Saturday, September 27, 2014

Because This...16th Edition

My favorite photos and a couple of links that impacted me this week... Please be aware... the bottom link is of a very sensitive nature.

Paul Lake from above... That was a tough climb.

My Jemima girl... 

I love the power of story... Tell your story..."There is a time and a place and a certain level of relationship necessary for some stories to be told in an appropriate manner.
But our world would be a better place if we decided to stop hiding our stories from one another." The Stories We Don't Tell
This blog post is really difficult to read.  It is sensitive in nature and challenges our view of one of the most heinous things I can imagine... Yet it speaks of compassion, judgement, and forgiveness... Read with caution.  What I Want You To Know About Being The Sister Of A Convicted Sex Offender

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thankful Thursday (er Friday) #21

Oops Thursday just sort of sneaked past me... Never the less I have things to be thankful for... and the show must go on!

  1. Ok seriously... That kid up there... there is not a closed door in our house that is safe from this performance.
  2. Homemade veggie soup.
  3. Writing workshops at the library.
  4. Late night adventures with friends.
  5. Early morning coffee.
  6. My new poncho which I will from here on out refer to as my wearable blanket.
  7. Fitness challenges... they make me feel like I'm active without taking up a LOT of my time.
  8. Kitchen herb gardens.
  9. How are you? texts from friends.
  10. Awareness of my attitudes.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ethical Shopping... Where?

I realize you might be sick of hearing about Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne... and really that's ok.  You don't have to stick around and read this for my sake... but if you think you can deal with a little more... click on the photo above and read just this page.

A few years ago we stopped buying chocolate that was not fair trade... It was a small step... but a candy bar was no longer a treat knowing that someone had suffered to get it into my hands.

Recently more information has become available to me about ethical shopping... mostly about clothes.  I really love clothes... (which is not so great for my blossoming devotion to a more minimalist life.)  So I have been Googling ethical clothing choices in Canada... since I'm not aware of where to purchase a lot of these brands in my area (still searching)... and honestly I just don't have the clothing budget for many of the items that are branded ethical... for our family thrift stores and hand me downs will probably be the decision we make for a majority of our clothing purchases.  (Plus I love a good treasure hunt!!)

The Art of Simple has the best list for ethical shopping that I have found online... It's mostly U.S. shopping, but there are a few companies that have Canadian branches.

Fill me in... where do you know of that sells ethically manufactured clothing?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Because This... 15th Edition

Welcome to this compilation of my favorite photos and links of the past week.

  1. I shared a little while ago the story of my first miscarriage.  Wishing I had waited to tell people because the pain of untelling them was awful... This article talking about Jill Duggars pregnancy announcement  has a different take on when to reveal you are with child.  I'm not certain it's what I would do but it brings up some interesting points about the beginnings of life.
  2. These two moms both inspired me to embrace the chaos and adventure that is parenting.  I'm Sure It's Fine  and  Is This Normal?
  3. Sometimes a post comes along that makes me want to jump around cheering and burst into inspired tears all at the same time... Raising a Kind Daughter is just such a post.
What have you been reading this week?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday #20

Welcome to Thankful Thursday... I can't believe this is the 20th week I have written a gratitude list on my blog.

  1. I got to deliver lunch to my kiddos in their tree house... It was very exciting for them since the bucket pulley system was finally put in place. 

  2. Aslan is on the move... (can you tell we are reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe?), but seriously I am really excited to see what happens over the next little while.
  3. Being introduced to pumpkin seed bark... crunchy chocolatey salty goodness.
  4. Challenges in writing...Crazy things like write about the color red for 10 minutes... without using the word red.
  5. Three really great days of learning through play with my (can you believe it) 3 year old.
  6. A shopping trip to Wal-Mart by myself... with the sole mission of picking outfits out for my girls with birthday GCs they had.
  7. Friends... I just really love my people. 
  8. I have made it to day 26 of my 30 day workout challenge.
  9. There are 3 boxes of stuff waiting in the trunk of my car to be delivered to the thrift store. 
  10. A step dad who doesn't say no to buying Hudson's eggs... even though he just bought eggs at the grocery store the day before.
What are you thankful for this week?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get Your Toe Wet... Or Jump In?

Last night... just on the edge of falling asleep... a thought started buzzing around in my head... kind of like the mosquito in your tent... you do not fall asleep until you deal with it.
So I grabbed my phone... made a note of said thought and then plunked my head back on to the pillow.

Is it better to ease yourself into something... or just jump in with both feet?

Let me give you a little context.  You may know already that I have been reading Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne.  It's making me very uncomfortable... in a very stretching and growing way.  Even though I am still in the middle of it (it's taking me quite a long time to finish this book)... I've been making attempts at creating my brotherly (And sisterly) love strategy... You know all while praying for God to open my eyes to loving opportunities. *insert eye roll here.*

It looks like this...
Me: God... please show me the places you would have me go and serve.
Me (again): Ooh I know... I could do this that and the other thing.
Phone Rings: It's a part of the Body of Christ calling... and it says... "I have a meeting at the New Life Mission (local homeless shelter) on October 1 and you're coming with me."
Me: Well God... you certainly heard my prayers... and now I feel like I'm jumping in...
(God knows that I am a sucker for outings with my favorite people.)

But maybe this is still just me working my way into the water... and I barely have my toes wet.

photo credit: librariantiff via photopin cc

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.