Weekend Links

I thought these were interesting. A little extreme, but I think that's the point?
~How to Raise a Future Victim of Abuse in 20 Easy Steps &
~How to Raise a Future Abuser in 20 Easy Steps 

Via this post from Amongst Lovely Things, I was able to listen to this wonderful talk by Cindy Rollins of Ordo Amoris regarding Morning Time. It was SO informative! If you have a basket or two of laundry to fold (and are homeschooling), I highly recommend giving it a listen. 

Seeing Children as Persons -- Charlotte Mason Institute

If you have Amazon Prime you might know how annoying it is to search for and find a book. Well, this post from Modern Mrs. Darcy has a list of good books that are available through Prime. VERY helpful!

Happy weekend!

With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” ~Isaiah 6:7


7 Quick Takes: Six Months, School and Spring

My girls are ages 5 and 3. This means that it takes approximately 2 hours for them to get dressed every. morning. I try to be a nice mom and let them pick out their own clothes, but then it turns into a fashion show. A fashion show that we don't necessarily have time for. Anyone have any advice?

Spring is finally here and it makes my heart do a little happy dance every morning. The end.

Mr. N and I were looking at selling our home and buying one in the country, but after looking at the homes that are available in our price range and finding nothing even close to what we'd like and the market being what it is, we've decided to put moving on hold for now. I've also realized that where we're at right now (a tiny, quiet town with a great park and a wonderful library down the street) isn't so bad. ;)

I'm a part of a Beth Moore study at church and we're doing the Breaking Free study. It is fantastic! I just love Beth Moore. At the risk of sounding cheesy, she really makes God's Word come alive and I just. love. it. I'm so looking forward to going through this and growing closer to the Lord.

I've started planning for our school year coming up this Fall (actually Summer--I think we're going to start in August and do school year-round with little breaks every 6 weeks or so.) I'm super excited to start and am so thankful for the great curriculum provided by Ambleside Online. It's all I want to talk about these days!

I can't believe my Little Man is SIX MONTHS OLD. Sheesh! That went fast. I absolutely LOVE this age. He's rolling around on the floor like a mad-man, "talking" and giggling so much, and we're really starting to see his personality shine through. What a blessing he is!

I have a great stack of books just waiting for me to dig in, including A Long Way Down, Excellent Woman and Crazy Busy but it seems like I'm having less and less time to read! The irony's not lost on me with that last title, by the way.

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He Loved Us First

"Are we ever tempted to think that because of fluctuating feelings and harassing doubts, we are no longer acceptable to God? Let us remember that it is never because of anything in us that we are accepted at all. The measure of our acceptance is what Christ is to God; and that remains ever the same." ~Evan Hopkins
I had to steal this quote from my friend's blog. Isn't it beautiful? This is definitely something I struggle with--being acceptable to God. For some reason, I have this relenting sense of justice that I inflict on myself.

I feel like I need to reflect on and pay for my sins. Just to let God know how sorry I really am. I'm not sure where exactly it comes from. Of course, a little reflection on past mistakes is a good thing, so we can be sure not to repeat history. But wallowing in one's self-pity crosses the line, don't you think? *insert sarcasm*

If I can just remember that it doesn't matter what I do--I'll never be "good enough!" And even if I was, it wouldn't matter. God loves me the same today as he did yesterday.

The Lord loves us (me) because I am His. He loved me before I loved Him.
But God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8 

How unbelievably amazing.