Some new blog discoveries:
I love poetry, so The Beautiful Due more than makes the cut.
Brian Zahnd, especially this post.
D. L. Mayfield, especially her posts on downward mobility. (Though I'm still not comfortable with the actual term, I love the spirit behind it.)
There are many more blogs I'd like to highlight, but I'll spread them out over future posts. It kind of needs a post in itself. Lol!
Have read: Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat. You can read my reflection here.
Am reading: The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
I am having a really hard time with this one. It's like the petit fours of Christianese cliches, out-of-context Bible verses, prosperity gospel anecdotes, and chock full of superstition. The author raises an early red flag in subtly comparing any would-be critics to the Hebrew leaders that criticized Honi (the "circle maker") and possibly later, Jesus. Nice touch. (Oh for a sarcasm font!) The fact that this is a NYT bestseller makes my tummy hurt. Oh church, where is thy discernment?
On my to-read next pile:
On my Kindle: Bread & Wine, Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story, Any Day a Beautiful Change, Mistolaund, Volume 0: The Rising Threat by Stephen J. Wright (my brother! So proud of him!)
What I'm reading with the kids: Treasure Island, The Princess and the Goblin, and assorted library children's books.
We watched a lot of Phineas & Ferb reruns. Because they're funny. And the songs are hilarious. We even made a Pandora station of them.
Once Upon a Time. Oh my goodness! First of all, I'd like to say something cute here like I'm an old-fashioned girl who takes things slow, but really, that's just my cop-out for being way behind the times! (No spoilers, Dahlings. Pretty, pretty please?!) But, wow! Josh and I are spellbound! (Haha, see what I did there?)
Whenever I need a good cry, I turn to Within Temptation's song Pale and sing it crazy loud in my rusty-first-soprano voice. Because sometimes guys? Life sucks and I can't cry even when I want to. So I let my soul bleed through symphonic metal, because it captures the essence of the emotions I can't express. Here's a youtube video of the song so you can hear it for free, but I will warn you that if you find gothic fantasy disturbing, you might want tab out while listening. Or just skip it entirely. :)
David Garrett and Lindsey Sterling. Nuff said. They play my spirit on their violins. Time disappears, my legs begin dancing all on their own and bring the rest of my body into rhythm. And all is joy. The kids and I have some wild times, especially with Garrett's version of Smooth Criminal. :)
My husband listens to K-Love. Good for him. I usually turn up my snotty little nose at most "christian" music these days because it just doesn't speak to me. But these two songs have really stood out to me, maybe because of the SVT that plagues my body, it really brings home the ideas of being worn or of barely even being able to breath. I get it in physical as well as emotional way:
Need You Now by Plumb
Worn by Tenth Avenue North
World of Warcraft (WoW) has new patch with lots of new battle pets and other content. I am way too addicted to the pet battles! Way.
Fire Emblem: Awakening for 3DS. The story is crazy-making; very wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, you might say.
Lord of the Rings Online ( LOTRO ) Josh and I play with my 3 brothers every Monday and Wednesday night (unless we get tired of it and then we'll play Guild Wars 2.)
I had to miss my brothers growing up, since I live in Chicagoland and they are in Sunset, S.C. It's hard to live so far from the other 6/7ths of my soul fabric, (i.e. my siblings); it's a terrible, hard unraveling. But we can connect through gaming, doing something we all enjoy, and hanging out together over Ventrilo. (I know, I know, gamer-speak is another language.)
Gift jar nut bread mix. My mom made this for us for a late Christmas gift. It is absolutely fab and I can pre-mix again and again to make it an easy-to-bake project for the kids.
I love my sourdough and I love my kombucha. You need to try these things before you die. ;)
The Downers Grove Farmers' Market. My absolute favorite thing to do on the weekends! We love getting to know local farmers, buying local in-season produce, and browsing the vendor stalls that sell homemade earrings and other artistic, hand-crafted merchandise by local entrepreneurs.
For now, I'm just doing some light crochet to keep my hands busy while I watch mixed-up fairy tales on Netflix. Dish cloths are an easy win.
What the kids are into:
|Making up a paper bird and nest craft.|
|Creating outdoor picnic tables with cardboard boxes.|
|Throwing a Lalaloopsy/Lego pool party bash.|
|Exploring the outdoors in the beautiful spring weather.|
Hope you all had a great month of May! Happy summer!