Drawing is Magic

The author/illustrator of Drawing is Magic was kind enough to feature our oldest on his tumblr here.

We love his sketchbook and other artwork. You can buy the book here.

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This is a refrain that I come back to again and again, in mothering, in relationships, in church, thought: instead of More, Done Poorly (or even Mediocre-ly), why not try Less, Done Well.

Here are some rules for How to Host a Crappy Dinner (And See Your Friends More Often)

This past week marked anniversary number two of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here are some photos of a survivor and his rehab nurse who were married recently in the city.

Since the first blog post got so much air time, I feel like this one should get just as much. A few years ago James MacDonald made some inflammatory statements about church government (congregational rule was “from Satan”). Here’s a great example of a humble apology and some advice for the road ahead, no matter how you plan to govern your church.

And in case you live under a rock, I will inform you that the first full-length trailer for the new Star Wars film dropped this week. The newest trend is “reaction videos” — I can’t believe we’ve reached a point in our culture where we watch other people watch something. And yet…this guy is my favorite.

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I stepped away for a bit because I’m having one of those weeks where I wildly over-scheduled myself. You don’t have those, right? I know I’m the only one.

Anyway, here’s to slowing down a bit. Enjoy this overstocked post of bits of goodness from the interwebz:

This was an interesting milestone in the life of the Presbyterian Church of America: Pastor Ligon Duncan reflects on years of a conscious pursuit of more diversity in the PCA.

Now friends, I am a son of the old Southern Presbyterian Church. These are my people, and I am no better than my fathers. It is humiliating to stand before you today and confess these things.

So, what happened? What accounts for this change, and for our present joy in you?

Well, the answer is complex, and many things could be said…. But it gets down to the cross, the Gospel and repentance.

Our family is already big fans of Stephen Curry, the Charlotte-area native who is breaking records left and right with the Golden State Warriors. He is a humble, kind man. Here’s a great picture of him asking for an autograph from Mo’ne Davis.

The One Question Every Parent Should Quit Asking

Sometimes It Really Is As Simple As Cake: a lovely reflection on the simple art of feeding people.

Alissa Wilkinson rightfully scolds our “hot take” culture: In Praise of Slow Opinions

And lastly, this is a great interpretation of what was already good advice from Ira Glass.

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Do you have a student who is struggling to finish well? I commend to you this article by Joy Clarkson: Senioritis: 8 Reasons to do Your Homework

The Rabbit Room continues to do things that are amazingly cool. This week they published two scripts for plays by National Book Award-winner Walt Wangerin Jr.

And in case you didn’t see it on social media yesterday, I’m now officially a regular contributor at Story Warren. Here’s my first post from yesterday, which you may want to read whilst drinking hot chocolate.

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For those of you who are like me grieving the ending of Parenthood, here’s a guest column at the Hollywood Reporter by showrunner and creator, Jason Katims. It leaves a little hope at the end that we might visit the Braverman family again someday.

I found this article on women’s issues and the Crock-Pot really interesting.

If you haven’t seen this yet, you should: NASA has Released the Largest Picture Ever Taken

And this:

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Happy weekend to you! We have a birthday to celebrate this weekend today, and we’ll be watching some football. I’ve enjoyed some good reading this week and wanted to pass it on to you.

The Next Light Pole — Jonathan Rogers’ meditation on running and writing applies to many other areas of life, too. “For me, at least, it helps to remember that I don’t write books. I write sentences. A book is what you have after the fact.”

I Want to Quit Homeschooling — This is where I was the day Christmas break ended. I hit an unprecedented slump. It always helps. too. to remember that Everyone Wants to Quit in November and February.

Here’s some hilarity for you: 99 Percent of all Moms’ Group Facebook Discussions End Like This

My friend David encourages us all to be like Tolkien and keep the day job: Epiphanytide, and a Proposal Concerning Your Day Job

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Here’s a bunch of super awesome rabbity goodness for your weekend. When I say “rabbity,” I mean folks who reside in and around the Rabbit Room site.

And you know what? Just as soon as I went to see what was in my folder for this week, I noticed a theme. See if you can pick it out. Perhaps the Lord desires me to hear this one more time?

An Antidote to Busyness — Sarah Clarkson writes about purposefully pursuing a little more quiet, and suggests that maybe God made seasons to teach us something. Imagine that!

And God Rested — the lovely Helena wrote this a little while ago, but it’s worth revisiting. “He was not fatigued. His creativity had not run dry. There was no shortage of resources. And yet, God looked at all He had done and said that it was “very good.” And He sat down and rested.”

A Month by the Sea: Creating Silence — I want to write like Lanier Ivester when I grow up. This is just beautiful.

Now, everyone go be quiet and take a nap or something.