My baby girl Jenna is engaged!
Trey proposed on Monday, Memorial Day, and she said yes (of course).
Some good omens . . . The setting—the same place where Jeff and I got married (his parents’ home). The swing in the background—a 50th anniversary gift for Jeff’s parents. May Jenna and Trey have 50+ years of life together too! They’re off to a great start.
1 Second Everyday
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Around the Web
• Do you know who Marie Kondo is?
If you’ve read (or heard about) her books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, you know she’s a cleaning guru. But what about men? Who’s cleaning house anyway?
• Happiness is serving
In case you are the one cleaning house, this should make you feel better.
• Want to eat more apples?
A clever tweak to how apples are sold is making everyone eat more of them. (Spoiler alert: We’re more likely to eat sliced fruit than whole fruit—it’s true for me!)
• How to treat a sprained ankle
We’ve been doing it wrong.
• Go to church, live longer?
“The effect of religious attendance, they found, was stronger than that of any other form of participation in a social group like a book club or a volunteer organization.”
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On Reading and Writing and Blogging
• Capitalize My Title
When you don’t know which words to capitalize, just copy/paste your title in here. (I had to correct a few from this post.)
• The Backside Blessings of Blogging
Some of the hidden blessings of blogging that often are overlooked (but you probably already know if you blog!).
• What Is the Internet’s Favorite Book?
Um, it’s not what I expected.
• Write Shorter Sentences
Our attention span continues to shrink, yes? 6 exercises to writer better short sentences.
• Currently reading
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
by Tina Fey
- The Day the Angels Fell
by Shawn Smucker
- The Words of Gandhi
compiled by Richard Attenborough
- Entering the Castle
by Caroline Myss
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Things I Love
• Time with Morgan
Jeff and I drove to Morgan and Fuller’s house for a delicious fish fry and a fun time together right before Mother’s Day.
• Strawberries, Strawberries, Strawberries
We’ve been eating fresh strawberries all month—straight to mouth, strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie.
• Kindergarten Graduation
Jenna graduated her first class of kindergarten students. I miss them already!
• More Babies on the Way
My niece Chelsea is due with her first in July. We’re all excited! This will be our 6th great niece/nephew.
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On the Blog
• Don’t Save Amen Until the End of Your Prayer
What if we also started our prayers with “Amen”—so be it?
• Do You Tell Everything? 3 Questions to Ask First
What do you share publicly? Three questions to ask yourself before you hit publish.
• “My mama didn’t come” and What That Means to a Kindergartener
Dear God, please send no one alone.
• Do You Want to Be Poor?
Poverty is what we run away from, not toward. Right?
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What are you looking forward to in June? Please share in the comments.
- On the Blog – May 2016
- “Understanding Exposure” – Book Review