delectable berries photo by epSos
Oh goodness! As our the temperature heads into all-too-familiar soaring July heights, I have to say that the lazy part of summer is in full effect around here. With just two weeks of summer break left for my girls, we are moving into slow motion mode: enjoying each day with family and friends and lots of down time.
It has been quite dreamy, actually.
So instead of brunch today, how about we share some delectable afternoon-ish-evening-ish dessert? I brought some berries, and I bet you have some lemonade or iced tea around here somewhere. Let's dig in!
Unfolding the newspaper
My heart is breaking over the swelling number of child refugees crossing the US border, seeking safety and hope for life as they escape the a region with some of the highest murder rates on the planet. I agree wholeheartedly with David R. Henson that this is, for believers, primarily a spiritual crisis:
"So, if you consider yourself pro-life, you had better be on the side of life on this one. And that means asylum for these child refugees.
If you take the Bible to be God’s literal, inerrant truth, then you had better be on the side of these refugee children. God is unequivocally clear in Scripture that we are to welcome the alien and the refugee, not question them, detain them, and deport them." (The Evil at our Borders: Migrants, Refugees, and the Spiritual Crisis of Immigration)
So what can we do? What can we - we who are not policy makers, we who feel powerless to step in with life in the places where death threatens to win - do? In Unto the Refugees, So Unto Me -- How You Can Help, Mark Sandlin has listed some interdenominational organizations and initiatives to minister directly to refugees. For example, you can check out South Texas Refugee Response which can accept not only monetary donations but also donations to meet the needs of their organization which they list each week.
Things to think about
"Perhaps to 'eat intelligently,' one needs only to eat together. Although it would be nice to eat healthily as well, even take-out makes for a decent enough meal, psychologically speaking, so long as your family, roommates, or friends are present." -- The Importance of Eating Together, Cody C. Delistraty for The Atlantic
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"'All of humanity’s problems,' the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in 1654, 'stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”'Three centuries later, the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky shared his single most urgent piece of advice to the young: learn to enjoy your own company. And yet today, in the golden age of solo living, Pascal’s words ring all the more urgently true and Tarkovsky’s counsel seems all the more unattainable. The age of Social Everything makes the art of solitude appear increasingly difficult to attain, even terrifying." -- Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Our Capacity for "Fertile Solitude," Brain Pickings
Catching up with neighbors (posts from y'all!)
My sweet friend Allison explains in detail (with pictures!) how they make three kids in one bedroom work for them: three kids in one bedroom, O My Family
Nish writes with affection and nostalgia of her childhood in the 'burbs, charming the socks off of even old grizzled city snobs like myself: In Defense of the Suburbs, Nish Weiseth
Lora Lynn reminds us that the practice of examining our hearts is just as important as the process of examining our schedules: What I Learned On My Summer Vacation, Vitafamiliae
Favorite for Free
Blank Faces Drawing Page -- Free Printable, Dabbles & Babbles
Over on Facebook, we talked about where we spent our childhood years and collectively got shivers up our spines from looking at these death-defying photos. Thanks for liking, commenting, and sharing and keeping SortaCrunchy in your Facebook feed!
Looking forward to this week
Some special playdates and back-to-school shopping are waiting for us in the next week! What's up in your week to come?