author ● sojourner ● mother artist

author ● sojourner ● mother artist

Weekend Wanderings {vol. 3}


Beasts of the Southern Wild. I wanted to love it. I thought I would love it. I found it to be mediocre and a bit cliche. And the whole magic realism thing they were trying for with the beasts was shaky at best. I found this an interesting article, The Case Against Beasts of the Southern Wild.

But trailers…my husband and I sat and watched about 30 minutes of trailers the other night. Here are a few that peaked our interest:

  • Olympus Has Fallen – Big, loud, & not so realistic, but it seems an action movie I might actually want to watch.
  • Iron Man 3 – What is he going to be rude and sarcastic and save the day? Again? Oh, I’d never guess. Well…it actually looks interesting.
  • Upside Down – Probably the most intriguing, though it could be a repeat of Across the Universe or I may just be thinking that because of Jim Sturgiss is the lead.
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness – This isn’t really my thing, but my husband was interested. I just kept saying, “It’s Sherlock! It’s Sherlock!” Though there is this one line, “I am better.” “At what?” “Everything.,” which is totally something Sherlock would say.
  • Lore – Intriguing, possibly depressing. About the children of Nazi family on the run after the ally invasion.
  • The Place Behind the Pines – It’s like playing cops and robbers, but with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.


I finished the Harry Potter series last weekend. It was good. I didn’t want it to end. J.K. Rowling is my new writing hero. I’m afraid to watch the movies for fear of being disappointed. I think I’ll go buy a Gryffindor sweater now.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Last week was not a fun week for me and mothering. I finally picked up this book and it was a bit of fresh air. I always appreciate Sally Clarkson’s fresh, grace-filled approach to motherhood, mentoring, and how being faithful won’t look the same for everyone

It requires faith to be yourself. […] But living according to the voice of God’s Spirit is always the way to freedom, joy, and fulfillment. […] Be the best and most excellent and most righteous self you can be, but live in the freedom of God’s call and design on your life.

Do you think that with such a diverse family, as each of us is bound to have, that one single formula could possibly allow them to live in the grace and power God has meant for us?

…Live an exceptional life with your family and children, by faith, and not by formula.

Next weekend I’ll be headed to the Mom Heart Conference in Raleigh with a few friends. I’m soo looking forward to the refreshment and encouragement and a bit of crazy.

People You Should Be Reading But {Perhaps} Aren’t


I’ve been planning and thinking and pinteresting about our new house. We’ve only been browsing houses on trulia and zillow, but I’m eagerly planning putting my collages back up on the wall. I’ve been eyeing these prints from Katie Daisy for a while. Aren’t they gorgeous?

this week’s words…

“When you’re Sense sometimes you just have to throw caution {or well-laid plans} to the wind and follow Sensibility across the muddy hills.

Even if it means getting wet. […]

Oh, it was a bit of Mary Lennox and the magic of secrets and a bit of earth. And it was a bit of Marianne’s hopeless romance even in her brokenheartedness. If only for an hour, my tired mama-dreamer soul smelled hope and joy and the blaring adventure only children conjure.” [read more…]

Where have you been and what have you seen this week?


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