Sunday, August 18, 2013

Good Reads

Happy Sunday! I'm enjoying a few minutes of early morning peace on my porch and thinking about all the good stuff I read this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

A Cautionary Tale for Mothers :: Shelly Miller, Redemption's Beauty. I am so glad to have found Shelly. I resonate with so much of what she writes--and the way she writes it. This sentence really got me in this post: "But the most common mistake many of us make is assuming motherhood as an identity, instead of a gift."

When Dreams Change :: Mary at Giving Up on Perfect. I just love Mary's honesty here and how she's pursuing God. 

Mom of the Year :: 16 Balls in the Air. Read this. Just read it. You will laugh so hard. I know my family did!

Why You Should Stop Waiting for Life to be Perfect :: Shauna Nyquist at the Storyline blog. Shauna is quickly becoming one of my favorite voices out there. I love how she challenges us to find special moments in the everyday.

A Sending Prayer for College Freshmen :: Emily at Chatting at the Sky. School starts for me in a couple of weeks, and since I teach a lot of freshmen students, I found this post to be spot on. I think these words can encourage any college student, though--even the two I'm sending out next week. (*sniff sniff*)

Finally, I have to share this post (Because Love Does :: Ginny Melby at Lies Young Women Believe blog) from one of my former students (and one of Kate's best friends) who had an amazing adventure paddleboarding across Lake Michigan this summer. As her professor, I'm so proud of Ginny's great writing here, but as her friend, I'm more proud of the courageous, beautiful young woman she is. Ginny's family recently received some very difficult news and they are walking through deep waters right now (you can learn more about that here). She shared with me that this paddleboarding trip, while difficult, was nothing compared to what they are going through now, but she firmly believes that God has used this experience to prepare her. Please pray for Ginny's family in the weeks and months ahead. I know it would mean so much to them.

Well, it looks to be a gorgeous early-Fall Sunday around here, and I intend to enjoy every minute of it. Hope you enjoy yours as well. 


  1. Thank you for the shout out! And I love, love, love your beautiful header!

  2. I loved Emily's prayer too! I will be checking out your other links - thanks for sharing!

  3. Love, love the prayer, will send it with my girl and maybe to my girl close to you, since she is a freshman in the after college world. Was thinking of you and yours last night.
    also love the new face of the blog, pics, colors, print style!