Friday, May 30, 2014

Simple Pleasures of Spring

Loving

Spring is here, but if feels like summer already down here in our southern valley. We've been working like crazy on our backyard. It was pretty neglected when we moved in, so the yard work is never ending. And that's without the stoop and driveway demolition (finished!), new stairs (nearly complete), plus a fence and patio to build, hopefully by fall. It's a lot of work, but still pretty fun, and I'm crazy thankful for a husband/best friend who knows how to build stuff and has a summer break.

Also: breaking in the kiddie pool, learning about the enneagram (I'm a six! Eureka!), tending lavender sprouts by the sink, Mumford and Sons round the clock, bike rides and smoothies with my little, digging into my first few copies of the Secret Message Society Zine, sidewalk chalk and other toddler adventures, any movie with Meryl Streep, art journaling in secret books, weekend adventures with friends and relations, and of course the exquisite Wild Mystics class I had the privilege of taking a few weeks ago.

Reading

My favorites of the past three months:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane- I don't read a ton of fiction, but I kept hearing about this one and the title captured me. It was a lovely introduction to Neil Gaiam. I was completely drawn in and loved seeing the world he so authentically depicted through the eyes of a young boy. It ended up being a surprisingly deep read.

The Grey Muse- Because of our library's request system and a great used bookstore, I rarely ever purchase books new, but I couldn't resist getting my hands on this one, written by an online friend of mine. I'm so glad I did. It was nice to take little poetry breaks in my day and the words really did feel like they could have been written for me by a much older and wiser version of myself. Highly recommended.

An Altar in the World- I stumbled on this at the library looking for another book by the author and am so glad I did. It's a beautiful survey on the importance of spiritual awareness and seeing the holiness in everyday life, even in the most mundane tasks. It came at just the perfect time for me and left me with a lot to think about.

Sharing

When Mom and Dad Share it All by Lisa Belkin for NYT

Incarnation- It means Something! by Caris Adel

Why I Will Not Rejoin the Evangelical Church Today by Bryn Marlow for Church in the Canyon

6 "Heretics" Who Should Be Banned From Evangelicalism (or, a lesson in consistency) by Tylor Standley

And last but not least, this video, which (along with the knowledge that I'm an enneagram type 6) inspired me to finally sign up for the GRE:



Writing

A month of poetry (mine and others'), three more lovely Women on Writing interviews, a few guest posts, and (my favorite) a piece for the Story Sessions link-up.

Also, I've been writing about coming out in regards to my spirituality and doubt. I'll even be hosting a link-up for doubters on June 5th called What I Want You to Know About Doubt. If you have any thoughts on the subject, I hope you'll join us! More details at the end of this post. 

Linking up with Leigh Kramer for What I'm Into.

1 comment :

  1. Yay for learning about the Enneagram! Altar in the World is one of my favorite books. So glad you enjoyed it!

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