Here we are, the first Sunday in April! I hope spring is treating you well so far. My girls played outside the entire afternoon yesterday, coming in exhausted and happy just after dark. And today, it's chilly with rain in the forecast, so basically, yes - spring in Oklahoma!
Let's see what we can find to discuss as we huddle around the table for brunch this morning:
Unfolding the newspaper
If you are middle-age-ish person like me who has children, you know that playgrounds and parks today are so very different from when we were children. This article from Hannah Rosin for The Atlantic examines the why behind that more closely and offers a look an alternative that makes me swoon at the possibility: The Overprotected Kid (The Atlantic)
It is a tragic misunderstanding of the poverty cycle that gives people space to hiss at homeless people, "oh, just get a JOB!" This story illustrates a pivotal point to consider - how do you get a job when you have no one to care for your children while you go to an interview? The answers to this problem are never as uncomplicated as we would like for them to be: Homeless Woman Arrested After Interview (WCNC.com)
Things to think about
"'We light a candle, become aware of God’s loving presence, and take about five minutes of quiet while we ask ourselves two questions. For what moment today am I most grateful? For what moment today am I least grateful?'
Our practice of the examen unfolds without the benefit of silence and candles, but during the holy chaos of breaking bread together as a family. As we eat dinner, we practice the art of listening to one another – and listening to our lives." Ignatian Examen: a practice of daily reflection, Katherine Willis Pershey for The Art of Simple
"Your true identity is this: you are a Beloved Warrior. Start there. And then we live out our lives and our callings, the seasons and roles, the challenges and the victories, the healing and the mourning, from a deep well of love and freedom and wholeness – because we are. Creation tells you that you are created, called, chosen, made in the image of God as a warrior. Jesus tells you that you are loved, you are free, you are redeemed, you are beloved. Even – maybe especially – our imperfect, contradictory lives are singing a beautiful prophetic song of invitation: you are so loved." In which you are a beloved warrior, Sarah Bessey
Catching up with neighbors (posts from y'all!)
Some of my favorite bloggers and friends are doing a series on self-care. Last week's entries dealt with how knowing yourself allows you to take better care of yourself. As a long-time passionate advocate for knowing your personality type and how you process information and respond to the world around you, you know I was especially fascinated by these discussions!
Knowing Yourself: Grace for Today :: Live Renewed
Embracing Self-Care: Know Thyself :: More Than Mundane
Personality and knowing your needs :: Gidget Goes Home
Three Challenges I Face When It Comes to Self-Care :: Intentional by Grace
Embracing Self-Care: Know Thyself :: A Delightful Home
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He Is Risen Easter Printable at AKA Design + Life
Before I share some of my favorite pins for the week, I want to invite you to look at my Pinterest profile. My wonderful friend Rebekah of Simply Rebekah does some side work helping bloggers with their presence on Pinterest. I have had it in my mind for MONTHS that I would get my Pinterest boards cleaned up, get descriptions written for every board, choose appropriate cover photos, just all the things that those of us who work online are supposed to do with our Pinterest homes. And yeah, that just has not happened.
I hired Rebekah to clean house, and it looks AMAZING. Everything is so neat and tidy and Pinterest pretty now! Feel free to go to take a look yourself!
As always, y'all are the best - THE BEST - at community on Facebook. Last week, we commiserated over chaotic minds, and I basically used Facebook as my blog to tell the story of what happened when my house was a mess, but I invited a precious friend over anyway.
And I know I've mentioned it before, but lots of us who run Pages are still just beyond frustrated that if you have liked our page, you aren't seeing our content there. There are lots of solutions, but I maintain my position that a simple like, comment, or share of my updates there will help Facebook know that we like hanging out together there!
Confessional: I'm taking an informal IG break. I can say that I generally don't fall into the trap of comparing myself with the homes, stories, and lives of others, but for some reason, IG is stressing me out right now. Everyone's home is so pretty and tidy and lovely, and people are traveling and doing cool things and I'm getting all BUT NOT MEEEEEEEEEEE about it, which is a good sign that I need a break. I'm sure I'll hop right back on when I get my head straightened out.
Looking forward to this week
The twinsies turn 14 months old! Tomorrow!
Also, I am going to the optometrist for the first time since I was a senior in high school and I fully anticipate being declared legally blind. I have had a headache every day for a week straight and I am hoping it's that I just need glasses. Also, an hour at the eye doctor with NO CHILDREN sounds like a dreamy spa visit right about now. I shall report back.
Happy Sunday and welcome April!!!
brunch photo via Terence S. Jones on Flickr