The Wonderful Web

This post is a little late today, mostly because of a busy week. I had two friends from out of town visiting which lent to a fantastic week. Enjoy your Sunday folks!

-this lovely post on having multiple kids…because honestly, having more than three terrifies the heck out of me

-contrary-wise, an article on being childfree

branding is kind of a foreign thing to me

-to add to the copious amounts of money advice

-my friend Renee started this great website about her stuffed goat’s adventure’s around the world

-a young girl started a feminist society at her boarding school and got a horrific response

-the value of a handwritten note

Wisdom from Winnie the Pooh

Friday Faves

It’s Friday! This week I became a resident of Oregon (see ya Washington!), celebrated a friend’s birthday, and discovered a new board game (has anyone played Blokus??? It’s seriously SO FUN). What did you do this week?

Book to Read:

Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity

An interesting book on why and how women are leaving the workplace for the home. Intriguing considering we just won our way out of the home.

Thing to Make:

My roommate and I have a growing collection of succulents. I’m still on the hunt for plants for our porch, but for now, we have some lovely greenery inside, which is making the apartment look splendid.

Weekly Adventure:

It became officially official. Now it’s on paper, in real life. I’m have bachelors degree. Now let’s go get me a job!

Favorite Quote:

Needing inspiration for my writing this week. This one hit the spot in the midst of some incredibly difficult writer’s block.

Place I’m Craving:

A friend recently went to Petra, Jordan. I’m immensely jealous.

Friday Faves

Ah Friday. I had a busy week, with trips to Seattle for Father’s Day and a day trip through OMSI, plus lots of movie watching. Enjoy the links!

Book to Read:

Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction

After my stints in historical fiction and biblical womenhood, I’m delving into feminist thought. Some deep philosophy stuff. I’m not missing school at all.

Thing to Make:

I LOVED these as a kid. Homemade sounds even more amazing!

Weekly Adventure:

Going to Montage where they wrap your leftovers as foil animals. Awesome.

Favorite Quote:

Reason #1 why I’m a writer.

Place I’m Craving:

School…

NO WAIT!

Let’s say the outside…

The Wonderful Web

This week I’m Seattle bound to celebrate my cousin’s graduation and see some friends from school. Enjoy the week and the continued sunshine!

And now for links!

-defining the relationship is always so complicated right?? Here’s a hilarious post by one of my college professors on the DTR Assessment Tool from Focus on the Family. Yes, you read that right. DTR Assessment.

-again with the lists. Things to do this summer!

-ah Madrid…the more I read about you, the more excited I am to visit.

-while I can’t wait for warm weather and days off to go picnic-ing, here’s a sweet indoor picnic idea for rainy days.

-I love the idea of sewing my own clothes, especially after seeing this post from Whitney. I’m not sure if I would have the patience however.

Great video on making money off your blog and decorating when you’re renting.

-Again with the lists…this time on travel gear.

-Anyone know of Allison Krauss’s song Lay My Burden Down? The mastermind songwriter behind that hit was Aoife O’Donovan. And she’s pretty incredible in her own right.

-And let’s finish off with this incredible post by Abigail Rine, a professor at my alma mater. Her reflection on men and women in the home are spot on. The prominence of the “breadwinner” role is displaced by what one might call the “breadmakers,” husbands and wives who both work to make their home stable, loving, productive — whether or not they are also employed beyond the home.

Friday Faves

It’s been in the 80’s in Oregon this week and it is lovely! A wonderful thing to come home to after a day in Disneyland. This week also included a wonderful girls night with a dear friend, finally seeing the Great Gastby (!!!) and discovering that I’ll be getting tips at my job. Which made the whole week better.

Book to Read:

The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women

I’m really intrigued by motherhood’s effect on the modern woman.

Thing to Make:

I’ve always wanted to try to make souffle. The Painted Lady has a delectable chocolate souffle on the menu right now that I’m DYING to try.

Weekly Adventure:

We went to Disneyland!!

Favorite Quote:

A very good reminder Pooh-Bear.

Place I’m Craving:

Can I be back in Disneyland? Please?

The Wonderful Web

-a great post on staying true to yourself in the blogosphere

great stuff on gender equality, again from the fabulous Abigail Rine.

-everyone should remember this…it’s so good!

-I really want this for my kitchen….and this for my living room.

-possibly the coolest DIY ever…I have got to get my hands on the tools for this!

making your photos better…as a blogger this is so important and definitely something I can improve upon!

-this lovely letter to a daughter from her daddy. Sounds like something my dad would write.

-the ramble had this fabulous article on taking advice from those you love that may or may not be off base.

-another example of Disney and their perceptions of women gone wrong.

Insert a Sentimental Post Here…

And so it begins…

The flurry of moving, check outs, one job ending, two more beginning, and being in my first apartment. Graduation and pomp and circumstance. Making sure my lights turn on in the apartment and wondering when the hell my wifi will be connected. And the beginning of a new chapter.

I’ve learned a lot of things in my time at Fox. I am a very different woman than the one who entered my freshman dorm as a shy, opinionated 18 year old. In I marched with my legalistic ideology, most of me not even wanting to be in college, except to find a guy, get married and bravely conquer my fear of childbirth by popping out a few of my own. I was going to give biblical womenhood a run for its money. I knew I had a wide skill set, but disregarded the fact that I could, in fact, be a leader, have an opinion that mattered and be my opinionated, fun-loving, out-going personality while still being a strong woman of God.

But, of course, it always seems that God likes to work in my life by tearing down the things I thought I believed in and making me new over and over again. And that’s what He did theses last three years.

In high school, one of my friends had a habit of calling me fickle and this particular adjective bothered me, upset me and drove me to be less open with my emotions, my thoughts, my desires, and for a while, stifled how much I wished to dream. This followed me to college and haunted me as I continued through college. It drove my desire to settle down and have kids and stick to one thing finish something for once in my life.

But then I came to college and started a lot of great things. I was an RA, worked on my college newspaper, was the Vice President of a club on campus that raised awareness about issues of injustice around the world. I wrote a lot and read even more and made incredible friends. I found my anam caras here, my soul friends. I was able to travel and see the world. I had a few break-ups, and lost a few friends and didn’t end up going to Romania, Moldova, Germany, Austria, Czeck Republic or India. But I made it to Bangladesh. And I was published in a national magazine. And I started our newspaper’s website. And I landed two jobs before I even walked in graduation. And I left with friendships that will last me much longer than I expected or dreamed.

I learned about relationships. I learned that everyone is different and to assume that everyone can be dealt with the same is a sad under-rating of pretty incredible people. I learned that communication and being open and vulnerable are more important than a lot of other things. I learned what my priorities are, where my heart is. I fell in love with the world that I hadn’t yet seen and people that I hadn’t yet met. My heart began to be spread out across a world that welcomed me with open arms.

I learned about what I’m capable of and what I love to do. As a story teller, as a writer, as an explorer. I began to see my vision for my place in the world. My desire to see people understanding one another. My dream to see a world that treated each other with dignity and respect.

As a writer and a journalist it is my job to put the world into perspective. President Obama said about the recent news coverage of the Boston Bombing: “If you ever wonder, for example, whether newspapers are a thing of the past, all you needed to do was to pick up or log on to papers like The Boston Globe. When their communities and the wider world needed them most, they were there, making sense of events that might at first blush seem beyond our comprehension, and that’s what great journalists do.”

That is what I strive to do with my life. To make sense of this crazy world. In making sense of what is around us, maybe, just maybe, we will find Jesus. Who is after all, the common thread through everything that has happened the past three years. Who led me to become who I am now. And who helped me make sense of everything.