yon:
~ The best makeup you can buy at the drugstore. I concur on the Wet & Wild foundation, although it’s tough to find.
~ I made this cheesecake again recently. And I still love it.
~ Internet trolls in church clothing. Here’s the ouch (part of a list of questions to ask before posting a comment):
- Am I speaking from a soul satisfied in God or from my discontent?
~ There is much wisdom in this wedding sermon (and so neat – I went to church with Micaiah and her family when we lived in Hawaii!). A peek:
What I am saying is that this marriage, if it is to be successful, must be a marriage of the Book. You must love and respect one another, and you do that by relating to your wife, or to your husband directly. But if you want to check on how you are doing in that relating, you don’t look to them, and you don’t look at the world, and you don’t look into your own heart. Rather, you hold the Word up, and you look at your relationship to your spouse as it is reflected there. The Scriptures are not just a compendium of divine information. The Word is light, it is food, it is conviction, it is a perfect mirror, and it is living wisdom. There is no better way to see the back of your own head.
~ A very sad story of addiction – My broken heart
~ I’m cranking out dishcloths these days because I’ve discovered I like using them better than sponges. I basically use this pattern and knit until 28 stitches before I start decreasing. That is the size I like using best so far.
[From 2013, but still true! Happy Birthday, Mom!]
Let me tell you a little about my mom: My stubbornness and hers often bumped into each other when I was younger, but I have a fuller appreciation for her (and the stubbornness!) as I get older. She has always been there for me. She was with me for Lamaze classes when I was expecting Will and his dad was deployed, and she helped me through a traumatic experience giving birth to him. She was there for me when Caroline was born and her dad was deployed. She’s been with me through all of Caroline’s surgeries, my wisdom teeth removal when I was thirty and home alone with two little ones, and my recent move back to Georgia. She’s calm in a crisis and never lets me feel sorry for myself. (That has irritated me a time or two, but it has been a gift.) She has a gift for serving in practical ways. She loves Jesus and her family. She makes things lovely.
She hates having her picture taken, so it’s hard to find any of her.
She loves my children well. She has always been interested in the details of their lives — knowing who their friends are, their activities, their interests. She and my dad have traveled around the world to see us and know their grandchildren. They’ve missed lots of the daily things because we were far away, but they have tried hard to be there for the big ones. And as Will has been at college in Georgia while we were living in Europe, they’ve gone up for his birthday every year to take him out to dinner. Efforts like that make a family a family.
I love my mom more than I can say, and I don’t know what I’d do without her.
[This time I’m adding one of my favorite photos of her, taken a couple of months before I was born.]
Happy Birthday, Mom!
From here and there:
~ A photographer’s ode to the long leaf pine – slide 15 is from Thomas County, Georgia, where I spend a lot of time. My high school’s (in Thomas County) alma mater begins “Mid the pines there stands an emblem of the noble, true, and right…”
~ Your body is a temple, not an idol
~ Cultivating praise in marriage
~ ‘Mindfulness’: Corporate America’s Strange New Gospel
~ A dose of nature: Doctors prescribe a day in the park for anxiety
~ For you fellow This is Us fans: The head of Jack Pearson’s family
Happy Monday y’all!
From here and there:
~ Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy shares some thoughts on things left unsaid. (I read This Must Be the Place earlier this month, and it’s soooo good.)
~ Gretchen Rubin on 5 mistakes I continue to make in my marriage.
~ Austin Kleon with 3 quick thoughts about walking. I’ve resumed walking for exercise and mental health, and he’s so right about even seemingly boring places being more interesting when you’re on foot. You just see more.
~ I spent 919 days in a North Korean prison. Woah.
~ Jesus did not say lust is the same as adultery.
Lust and adultery are the same family of sins. But they are different degrees of maturity. Lust is the seed, adultery the weed. Lust is the root, adultery the fruit.
Okay, on that chipper note, I’ll sign off. 🙂
Happy Monday y’all!
From John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) by R.C. Sproul:
All of us, even the most pious Christians among us, are overwhelmingly influenced by the cultural customs and conventions of the societies in which we live. It starts in school, where popularity means “being with it,” that is, being in line with the morality of the society, even if that morality includes things of which God does not approve. That’s what our innate struggle with sin is all about. We listen every day to the voices of the culture around us that tell us what’s politically correct and what isn’t, what is socially acceptable and what isn’t. Then, for a few minutes on Sunday morning, we hear the law of God. We know they don’t match up, but unless or until the Holy Spirit takes the law and pierces our souls with it and convicts us of sin, we don’t really pay attention to it.
From ’round the web:
~ I loved this interview with Cadence, my knitting guru and friend — on opening a business post 50.
~ Lemon Chicken Breasts from Barefoot Contessa – but I’ll use thighs when I make this.
~ What makes people like (and dislike) their doctors? My favorite doctors are the ones who acknowledge that I’m a person and don’t dismiss me or condescend. These are hard to find, in my experience.
~ An open letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is really good.
~ Who is the subject of your Bible study?