Friday, September 12, 2014

Because This... 14th Edition

Welcome to my favorite photos and links of the week... 



I am weirdly intrigued by this 31 days of no spending challenge... but I think it would make me very grumpy What do you think?  Would you do it? 

101 Physical Things That Can Be Reduced in Your Home ... I am scouting our shelves and bins for more to get rid of... this is a good list to start with.

A very interesting point of view on compassion and loving your neighbour. Jennifer Lawrence may be a victim, but not of the devil.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday #19

I suppose the tragic death of Princess Diana and the terrorist attack on the twin towers are the world news events that are most prominent in my memory. I can recall where I was, what I was doing and who I woke up to tell.  Because today I am reminded that life can change in the blink of an eye... I choose to be thankful.
  1. I live in a stunningly beautiful part of the world, with hidden places that have God's finger prints all over them. 
  2. Writing.  I have had more than usual time this week to read and write... to jot down ideas... to delve into revolutionary topics.  It's been marvelously stretching.
  3. Time playing in the sand,.. collecting sea glass... and adventuring with my 3 munchkins.
  4. Texts from people at home letting me know I was missed... I love my village.
  5. The most encouraging comments over at Affection for Fiction.
  6. Amazing pulled pork supper from a little place on the dock in Gibsons and stuffing ourselves at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
  7. Watching Tom Scott play Cinderella with Delaney's new toy broom.
  8. Grandmas who make little girl's birthday cakes.  
  9. Being so tired while travelling that you get weird giddy... and your husband doesn't know whether to hug you or lock you in the trunk of the car... 
  10. Home...
Leave a comment and tell me what you are thankful for this week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

3 Books on My To Read List... (And 1 I'm In The Middle Of)


I absolutely love good book recommendations... and I'm collecting quite the list... So I'm sharing a few with you... You know to lighten the load  ;)

1. A Million Little Ways... I just recently started reading Emily Freeman's blog Chatting at The Sky... and I discovered that there is also an art course that Emily's father created to go along with her book...
2. Interupted ... I wanna be Jen Hatmaker when I grow up... Seriously!  I'm looking forward to this book because I am at a fork in my path... so I stay comfortable... or do I allow myself to be wrecked by Jesus?


3. The Rest of God... I first heard about this book  on the Art of Simple Podcast... and since I have some rather romantic thought about sabbath... I quickly added this book to my list.

 
And 1 book I'm in the middle of right now... 

Irresistible Revolution ... Shane Claiborne has been challenging me to engage in some deeper practices of love...and encouraging me to take a serious look at how I engage in God's economy.  Thanks to my friend Julie for lending it to me...

Now tell me... What's on your "to read" list?  What book is currently shaking you up?

Disclaimer: I have not read any of these books to the end (although I'm working on it)... this post contains affiliate links.
photo credit: Olaya B via photopin cc

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Slowly Slowly Slowly...


When Hudson was wee... about 3 or 4... his favourite bedtime story was “Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the sloth. In the book a menagerie of exotic animal characters poke fun at the sloth labelling him things like “lazy” and “boring”.

I discovered this week, that I am that collection of animals...

I just finished reading Notes From aBlue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider. She has oodles of great tips for living a simpler, more intentional life. From slow food, to being careful what you say “yes” to, to experiencing other cultures with your family... Tsh's book is thought provoking, attitude changing, and inspiring... You guys I am actually having fantasies about international travel with my children... granted my fantasies also include taking along a full time nanny... baby steps right?

Anyway back to me being a jungle bully... slowing down is HARD!!! We are currently vacationing on a rather remote (you have to take 3 ferries to get to it from Vancouver) island... it's full of beaches and nature trails... there are businesses here that are literally only open for 2 hours a week! (Yes you read that right folks).

There are hours that stretch before me for doing nothing but reading... or napping... but I'm planning... “What are we doing tomorrow folks?” “Stop making rainbow loom bracelets and let's doooo something...” I may be getting a little whiny. I'm glad I notices this little... shall we say glitch?... in my programming before we head home...


So for the last few days of vacation I will sneak in a few more pages of my book while the children are hunting for their flip flops... I will embrace late dinners as an extension of my afternoon... and I will try really hard to be OK with doing things Slowly slowly slowly...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Because This... 13th Edition




Hooray!  Someone who is looking for the helpers among the bad stories. Thank you Glennon for reminding me that the world is not going to hell in a hand basket... 6 Reasons to Stop Everything and Be Inspired Today

I seriously love coffee and any article that gives me reasons I SHOULD drink it makes me smile... This one is written for runners... but lots of the benefits are for the general human population... Eight Reasons to Sip on Coffee

Now I'm inspired to start counting the ways that Craig says I love you... by saying nothing at all... There is Nothing Quite as Sexy as a Man Who Loves His Wife

And just in case you missed my announcement yesterday... I have a new fiction blog called Affection for Fiction... stop by and start reading a short story or be inspired by the First Friday Photo Prompt.


Friday, September 5, 2014

In Which I Make an Announcement...


Some of you know that I have been dabbling in fiction writing... This was something I loved as a child and a teen... but I shelved it for a long time...  

I recently finished my first short story and I had been trying to figure out how to actually put my work in front of readers... Then a glorious, wonderful, ridiculous, scary idea popped into my head one night at bed time... because of course that is when all glorious, wonderful, ridiculous, scary ideas tend to show up.

A new blog... And so faithful (and not so faithful) readers may I introduce to you...

Affection for Fiction

"This is a space to hone my fiction writing craft… share my favorite works and maybe inspire with a few writing prompt link ups… I would love for this to be an online meeting place for a writing community."

Please please please feel free to stop over... read... share and leave comments.

Oh an don't worry I will still be writing here at Goats Milk Lattes as well.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday #18

Fall is in the air!  I am so thankful for this season to ease us into winter...

  1. Cool crisp mornings... 
  2. Fresh baked cookies...
  3. Sparkly dark blue toenail polish...
  4. Big bowls of Kraft Dinner...
  5. Campfire bans lifted
  6. Fantastic friends to care for my pets...
  7. Making friendship bracelets with Meadow...
  8. Browsing at the library...
  9. The anticipation of adventure...
  10. Girlfriend giggles...