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Weekend reading: October 11, 2014

Our Almost 1 Year Old

From Instagram: Oh my heart.

Two weeks, y’all. In two weeks, our little man will turn 1. How is that even possible?

I was sharing with a friend last week that I know I have cherished every moment of his infancy as much as humanly possible, and yet it still went by entirely too quickly. We’re loving this stage, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a little bit sad to know that our baby days will be over sooner than we’d like!

Okay, enough of that before I get weepy!

Tomorrow we’re heading out for a 3-hour train ride along the Potomac River to check out the fall foliage and watch for bald eagles. We took this train ride 7 years ago for our oldest’s third birthday, just after we moved here, and I’m excited to go again now that all of the girls are old enough to really enjoy it. We’ll have to do it again in a few more years for Jack!

What I’m reading: The Nesting Place by Myquillin Smith and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

What I’m cooking: pesto cream cheese chicken (over pasta), sloppy joes (in a crescent roll “ring”), shrimp “broil” (basically following this recipe without the kabobs and broiling it in the oven)

What I’m pinning: 3 herbal teas for cold & flu season, cure coughs naturally, jello flu shots

What I’m thinking about:

On simple living

  • How to deal with sentimental clutter | Slow Your Home

On raising girls

  • This is what brave means | Momastery

On “Christian” art

  • Why Switchfoot won’t sing Christian songs | CTK Blog

On Ebola

And finally, a few thoughts on Ebola to counteract some of the worst-case scenario articles out there. To be clear, I think we need to be very, very concerned about the effect this is having on the affected countries in Africa, but I will not be stockpiling, preparing to isolate my family on lockdown or buying special suits and masks, as I’ve seen suggested!

  • Ebola Fears Are Triggering Mass Hypochondria | Science of Us

Have a great weekend!