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Weekend reading: August 23, 2014

Stuck on the side of the road

From Instagram: Oh, you know, just hanging out on the side of 95…

Last weekend I headed to North Carolina with our 8-year-old and the baby to help my parents unpack their new home. About an hour away from their town, the rear differential went out in the van (basically, the back wheels stopped turning while I was driving 80 MPH down the highway) and it began to stink, smoke and make a horrific noise.

We pulled over on the side of 95 and I quickly got the kids out of the car before going back for all of our stuff (I didn’t yet know what had happened, and I was afraid it was going to catch on fire because of the amount of smoke).

I then spent the next hour making calls to my husband, my step-dad and our roadside assistance as we arranged for a tow for the van and a ride for us.

Thankfully, my parents have an extra car right now, so my mom let us bring hers home. And we had been talking about a new car anyway, so it at least didn’t come as a complete shock.

While we were sitting on the side of the road, we recited our new favorite life quote from G.K. Chesterton:

“An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”

I have never broken down on the side of the road (let alone with two little kids and on a major highway!), but I definitely think it was an adventure for our family history books!

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading and what I’m pinning to see the other posts that make me stop and think (or, you know, drool…). You’ll find new posts all week long!

Striving to Do Better

  • Enough with the balancing act | Slow Your Home

Letting Kids Be Kids

  • Why Kids Need Dirt | Paleo Parents

It’s What’s for Dinner

Have a great weekend!