photo by Finn Frode
Here we are, just about to put July 2014 in the books! Wanna sit outside for brunch this week?
We are finalizing back-to-school stuff - the girls go back a week from tomorrow. You are probably heading out to the lake or loading up for one more road trip to see the grandparents or grabbing towels for a day at the pool or looking forward to flopping into your favorite chair with the book you can't put down.
Since this summer Sunday is brimming with invitations to life offline for all of us, I'm keeping it super short and light this week, throwing out the usual format and just sharing a few highlights:
As I have all manner of gray showing through these days and I have no real plans to color it anytime soon, I was inspired to camaraderie with Tsh in The gray hair, it's growing on me (The Art of Simple).
Seth and Amber Haines are two of my favorite people on the whole planet. The way they write about marriage never fails to make me giggle and swoon. Seth wrote some thoughts last week on Marriage Lessons: Year by Year. I love the playful and thoroughly honest look at how their marriage has grown. Part 1 and Part 2 (Seth Haines).
When our twins turned one, I was unexpectedly pulled down in an undertow of grief, and I deeply regret that I didn't have the clarity to put together words on that milestone. In One, Twice., Sarah Mackenzie writes of her own twin baby boys turning one, and the parallels to our experience are astounding. I loved every word. (Amongst the Lovely Things)
As a parent of public school children, I am continually thinking about the challenges faced by schools, particularly when it comes to testing. This feature at The Atlantic examines the problem in-depth for cash-strapped urban districts, and if it weren't for the hope of individuals interceding in the system to come up with possible solutions, well, I might lose all hope. Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing (The Atlantic)
I clicked over to David Schell's blog this week to read Unacceptable: What it's like to be a Liberal Christian in a Sea of Conservativism, and it was a very good piece that I identified with in many ways. However, the far better discovery for me was happening upon his thoughts on God and sovereignty and redemption in Sovereignty: Confronting the Horror of John 11:6. (David M Schell)
Gosh, this is getting longer than I thought! But I have to include this from Helen on worry and want and plenty and lifting our bowls. The best thing I read all week: Bowls of Worry (A Work of the Heart).
Finally, last Sunday, I tossed out a question on the Facebook page that ended in one of my all-time favorite threads there. People being grumpy about pop culture is just the best!
Hope these last days of July treat you well wherever you are and whatever you are up to!