If you are like a lot of women, you have heard for most of your life that "men are visual". But do you really know what that means? After reading Through A Man's Eyes by Shaunti Feldhahn and Craig Gross, I suspect that most women have no idea the extent to which men and women's brains are wired differently. There is no way we can actually know what our men go through as visual creatures since most women have no real frame of reference.
This book describes in scientific, practical, and emotional terms what it means for men to be visual. I feel like I have read a lot on this subject in the past and had a pretty good idea of what "men are visual" meant for my husband and sons, but I learned so much through this book.
It had been a fairly good day, and I was almost to the end of it. The kids were eating their macaroni in the kitchen, and I went into their rooms to find their pajamas. That’s when I saw that at some point during the day the kids had bunched the covers all up on Wyatt’s bed.
I sighed, because it was just one more piece of work to do, and I climbed onto his bed as I tugged and pulled the covers into submission. Before I knew it, a wave of that pregnancy fatigue crashed over me (it has just been intense this time around), and I collapsed onto the half-made bed - literally too exhausted to move.
I just laid there for a few minutes, and without even consciously letting my mind go there, the words “I can’t do this anymore” flitted across my brain.
It is rare that I actually end up reading a "trendy" book right at the height of it's trendiness - but somehow I heard about Jen Hatmaker's For the Love enough in advance that I am able to give a timely review of the "big book to read", for once! You are welcome, my readers who like book reviews. I will try to work this out more often.
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this book. Let's start with the positive, shall we?
Another two weeks have gone by already! I took an un-intentional blog break over the last week and a half, and it was a good break - allowed me time to get things under control before this little girl arrives!
I am now 34 weeks in this pregnancy, and Baby Girl definitely seems to be growing. Her kicks and movements are much stronger. As far as I can tell, she has stayed head-down, and her movements are so much more fun now there her feet are higher! I can feel little limbs and her bum through my belly, and she seems to have gotten a little braver and is interacting with my poking and prodding a little more.
I don't talk about it a lot on here, but I actually really enjoy following politics. We gave TV up a few months ago, and the thing I most miss is watching the news (I'm pretty sure we will have to get our TV service back before the presidential debates start in earnest). I like listening to political talk radio, and I like reading political books.
I was under the impression that August was National Watermelon Month, or something like that. It only seems appropriate, since August is the last month of summer, and hence the last month that watermelon will be available.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt starts with Vanessa Hollister flying to Florida to start planning her destination to her fiancé, but while she is there, she runs into her ex-husband, Logan. The two are forced to spend time together by a hurricane, and their time together leaves Vanessa confused about who she should really marry.
Sometimes I get to the end of the day, and I feel like absolutely nothing was accomplished, even though I was literally running myself ragged all day.
I am not sure how it is physically possible to be busy all day and still feel like I didn't do anything. I think there is a serious lack of rest in many of our lives, and I am no exception. I just did a Bible study at my church that was all about taking time to rest each day, because often God will work in our lives if we will just take a breather and slow down! I was definitely convicted, and I'm hoping to share more of my thoughts on rest in future posts.
Another problem with not taking time to slow down is that when I get too caught up in the busy, it is easy to let time with the Lord fall by the wayside - and that is not okay with me. I want to make sure I am being a good example to my kids, and I also cannot adequately pour into my kids when I am not taking that time to be filled up with His Word.
This week I am 32 weeks pregnant with our fourth baby! Only two months (or less) to go.
I am feeling good this week, except for heartburn that is ramping up a little bit. Hopefully this means Baby Girl is growing some hair, but we will see! I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions here and there. I feel like our little girl is doing somersaults in there, because ever since my last doctor's appointment her kicks have been all over the place.
When I was a little girl, my mom had a notebook that she used to write down some of the cute things that I did. As I was sorting through my baby box a couple years ago, I found it and started reading through it. In addition to all the words about my cuteness (which was abundant - what can I say?), my mom also wrote notes of different things she was thinking and feeling through my toddler years. I loved reading through it.