Weekend Web Wandering – August 1, 2015

Well, July pretty much flew by and August is promising to be just as busy. (You can see a recap of our July here: Life via Blog: July) Today my kids are going to be part of a neighborhood “water war” (squirt guns and water balloons) and then we’re meeting up with their out of town grandparents so two girls can spend a week (next week we’ll switch and the three who didn’t go this week will get their turn. The baby doesn’t get a turn this year.)

So without further ado, on to the linkage:

weekly links round-up



  • When Progress is Slow but Not Steady by Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy. When it comes to family projects I need some time to contemplate, but when I’m ready for it to happen I’m ready NOW (which frustrates my husband sometimes, especially if he didn’t know I was thinking a room needed to be painted / new furniture needed to be purchased / etc.).
  • Why We Fail at Family Devotions by Tim Challies. It’s funny: if you had asked me if we have “Family Devotions”, I probably would say no. But at supper we do our “Questions” (Baptist catechism) and we pray together every night. Sometimes we read through a devotional book or similar resource. So I agree: most people are making this concept too hard.
  • Some how I saved several posts about parenting teens this week. Starting with: Raising Real Kids, Not Fakers by Nicholas McDonald.
  • A Call for Teenagers to Be Free by John Piper. (I want to be sure our teen reads this one.)
  • Thoughts and Tips on Teen Employment from Sarah at Clover Lane. I’m really grateful our library has a volunteer program for teens as young as 12 (it starts with two hours a week through the summer). Our young teen has volunteered for over a year now and this will definitely help her when she’s finally old enough to apply for a “real” job.
  • What Should We Do When They Stray? by Nicholas Batzig. Of course we all pray that this won’t happen to our kids, but what if it does -what then?


  • The Right Time to Marry Is…by Rachel Lu for The Federalist. According to this I was too young. But I can tell you: I wouldn’t change that for anything. (To quote an old movie: “…when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” It’s not my fault that happened when I was younger than 25.) Still, this is an interesting study.
  • I started reading this book before I saw this great review: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings reviewed by Corey Poff for TGC.
  • Wise words from Chesterton: Journalism as a Picture of Exceptions. Concerned that “the news is all bad”? That’s what it’s designed to be.

Here at Living Unabridged I introduced our students for this year (plus their class pet), shared another quote from Climbing Parnassus, and did a quick review of July.

What caught your eye this week?

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  1. “The Right Time to Marry” is interesting – my husband and I managed to get married in the “sweet spot” (for divorce, at any rate). We were both 27 (I turned 28 less than a week after our wedding.) Yet I think there’s more for a Christian to think about. If Daniel and I had been dating a succession of people (or the same person, or even each other) from the time we were 18 (to be uber-conservative in today’s world), it would have been really tough to be chaste until we reached the magical mid-twenties. And while I would love to have a truly enormous family? The reality is that our family size will likely be limited by our not having started until I was almost 30. Now, I know that God is sovereign – and He is the one who ordained that we should meet when we were 27 instead of all those times we could have met but didn’t when we were teens – but I wouldn’t dissuade someone younger from marrying younger if they know they’re ready to commit to another for the rest of their lives.