What I Read in 2016

For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading. As a kid and teen, I always had my nose in a book...at the dinner table, while watching tv, riding in the backseat of the car. I could finish a novel in a day. I went through a season during college and early married life where I didn't quite read as much, but thankfully that season was short and I am back to devouring as many books as my schedule and children will allow. I love using Goodreads to track my reading as well as my TBR (to be … [Read more...]

November Goals

I can't believe that November is here already. This is an exciting month for the Medlin family! Kate's first birthday is on the 15th and my sister-in-law is getting married on the 22nd. And then there is Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas. With so much going on, I jotted down a few goals and intentions for the month to help me stay focused and not get too overwhelmed. Weeks 1 & 2: Prepare for Kate's birthday party Paint kitchen island (a DIY that I promise to blog … [Read more...]

A Month of Knitting and Reading

I started knitting a Citron shawl and reading Anna Karenina in early February when Phillip and I attended a couples retreat with our church. I had no idea they would both take me 6 weeks to complete, so I feel like I am just coming up for air! First up, the Citron shawl which I knit using Madelinetosh Lace in Scarlet using a size 6 circular needle. The pattern only called for 5 sections, but I wanted it to be a little bit bigger so I did the math and added a 6th section. Now that … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 5 & 6}

Chapter 5: When the Dark Invades Depression. Something that many women struggle with but no one wants to admit to it or talk about it, especially in Christian circles. I applaud Sarah Mae and Sally for going there, and bringing this topic to the table for discussion. Depression can be such a strange thing. One would think that depression is only caused by sadness or dissatisfaction with one’s life, but for me, the darkness tends to be brought on by physical and mental exhaustion. If … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 3 & 4}

Chapter 3: Formulas Don’t Always Work I LOVED this chapter! It really spoke right to my heart. I am a woman who loves formulas, and very much likes to live inside the box. It’s safe in there. Neat and clean. But once I became a mama, I realized that there wasn’t just one formula. There wasn’t just one box. There wasn’t just one opinion. There were thousands upon thousands and they were coming at me from every side. From parenting styles to discipline strategies to education … [Read more...]

On Knitting and Reading

Two of my favorite pastimes are reading and knitting. Reading is my breathing in. I feast on theology and spiritual memoirs as I wrestle out my faith. I am swept to another time and place as I sit down with a great work of classic literature or historical fiction. My creativity is awakened and unpacked as I read beautiful words of poetry and prose. Reading is food for my mind and soul. Knitting is my breathing out. My fingers busy creating beauty as my mind wanders from this to … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 1 & 2}

I am so excited that this day has arrived! I have been looking forward to reading Desperate since I first heard about it several months ago. This is one of those books that begs to be discussed, and I am thankful for the opportunity to discuss it here with you. Chapters 1 & 2 are full of so much insight that there is no way I could ever cover it all, so I am just going to highlight the parts that spoke most deeply to me. Chapter 1: Ideals and Going Under “When it finally dawned on me … [Read more...]

Desperate {An Intention Meets Grace Book Study}

I hold these pages, words of Sarah Mae’s and Sally’s, that are a gift to every mother, that welcome mothers everywhere out of hiding and loneliness and into a fellowship of sisters and mentors, that will make you feel not alone, that will make you feel that there is real God-given hope. -Ann Voskamp, New York Times best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts “I just can’t be a mother today.” If you’ve ever whispered those words to God in quiet desperation, you are not alone. That is why I … [Read more...]

In which I am a Desperate Mom

I find that one of the best feelings in the world is that moment when you realize that you are not alone in your struggles with a particular issue or in your feelings on a certain topic. Whether the realization comes during a conversation, or as you are reading a book or a blog post, that feeling of relief accompanied by the words “Me too!” is one that is very freeing. Because it is at that point that we no longer feel that we have to hide the truth of how we feel or what it is that we are … [Read more...]

Praying For Our Children

Crafts, baking, read-alouds, play groups, homemade gifts, special celebrations, and all of the other things on our “be a better Mommy” to-do list, pale in comparison to the greatest thing that we can do for our children, and that is to pray for them. I believe there is power in prayer and that the prayers we pray over our children are monumental in shaping the course of their lives. “You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a … [Read more...]

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