Sunday Links: September 28, 2014

September Sunset = YEP

I read lots of amazing things this week. Much more than I have time to list here, but here are a few of my favorites. Of note: This was a pretty visual week. I like pretty things.

Jones’ Birth Story // in Photos: Just go. The beauty in these photos almost makes me want to have another baby and a home birth. But I’m not allowed to do either of those things, so I’ll just live through photos like these.

Dress Your Tech / 66: I love beautiful desktop art. This is colorful and fun and lovely. Go download some.

Dave Matthews Band, Happy Rebels: DMB’s first album, Under the Table and Dreaming, turned 20 on Saturday. So I read this article, listened to the album while cooking dinner, and felt really old—and happy to be this old.

Generation Xennials: I am a Generational Misfit. As I said on Facebook, I identify with GenX. I didn’t know I was a misfit, but it feels very GenX to be a misfit. Pass me my Doc Marten Mary Janes and turn up the Nirvana.

The Church Is Responsible for This: Oh yes. This. Read it. Then do something about it.

Flowers and Dragons: The beauty and depth in this piece… yes. I’m fighting my own dragons right now. I could use some flowers.

Final Resting Place: Grab tissues, then go. Trust me on the tissues.

I found Myself in Mothering, in Motherhood: Yep, I wrote this. And I’m proud of it. So there. And the title is true.

Did you read something awesome this week? Or write something fantastic? I’d love to read it!


Sunday Links: September 21, 2014

I missed last week because I took my dad to the Pittsburgh Pirates game for his birthday. It was awesome.

Oh Hey, Pittsburgh, Looking Good

So I have some posts to share from the past two weeks that I loved reading and want to share with you. Read on!

On Five Minute Friday: Whisper: “You matter. I see you.” Yep. Gotta love that.

Why Am I Still a Christian: Just wow. If you look at the Church with a Big C and sigh the Big Sigh, this post is for you. “But where else would I go?” Been there. Thought that. Walked back through the doors.

On Motherhood and Losing Myself: Ah, just read it.

I Quit You, NFL: There are many important levels to this post, but the anonymous sharing of a #WhyIStayed story makes it a must read. Please read and share it.

Everything Isn’t Everything: When I finished my 12 mile run yesterday and felt disappointed in my pace, I remembered these words. I need to tattoo them on my soul.

Notice the Differences: My cousin is in Germany for a semester. She’s awesome.

What Matters More Than the Choices We Make: Not only do I love this post, but I may start using the word “recombobulated.” How fun is that?

Did you read or write anything awesome in the past two weeks? I’d love to read it!


Sunday Links: September 7, 2014


I fell a little behind in reading the words written all over the blogosphere this week. Between work and soccer practices, meals that I’m apparently supposed to feel burdened to make, owning a dog who apparently needs attention, a ten miler on a hot-hot-hot day, and, you know, sleeping, I didn’t quite get to click around Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet at large. But I did read my feeds (and I did do my work). So I still have some links to share with you.

Read on, my friends.

To the Grandparents: You Are Not Who You Used to Be: Today is Grandparents’ Day. I shared this on Facebook earlier this week after I featured it on BlogHer because it made me smile, made me miss my own grandparents, and made me feel so thankful for my kids’ grandparents. Someday when I’m a Grandma, I’m gonna buy all the sugary cereal in the world. Until then, eat your bran flakes, kids.

Her Last First Day of Football Season: Oh, man, this one made me cry. Jana lost her Grannie since last football season as I just lost my Grandma in June. This first fall is feeling hard, and I loved what Jana took from her Grandma’s house. Basically, I love Grandmas who love football. This post requires tissues.

Bless You and Bless Me, Bless the Bees and Birds: It is no secret that I love love, and this post is full of it. I would have loved to have witnessed the “messy chaos” of all of this, but Caz gives great visual writing so I almost feel like I was there with these many couples.

The Unlikely Friendship of My Mother and My Mom: I’m a sucker for an adoption story that isn’t all ZOMGWORSTCASESCENARIO, and this one delivers the feels right where they belong. Another tissue warning is required.

Lessons Learned in the Second Week of Kindergarten: I loved everything about this post. Maybe because I’ve lived it. Maybe because it’s so well-written. (“Lovelorn Cheerio” is the best way to describe a Cheerio floating in a “puddle” of milk, EVER.) Go read it. She’s got smarts.

Great Expectations: A) I love little boys who want to play baseball. B) I love children who are so different within the same family. C) I love how Jamie admits to a difficulty in parenting with grace and love.

Did you read or write something awesome this week? I’d love to read it. Leave it in the comments… and have a great week!


Sunday Links: August 31, 2014


I read all the good things this week again. I love when you blog about your passions, what makes you tick, your stories, your truths. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Brave: A Father’s Love: You need tissues to read this post, but you need to read this one. The love oozing from this post makes me believe, despite the hard parts of that story, that hope and love make a difference in our world.

Dear Coffee: It’s Complicated (A Story of Anxiety, Creativity, and Caffeine: I really related to a lot of what Hannah shared about her journey with anxiety, creativity, and caffeine. I should probably write about the changes I’ve made to my caffeine consumption too in the past few months. If you’re wondering whether you should or not, check out her post. And give her some love.

Sex Positivity: A Parental Superpower for Raising Happy, Healthy, Kids: YEP. Read it. Internalize. Realize that raising kids to who have healthy thoughts and actions about sex and sexuality doesn’t happen with one singular talk. Talk now, talk often. There’s an extra link and a podcast in this post. Devour everything.

Running Playlist: Top 10 August Workout Songs from RunHundrd: I’m working on my half marathon playlist right now, so I’ll be adding some of these to my list!

