Seven Quick Takes
-1- Quiet LOUD
We are missing another library book. This is a big deal in our house. It’s a smallish book–a popular board book size- – so that means the possibilities of where it could be are limitless.
I’m doing my best not to slide into another book rage.
St. Anthony, please help us find this library book so we don’t have to pay big moneys to the library. Amen.
It’s an cute book. We did find and return its cousin No No Yes Yes, which was equally amusing.
-2- The Missing Library Book by Me
I made a silly one once years ago, and the book was loved to bits. This is the inspiration I need to start regularly making family books. First up will be “The Missing Library Book,” in which
a mom storms around the house tearing off couch cushions and chucking things kids search in funny places until the book is found and celebrate by cuddling up to read it.
Snap. Did I just give away an idea for a real book? Well, copyright! Isn’t that how it works? You just say “copyright!” after something, and that is like an invisible force field preventing someone from taking it? Yes? …Just kidding. If you write that book, more power to you. Let me know so I can check it out from the library. And I promise not to lose your book on losing books. Maybe. It hasn’t worked out so well for Quiet Loud…
-4- Ruined by Motherhood
Haley’s post, “Have You Ever Felt Like Being a Mother Has Ruined You?” definitely spoke to me this week.
Have I ever felt like being a mother has ruined me? Brought out my absolute worst? Of course. All the time.
I thought I was a patient, laid-back but on-top-of it kinda gal. I didn’t have a short fuse. I didn’t get easily flustered. I was rocking out life. I was good at everything. Then motherhood broke me. Or rather, it was a huge inescapable mirror that showed me who I really was. And I didn’t like what I saw.
Whoa. There have been times that I’ve thought, “I used to be someone. And now I change diapers all day.” In reality, motherhood has shaped me into a much better person. Even on the worst days, this is a good life. I just need to be more conscious of sweeping up the bits of joy instead of focusing on they yuck-o dried up bits of food.
-5- Stinking at Diapers
Speaking of diapers, how can I have four kids and still be the worst at changing diapers? Honestly, I should be able to teach a masterclass by now, but I still need like 15 wipes to get through one…job. The diaper comes off, and I panic. “Get more wipes! More wipes!” as if like the federal government throwing dollars at a problem, only a few more will fix everything. But in both situations, we all just end up exhausted and covered in poo.
-6- Well Read Mom
To get more in touch with the me of yesteryear, David has encouraged me to participate in a Well Read Mom group. The meetings will be monthly in the evenings. Unfortunately with David’s schedule I’m not sure if I’ll actually be able to attend, but either way I plan on reading Actual Books Without Pictures.
It’s taken me a long time to work up the courage to start The Death of Ivan Illyich, the first book. I’m listening to it at night while I do dishes and all the chores. So far I’m understanding it. I’m not sure what I was so afraid of…that it would be in Russian? That it would be so esoteric that my Brown Bear, Brown Bear head couldn’t handle it?
At any rate, I look forward to the other selections we’ll read.
-7- Just Enough Info on Thursdays!
Can I plug the Zelie Group link up again as a Seven Quick Takes item? Yes? Good.
Angela from This Mom Needs Chocolate titled her post this week, “Just Enough Info….or Three Short Questions I Have Time to Answer,” and I thought that perfectly captured the idea of JEI – – creating community in a low pressure way.
The theme this week is “Back to School,” and I’ve enjoyed the variety in the mom-blog linker-upers- – public school, private school, homeschool — all of us are just doing the best we can for our kids. Solidarity!
Other than that, we *are* united in not doing too much to mark the back-to-school time for our kids and maybe being pinterest-guilted into thinking we should. Turns out no one plans elaborate apple-themed parties. Hooray! (No offense if you do. I’d love to read about your apple decor and treats if you link up!)
The Back to School link is open until Wednesday if anyone would like to contribute.
If you’re looking forward to the September 8th JEI, the topic will be “Prayer.” Here are the questions to ponder and answer if you like to be ahead of the game.
1.What are your favorite devotions?
2.Have any of your prayers been answered? Do you have any prayers that you are glad weren’t answered the way you’d hoped?
3. How do you pray with your kids?
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