Stepping back (in)
A few weeks ago, I logged onto my desktop, something I rarely do. Our iMac is old, and slow, but it houses all of our pictures and videos from almost the last 10 years. I sat by myself and scrolled through pictures of all of my births, and our babies firsts. Short videos of a time when we were new parents, without smart phones. Do you remember? I found myself tearing up watching myself play with my babies undistracted.
I started The Quotidian Mysteries back several months ago. I had trouble getting into it at first, because it made clear the things I need to work on in my own life, and I wasn't yet ready to hear it. It's an encouraging read, a message that women can relate to. I've definitely fallen victim to acedia, that feeling that you cannot go on with the monotony of daily life. But, she suggests the nurturing of dailiness can help us to see our potential as children of God, drawing us closer to Him.
My other three current reads are: Yell Less Love More, Better Than Before; Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, and The Happiness Project Journal, which is a one-line journal for moms.
On a whim, I bought tickets for Scott and I to see Josh Garrels live over the weekend. What a treat it was! If you don't know of his music, you should! His sound is a sort of folk, hip-hop mix. He tackles more difficult Christian themes, and his lyrics have made me think quite a bit over the last five years or so that I've listened to his music. His new album Home is on heavy rotation over here, but I still love Jacaranda. He's currently touring the Midwest, and catching a show is defiantly worth the time. See his website for details. joshgarrels.com