Sunday, July 10, 2016

Farewell, Blogger

I've made the switch. I'm over on wordpress now. No hard feelings. It has been a blast, Blogger. Thanks for all the memories.

Here is a soothing video to ease your transition.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lip Balm Recipe

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp beeswax
1 small elbow macaroni sized squirt of lanolin
5 or so drops of peppermint oil

Microwave together all of the ingredients except peppermint, until melted.
Add peppermint.
If desired, pour into separate, smaller containers.
Cool in fridge.

Brainstorming a Scripture calendar

January...making all things new
February...Joel 2
March...Luke 24
April...Deuteronomy 32:2-3
May...Song of Solomon 2:11-12
December...Luke 2

Words that keep coming back

2014: mercy
2015: kindness, patience (just wait)

Beyond The Wilds

From the Silo book series by Hugh Howey....isn't Beyond the Wilds a great name for a place to call home?

I'm going through notes on my phone and publishing the ones I want to remember, if you're just tuning in. Of course I will email myself the ones I want to remember yet also keep private. Even if there is just a very small readership of this blog, I would like to keep the lists of passwords, library card numbers, and 20+ favorite baby names to myself, thank you very much! ;)

Book titles that have been recommended, an ongoing list

I add to and subtract from this list frequently.

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O'Brien
World War Z (zee)
The Gospel and the Catholic Church, Michael Ramsey
David Bentley Hart's Beauty of the Infinite
Christ in the chaos, by Kim Crandall 
Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, by Wendell Berry
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
Crossing the Tiber, by Stephen Ray 
Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, Nouwen
Angry conversations with God, Isaacs
The New Monasticism by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
The true story of hansel and gretel: a novel of war and survival
Supper of the Lamb, Fr Robert Capon
Urban Sprawl and Public Health: Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities by Howard Frumkin
The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside our Door 
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, & Truth in the Immigration Debate
The Rag and bone shop
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Tattoos on the Heart", by Father Greg Boyle
City of God: Faith in the streets, Sara Miles
When helping hurts
Gary Haugen's #LocustEffect 
Luther's A Simple Way To Pray
Kisses from Katie
A Soldier of the Great War
Saving the appearances: a study in idolatry, by Owen barfield.
24/6, by Matthew Sleeth
R.U.R, by Karel Capek
Evangelical vs liturgical? Defying a dichotomy 
Christopher J.H. Wright’s The Mission of God’s People
Words of Life, by Timothy Ward
Etched in Sand (memoir)
Forgive Us, Rah (and others)
Megan McArdle, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success (Viking, 2014)
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
​The Complete Stories, Flanner O’Connor
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Absalom, Absalom, William Faulkner
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
True Paradox, David Skeel
Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, by John Pattison and C. Christopher Smith
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
The Adventures of Augie March is a 1953 novel by Nobel winner Saul Bellow.
Robert Sokolowski's *The God of Faith and Reason* 
I'll give you the sun, by Jandy Nelson
Home Economics, Wendell Berry
The creativity cure: building happiness with your own two hands, brown
The Magicians, Grossman
Alan Turing The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The Fisherman, by Chigozie Obioma
What are people for? By Wendell Berry 
Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, by David J Bosch
Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God's Mission in the Bible, by Charles E. Van Engen
Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices, by Paul G. Hiebert
Partners in Marriage and Ministry, by Ron Pierce
A moveable feast: worship for the other six days, by Terry Timm
Fully Engaged: Missional Church in an Anabaptist Voice, edited by Stanley W. Green and James R. Krabill
Snow flower and the secret fan
Malestrom, by Carolyn Custis James
Finding Livelihood: A progress of work and leisure, by Nancy Nordenson
Unapologetic: why, despite everything, Christianity can make surprising emotional sense, by Francis Spufford
Charles Martin water from my heart
Sky Lantern, by Matt Mikolatos
Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman.
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country, by Helen Russell
The book of forgiving: the fourfold pattern for healing ourselves and our world, by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

Christmas Present Ideas

I have a ton of notes I keep on my phone. Mostly ideas or things I would like to remember. I am trying to clear off as much of my phone as possible, to see if it will run less like a 90-year-old. It's nearly 4 years old, which is about 90 in phone years, so this is to be expected. Anyway, many of the notes could just be deleted...but some I would like to remember. So expect an increase in posts in the next coupla days. Probably.

For example, this. Here are some family Christmas present tradition ideas. We did this last Christmas, and I hope to continue the tradition. I am on an anti-too-much-stuff kick, so having categories keeps gift-giving meaningful, yet under control.

Each kid has their presents wrapped in their own different wrapping paper; in order to find out which presents are theirs, they will find a small stocking stuffer wrapped in their paper in their stocking.

Each person gets a present that is or represents:
an indoor activity (puzzles, books, games, tickets to an indoor experience, etc)
an outdoor activity (bikes, sleds, sporting/camping equipment, tickets to an outdoor experience, etc)
a delightful surprise (just how it sounds)
Stocking stuffer (something small in size...and a clementine...and other treats)
and of course, Christmas Eve jammies!

Do you have any Christmas present traditions in your family?