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Month: June 2013 (page 1 of 2)

while i’m away!

We’re about to go on an extended trip.  If I was a really awesome blogger, I would have written a bunch of posts and scheduled them to post during that time.  Or I would have lined up a bunch of guest bloggers.  But I didn’t.  šŸ™‚  Blogging is just a hobby, so I don’t stress about times like this.

(side note: there is a RIDICULOUSLY loud jet overhead and if it wakes up my sleeping babe, I will not be a happy mama.  oh, air force life!) 
While I’m gone, here are some links to explore!
My Favorite Posts:

my post-graduation job (on finding beauty in the midst of ugliness)
one of our wedding pictures (insert one big smile here)
bathtub of emotions (how to explain when you’re crying about something that seems trivial)
link to an adorable NPR interview (one little girl gives her sister a haircut unbeknownst to their parents – hah)
women and church (so, so important.  i could write a whole blog on this issue alone)
welcome, little one! (first pictures of my son:)
our move to Offutt AFB (oh, so many memories there!)
Some Of My Favorite Blogs/Bloggers:

Kristen Howerton @ Rage Against the Minivan (perfect blend of serious and hilarious. love, love, love.)
Jessica @ Jessica Lynn Writes (AF wife living in *ITALY*)
Naomi @ LoveTaza (if you feel like living vicariously in NYC with two little ones in tow)
Shawni @ 71 Toes (love her intentional parenting!)
Her.menutics (part of Christianity Today)
Rachel Held Evans (while i’m recommending things and pretending like someone actually cares, go pick up one of her books – here’s my favorite!)
22 Words (careful!  it’s addicting! šŸ™‚

p.s. ever get annoyed with airport security??  check out this hilarious TEDx talk!

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currently reading: Francis: Man of Prayer

When I was given the chance to review Francis: Man of Prayer by Mario Escobar, I jumped at the chance!  I was anxious to know more about this man as I had been following the news reports after he replaced Pope Benedict XVI and heard that he may bring significant changes in Catholicism.  I was interested in learning about his background as he is the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas (Argentina).

This book is divided into three parts.  The first focuses on his early life (birth through seminary and teaching positions).  The second part talks about his time as a Cardinal and the 2013 Conclave.  The third looks to the future at the challenges he must overcome and factors that make him unique.  Quotes from Pope Francis were scattered throughout, which I liked.  In addition to learning about his background, I learned more about the hierarchy of the Catholic church and especially the Vatican.  I am looking forward to seeing how Pope Francis leads the Catholic church in the coming years.

While my respect for Pope Francis grew after reading this book, I cannot recommend this book as a biography.  I assume that it was written in haste (in order to be published as soon as possible after Pope Francis was chosen).  There are several parts that seem like filler information, including a long portion about the dictatorship in Argentina and the background of the Jesuits.  Yes, these do have something to do with Pope Francis’ life, but it really veered off the track of a biography in my mind.  At times it felt like reading a very long news article.  I do hope that people read more about Pope Francis, however, I think that they should find a better, clearer biography.

**I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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So you’re PCSing to Offutt AFB…

For awhile now I’ve wanted to collect the names of businesses, attractions and restaurants in the area where we are stationed.  That way when new families moved to the area, they could quickly find things to do and learn about the area.  Originally I was going to put it on this blog, but I decided to use Pinterest instead.

Oh, Pinterest.  You really are best.

(I avoided Pinterest for a long time and when I finally caved, I fell in love).

If you have orders to Offutt, check it out and see what there is to do here!  Or if you’re currently stationed at Offutt and have suggestions of what I should add to the board, let me know!

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