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Weekend reading: May 30, 2015

Rocking the baby

From Instagram: No words. ❤️

Our second daughter is a nurturer through and through. While all of our girls love their baby brother to pieces, she’s the one with the patience to rock him to sleep, to hold him when he cries, to soothe him in the car. It really is very sweet to see their relationship continue to grow!

Today we’re on our way to my dad’s for a cookout and some time in the pool. The girls are anxious to practice their swimming, and I’m hoping the water will be warm enough for Jackson to splash around in the awesome 1′ deep lounging area. Although I don’t have any specific questions for them, I’m also hoping to glean some wisdom from my dad and 15-year-old step-brother’s garden, which produces beautifully year after year.

What I’m reading: Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn and Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

What I’m thinking about:

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As we prepare for another little one to join our family, we’re focusing a lot on life skills this summer, and I love the ideas shared in this post for doing that in a systematic way.

I’m not sure how a ten-item wardrobe would work during pregnancy with my ever-changing size, but I’m always intrigued by capsule wardrobe posts, and Anne’s thoughts this week are no exception.

Along with life skills, we’re going to try implementing Sarah’s spiral notebook system for the girls’ daily to-do lists. We’ve been using printed checklists, but it’s felt like a struggle lately, so I’m hoping this might make a difference.

The murder of Officer Orozco the day before her newborn daughter was to be released from the NICU (and her maternity leave was to start) makes me cry every time I think about it, but this a beautiful example of community.

And on the heels of that one—I love that Jamie recognizes her own limits and avoids the news to keep her perspective healthy.

Finally, if you’re a personality geek, be sure to check out your Myers-Briggs kitchen style. I’d say my INTJ kitchen is spot on. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

P.S. I’m trying a new format because the old way is starting to make me dread putting these posts together. Do you like it? Dislike it? Feedback welcome!