Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend Cheer

::  Silas had the gall to turn six yesterday. We celebrated with CiCi's Pizza (his choice), cake mix birthday cake (this year I fancied it up a little) and company. Silas's gift from us was a portable cd player "boom box" (haha) and he is officially a DJ in the making. He hosted a rave (not his first) in the toy-room last night with the neighbor kids, complete with strobe lighting and party beats. When I last checked in, the dew point was well into the 80's and it smelled distinctly like a locker room.

:: I keep forcing people to watch this with me so I can laugh again.

:: Danielle's kitchen remodel will blow you straight away.

:: When Meg does a Pinterest round-up, I immediately repin EVERYTHING. This one is soups.

:: I finally read this book. And ugly-cried in my woeful airplane seat. 

:: This little gem of a vid by my friend Chuck is exactly how I feel about community and food.

:: Speaking of which, I'm making this for our annual community garden party tomorrow.

:: The Myth of Effortless by Erin at Design for Mankind. "How do we encourage effort in a culture where effortless is the goal?" I mean, seriously.

:: I like how this mom mothers and I love the poem she shared.

:: I read some foodie blogs. This cracked me way up.

:: This happy art makes me feel alive.

:: Here's an interesting perspective on what the Bible says about alcohol.

:: I discovered a fun, new, small-living blog.

:: We're perfecting the art of low-key weeknights. This article speaks to my mama heart.

:: Listening to this interview with David Platt and Katie Davis will turn your heart.

:: Are you a new mom? You might love this.

Happy Weekending!

PS - THIS from the archives. I just found it again. That kid!



  1. LOVE all of these. The co-op video is so moving in ways I just can't explain. And the article on alcohol? Preach. Preach. Preach. We don't need more rules, we need more Jesus. Thanks, friend.

  2. Happy birthday Silas. Sounds like it was a fun one.

  3. Thanks so much for the link! I've had fun discovering your blog... getting lost in your photography is an easy thing to do! :)

  4. Happy Birthday Silas!!!!

    I always enjoy reading or watching anything about small home living.

    The article on alcohol was very good!

    My heart was touched by the interview between David Platt and Katie Davis.

    I enjoyed the Purple Porch vid.

    Thank you for sharing so much here in your blog, about things that make us stop and think.


  5. i used to work at cici's pizza. can you believe that.

  6. Oh, I love it when you do a post like this!

  7. i totally bawled when i read bloom on an airplane too....

  8. These posts are becoming one more reason to look forward to the weekend...and I am ordering "Bloom" from our public library (free) tomorrow!

  9. Bloom is SUCH a good book. Kelle Hampton is amazing.

    The Smallish blog is intriguing! Thanks for the nudge to check it out!

    Have a great week Shannan!

  10. I'd like to be invited to the next rave. That is all.

  11. Happy 6th. Birthday Silas! A rave. What a better way to celebrate turning six than loud music and jumping around like there is no tomorrow. Sweet birthday week blessings and many more to come. :)

  12. Would love for you to repost your delicious tomato soup recipe. Fixed it several times last year but not sure what I did with the recipe. Thanks so much!!

  13. such good links... watched the Katie Davis interview while cleaning my kitchen, and then clicked a few more... my kids are 2 and 4 but the new mom link was so comforting!!! Thanks! And I love it that you found Smallish!!! Evelyn is wonderful!