Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/videos/projects/photos from around the web.

Weekend

Happy Friday! It’s been another crazy work, so I am very happy to see the weekend. The next two days are all about rest and relaxation. And possibly a new DIY project—I think it’s time to redecorate something! Have a wonderful weekend! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

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Keeping the Sabbath

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In observing the Sabbath, one is both giving a gift to God and imitating him.

-Lauren F. Winner

I’m taking a few minutes in my office this morning to keep the Sabbath—no emails, no phone calls, no noise. My door is closed, and I’m letting myself just be still. I haven’t done much of that lately, and I am beginning to feel it in my soul. The other day I told Bryan that I just felt heavy—like I was carrying around the weight and stress and busyness of my day wherever I went. I told him that I couldn’t seem to put it down, but the truth is that I was choosing to carry it around with me. I wasn’t willing to let it go. I wasn’t giving myself the space to disconnect, and so today I am. It may be only a few minutes, but it’s a start.  It’s a Sabbath for today.

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July Reading List

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1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I was really intrigued by this book, and I have to admit that reading it made me super excited about tidying (a.k.a. massive decluttering). Kondo’s writing is both instructive and inspiring, and I enjoyed reading about her process and tips for creating a living space that you love. I did think some of the methods were a little over-the-top (not to mention I could never get my husband on board), but the basic principles behind her methods were really interesting.  The bottom line is to keep only the things that spark joy in your life—that includes clothing, furniture, art, books, and everything else that fills up our spaces and to try to do as much as possible at one time (if you only tidy a little each day then you’ll be tidying forever).

2. The First Wife by Erica Spindler. The First Wife is a mystery thriller about a woman who marries a man she just met and moves back to his hometown, where she slowly starts to piece together the life he led before they met. There’s a lot of good stuff here—it’s suspenseful, surprising, and definitely a page turner. I didn’t think the writing was that spectacular, but if you love mysteries, it’s the perfect easy, summer read!

Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/videos/projects/photos from around the web.

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Friday’s here! Thank Goodness! I wasn’t sure it would ever arrive. It has been a little bit of a difficult week, but it ended quite wonderfully with a movie day with my kiddos yesterday and some crafty time with my best friends last night. Today I’m catching up on all the errands I got behind on over the past couple weeks, and we’re headed to a baseball game tonight. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

  • A good word for Christians about our role: We were never commissioned to demand that secular culture reflect biblical principles. We were commissioned to reflect biblical principles in the middle of secular culture, pointing to God’s redemptive story. 
  • I’m loving this gorgeous bedroom over at House of Turquoise. The headboard, the artwork, the light—just fabulous.
  • This post from Modern Mrs. Darcy on self care. There are some really good practices here!

Vacation Vibes

So I took a little break from blogging last week to take a vacation with my family. We spent a week in Hilton Head, plus a quick little day trip down to Savannah. We had a wonderful time, and it was just so, so nice to be away. We explored, shopped, played games, lounged on the beach, and ate way too much. The trip went by way too fast, but we left with our hearts a little fuller and our souls a little lighter. That being said, send coffee. Monday mornings are TOUGH!

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Friday Links {July 4th Edition}

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Happy Friday…and Happy 4th of July! This Friday marks the beginning of a week of vacation for me, so I basically couldn’t be any happier. I hope your weekend is full of friends, fireworks, and lots of laughter. Have a wonderful weekend, friends! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

  • Somewheres from Sarah Bessey. I’m also an INFJ, so I totally understand the urge to shutdown and keep to myself when things get hard.  But we need each other. I love her words here: I think our souls need some release: for wisdom, for perspective, for laughter, for tears, for even the holy act of hearing “I see you and I’m listening.” 
  • If you’re grilling for the fourth, I’m thinking these sound pretty delicious.
  • Looking for something a little more substantial to add to your summer reading list? Here are 50 Books that Changed the World.

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Currently {July}

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Reading: Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer.  This month is all about easy, girly beach reads. The beach and a good book top my list of favorite things in the world, and this month I get both.  More on this book (and some other girly reads) in this month’s reading list post!

Watching: Catastrophe. The good news is that Bryan and I found another show that we LOVE.  The bad news is that the first season is only six episodes, so we finished it in about two days.  Catastrophe is an Amazon original rom-com (you can watch it for free if you have an Amazon Prime account) about a couple who gets pregnant during a week-long affair in London and decides to get married and raise the baby together. It was written and created (and stars) by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, so you know it’s hilarious. It’s also sweet and true and just makes you feel really happy after a long day. Definitely recommend.

Loving: The excitement and bustle of summer. This summer hasn’t exactly been relaxing—we have been SO busy and work has been absolutely nuts getting ready for VBS and all our other summer activities.  But even though we haven’t really slowed down, we’re making sure to pack a ton of fun into our summer. We’ve been spending a ton of time with friends and checking things off our summer bucket list. It’s my favorite time of the year!

Anticipating: Turning 27! My birthday is next week, and it’s one of those big ones where I feel like I am officially going to be in my “late twenties.” Confession: I love my birthday.  I insist on at least a week of celebrations and prefer more like a whole month (which Bryan just loves!), so I can’t wait. Looking forward to celebrating with people I love!

Praying: For peace. This has been my prayer lately—in my heart and with my kids. I’m praying for peace and for God to show me how I can be a part of it.

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