I lost my blogging groove a couple of weeks ago and things got a little wonky around these parts.
Can’t promise it’ll all be smooth sailing from here on out, but I’m gonna try! Here’s this week’s (and last week’s) High Notes, with lots of links and favorite things! Enjoy!
We Will Not Extinguish Our Light by Nicolette at HowDoesShe
“To those trying to extinguish our lights, we will burn brighter. We will smile more than we frown. We will build each other up, speak kind words, encourage excellence, celebrate successes, and show patience even when we feel depleted.”
“. . .while people with more severe autism are not generally expected to just suck it up and get through difficult moments, people on the higher end of the spectrum are expected to do just that.”
When People Are the Casualty of Belief by Kathy Escobar
“These are people, people!
Casualties of belief.
Being talked about in blog after blog, book after book, sermon after sermon, conference after conference.
This isn’t just the LGBQT community but all those who are somehow on the other side of what many systems say is required to believe to belong.”
Because Momma needs a break, too. . .
My take on the whole Cincinnati Zoo gorilla incident. . .
What I’ve read, what I’ve watched, what I’ve been up to . . .
How to get over your spiritual amnesia and receive the blessing you need. . .
In which I reveal my secret hiding place of 40 some-odd years. . .
What I’m Loving:
1. Elote en Vaso
That’s Spanish for “corn in a cup,” and I’m not sure how I’ve lived in Texas ALL MY LIFE, and yet just now discovered this. We went to a little (new-to-us) street taco place and this stuff is my new obsession. It’s freshly cooked corn with cheese, cream, and hot sauce and it is the most delectable and decadent thing I’ve ever put in my mouth.
Seriously. I would marry this corn if I could. I got on the world wide internets and found me a recipe and I can’t wait to make some at home.
Photo & recipe: My Hot Southern Mess
Thing is, I love to cook. And I’m pretty good at it.
But during the school year, it’s hard to make it happen. The kids have after-school and evening commitments, I have concerts and performances to play for, and we have to dumb down the cuisine just to get everybody fed.
Now that my school’s out and the schedule’s lightened up, I’ve actually been able to peruse recipes and make some real, slow food. And it makes me happy.
Look for a post this week all about cooking!
3. This Meme/T-shirt Design
Because this says it all. 1000% true.
Do y’all shop at Aldi? Because I love it.
The produce is hit or miss, and I don’t buy meat there, but for snacks, frozen foods, and dairy, it’s my go-to store. My latest favorite of theirs is the goat cheese with honey. It is so yummy crumbled over a salad or just spread on crackers.
Aldi is owned by the same company as Trader Joe’s, and they’re committed to offering healthy foods, including their own line of organic products. Plus there’s a store halfway between my house and the kids’ schools, so it’s never out of my way.
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
How Can I Keep From Singing? by Robert Lowry
My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?
Life’s a song that’s meant to be sung. So go out there this week and belt it, okay?