- I read a lot this week about the teenaged girl with autism and her family who were escorted off a plane by police. I thought Ellen from Love That Max did the best job summing up why the issues are important to keep discussing.
“People with autism can have issues connecting with others, that’s true. In the aftermath of this incident, it’s blatantly clear that a whole lot of people have issues connecting with people with autism, or their parents. Parents of children with autism aren’t trying to get away with anything in these sorts of situations. Usually, they’re just trying to get by. Requesting a hot meal isn’t such a big deal. Enough with the questions about why this mom didn’t BYO hot food or wasn’t prepared. Here’s the ask that people should be pondering: How about some empathy?”
- Modern Mrs. Darcy has two treats for us this week: Her Summer Reading Guide and a printable reading journal. I can’t wait to check the both out!
- From Her.menueutics, Why I Wore the Same Thing All Week. There’s been many articles written lately on capsule wardrobes or wearing at uniform, but I like that this post from Alicia Cohn best because of her conclusion on the issue:
The most important thing I’ve discovered in this experiment is that self-evaluation cannot be the goal; the fruit of it is.
Rather than seek out simplicity for simplicity’s sake, it’s up to me to examine what I’ll do with more time, fewer distractions, and less clutter. Will my quest for simplicity free me up to obey God, serve others, pursue a calling? Without a goal or purpose, we risk just adding more stress by anxiously looking for the next way to “simplify” our lives.
- I read this piece from Becoming Minimalist early in the week and was glad we already had a yard sale scheduled for this weekend: 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own.
I mostly read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, which I was afraid was going to be bossy but turned out not to be. I also read the beginning of Xenocide from the Ender series, but it’s the paperback copy from the library. I think I’ll enjoy the Kindle version more since I usually read fiction in bed before I fall asleep. I got Introverts in the Church for Mother’s Day and am enjoying it. And, I spent time in Green Gables for yet another week via the audio version. I loved what Anne reported about the new minister and his wife:
Mrs. Lynde says he isn’t perfect, but she says she supposes we couldn’t expect a perfect minister for seven hundred and fifty dollars a year, and anyhow his theology is sound because she questioned him thoroughly on all the points of doctrine. And she knows his wife’s people and they are most respectable and the women are all good housekeepers. Mrs. Lynde says that sound doctrine in the man and good housekeeping in the woman make an ideal combination for a minister’s family.
From My Bible:
I’m doing some personal study on the Pharisees. They are a bunch I wish I didn’t relate to as much as I feel I do. I continue to remind myself of the cure for pharisaical behavior and attitudes: preaching the gospel to myself over and over. My favorite former-Pharisee says it well,
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” 1 Timothy 1:15
Around the House:
We are wrapping up lots of things near the end of the school year. David has to take a standardized test next week so we did a practice test this week. I also had a meeting at James’s school to talk about his progress. We are spring cleaning by selling big items on Craig’s List and smaller items at a yard sale. It feels good to have less!