Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the occasional round up of Carrots family updates, photo dumps, books I’m reading, links I loved, and big news.
This summer has been so busy! Last week the kids went to Farm Camp at the non-profit farm where Daniel works. It was “bug week” and Gwen was the Queen Bee in the last day presentation for parents. This will surprise no one who has ever encountered her. Force. to. be. reckoned. with.
But probably the most important update is that I survived Daniel’s 12 day work trip to El Salvador. Longest stretch I’ve ever solo parented and even the longest time we’ve spent apart since before we were engaged. It was….weird not being able to talk to Daniel on the regular since he was up in the mountains and off the grid for much of his trip. But he had an amazing time connecting with the community the farm partner’s with there and he also got to see tons of the Bl. Oscar Romero sites which was an incredibly moving experience.
We tried to keep busy going on walks at the park (you would think it was a hike due to these getups but no, just a walk in the park with overdressed kiddos who are apparently channeling Wes Anderson) and other fun things. I couldn’t gripe online because I didn’t want to tell the internet that Daniel was out of town. I was convinced doing so would mean we would DEFINITELY get murdered.
And my friend Cate even drove her sweeties all the way up from Austin to keep us happy and busy on a fun day trip to the zoo and the local creamery. It really went better than I expected despite Gwen getting an ear infection (thank goodness for essential oils and no trips to urgent care!) and our roof leaking during a super strong storm.
But we were so glad to get Daniel back to Texas safe and sound! Especially Gwen who kept saying how much she missed her Daddy (and the huge increase in insane temper tantrums and meltdowns while he was gone proved that she was telling the truth. Whew.)
Lately it’s just been keeping things running at home and trying to get the most out of summer and making progress on the book. We did get all fancy for a dear farm friend’s wedding last weekend:
I don’t get a chance to get glammed up very often so I tried to make the most of it:
The Quotable Gwen (age 4):
“I had to clean up when what I wanted to do was have fun. The cleaning wasn’t any fun at all.”
STORY OF MY LIFE.
On My Bookshelf:
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I finished The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (loved it!) and am just beginning Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton for our next Fountains of Carrots book club episode of the podcast (grab a copy if you want to read along with us). I also read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch which is a sci-fi mind-bending kind of page-turner (very compelling but a lot of sex in it–married sex mostly but it was….descriptive). And the kids and I recently finished Five Children and It (one of my favorites!) by E. Nesbit and are about halfway through Tuesdays in the Castle by Jessica Day George. (At bedtime Benjamin and I are reading The Green Ember by S.D. Smith and Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.)
Last week we published our most recent episode of The Fountains of Carrots pocast: Uncharted Territory: Getting Real About Natural Family Planning with Jenny Uebbing
Yesterday was the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death so I rounded up all my Jane-related posts for you here.
What Love Looks Like Now: Mothering Spirit
Body Image, Pregnancy, and Keeping the Eating Disorder Demons at Bay: The Evangelista
The Catholic Church Says No to Gluten-Free Communion. Here’s Why.: Washington Post
Holy Tattoo! A 700-year-old Christian Tradition Thrives in Jerusalem: Catholic News Agency
And the Little Women casting is out! And it looks good.
My friend Shannon over at ChewsLife has a lovely deal on her beautiful essential oils bracelets (I’m wearing mine as I type!).
She’s offering Carrots readers 10% off as well with the discount code CARROTS. So definitely head on over. I like to add either an energy-boosting blend (like En-R-Gee) or my favorite anti-anxiety blend Peace & Calming.
To go with the EO theme, I’m offering $25 cash back on Young Living essential oil starter kits to folks who order through me in July. And I’m giving away a bottle of Peace & Calming and a bottle of Thieves (my go-to immune booster) to a lucky reader (US or Canada only due to shipping costs).
To enter just sign up for my email newsletter and then leave a comment letting me know you did (or that you’re already a subscriber). For an EXTRA ENTRY, use the CARROTS 10% off code to get your ChewsLife EO bracelet (and free earrings) and leave an additional comment letting me know you did!
I’ll pick a winner this weekend! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Winner is Tracy G)
Lots of love,
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