It’s time for this week’s High Notes, including some good links, a recap of blog posts, and a list of stuff I’m loving right now!
Is Domestic Life the Enemy of Creative Work? by Kim Brooks
“I want to believe that with a different standard, a different model, I could truly do both. So I decided to be the least possible parent I could be while still living with myself — I would be a little bit less of a mother so that I could continue to try to be a writer.”
Tired of All These Autism and ADHD Brats! by Sherri Schultz (Pensive Aspie)
“I get so frustrated when people make those sort of comparisons. Because their experience is “x” then yours must be “x” too. ‘I never wore a seat belt when I was a kid. I’m fine.’ Thanks Professor Know-It-All. Was your car ever t-boned by a pickup truck? No? Then I don’t think you’re fine because you didn’t wear a seat belt. You’re fine because you didn’t have an accident. Just like your child is fine because they DON’T have Autism or ADHD.”
“Good moms yell sometimes.
We wish we wouldn’t and didn’t, but it happens. We’re regular people who have awful moments, but that doesn’t make us awful people. It was wrong of me to act the way I did. Without question. But I can’t let that dictate how I value myself as a mother.”
The reason you don’t need to feel shamed over your suffering. . .
A way to think about God that’s an absolute game changer. . .
My mid-month book report linkup. . .with some great reads and one big fat warning label. . .
What I’m Loving This Week:
1. My Keurig
I got this baby for Christmas and let me tell you, it’s saving my life. I’m in the middle (yes, still) of choir contest season and had some super early mornings this week, including one where I had to drive across three counties and be there by 8:00 a.m. Coffee definitely required. So awesome to be able to make a cup in 30 seconds!
I found these on Lacy Clark Ellman’s blog and fell in love with them. I promptly ordered a set and have been using her included prayer during my morning quiet time. It’s another resource for prayer that I find to be beautiful and meaningful. She has several different designs to choose from, and these would make fantastic Mothers’ Day gifts!! Check out Lacy’s shop here.
3. My local library
For somebody like me who reads as many books as I do, this one’s kind of a no-brainer.
But accessing the library catalog online (both of print books and the digital variety) is such a convenience and a perk of technology I’m thrilled to have. When I see a book recommended by another blogger, I can do a quick search to see if my library has it, then place a hold on it within about 60 seconds without ever leaving my couch. Then I can swing by at my convenience, grab my book off the reserved shelf, use self-checkout, and be in and out of the library in two minutes. It’s an absolute win-win and I recommend it for everybody!
I heart libraries!
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
Irish Blessing — traditional text, music by Mark Patterson
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind gently blow at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
This is a piece that was commissioned several years ago by the school my twins attend. The choirs sing it at the end of every concert and it’s quite lovely. The tune’s been circling around in my head all week.
The video below is a school concert from a few years ago, before my daughter was in the choral program, but they performed it exactly this way at the Christmas concert last December.