Weekend Wandering 4.30.16

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Enjoy some of our recent internet wanderings.

5 things I’ve complained about this week & 5 facts to put me to shame from Foster the Family

Tomorrow the world as I know it could change.  I could lose everything I own.  I could join these statistics that are so incomprehensible to me now.  I could face “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword” (Romans 8:35).  STILL I would have hope.  STILL I could thank and praise God.

A Different Kind of Love Letter, by Kara, from The Art of Simple

…the kind of love letter I want to talk about likely won’t be doodled with purple inked bubble hearts or held to someone’s chest as they pause to savor the sweetness. The kind of love letter I’m talking about is one I hope that your sweetheart never actually reads but that you’ll write anyway.

Why I leave Good Reviews Whenever I Can, by Tsh Oxenreider, also from The Art of Simple [can you tell it’s one of our favorites?]

Social media has made people more reactive. They speak their mind rapid-fire and walk away without feeling the consequence on the other side. They say things on a screen they’d never in a million years say on a screened-in porch, drinks in hand and chatting with a real-live human.

Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall

I [Jennifer] mentioned this book earlier in the week (Alex is a friend of mine and I’ve had the joy of reading a pre-release copy).  Just part way through the book, I have already gleaned the practice of breathing in-and-out prayer which I have been trying to incorporate into my days.  It has helped me to focus on Jesus’ presence and power when I am overwhelmed and short on words.

This book chronices Alex’s “nine-month experiment to rekindle her love of her ordinary, actual life. After wiping her calendar as clean as a mother of four can, Kuykendall focuses on one aspect of her life each month, searching for ways to more fully enjoy her current season. By intentionally adding one thing each month that will make her jump for joy, she provides a practical challenge you can easily replicate in your life. With humor, poignancy, and plenty of personal stories, she shows how a few small changes can make this crazy-busy life one of holy contentment.”

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This book releases next Wednesday but is available for pre-order (at about half the cover price!).

Two little ones joined Jennifer’s family last Thursday afternoon – girls ages two and three, so her weekend is going to be very busy!

Ebenezer turns 11 on Saturday; he has plans to build a campfire to roast hot dogs and make s’mores with a couple friends. We’ll celebrate as a family on Sunday. With no baseball games scheduled, we may actually get a little yard work done too.

We hope your weekend allows you to pause and enjoy the ones you love.

with hope and gratitude,

Lisa and Jennifer


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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