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This Week: Instagram, Links, and Elsewhere


My favorite photo in this collage: Batman Spelling Words

The best Throwback Thursday EVER

What I Wear While Running: GREEN
Regrammed by cbusmarathon with permission.

Favorite photo in this collage: The three I love the most, so happy on the bumper cars
Hooray for Cedar Point!


Seven Saturday Links

  • The 6 Most Shockingly Irresponsible Fitspiration Photos by Kevin at ReEmbody. While everything in this post is spot on true, it’s also flipping hilarious. My favorite? Central heating is for quitters! FITNESS!! YEAH!

  • WFMAD Day 11: Do Writers Need an Internet Platform? by Laurie Halse Anderson. Lots of great advice about cutting the time you spend “building your online platform” and, you know, writing. Like this gem:

    I suspect that a lot of new writers put energy into their internet presence because it feels like a constructive thing to do and it is much easier than working on their book. Because writing books is hard. Writing books is so hard that it dredges up all of our anxieties and insecurities and it makes us feel small and scared and lonely.

  • Public High School in Oakland by Gabrielle at Design Mom. When the new Ohio Report Cards came out for schools, I got a bit verklempt about our scores, especially when I knew that some people in my life would look at our school district’s grades and feel somehow superior. I almost immediately shook that feeling, and this post, several weeks later, explains why I place absolutely no faith in the scoring of school districts. At all.

  • Where Slow Runners Are Made Fun Of by Amanda at There Are 2 Sides. Reading this post upset me, because while I have had great, inclusive, awesome experiences with the running community, I’ve also had at least one run in with a running snob. If my slow running (or, as another example that ticks me off: my underwear lines!) during a race are bothering you, you’re doing it wrong. As I tell my sons: Worry about yourself. I? Got this. Underwear lines, slow pace and all.

  • It’s Always What You Don’t Anticipate by Sarah at Toddler Summer. So much of parenting is about the stuff you don’t know to worry about or anticipate or plan for in any way. I remember this one.

  • Adios to Summer Running by Jessica at Keeping Mommy Sane. Oh yes. If you love Grease and you hate summer running, this post is for you. With a run in 58 degree weather yesterday, I’m happy again! HOORAY!

  • Dear Writers: Success Is Mattering to Someone by Kyran at BlogHer. As someone struggling to push past some self-doubt on things like word choice and count… as someone struggling to remind herself that success means simply writing it in the first place, this post was well timed.

    You don’t have to be the next big thing to be a success in writing, or in anything else. You just have to make the next thing that matters to someone and go on to make the next thing after that. One thing that matters after the other, for as long as you can. That’s work anyone can be proud of.



Family Rules


Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

blogging Links Photography

This Week: Instagram, Links, & Elsewhere


Favorite Photo in This Collage: Me & My Nephew!

Where I Run
Regrammed, with permission, by cbusmarathon on Instagram.

Favorite Photo in This Collage: Reading Boys!
Curious about the books? Check out our September library haul.

Posted in: Making the Most of the Evening Hour(s).

Soccer Season!

You can follow me on Instagram: FireMom. I love liking your photos and posting our daily life!


Seven Saturday Links

  • More Rim (Yosemite) Fire Pictures by Katie at Fire Wife Katie. If you haven’t been following the Rim Fire, a) you should be, and b) you need to view Katie’s husbands pictures. I am praying for the firefighters and all people involved in trying to beat back this monster.

  • Professor C Bodin Matters to Boys Too by His Feminist Mama. Our female LEGO characters are things like cheerleaders and mermaids. My boys need and deserve strong female characters, even when they’re “just” playing with bricks. Their inclusion does benefit girls, but it also benefits our boys.

  • When I Ask for Help by Beth Morey. Please go leave a comment of support for Beth, and if you are the praying type, please commit to praying for her as she fights a tough battle with depression right now.

  • On (Not) Blogging About Matters of the Heart by Carly Findlay. I really relate to the very first sentence and have been struggling with the balance for awhile:

    The more I blog, the more I keep to myself.

  • Why Are the Majority of Children’s Books Still About White Boys? by Soraya Chemaly at Role Reboot. As the mom of two white boys who are thriving and happy readers, this is a question I find myself faced with as they move from picture/story books to chapter books and series. I found it much easier to provide them with diversity in character, gender, race, and family makeup in the earlier days. I’m struggling now, though the boys don’t (always) balk at series with girls. I’m working on that as we continue forward.

  • Hating on the Poor Is SO Funny! (Let’s Make an Ecard!) by The Family Pants. When I watch people on Facebook — people I love and care about and even respect — share “funny” eCards about working hard to pay for lazy people’s iPhones, I think back to when I was on assistance and Level III bed rest. It stings. I will never lose that sting, and maybe that’s okay because I want to raise children who understand and respect the complex issues surrounding poverty and human beings.

Made By the Family Pants

  • Stop Giving It All or Nothing by Kristen at Dine & Dish. Alternate title: How Training for a Half Marathon Made Me Hate Running. Right? I think we all hit that point once (or twice… or more) during any given training season. I’ve hit mine and moved past it (I hope) with the Columbus Half, but I totally get it. I’m already looking forward to the end of November and all of December when running can just be for running’s sake again. You know, before the next training season begins.

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I hope you’re having a great weekend. Soccer season starts into full swing with our first games tomorrow! Hooray!