random bits

I’m back in the world of online life again and while it’s been good to catch up with my virtual friends, it’s crazy how easy it is to just jump back into wasting time online.

Summer is nearly upon us and this summer I’m not coming up with any charts or graphs or check off papers or anything like that. I’m working on keeping my tween-ager as busy as I can and on being as engaged as I can possibly handle with my little chick. I do have a few goals for them and things I’m hoping to keep them accountable for, but that’s about it. In a nutshell, I want them to own this summer and their use of time.

Facebook is all about “what do you all do about tech rules?” and it’s been interesting to read all the discussion. We’ve tried all sorts of things and honestly this summer I’m leaning towards taking the time limits off. It’s that “the more you say I can’t have it, the more I want it” idea. I am holding them to a daily Bible reading challenge and that and breakfast will come before any screens. I’m going to hold really tightly to the rule of no screens upstairs though. We will have a quiet hour in the afternoon (for all our sanity) and we will have some sort of book reading challenge. And that’s about it.

I read and listened to a bunch of stuff over the last few weeks. Here’s a few of my favorites.

~ I love, love Ellie Holcomb so much and the more I listen to her music and her talking about her music the more I totally love her. There’s a great podcast with her that World Magazine did that I highly encourage you to listen too. My favorite is how she describes how she said she would never to this or never do that and almost every never happened. Seriously – that’s my world.

~ I just finished re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Like most people I read it in high school, but I hadn’t read it since then. It was so crazy to read it as a parent and even more so a parent of a daughter and a son. The relationship that Jem and Scout has is one that I so wish my children had with each other and the patience with which Addison parented them is something that I can only long to aspire towards.

~ This is a beyond awesome post by my friend Caryn about Mother’s Day. Like her little girl, I too grew up loving the Little Bear books and this tribute to motherhood is just awesome.

~ Right now I’m reading The Warmth of Other Suns (recommended in that podcast I referenced above) and it’s been the biggest eye opener for me. It’s the story of the great migration of African American’s out of the South and into other parts of the US. So far it’s just lovely.

~ My husband and I recently finished watching the first season of Turn on netflix. Seriously good and seriously made me feel stupid in my understanding of the Revolutionary War.

~ Do you know about pocket? It’s the great little online organizing tool that I first read about on While She Naps. You can use it on all your devices and I use it as a storage place for recipes, articles or other things I see online that I need to take care of asap. Either recipes to add to Pinterest, business ideas that I need to write down or articles that I really want to read and focus on (more than just perusing them in my feedly reader). Check it out!

I leave you with a video of one of my favorite Ellie Holcomb songs –

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taking stock…

Welcome March… and even though it’s supposed to rain all week, I’m super excited to see the number 60 in the temperatures 🙂

This little list was much harder than I thought it would be. But here goes: my attempt at taking stock on the right now.

Making : custom hand embroidered wedding vows
Cooking : homemade strawberry cereal bars (fail)
Drinking : nothing – although I need another cup of coffee right about now
Reading: Whose Body by Dorothy Sayer (so…slow…need…to..keep…reading…)
Wanting: a new Bosch stand mixer
Looking: at stupid stuff on the internet
Playing: Drew Holcomb – Medicine
Deciding: What we are going to do for our staycation during spring break next week
Wishing: That the sun would shine 🙂
Enjoying: The last few minutes before I have to pick up my kiddos
Waiting: For 2 appointments this week regarding my chick that I’m hoping will help us make some decision regarding her health and her schooling for next year
Liking: quietness (this is a themed yes…)
Wondering: what this Spring is going to be like
Loving: Trader Joes rice crackers
Pondering: how to balance all I want to do with all I have to do
Considering: homeschooling my chick next year
Buying: groceries (I feel like that’s all I buy)
Watching: Downton Abbey (and I’m kind of glad it’s almost over)
Hoping: I might see the sun tomorrow
Marvelling: the goodness of Jesus
Cringing: at the laundry I need to fold
Needing: to do more laundry
Questioning: if I should walk to get the kids or be lazy and drive
Smelling: my stinky dog
Wearing: my coat (because I’m COLD!)
Following: lots of new blogs lately
Noticing: that I do too much noticing
Knowing: that I need to slow down and savor more
Thinking: about how to manage my catch up to do list this week
Admiring: a web friend of mine who is launching something new and I’m eager to see it!
Sorting: my house – always sorting my house
Getting: ready to walk out the door and finish out this afternoon and evening (homework, dance, dinner and then bed!)
Bookmarking: lots of recipes
Coveting: my new fridge that is supposed to be here on Wednesday!!
Disliking: slow drivers
Opening: a package of supplies for my latest project
Giggling: over the silly jokes from last night
Feeling: a little overwhelmed – a little tired – but also a bit revived
Snacking: trying to lay off the carbs and snack on more fruit
Comforting: myself with some chocolate
Wishing: we could take a trip to the beach
Helping: my chick get ready for dance without screaming at her! 🙂
Hearing: the hum of the heater and dishwasher running


Feel free to cut and paste and share your own taking stock list. I got this list from Meet Me at Mikes

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