Happy Friday, my friends!
Our family just rolled in from a wonderful week in Branson, Missouri. I’m beat, but happy to have spent a special week with my husband and kiddos.
I will say this: anyone who claims that family vacations with young children are a restful time is either (1) lying, or (2) has a full-time nanny. 😉
I’m not a liar and I don’t have a nanny, so I’ll say it again: I’m tired, but super thankful for a safe and fun road trip!
Maybe I’ll share a post about pastor’s families and the need for vacations sometime soon… 😉
For now, it’s time for Weekend Reads!
I try really hard to squeeze reading time in pretty much every day of the week, even on vacation. (A seven-hour road trip IS the perfect time to hit the books, right?!)
These are the two books I had my nose in on our road trip:
I have almost finished Own Your Life, by Sally Clarkson. I’ve been reading this one since January, and obviously I’m taking it slowly. It’s not one of those books I can speed through, since there’s so much to take in and absorb! This has been a life changing book for me.
Heartfelt Discipline, by Clay Clarkson, was probably the most thought-provoking, challenging, and out-of-the-box book I’ve ever read on the topic of child rearing. I can’t say that I agree fully with every aspect of Mr. Clarkson’s discussion of child training, but I sure have a lot to think and pray about after reading his book.
I hope to review these books here at the blog pretty soon, but for now I’ll simply say that they are both worth reading.
My favorite posts from other blogs & websites this week:
This is an odd assortment of totally unrelated topics, but this is what I read and loved this week!
I’m a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, and the recent death of Jonathan Crombie (the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the 1980’s movie by Kevin Sullivan) made me really sad. This article is a great tribute both to Mr. Crombie and to L.M. Montgomery’s well-loved character, Gilbert Blythe. Who wouldn’t love Gil? If he isn’t Mr. Steady, I don’t know who is!
Do take a few minutes to read this encouraging article by Sally Clarkson. This woman speaks to me on a very deep level! I found this post especially refreshing when enjoyed with a cup of coffee. 🙂
This article over at Club 31 Women had my attention from the get go. As a mom of two daughters, I definitely needed this encouraging reminder.
My husband read this article mini series to me while we were in Branson this week. It’s lengthy, but definitely worth the read. I have a feeling we’ll be revisiting this one!
Honestly, this is a tough article… but it’s an amazing tribute to three young mothers who gave birth to babies during the unthinkable horrors of Nazi death camps. This one brought me to tears. God give us 21st century mothers more faith and grit!
You can check out more of my favorite reads on my Pinterest board!
I’m wrapping up the busy and beautiful month of April with a few loose ends on the homeschooling front, then anticipating a month “off” before we hit the books again in June.
I plan to blog a lot about homeschooling during the month of May, so, fellow homeschool moms, stay tuned for more details about that next week.
A big “thank you” to my friend, Monica, for keeping fresh content on the blog this week while our family was out-of-town! If you missed Monica’s mini series on Home Maintenance While Homeschooling, you can check it out right here:
- Home Maintenance While Homeschooling: the Kitchen & Bathroom
- Home Maintenance While Homeschooling: the Living Room & Kids’ Bedrooms
- Home Maintenance While Homeschooling: Keeping Up with Laundry
- Home Maintenance While Homeschooling: Clutter Control!
Today, I’m unpacking, unwinding, and hopefully finding a little more time to read this weekend.