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Weekend reading: April 9, 2016

 First family ice cream date of 2016.

From Instagram:First family ice cream date of 2016.

This weekend I’m in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains at Winsome, where I’m speaking about moving from perfectionism and fear to authenticity and freedom in our relationships with one another, ourselves, and Christ. I’m not sure if the recordings will be available publicly, but if they are and I don’t make a complete fool of myself, I’ll share it!

As I was getting ready to leave this week, I couldn’t help but wonder how the calendar page that had looked so wide open last fall was suddenly so. very. full. It seems that every one of our kids’ friends has a spring birthday, all of our activities are ending with big celebrations, and—just for fun—we’re preparing our home for new landscaping as well.

Thankfully, the calendar wasn’t full then, and I blocked off this weekend for some time away because I sure need it!

What I’m readingBel Canto (P.S.) by Ann Patchett

What I’m thinking about:

{Follow my personal Facebook feed for the things I’m thinking about and talking about all week!}

Living authentically

  • On going gray in my thirties | The Art of Simple
  • 3 Simple Questions to Find Your Best Self | No Sidebar
  • Take It {Self Care for the Best You} | Smallish

For the introvert

  • 11 Comics Every Introvert Will Understand | Buzzfeed
  • An Introvert’s Guide to Having People Over | Nesting Place

On books and boredom

  • 3 reasons your read-aloud book is taking too long | Simple Homeschool
  • Se7en’s Great Big List of the 100 Best Non-fiction Books for Kids… | se7en
  • In praise of being bored. | Modern Mrs. Darcy

Have a great weekend!

P.S. This is a few weeks old now, but it’s the most beautiful post I’ve ever read about motherhood and faith.