Thankful Thursday and random tidbits from the web

by Lesley on October 9, 2013 · 6 comments

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We’re likely somewhere between Sacramento and Madera right now, rolling along Highway 99 with a chatty toddler (hope she doesn’t get car sick!) and a baby boy still learning how to sleep (hope he doesn’t cry the whole way!)

People say you shouldn’t announce vacation plans to the internet. But, as of this week we have ourselves an amazing new alarm system, so I’m just gonna say it: “WE’RE ON VACATION!” Today we’ll drive to Oakhurst where Jonathan has a few work meetings and I’ll be chilling at the hotel pool with our kiddos before livin’ it up at the buffet. Gosh, I love buffets so much. Should I admit that? Probably not. Tomorrow we’re continuing our road trip to Santa Barbara for Nathan’s wedding. It’s been almost two years since we were last in SB, and I miss the city we used to call home.

I am really thankful for this time away from Sacramento. It’s easy to feel a bit, well, landlocked. We’ve spent a LOT of time at home this summer and I’m anxious for salty air, catching up with Jenny and Kristi, the Riviera views and Westmont Chapel on Monday.

Despite our days at home being somewhat ordinary, I’m finding pleasure and thanksgiving in little, unexpected ways. I delight in Anna’s macaroni necklace hanging from her neck–and I’m so thankful for the people who patiently helped her make it during church childcare. I find joy in finding raisins in the couch cushions because it shows our house has become a home to small children who won’t be small for long. I am thankful for sounds of  Anna’s cries, “Daddy get you in the grass!” (translation: “chase me, Daddy!”)  and the way she says, “I love you sooooo much.” And I’m especially grateful for my Jonathan, who stays cool as a cucumber when my emotions surge from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. The lowest of lows generally take place between 3:00am and 6:00am, just in case you were wondering.

I wish all of you a beautifully fun and relaxing weekend. Here are a few articles I’ve been enjoying from around the web:

Malcom Gladwell on his return to faith while writing David and Goliath (LOVE his book and can’t wait to read this one!)

5 Ridiculous Prayer Requests 

“I’m the original voice of Siri.” (Talk about an odd but fun claim to fame!)

My years as a welfare mom and My addiction and how it’s hurting my daughter …both by my friend Jamie. The second one hits home for me since I’m a neat freak.

In which we can only testify by our absence at church (I GET THIS. Like, REALLY GET THIS.)

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breannebouma
breannebouma

So I've been off the "media grid" for a while and I just spent an hour and a half catching up on Sept/Oct Leslie blog posts - felt like I was settling back into a great book I hadn't picked up in a while :)  Thanks for that.  I want to talk to you more about the cord blood banking, ask if you've read Jen Hatmaker's "Seven" in light of the money saving conversation and oh you know, bake some of those oatmeal chocolate chip goodies.  Hope you enjoyed your SB weekend - heard it was an awesome celebration :)  Talk soon...

Michelleackerperez
Michelleackerperez

Lesley, have SUCH a fun time in SB. I'm already a little homesick imagining Butterfly Beach, Blenders and the view of the hills over the pier. Awww...Also, not sure if the Boathouse was around when you guys lived there. It's at Hendry's Beach (there used to be another restaurant there-- can't remember the name). They have the BEST happy hour 3$ beer, 5$ wine and great burgers, calamari, soup, etc. Call ahead but I think it's 5-8pm. 

Also, I love Malcom Gladwell's books! Did you see his TED talk???

http://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath.html

Happy Weekend!



tabitha_carnes
tabitha_carnes

I'm sure you've got plenty already packed in your Santa Barbara visit, but if you happen to want to meet up for a quick coffee or something, it'd be so fun to meet you! :-)

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@breannebouma You are so sweet to catch up with me! I want to hear more about this media fast. Can't you blog about it or something? :) Ha. Ironic request, right? I haven't read Seven but my friend Anna LOVED it and I've been wanting to read it ever since. Is it rocking your world? We loved our SB weekend...just blogged about it. The celebration was perfectly Nate and Karen, and super fun. 

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@Michelleackerperez I wish we'd been in SB at the same time, although that might have been even more overwhelming for all of us. Watching the TED talk right now. (Thank you!) Also, we didn't get a chance to stop at the Boathouse, but I'm putting it on our list for next October. (Our 10 year homecoming reunion. Yikes. So old.)

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@tabitha_carnes It would have been SO fun to meet you. I'm sorry I didn't get in touch with you. We were so overwhelmed with lots of friends in town that I wasn't as flexible as I would have liked to be. We'll be back hopefully sooner rather than later.