What we've been reading

Fresh and Easy - A step by step picture cookbook for novices in the kitchen like myself

Fresh and Easy - A step by step picture cookbook for novices in the kitchen like myself

Interstellar Cinderella - Beautiful illustrations and charming rhyme with an amazing ending. 

Interstellar Cinderella - Beautiful illustrations and charming rhyme with an amazing ending. 

Cupcakes and Cashmere - My new favorite book on style and entertaining  

Cupcakes and Cashmere - My new favorite book on style and entertaining  

Weasels - One of our new, all-time favorite books! It's truly hilarious. "Without this drill I am nothing!" 

Weasels - One of our new, all-time favorite books! It's truly hilarious. "Without this drill I am nothing!" 

Some Weeks Later

We've been doing the stay at home mom thing for a few weeks now and I am starting to feel a little more normal and a little less like I'm in a constant state of drowning. Here are some highlights:

Play Street Museum - FRISCO 

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Fun trips to the library  

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Jumping in Muddy Puddles 

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Painting! 

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Lots of Swimming! 

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Napping 

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And reading 

 

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I'm loving that we are starting to have a rhythm to our family for the first time since Jude came along! It's exciting to see what great things God has in store for us in the months to come. Hopefully there won't be quite so much crying as in the previous month.  

Better

 "When perspectives are unrepresented in discussions, when some kinds of thinkers aren’t at the table, classrooms become echo chambers rather than sounding boards — and we all lose." - (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/a-confession-of-liberal-intolerance.html?_r=2&referer=http://www.thevillagechurch.net/the-village-blog/culture-matters-51316/)

Such a good post of great current event articles! (http://www.thevillagechurch.net/the-village-blog/culture-matters-51316/

I especially loved the representation of liberal AND conservative views. Please, liberal and conservative brothers and sisters, remember our identity ISN'T along party lines but found in the scarred hands and feet of Jesus.

 

My question was called "dumb" last night on the live broadcast of the Defending  Life conference and never actually answered. I spent a sleepless night frustrated and mourning my lack of wisdom and my fear that maybe I'm believing the wrong things about how to love our world in and out of the policitcal arena. This morning I heard a repeat of last night---someone saying my question was ridiculous and how could believers think such things---and again I felt overwhelming shame and isolation. How can I love Jesus, love unborn children, and be seen as so obviously different in political opinions?

 

I don't have an answer to that even now that I've obsessively thought this question for the past 4 hours. But I can tell you the better answer: Jesus. He's the reason that I can disagree with my friends and still joyfully call them sisters. He's better than being "right," better than solving cultural problems with perfect policies, better than the power of my vote or voice. In short, He's just better.

 

Ya'll, I might vote for the wrong person, support the wrong ideas, believe or question "dumb" things and feel shame at my differentness, but if He's my only righteousness, it's more than enough.

 

Let's stop saying "how can anyone be a Christian and be a (fill in the noun)"?! Let's instead ask, "How can he love me, you, or any of us enough to call us by his very name, Christ-ian." It is far more than I deserve or will ever deserve.

 

Special thanks and praise for my dear friends Natalie Tischler and Megan Besong who comforted me last night in my embarrassed tears and turned my eyes to Christ. You are the best for friends and gems in my heart!

A Letter to Past Jenny

Dear Jenny, -er old me, 

Well here we are! It's 2016 and we are actually a stay at home moms despite our previous expectations and beliefs. We've got a house (and a mortgage to match), three kids, a dog... Basically  we're living the 1950's American Dream with more dirty dishes and a lot less makeup. 

Well let me warn you from the start---this isn't what you'd thought it would be. It's messy! There is almost never a "learning moment" with the olders and the little throws up and cries at the worst possible times. You won't spend your days quietly sharing profoundly deep conversations with your boys about art, politics, culture, and God. Instead you'll be screaming every few minutes warnings, threats, and commands---a machine gun firing of mom-haikus, all largely Ignored by your oldest. You will live in a constant state of quasi-stickiness from baby spit up and breast milk. You will find that you have a singular talent for being driving somewhere exactly when Ezzie needs to eat. And no, the dishes WONT be done before Justin gets home. You'll shamefully embrace the ease of early morning Netflix shows that give you a little extra snooze time while keeping your kids stationary. 

 

All in in all you'll be out numbered, out-witted, exhausted, with crazy hair and in an endless hunt for your escaping dog, missing keys, and the boys' shoes (how do we lose them EVERY HOUR?!).

In other words, it's going to be an awesome adventure. Hang in there; don't give up!  Remember to spend daily time in the word and prayer and in contact with other overwhelmed moms. It's totally worth it.

love, 

Future Jenny

P.S. oh, and you'll REALLY enjoy that morning cup of coffee like never before!

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Bluebonnets in the Springtime in Ennis, TX (45 minutes from Dallas)

This past weekend we took the boys to Ennis, TX, otherwise known as the bluebonnet capitol of the state. They weren't kidding when they gave themselves that title. It was literally a sea of blue in all directions! Here are a few of the photos we took: