What a week it has been! The kids were out of school on Monday and Tuesday as a rare March snowstorm kept us inside for many hours. The French Press and waffle maker were on duty 'round the clock. (The crispy grain-free waffles from Health Starts in the Kitchen are delicious!)
I have learned so much in the past week. I learned that if I promise you a Scripture to read for lighting your evening candle, by day three of Lent, I'll forget to add it in. I've learned that Sundays are days "off" from Lent - a day of celebrating the Resurrection in the midst of preparing to mourn the Cross. And I've learned that the onset of Daylight Saving Time means the boys sleep in an hour later, and I wake up feeling like a NEW WOMAN.
Lots of links to get to as always, so here we go!
Unfolding the Newspaper
For people reliant on devices to have a voice, the lack of unique, authentic voices available can be discouraging. Did you know you can donate your voice to VocaliD - "a project aimed at designing personalized synthetic voices so that people with severe speech impairments can use a voice that fits their body and personality."? I find this to be incredible and amazing! Everything You Need to Know About Donating Your Voice: Why you should help the human voicebank initiative at TED Blog
Things to think about
"When asked why he started the show, he famously told CNN "I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there's some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen," which is something many of us would do well to think on still today." There is a big, huge, tender spot in my heart for Fred Rogers. Is it strange to say I miss him to this day? This article made my heart ache with happiness and inspiration: 10 Mr. Rogers Quotes You Need to Read at Relevant Magazine
"You know why LGBT people have such a bad impression of Christians? It’s not because of protesters with “God hates fags” signs. We know they’re extremists. It’s because of daily being dehumanized by the Christians who lecture and preach at us, treating us as issues instead of as human beings—and because of the Christians we know who stand idly by, thinking that if they’re not actively hating us, that counts as loving us." Extraordinary words from Justin Lee, Executive Director of The Gay Christian Network, on his blog: You love gay people? That's great. Prove it.
Catching up with neighbors (posts from y'all!)
Hey, hey! Got a story to share about how you are living more simply? Tsh is inviting you to be featured at The Art of Simple! Because Everyone Loves a Good Story
Believe it or not, St. Patrick's Day is next week! Go Green or Go Home: or, How This Penelope Honors St. Patrick's Day at Penelope Loves Lists
In the age of Pinterest-driven projects and perpetual 40% off coupons to Hobby Lobby, these are wise, wise words: Beating your DIY addiction at This Sorta Old Life
Favorite for free
I have a new favorite in my life and her name is Chelsea Moon. I could listen to her YouTube channel all day long.
On Facebook, we laughed and empathized with this father's illustrations of the weirdest things he's had to say to his kids, and we realized our that our Target habits are quite universal after all. Don't forget that liking or commenting on anything you see on the SortaCrunchy page helps Facebook to know you want to see me in your stream!
Why do y'all always make me show the pictures of me without make-up?! This was the most-liked of the week:
Looking forward to this week
I'm truly looking forward to going further into Lent with you all. I desperately need to update the Lenten resources page because there is SO MUCH good stuff out there this year. I guess that's what I can do with my extra hour of sleep ... Wait.
What are you diggin' on this week?