I am over my head in manuscript writing right now, to the point that it's hard for me to function effectively in any other area of my life. Thankfully, there's always 7 Quick Takes to allow me some space to tell you what I'm thinking about when I'm not just treading water:
1. Y'all. The Spendid Season Gift Guide is shaping up nicely. I am really excited to introduce you to the businesses represented in it. I think they are ALL a great fit for this audience!
One thing I don't have represented in the guide are shops that cater to kids and kids' items. Do you have an Etsy shop or some other kind of small business that sells children's clothing, accessories, toys, or treats? Email me so we can talk about getting you placed in my gift guide!
2. Over at Synchoblog, the topic for November is something that appeals to me on so many levels: Calling Us Out of Numbness.
Richard Rohr says “the role of the prophets is to call us out of numbness.”
This month’s Synchroblog is centered on where are you being challenged by some kind of prophetic voice.
What is it stirring up in you?
What is God challenging you to consider?
How does it intersect with your faith & practical experience?
I know so many of you share a heart like mine that wants to be shaken awake from numbness and call to the attention of others these things that cause us to have a fire in the belly. I hope you'll consider being part of the November Synchroblog!
3. Some great book releases happened this month.
This week, Brandon Hatmaker released Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture which looks AMAZING. Also this month, Civitas Press released Not Alone: Stories Of Living With Depression, a compilation under the careful and thoughtful leadership of Alise Wright. I'm looking forward to reading both!
4. For years, I've heard about the wonders of Canada's maternity one year maternity leave allowance, and I've always thought that must be such an incredible provision to have made for new parents. Over at World Moms Blog this week, Salma wrote about The Dark Side of Maternity Benefit and told how sometimes that one year of leave can be marred by workplace politics and pressure to return before the year has passed. Interesting read for this USA mama!
5. It is so amazing how much I find myself on the same page as Jennifer, SortaCrunchy's featured sponsor this month. This week, she wrote about how she likes to be in control, but often faces the reality that she is not the general manager of the universe:
It’s tempting to throw an adult temper tantrum and say, “Well, I’m not in control; there’s nothing I can do!” But, the belief that I don’t have a choice is also an illusion.
6. One of the things that I am already thinking about not having control over is the response to Spirit-Led Parenting. I know it won't release until next spring, but Laura and I have already had many conversations about anticipating the response from people who don't agree with our philosophy.
Because of this, I really appreciated this post from Jon Acuff this week: Love Your Dream Too Much To Hate Somebody Else's. He talks about the question he asks people who attack him and his book, and goes on to encourage all of us that
The greatest way to never fall in love with your own dream is to hate somebody else’s dream.
The greatest way to never chase your dream is to spend your time hating somebody else’s dream.
The greatest way to never move forward on your dream is to donate your creativity to hating somebody else’s dream.
Good, good stuff in that post. I've bookmarked it for (lots of) future reference.
7. Finally, one last book-centric thing. One chapter I am working on right now deals with the importance of building connection with our babies and what that looks like lived out. Within that chapter, I'll be dealing briefly with PPD and how that can affect bonding and connection with your baby.
We've asked before, but I want to ask one more time: If you are a Christian mama who has dealt with PPD on any level, would you be willing to share a bit of that? This part is hard for Laura and me because that is not a battle that either of us had to take up, and so we are relying heavily on the stories of others to bring that section to life.
Some things we would be interested in knowing are
- How did your faith affect your struggle with PPD?
- Did you feel you could be open and honest with your faith community about PPD, or did you feel there was a pressure (spoken or implied) that this was not something you could talk about with others?
- What resources helped you in the midst of PPD the most?
Obviously these answers are very personal. If you would rather not share this in the comments, please email me at megan at sortacrunchy dot net.
So, that's it for these very quick takes. HALLOWEEN-Y weekend! Aliza Joy's most favorite time of the year. Candy extravaganza!!!