Sometimes it’s fun to share just a few snippets of unrelated things.  Yes, I’m aware this makes for a “bad” blog post, according to all the rules that be for blogging.  But I enjoy seeing just tiny fractions of others’ days (“day in the life of” posts, “what we’re using for curriculum this year” posts, “our menu plan for the week” posts, etc.)  This is my version.

We have a few “new” things in our lives this week.

I got my copy of The Lifegiving Table by Sally Clarkson.  I was part of her launch team for this book and the last few books, and so I received a few chapters several months ago.  I’m anxious to finish up the book now that I have it in my hot little hands.

But I’m not allowing to read it just yet.

Because I’m reading this new book: Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp.

Here’s a snippet, for your viewing pleasure.

Next up: fermenting pickles.  I don’t much like “proper” fermented foods as Michael does. He enjoys kimchi, kombucha, kefir (why do they all start with “k”?) and sauerkraut.  I don’t.  Just no.  But there is significant research about gut health and probiotics.  And we have an elderly neighbor that has given us no less than 70 large cucumbers this summer.  I needed to do something.  So I researched if one could ferment pickles, and apparently, it has been a thing for, you know, thousands of years.  Before fermenting got hipsterized.

I had given away all of our canning jars, thinking we’d be moving this fall.  But since we’re still here, I used my remaining six canning jars for fermented pickles.  Something I’ll actually eat.  We had grape leaves, that add tannins that prevent softening of the pickles.  We’ve used those in the past, and they help our pickles maintain the crunchiness factor.










Next up: letting our oldest just choose his own chapter books off of our shelves.  This is partially scary and partially satisfying.  It’s scary in that I won’t necessarily know his relationship to the book.  Will he cry when Little Ann and Old Dan died?  (I wept for days on end the last time I read that one.  I was 28.)  Will he understand some of the historical background enough to grasp why certain events happen?  I know.  I’m overanalyzing this.  But it’s a new phase for me, and I need to ease into it.  It’s satisfying that I know exactly the quality of books I’ve allowed on our shelves.  He really can’t find a dud.  But it’s just….a new step.

We’ve been listening to this new album this week.  I’d never heard of this artist before, but I’m enjoying how she does lullabies.  These songs minister to me as a mom while they minister to the hearts of my little loves.












What are some new things in your life this week?

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