March 5, 2015


We're busy little (frozen) bees up here in the sub-zero Northern Hemisphere - working away at TFG blog update, and keeping up with our day jobs.  But while I've been working, I've come across a number of good links lately.  If you haven't given up the Internets for Lent, then allow me to provide you some interesting click-its:

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I love Ann Voskamp.  She's a fellow Canadian, hailing from the area of farmland that I call home.  She's written a book called 1000 Gifts (which I've reviewed here before) and if words can slap a person (in a good way), her words do it.  In the face.  Like these words from this post:

You aren’t actually thankful for something if you think you actually earned it.  That’s pride, not gratitude.

BAM.  See what I mean?

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So my prayer today is this. That I stop defining myself by my doing, and start defining myself by my being. That I stop measuring time by the clock on the wall, and start measuring it by the experiences I share with those around me. And that I stop seeing my life as "busy," and instead, see it for what it truly is.
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Have you ever heard of St. Collette?  Neither had I.  Brandon Vogt had a little write up on this formidable woman this morning.

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And an interesting post over at Mama Needs Coffee.   I have often thought that just because something is philosophically beautiful, that doesn't mean that the reality of it is any less difficult to live through.  Enter Natural Family Planning.  While my experience of NFP has been different from many others, I can really sympathize with those who have had to use it often.  In any case though, it does no good to anyone to sugarcoat NFP.

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On a completely different note, February, for me at least, was a bomb in regards to writing and blogging.  I did next to none.  So I was a little bit excited when I came across these writing exercises…a few ideas to get the words flowing again.

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I've been meal planning for a while now, mostly on a weekly basis.  I've been considering jumping from planning one week, to planning two weeks at a time, but have run into some snags.  I found this site informative and helpful in my planning (even though I still haven't tried two weeks yet!).

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Nancy at The Cloistered Heart is always good.  So good.  If you ever want to stop, settle down and meditate, try Nancy's site.  It is so rich in meditation material.

"I even began to feel that a large part of the task of a "Cloistered Heart" is to carry the fire into darkness, as well as into areas of artificial light."

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You may remember a few years ago Tess and I spoke at the Dynamic Women of Faith conference.  Since then Dorothy has started a blog for DWoF and I found this post about beauty lifting the soul and helping us to gain perspective particularly beautiful.

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A while back I found out that my College friend Mary was a blogger.  Her blog Sometimes Martha Always Mary recently underwent a transformation and it looks just lovely.  Thought you might enjoy it,  her home, and her writing as well.

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Delicious breakfast last week from Martha Stewart.  Take out the bread and you've got yourself a paleo breakfast alternative (although try and find some crunch to substitute for the bread in there.)

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In researching a post last month I came across these 9 quotes on the dignity and value of women.  They were so good I've bookmarked them for later reference, and I thought I'd share the wealth.

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And this post was perfectly timed.  As we're only two weeks into Lent (has it only been TWO WEEKS???) and I'm sure you're not at all like me…desperately attempting to justify a ham sandwich on friday or  remembering what you've decided to give up as it's half way down your throat?  Yeah.  Catherine Doherty makes it all better because apparently it's alright to be a failure.   Yessss!


2 comments:

  1. No pictures of food here. I am not going to visit this page ever again!

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  2. Thank you for a treasure chest of links!

    Ann Voskamp, oh my!! "Bam" is right. I may linger on that site for hours at a time. And thank you for the very kind words about the Cloistered Heart. Now on to read more of your links....

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