26 February 2013

Top Ten {Tuesday}: Abandoned Blog Ideas

Linking today's post at Many Little Blessings.

I haven't written a lot here lately. I wish I could say it's because my life is so incredibly fascinating that I just haven't found a moment to catch my breath. Or at the very least that we've been traveling, or sick, or some other worthy excuse. Nope. Alas, it's just been a combination of writer's block and lazy.

Not that I haven't had ideas at all . . . in fact, I have an ongoing list of potential blogging topics at any given time. I just don't always act on them, either because I end up incorporating bits and pieces into a larger, unrelated piece or I realize they weren't that exciting after all.

For today's Top Ten list, here's a glimpse of ten things I could have written about (in no particular order):

  1. developing a parenting/family mission statement
  2. how we (mostly) avoid food battles at our house
  3. what "school work" looks like in our homeschool
  4. the true purpose of my alone time
  5. afternoon snack ideas
  6. favorite Bible verses (this one I may still do)
  7. things I learned from Jesus (another one that may still appear)
  8. how to pack for any length trip with kids
  9. finding the "perfect" church
10. new "about" page for me (technically not a post, but probably needed)

Fellow bloggers, do you have an ever-present "write about someday" list?
Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

08 February 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (45): Momma's Reading List

Linking this (as usual) at Conversion Diary. Thanks so much to Jennifer for hosting each week.

I write about books a lot on this blog, partly to keep track of the kinds of books Agent E is reading (see posts herehere, and here) for our end-of-year homeschool evaluation.

Today I'm sharing what is on my current reading list. These are all titles I am actively reading right now, intend to re-read, or would like to read.

1. The Bible. Right now I'm reading Mark. It is my intention for 2013 to focus on the Gospels. I actually read and re-read Matthew a few times already since the beginning of the year, and just moved on to Mark this week. I'm choosing to narrow my reading to these four books of the Bible this year, because I have felt like lately I tend to do my morning Bible reading too quickly and not concentrate . . . I get hung up on the idea of "finishing" one thing and moving on to the next. I am enjoying taking things slow, and examining chapters and verses at a more leisurely pace. 

2. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (by W. Phillip Keller). This book was originally published in 1970, and each chapter considers one line of the well-known psalm. I'm reading this particular text because the women's group at the church we recently started attending is using it as the basis of their study. Interestingly, after I joined these ladies, I remembered that I did a study of the 23rd Psalm about six or seven years ago (either when I was pregnant with E or she was a newborn) and I found some of my old notes. So, now I'm going back and reflecting on some of what stood out to me the first time I dug deep into these verses.

3. 20,000 Days and Counting (by Robert D. Smith). It's sort of a crash course in purposeful living. Interesting read so far.

4. How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children (by Gerald Newmark). I downloaded this to my Kindle (free!) at the recommendation of one of the Facebook pages I follow. (I don't remember which one, or I'd give it a shout-out.)

5. Tell Your Time (by Amy Lynn Andrews). I finished this one recently, too, but I'm still utilizing the information to better organize my days. I think I am finally going to have to admit to myself that I am a routine person after all. (Be sure to check out Amy's website for all sorts of time management and blogging advice.)

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen R. Covey). I first read this as a college student, but now I'm re-reading it through the eyes of a parent. Definitely a whole new perspective.

7. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids (by Dr. Laura Markham). This is on my want-to-read wish list. It's been a long time since I actually purchased a book. I've been enjoying library books and free Kindle downloads. I think I might make an exception for this one, though. (For those of you not familiar with Dr. Markham, her website Aha! Parenting is filled with practical parenting tips for all ages.)

What are you currently reading? What's on your wish list?

07 February 2013

Five Quotes to Parent (and Live) By

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
(Eleanor Roosevelt)
Mommy wars, anyone?

Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone. 
How easy it is to judge another's choices.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 
(Dalai Lama)
Are you as nice to your own family as you are to strangers?

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. 
(Albert Einstein)
Do you see your children's (and your own) natural talents?

Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience; you are raising a human being.
(Kittie Frantz)
A good reminder no matter what season of parenting you are in.

What quote would you add?

This post was also shared at Connected Mom.

05 February 2013

Top Ten {Tuesday}: Kindle Apps My First Grader Loves

Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings I recently bought a Kindle Fire, which I love, and I often share it with Agent E. I've been amazed at how many wonderful free apps are available for a curious homeschooling first grader. All of the following were free when we downloaded them from Amazon, although that may have changed. Some are "educational" and some are "just for fun" but here's a sample of the Kindle Apps Agent E is enjoying right now.

 1. First Grade Learning Games
 3. Math Bingo

Does you child have a Kindle (or use yours)? What apps are popular at your house?