Dropping the “Just”: How many times have you said I’m “just” a (insert). Mom. Wife. Blogger. Slow jogger. Read this post and cut that out. (H/t to Sassymonkey who is all about dropping the “just.”

My Relationship with Food—The Whole Story: I love when people speak honestly about where they were, what they went through, and where they are now. Too often we get silent about food issues. I love that Laura told her truth. (Of note: I cannot count calories. Can. Not.) Then while you’re over there, read her newest post, Is Running Bad for Your Joints, and save it for the next person who says, “But isn’t running bad for your knees or your back or your hips or your whatever?” Nope, nope, nope.

Did you write or read something awesome this week? Leave the link in the comments. I’d love to read it.


Sunday Links: August 24, 2014


Oh, thank goodness.

I thought for sure when I posted Sunday Links last week, that I would read anything anyone wrote this week, Sunday would roll around, and I’d have nothing to share. Nope. I made time to read blogs and click links people shared on Facebook and follow a few rabbit trails.

Here’s what moved me this week:

requiescat in pace: If you only read one thing on this list or today or tomorrow or all week or all month, let it be this beautiful tribute. It starts out one way and takes you another, pulling at heartstrings and making you think all in the same beautiful breath.

Brutal Honesty: I know you’ve read eleven billion things about Ferguson, but you need to read this one—especially her last paragraph. The brutal honesty of us mothers who birthed and placed have a space in these conversations. Listen, please.

The Best Children’s Book You’ve Never Read: I promptly ordered it, read it, and read it with LittleBrother that night. It’s a keeper.

I Never Win Because I’m a Girl: Oh, I love discussions about boys and girls and gender and roles and then! When you throw some running into it? I’m a puddle of goo for your words. This line: “The piano doesn’t care who you are. Neither does the ground when you run.” I kind of want to tattoo “The ground doesn’t care who you are when you run” onto my body. Or my soul. Something.

Something Broke Here Awhile Ago: Oh, if you talk about the scars we carry with us being beautiful in a different light, I’m gonna cry and love the heck out of that post.

New Teepee: I love Jema and her family and her writing. And I love the beach; it is my Mecca, the one place I feel most at peace. So this post? Pure gold.

Totchos: Super easy, each-person-customizable weeknight dinner that we loved trying this week. We’ll make it again.

If you read or wrote something this week that you think I should read, please leave it in the comments. I definitely enjoyed reading more this week, saving and favoriting and sharing your works, your words. Please write and share more this week.


Sunday Links: August 17, 2014

The Best of This Week

I started out on Monday with full intent to share all of the amazing posts I read on the web in a weekly round up post, like I used to do regularly.

And then this week happened, and everyone wrote all of the amazing things. All of the deeply important things. So many to link here, too many to read through, too many very important voices sharing very important things. And so I almost didn’t share what I read, what moved me, what brought me to tears, what made me laugh, what taught me more about myself and my world, what challenged me and pushed me. I mean, we all read the same things, didn’t we? We all shared the same heartbreaking, life-changing experiences this week didn’t we?

And then I realized that, no, our week wasn’t the same; we are individuals trying to make sense of our world. And that’s why we blog. And that’s why I’m sharing my favorites of what I read this week.

Week 25: I love Amy, and I love posts in which women talk honestly about pregnancy. “But I’m uneasy these days. Uneasy, uncomfortable, and at times, a little afraid.” We all benefit when we share our truth.

My Favorite Newbery Winners: This list starts with a pick from 2013 and rolls on back to 1936. You may have read many of these books, but have your kids? I’m keeping this list handy for the winter months.

I Will Whisper In His Ear: I think this should be the prayer of all our hearts, this week and all weeks.

On Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: A Prayer for Ferguson: Oh wait, and this one too. All the prayers for all of the days of all of our lives.

The Thing You Never Knew: A lot of posts about depression and suicide hit the web this week. We talked honestly about things we don’t always talk about at all. Kir moved me to tears with her honest, raw post. With this: “I reach out when I need to, I say the words “I’m not okay” and I allow people to help me. Because there is no coming back, there is no alternative or plan B if I don’t.” I nodded. I sobbed. I wanted to hug her through my computer. You should go hug her too.

The Year She Didn’t Sing: Maybe it’s because the Munchkin is so close in age, maybe it’s because I know someday my boys will be this age and won’t think I’m as awesome as I really am, but this post hit me right in the feels.

On Leaving and Coming Home: This beautiful mama is leaving work to stay home. She’s a mix of feelings, and she writes it beautifully. I remember that place.

On Pain: “Pain is information. It’s a sign that something is wrong, that something needs to change.” Oh, yes. This post is all kinds of intense and amazing and yes.

#imnotgoinganywhere and What It’s Like to Work in Mental Health on This Day: This is an important post on mental health from someone who works in mental health. I’d like to see more of these and read them all and omg, just more.

For the Love of Running: If you’ve ever had running turn into something other than awesome fun-ness, you need to read this post.

White Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats: This is the best new recipe I made for the family this week. You need to make it. (Going to try to remember to share the best new/old recipe I make each week in this list from now on too.)

The In Between: Seize It: Not only does this post talk about the transition from a stay-at-home-mama with kids at home to suddenly having no kids at home once they’re all in school, but it talks about Robin Williams and introduced me to this song, “Alone” by Trampled by Turtles. I listened to it eleventy billion times this week. You should too.

If you read something awesome this week, I’d love to read it. Of note: I shared some other posts on Facebook and did not duplicate them here on this list (minus the recipe, because omg, so good). Of additional note: I’m hoping that getting back into the habit of sharing amazing reads will help me stay current with my feed reader as well as click more links that you share in your social channels. I love to read all the things, so I need to do more of it!