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August is a crazy month in our family. Not only do we celebrate Dan’s and my anniversary and my birthday but we also have:

  • My brother and sister-in-law’s anniversary
  • Dan’s parents anniversary
  • Dan’s sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary
  • My brother’s birthday
  • My other brother’s birthday
  • My sister-in-law’s birthday
  • And if we wanted to get really crazy…four of my cousins and an aunt celebrate their birthdays in August as well.

Thankfully we don’t even attempt to celebrate all of these in person. But my craft loving four-year old gets super excited about making cards. (If you didn’t get yours, blame her procrastinating mother…it’s coming. If I can find it.)

Besides birthdays and anniversaries, here’s what I’ve been into this month:

Reading

Rereading Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages by L. R. Knost reminded me to put my relationship with my four-year old at the forefront of my thoughts.

Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin made me long for a simpler time, piqued my interest in baseball and just all-around fascinated me.

I flew through Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Great plot, reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver but not a personal favorite…

I’m in a bit of reading slump at the moment. I just checked out The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak from the library but can’t seem to get started.

More Media

Dan and I are slowly making our way through the Harry Potter movies since I finally read all the books. We’ve just started the 6th movie and I don’t want them to end!

Unfortunately for me (because too much noise, including music, makes me go crazy), our son just joined his sister and Dad as an official have-music-on-all-the-time lover. We’ve known he likes music since he was teeny tiny as he always starts dancing when it comes on. But now the second he wakes up in the morning he demands “ic! ic!” and starts dancing and letting out an ear piercing scream if I don’t comply immediately. So we’ve been listening to a lot of music from North Point Band, our YouTube play lists and Whoooo Loves You? from Amber Sky Records which, by the way, is awesome.

Around the Web

Ferguson reminded me how privileged I am. I’ve started following @AntonioFrench and @CSCleve on Twitter (follow me on Twitter here) so I can educate myself on my own privilege and the stories of the marginalized in our society. And I found this article by a woman whose husband used to be a cop very helpful. And this perspective on white privilege also.

And goodness gracious all the Christian stupidity surrounding Robin William’s death was enough to make me cry. Here are some great articles about depression and faith.

I don’t know about you but after this long month of discouraging news, I needed to know something good was happening in the world. Enter Preemptive Love. They’ve been working to get the overwhelming number of kids with heart defects in Iraq the life saving surgeries they need. The stories of should-be enemies working together and people with little to give, giving anyway are both convicting and inspiring. And a good reminder that there are always stories of hope and goodness among the tragic.

Around Real Life

While my inlaws (thanks guys!) watched the kiddos for the morning we rearranged all our furniture. We took the dresser and the wardrobe out of our bedroom and put it elsewhere in our 950 sq ft, two bedroom apartment. It looks surprisingly awesome and our bedroom is much less crowded. More on this to come…

Dan and I got away to my parent’s cabin for our anniversary at the beginning of this month. It was the first time we’d been away from both kids overnight. It was only for one night but it was heavenly. We laid around, slept and read. Yes we sound old, but what more could two introverts with two small children want?

We also took our four-year old to an amusement park for the first time (yay for free tickets!) and have enjoyed some get togethers with friends.

What have you been into this month?

Linking up with Leigh Kramer for her monthly what I’m into series.

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