Our first two weeks with Zoey Claire

Well, we've officially survived two weeks as a family of four. I still feel like we're in survival mode, and things aren't really "settled" yet. I also haven't braved any sort of outing by myself with both kids--that thought still strikes fear in my heart. BUT, I can already tell that the second time around the baby block is way easier than the first in many ways. And it's funny how much I find myself thinking back to when E was a baby and noting all the things that are surprisingly different or exactly the same this time.


Meet Zoey

She's here! Our sweet little Zoey bird was born on November 2nd. Her labor wasn't quite as cut and dry as her sister's--there was pitocin involved and an epidural that the anesthesiologist forgot to actually hook up (I wish I was kidding)... but she's here. And she's lovely and so, so very loved. 


Be the Gift [book review]

I don't know what it is about Ann Voskamp, but I find myself both drawn in and repelled by anything she writes. It's got to be her writing style--there are times it doesn't make any sense to me at all, and I get all eye roll-ey. And then there are times when the way she writes strikes me as beautiful and poetic and I get all swoon-ey for it. It's a love-hate relationship, pretty literally.

Be the Gift is Ann Voskamp's newest contribution to the world of printed media. It's sortof a weird book, to be honest. It looks and feels like a gift-able book. It's a small hardcover book with lovely photography and the title scripted in gold. But the subject matter--about using your own personal brokenness to bless others--seems like an odd thing to be giving as a gift. I mean, if I know someone who is going through a tough time, it feels a little pretentious to give them a book that tells them to put their struggles to work, ya know? But if it's a close friend who will understand your heart, it could work.


Lately 10/27/17

+ We're still waiting for baby girl to make her grand entrance (official due date is the 30th). Honestly, I'm OK with the waiting. C and I were talking at dinner last night about how the whole we're-going-to-have-more-than-one-kid-in-the-house thing hasn't really hit home just yet, and we think stretching out these last few days with just the three of us is a good thing. So take your time, sweet baby.

+ I've been reading a little bit out of You are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living each morning. It's a devotional consisting of excerpts from Henri J.M. Nouwen's writings. Nouwen was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and prolific writer who died back in 1996. He wrote more than 30 books, but his name was totally new to me until earlier this year. I've actually never read anything by Nouwen before, so this devotional is a nice little taste. (At the library book sale this week, I spotted his name on the spine of one of the books in the religion section and snatched it up, so soon(ish) I'll be able to change that.) The book is dated, so I started near the back in the month of October and will just flip back to the front when the calendar rolls over. Most of the excerpts are about a paragraph in length, so it's a really quick read right away in the morning. I like that it's so short--if I'm pressed for time, it's still easy to get it in. And if I have a few moments to sit and savor, the day's reading makes for good journaling fodder. Each entry also notes which book of Nouwen's it is taken from, just in case you want to go read the complete original.


The Sacred Slow [book review]

Let's talk about buzzwords, shall we? The last couple of years, we've been all about creativity, intentionality, and "slow" living. Don't feel bad if you've jumped on the bandwagon--I have, too. And there's actually nothing at all wrong with any of it. Being intentional and living at a slower pace are GOOD things. And God himself is the ultimate measure of creativity, so why would anyone disparage us, His creations, from developing or expressing the measure of His creativity in us?

The issue I have is when authors take those buzzwords and use them to repackage and resell a basic concept. They're not coming up with anything new at all--just reframing something old with whatever is cool at the moment to sell more books.