Paper Flowers: My sister-in-law asked last week if I could host about 15 of her friends at my house for a looooong night in India. Sure, she'd bring the food, drinks, and entertainment but I had the impossible task of pulling together instant decor for my freshly painted naked walls that would set a hospitable tone. I managed to quickly hammer some holes in the walls and smack some things up but the piece de resistance were these paper bag flowers, found via Pinterest. So easy, so pretty!
Do What You Love: I daily struggle with prioritizing what needs to be done. The main to-dos are easy, each day I wake and must do school. But the never ending stuff of life can threaten to overwhelm and choke out the joy to-dos. This article (Thank you, Lisa Jo!) single handedly convinced me that it is ok to carve out time for the joy to-dos, no matter how insignificant they seem to others.
I uncovered the typewriter. In my journal I recorded this moment of decision, for that’s what it was. I had to write. I had no choice in the after. I didn’t matter how small or inadequate my talent. If I never had another book published, and it was very clear to me that this was a real possibility, I still had to go on writing. ~Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time
Beautiful Joy: These free printables are sure to be reminders of joy all through your day. Printing and posting all over for me and for the many that find their way through the halls of my home.
Inspiration for Budding Musicians: We are now on our third teacher in less than three years for piano/guitar lessons. Our first was wonderful but just too far away, our second teacher fired us (long story!), but we have finally stumbled into some pretty phenomenal instructors. Our guitar teacher in particular has a brilliant philosophy of inspiring passion first and perfecting theory later. Goodbye are the days of Yankee Doodle and hello, days of Betty (Brooke Fraser) and Star Wars theme songs! This transition has been huge in introducing the joys of music and understanding that the instrument is just that, an instrument to be used to communicate their own personal joys, styles, and interests. Finding Lennon and Maisy Stella on youtube also served to show my kids how you can adapt any song to fit your style of playing and that the end result of hours invested in learning the simple steps will be perfection is playing the songs that bring a smile to your face. These girls are lovely, so charming and such gorgeous voices!
Grace Based Parenting: We are reading this with our Sunday school group and this book is changing everything for me! Not just the way I parent, but the way I look at others, the way I make decisions, and the way I approach my own faith journey. The church I grew up in was largely founded on legalism and an elitist approach to holiness. Grace eschews all of that and sets us free to live in relationship to God based on what He has demonstrated to us through His grace. I love the discussions that follow between the dozens of parents in the class. You can witness the struggle in each of us as we let go of our fears and our attempts to raise safe kids and exchanging them for the desire to raise strong kids. One of my favorite recent points from the study: Teach your kids to fear God a lot. Teach them to fear man only a little.
Happy weekending, friends!