Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weekend Faves

The kids and I have been in Ohio for the past 3 days. My head-cold descended the day we arrived. I feel like this has happened before. And in the scheme of things, could there really be a better time/place for illness? The answer is a resolute NO.

So, I've spent my mini-vacay sleeping in, chugging Nyquil, lapping up wifi, menu planning, lazy reading, and doing absolutely nothing that might fall under the heading of "Productivity".

It's just what the doctor ordered.

The kids totally followed suit, though they did manage to make it out of their pajamas most days, so they had me beat.

My mom nursed me to health with Midwest Living's Mediterranean Eight-Layer Dip.
It was fairly involved, but we all agree - well worth it.

Speaking of food, I have a new favorite lunch.

Do you ever feel like I missed my calling for Food Blogger Extraordinaire?
Me, too.

Well, here you'll see a dim and grainy photo of all required ingredients.
Laughing cow cheese, flour tortilla, thinly-sliced ham, thinly-sliced cucumber, dill weed, garlic powder.


And roll.
It's so good.


I fully intended to write a follow-up to this post, listing a bunch of ideas on caring for orphans. Then I discovered it has already been done, and done quite well. Since I'm not about re-inventing the wheel, take a close look at You Don't Need to Adopt to Care for Orphans - Rage Against the Minivan.


One of my favorite blogs had an excellent post yesterday, Downward Mobility as Reconciliation at D. L. Mayfield

"Much of the discussion about downward mobility is whether you should do it. Those who oppose the idea claim, “you don’t have to be downwardly mobile to be more spiritual.” But, really, the Kingdom isn’t about shoulds. It’s more like this: if you opt out, you’re missing out. By seeking out those exactly like us, we are impoverishing our own salvation."

 Just, YES.

"I don’t think everyone is called to live in a poor neighborhood. But everyone is called to love the poor. And so, here’s the secret. living in a poor neighborhood makes things easier."

And, BOOM.

My bathroom might need a collage...

I heart Ellen's bathroom. I found it on Pinterest and it had that keeping-me-awake-at-night affect, though I had no clue it was hers. Then Nester blogged about it the next day and I was all, "Ellen? Ellen!" and I suddenly loved it even more, somehow.

Please note that the flooring is of the make-do variety, and it appears the primper must turn around from the sink to preen in the mirror. My point? This bathroom is not brand new or high-end or perfectly designed. It was thrifty and simple and it makes its owner smile. That is what decorating is all about.

Also, take this as a sign, there are probably yet more collages in my foreseeable future.

(And they all sighed in exasperation.)

I understand I'm running the risk of collage overload. The only problem is, I do not give a rip.


11x14 Creativity print
Silas needs this in his life.  Silas's Mama needs this tattooed on the tops of both her hands and painted on all as-yet-unscribbled-upon walls.   But really, I love all of this art. All. Of. It.


There are a lot of people who support me and do their best to understand my life, but this girl really does understand, and then some. I read her words and they feel like home. Also? Her photography. That's all I'll say about that.


I guess that about sums it up for now. Honorable mentions go out to: Tom & Jerry, La Fiesta, and my black leggings/garage-sale-hunting-socks combo, worn with pride for 36 straight hours.

Happy Weekending, Homies!

Tell me something you loved this week. Or else.


  1. I saw this bathroom somewhere recently too...maybe the Nester?. I stopped and pondered it too. Why am I so drawn to it when it's in someone else's home...and would critique it to death...and drive myself crazy...if I tried to do it myself?? Any answers for're very insightful?
    By the way, I'm Sharon...faithful follower of your blog...but I don't know if I have ever commented before.

    1. Yep. Exactamundo. We need to give ourselves the same grace we give others.

  2. What have I loved this week???

    Getting so see all of my grown kids.....learning new things as I studied/taught on God's covenant with David....opening the Halloween candy when I was desperate for some chocolate....a fabulous growing/safe conversation that our marriage needed!

  3. You're sassy today! ;) I'm off to read numerous links. I've loved the perfect fall weather this week. 60's during the day and 30/40 at night. Love it. We are holding our collective breath waiting to see if anyone else gets the stomach bug that struck the 11yo today. So far, so good. Fingers crossed. Hope you're 100% soon, Shannan.

    1. R - Guess what? Your 11 year old passed the bug to my 7 year old! How'd THAT happen?? ;)

    2. Oh, so sorry! It was only 24 hours, so I'm hoping by now everyone is as good as new.

  4. just went over and read and read and read Rebecca's blog.
    did i ever tell you that andy and i served in an inner city ministry in lexington while we were in seminary?
    those boys welcomed us into their lives and hearts so quickly...without much reservation. that taught me a lot.
    it changed us. for sure. opened our eyes on so many levels. we loved this boy named butterbean..gave him our hearts, then he went to jail and we moved to alabama...became ever aware that God was with him before we came into his life and he's STILL with him. that was a good lesson to learn.
    then, we went to india..the poverty turned us inside all new ways.
    i just knew we would end up in another country or in an inner city somewhere. we were so eager to go...
    and here we are. in athens. working at a large church for the unchurched.
    we sit every sunday leading a ministry called starting point...getting to listen to the stories of people who have either never been in church, ever. or who have been so incredibly hurt by "the church" that they refuse to follow God.

    i don't know what it's like to live in the inner city...but i do know what it's like to love people.
    it's hard. messy. time consuming. gut wrenching. and glorious. all at the same time.

    praying for you as you and cory love people there....praying you know when to say yes and when to say no.
    praying you know that every single need is not your call. i learned that one in India....sooooo many needs. couldn't possibly meet them all.
    praying for incredible patience for the people you are loving there.

    love to you.

    1. This is the beautiful thing about humanity, because I don't know what it's like to live in the inner city. Or the south. Or in India. I know what it's like living in smallish-town urban poverty, and it sounds like in doing so, I learn many of the same lessons you've learned in different places and from different faces. We're all called to different places, but mission and grace are our common bonds. AMAZING!

      Thanks so much for your prayers, Lady. You know I love you right back.

  5. Some things I loved this week - Chili-cook off/pumpkin carving/pumpkin guts slip-n-slide event at our church. It was low key and fabulous. The book Out of My Mind - about an 11 year old girl w/ cerebral palsy. I cried partly b/c my son was recently diagnosed w/ CP and partly b/c the book would have made me cry anyway. Leftover chili placed on diced up baked potatos and topped with cheese, baked and shared at small group. Pumpkin pie dip - cream cheese and pumpkin can never be a wrong combo.
    Also - I really like your leafy pictures here, especially the berry one.

  6. I always love your blog recommendations, and I never know how to find these guys until you DO recommend them. Thank you.

  7. We are getting ready to carve a pumpkin so there's that. Also? Thank you for this. Also? Gasp. My pitcher (phonetic spelling!) next to yours. But seriously. If there is a line on gallery/collage/jumbled walls I've already crossed it for you. So you're good. I like you. That is all.

  8. The salad/dip recipe= amazing! I'm so excited to make it for a get-a-way mountain trip I have planned next week with a bunch of friends. Hopefully no one will be so silly as to not like olives or goat cheese.
    Believe it or not, you are a culinary inspiration! Or at least culinary guinea pig :)