Friday, January 2, 2015

Top 10 FPFG Posts of 2014

I woke up yesterday to a flood of these end-of-year/best-of posts.
I've never written one before. Am I breaking the blog law here???

As the day went on, I found myself curious about what my top posts are.

I'm equal parts shocked and comforted to see my top posts are ALL OVER the board.
Parenting, adoption, decorating, public schooling, marriage, poverty...pants??
(Maybe this anything-goes approach really does work.)

Because these are the posts that resonated with you, you tweeted and emailed and shared them on Facebook. You helped spread the word about my humble key-tapping, and though it makes me a little "red in the face" (as Calvin would say), it's also not lost on me that the growth of our little community is a beautiful thing. I appreciate your willingness to connect with me and your interest widening the circle of this family we've found together.

 All I can do is raise my Dr. Pepper can to you once again, ever-grateful that you stick with me. Birds of a feather flock together, and I'm a big weirdo, so.... you do the math.

1. For the Moms with Wild Ones
 "This child? He's not a problem. He's the best thing ever."

2. The Best Gift an Adoptive Mom Can Give
"What he needed from me that night and every single day before and since, is the promise that he never has to choose. He doesn't have to parcel love for his first mom from his love for me. It's not a pie that needs to be portioned or a scales that needs to lean perpetually in my favor." 

3. Why Hack-Schooling Isn't The Answer For Us
"I'm starting to wonder if we're not missing the boat when we place such high premiums on educational success, or even creativity. I don't doubt for a minute that Calvin would rather be traipsing through the woods, whittling spears and tracking imaginary predators than memorizing math facts. But I know he was created for community and this is it."

4. Nester Made Me Do It
"I'm not trying to win some far-fetched design award here. I'm trying to create a home that brings my family joy and reminds us of what matters most. I know it might be polarizing, but hey, it's only the first thing you see when you walk into our home. It's not like first impressions are significant in any way."

5. I Wasn't Always Like This - Living Room, Early Summer Ed.
"It's official: I can't leave well enough alone. It's a recent affliction. I blame the pine-planked walls."

(aka: Are you Team Wonky or Team Symmetry?)

6. The Fatherhood Project - Our Video

7. Reconciled
 "I can close my eyes and feel the pulse of that bruise rising up in my soul. I remember the exact shade of shame I wore. I remember believing there wasn't a single Christian I could trust with my mess, not a soul who could handle me."

8. For You
"He's got the microphone. He's up on the stage. His shirt is soft, His jeans are muddy, His eyes are so kind. And he shouts while He laughs, His free hand waving us to Him. 'I am so for you. You don't even know. Get over here!'"

9. A Dilemma Involving Pants
"I fell asleep, waking several times over the dark hours due to the cat and a terrifying dream that Robert lost his job and tried to tell me he couldn't get another job until he was treated for post-partum depression. 'It happens to Dads, too.'"

10. The Solution To American Poverty
"In a perfect world, every person would have access to gainful employment and every Baby Mama would be a wife. The problem is, I know names now. The whole (airquotes) poverty issue isn't hypothetical or theoretical anymore, and it can't be squashed with a mouthful of social science jargon."

Honorable Mentions:

Goodwill Toward Women
Broken For Me
Last Saturday 
My Salsa
Fall In {Our Cozied-Up Living Room}
I Know A Boy

Since the kids are currently wrapped up in a full-color imaginary game involving Beanie Babies, the Frozen soundtrack, and feetie pajamas, tell me, what's your favorite things to read about here at the FPFG homefront?

I'm all ears.



  1. Your last 2 lines made me laugh out loud!!!!

    I love reading about your openness when you struggle to be like Jesus! Often times I am smack dab in the middle of a similar struggle and it's wonderful to feel solidarity! So, thanks!

    May you and yours be blessed abundantly in 2015 as you continue to bless those around you and may your find yourself knowing God better and loving Him more when Dec 31 rolls around!

  2. I'm like the little old ladies we used to go sing for as a youth group who, when asked if they had a favorite we could sing for them, would without fail reply, "I jes love em ALL!" :) Seriously though. I can't think of a single time I've come here and NOT enjoyed your post! Sometimes they do resonate more, and I found myself getting tight throated just reading over your list here because I remember specific ones of those posts that went deep for me.

    Thank you for all of it.

    PS I'm waiting for your 31 Days in January series ;)

  3. Precious friend~

    Thank you for all the delight and encouragement you've offered through your lovely, vulnerable self last year. It has been a privilege getting to know you.
    I've appreciated so many smiles, chuckles, and tears which have blessed my heart and life. I'm glorifying Him from whence it comes!

    Looking forward to sipping something on a porch swing and catching up in eternity,

  4. I enjoy seeing where your life takes you. You are being great parents (loved the video) in showing your children what real life is for many. Can't help but think since you have grown up in the Midwest that has had something to do with that. Of course, I don't live far from where you grew up and have relatives even closer. Hopefully someday I will meet you. I'm not a stalker type just a grandma that loves little children and for real people. Hugs I am also an adoptive mother of a special needs child.

  5. Oh that top ten list and those runner ups, thanks. Thanks for a year of sharing what God is doing in your heart. As I read the list, I found myself muttering, yep. Oh ya, that one! Oh gosh, that one, my heart. I love your range of topics from deep to pants :) my heart resonates with both. But if I had to pick what I love most- what I am instantly excited when I see the new post- id have to say what God is teaching you about how He sees and loves all people. I so appreciate your honesty, humility, brokenness - your desire to become more like Jesus. For You and I know a Boy are two of my favs. I can't remember how I even got to your blog but you've been a huge source of encouragement in this tough year. Thanks for being God's mouthpiece of truth and grace to me.

  6. Can I say I like it all? I enjoy the mixed bag of posts you offer here, whether they be light - about your home, or soul-baring-make-my-heart-ache posts. It's all good. You've got a good thing going here.


  7. All I know is we need more bloggers out there like you. Keep spreading the word!

  8. I like the hodge podge-yness of your blog as well, but my favorite stuff is related to how you weave values and social justice into your parenting and your life. It sounds so serious when I say it! But it is something I struggle with, and you do it so seemlessly, it's very inspirational. Happy 2015, wishing you peace this year.

  9. Raising my Dr. Pepper to you. Thank you for your '14 messages. I'm looking forward to the 2015 inspirations.

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  11. Are all these supposed to link to the same post?

    1. I have no idea what happened but I'm so glad you said something! Just went back in and fixed them all. :)