It's been a weird couple of weeks.
All I know is, I had a really fun* visitor, then it was Cory's birthday, then Calvin's, then Silas got sick for a week and started saying things like, "Mama, sometimes when my body starts to get hot I feel really...angry." And, "Is there a tube inside our body for, like, food and water and stuff?" (Yes.) "Well, my main question is, is the tube made of plastic? Or glass?"
What I'm trying to say is, the weeks have been a blur of the best of everything. On Tuesday afternoon I deferred all responsibilities, watched Zootopia with Si, then we both took a nap. In the middle of the day. With lots of cuddling in between, no unnecessary hygiene, no constricting fabrics, and I can't even remember, but I'm guessing I found a way to not even cook dinner. (Sick days are kind of awesome when you're not even sick.)
I also did lots of reading. Want a teaser? You got it.
"We don't want to be part of something ordinary; we want to be part of something special. Being a part of God's kingdom just doesn't feel exciting and sexy enough. The day-to-day reality of being with God in our work, in our home life, and our community lacks the power, the transcendence, the specialness we crave. We long for the validation of our importance."
Or if you're in a hurry, "The Tower of Babel is in our hearts."
I'm struck speechless by The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus' Path of Power in a Church that has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel. Cory read it first and couldn't stop yammering about it, so I got my own copy and it's a good thing, because I don't want to share this one.
Here are a few other things that grabbed me this week:
:: We need more honest words about mental health. Depression feels like, "...knowing a fire is burning but never feeling warm."
:: This post by Alia Joy took my breath away. Especially this, "food has no morality. It is not good or bad and the consumption of food does not make you good or bad. It doesn’t make up the value of someone. It simply is."
:: Dream job!!
:: Silas keeps fighting me for this lotion (and I also love the soap.) **shannanmartin20 for 20% off through the end of March AND 10% of sales go to the Elkhart Co. Jail Ministry!**
:: Duran Duran + Joy Williams = GET IN MY EARS.
:: Consider these tacos queued the heck UP.
:: Is your church doing any short-term missions trips this spring or summer? Read this.
:: We need more words about things like choosing childlessness (and less churches with "family" in their name, but that's another post for another day.)
:: I watched this with Calvin.
:: And this with Calvin and Ruby. (We have massive feelings about the oppression of North Koreans around here.)
:: Okay, that got intense for a minute. But I promise you, this is such a sweet note to end on. (I should know, we got to see them live last weekend for Cory's birthday!)
And because I love you, and because I know you'll care, here's a pic of Siley's plate at our trip last weekend to Golden Corral (Calvin's bday pick.)
Happy weekend, homies.
Onion ring dreams (this was his second plate of onion rings, by the way) for all.
* "Fun" is defined by being super chill, enjoying thrift stores, eating enthusiastically, keeping an open mind about movies, staying up too late, and talking until you go half-hoarse. Go have some.