Quick little post today and later I'll post some pics as part of my Invest in Your Children project.
3 things have recently inspired, convicted and educated me and I recommend them to you:
1. When Two Become One by Christopher and Rachel McCluskey This book is meant for Christian married couples (or those who are about to become married and want to start of their wedding night on a Godly footing) and it is a really REALLY good book for understanding God's reason, design and purpose to sex and intimacy. Even if you have what you'd call a great sex life with your husband, I think this book would still open you and your spouse's eyes to the beauty that is in the gift God gave married couples.
2. Above Rubies (the latest issue). There were some articles in this one that really spoke to me. I don't always agree with everything in AR but I love how it is family-focused and mother-focused. I'm a grown woman and I can read a magazine without agreeing with everything, but I'm not about to throw the baby out with the bathwater just because of a few points I find go too far. This latest issue had a great article about hospitality when as mothers we can't really extend ourselves too far because we have a family that needs us. The other article I loved was entitled Face to Face about breastfeeding and it really spoke to me not just on the breastfeeding level but on childcare as a whole.
3. Victoria Botkin's Q&A at http://visionarydaughters.com. I wanted to listen to her program but I couldn't justify the funds at this time. I have birthday parties, Easter, a bridal shower, a wedding, etc coming up that the money could be put to use for. I did try for 3 giveaways but didn't win them. Here's hoping Mrs. Botkin puts them on CD's or DVD's or whatever. Anyhow, I did listen to the free Q&A and I enjoyed it. As the mother of a growing family of young children, I needed the encouragement and the reminding that my beloved husband honestly doesn't mind if the housework isn't completed. He'd rather have happy children and a restful, happy wife. Though, I will say that he does expect dinner on the table. Not because he's some demanding alpha male, but because he adores my cooking and the time we spend together at the family meal table. I love to cook anyway so this is always a special thing for us.