Sunday Links: October 26, 2014

This Week

Since I ran the Columbus Half Marathon last Sunday, I didn’t share the things I read last week. This week you get a double dose of awesome. Good times!

Shut Up and Write (Or: I Really Want to Be a Writer, But…): Oh. Goodness. Yeah. I should print this out and hang it over my desk. Or tattoo it on my arm. Or something. “Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop dreaming about writing. The thing that defines the writer is that the writer writes.” Oh dear. Right. Or, write…

A Bubble: Ugh, yes. After the problems our sons have had at school over the past few years, I’m feeling the pain in Allison’s words here. Mothering is hard, but it would be less so if the world would just grow up already.

Born Again: Goodness, the feeling that my depression and my anxiety are somehow an indicator of how I’m failing my faith are still so deeply ingrained within my being. I respect Carrie’s story because it shares shades of my own.

Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Health: While I really try to stay away from tabloids and all things celebrity, I’ve read various things on the Internet that poke fun at Amanda Bynes as of late. This post says everything I have felt but couldn’t find voice to say because it hit too close, too hard. “If no one has explained this to you, let me be the first to say that it is morally repugnant that we, as a society, are mocking mentally ill people.” The Internet should tattoo THAT on their hands so they see it before they type something.

When Your Confidence Wanes: “Tell those voices in your head to be quiet and wait for the next wave of good.” What a perfect response to my recent post about the voices I am working to silence. Will do, Kristin.

As always, I love reading the things you write, so feel free to share them in the links.


Sunday Links, October 12, 2014

This Week

I subscribed to eight new blogs this week, some of which are newer bloggers in general. They have a zest for blogging that some of us “older” bloggers lost somewhere along the way. I think I’ll be looking for some new ones this week. Meanwhile, here’s some great stuff I read this week. Check it out.

4 Mistakes I Was Making on My About Page (and How to Fix Them): Reading this inspired me to fix my About page. I mean, I still haven’t done it, but I’m inspired.

When a Joke Isn’t Funny: Bomb Threat Causes Panic in Newtown: I can’t imagine the fear; I don’t want to ever have to. Read it and then think about why this post even needs to exist. Think.

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Oh, hmm. What would I do? I’d probably write. And eat more butter.

I’m Not Impressed: A) I discovered this blog this week through random clicking on the Internet, one of my favorite things to do. I ended up first on this post, which spoke to me enough to click through and read all the things. B) The “I’m Not Impressed” post should be required reading for humanity. Because yes. C) The author of the blog, Carrie Hilgert, is also an extraordinary artist selling things on Etsy and amazing photographer. Basically, I’m telling you to check out this woman. I think she’s pretty awesome and I don’t even know her. Yet.

Can Christians Support Brittany Maynard’s Decision?: Oh man. When I read the piece this piece is referencing earlier this week, it didn’t sit quite right but I couldn’t put words as to why. This writer does, and I am thankful for the graceful, loving way she goes about saying it. I’m not always the most graceful, you know?

Breastfeeding and the Eucharist: Yep. I maybe sniffled near the end, because wow, what an amazing point, beautiful piece of writing, and OMG, RIGHT?!

The Dead Ball Century: Two things. A) I love baseball, so saying it’s dying makes me laugh. I mean, I’m a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and have been since birth. There was a 19 year streak in which it felt like baseball was dying or should be dying or OMG WHY CAN’T WE WIN. But it didn’t die. B) See? Everyone always says everything is dying. So the next time someone says blogging is dying, say, “When baseball dies, blogging can start to feel nervous.”

The Tunnel: Oh hey, this is so about my work at home experience… minus the fact that I only have a few local friends who save me and not a large group of people here and there and everywhere. Which is my fault because I don’t let anyone in, but still.

Snowfall, and the Silence of Pregnancy: This is a piece of mine published on Brain, Child Magazine this week. You guys. It’s a rework (and rework and work and rework) of a piece I wrote a while back on Chronicles. I love the title the editor gave it, and I love that I put myself back out there with an adoption piece.

Did you read something great this week? Did you write something great this week? I’d love to read it.


Sunday Links: October, 5, 2014

Oh Hey

You guys wrote all the amazing things this week.

No, I’m Not Pregnant; I’m Just Gaining Weight from the Pills: Originally posted on her blog and then featured on BlogHer, this post by Carrie is a must read about mental health, the way we speak to women about their bodies, and all things in between.

Sometimes I Get Angry: Uh, I sure hope my therapist doesn’t read this post, because she’ll take Glennon’s words and be all, “DID YOU READ THAT? DID YOU INTERNALIZE IT?” I’m bad at anger; I’ve internalized the message that women aren’t supposed to be angry. Maybe I should internalise this instead: “Maybe anger is like compassion, in that it can point us directly toward the place in the world we were born to help heal.” Maybe.

Mommy, Is It True Introverts Are Rude and Mean?: I loved this, especially as I’ve been told more than once that people assumed I was rude or snobby upon first meeting me. Nope, that was just me wanting to crawl under a rock rather than introduce myself. Of course, I’ll be super rude if you’re a jagoff, so just a heads up.

When It’s Divine to Mourn: Fall isn’t my mourning time, but I felt this piece deep in my bones. Yep. Maybe it’s fall for you, or winter like me, or spring or summer. Whenever it is, you are not alone, and it’s okay to be where you are when you need to be there.

Outrunning Fire: This broke my heart in a thousand pieces. We’re all carrying something with us, trying to outrun something, aren’t we?

Dodging Skittles and Other Fears: Wow. I haven’t read anything written as well as this in quite some time. I related to so much, too much. All the feelings.

Feminists Wear Pink: Yep. All of this. Times twelve.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: My cousin Hannah is heading out on a travel section of her semester abroad; I’m so excited for her!

It’s Like They Know Us: OH MY LOLZ. After reading some of the heavier stuff above, click on this and laugh all the laughs. I subscribed.

Did you read or write something amazing this week? I’d love to read it!


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!