Weekend Web Wandering – June 11, 2016

Even though summer isn’t officially here yet, our summer schedule is in full swing. We’ve just wrapped up our church’s week of VBS, which in my mind is always the first big event of summer.

We had toyed with the idea of having a yard sale today (SO needed after all our decluttering and remodeling projects of spring), but we agreed that when we planned that for the Saturday after VBS we were delusional. Ain’t no yard sale happenin’ today for our family, is what I’m saying.

We’ve also got another birthday party tomorrow, Father’s Day coming up, Philip has a game convention trip, and THEN we’re going on our big Making Family Memories Trip from Sea to Shining Sea Vacation 2016. (A grandiose title is necessary for a trip of such epic proportions!)

Anyway, regardless of the calendar, SUMMER is here!
weekly links round-up



  • On Humility, Grace, and Frugality by Kristen at The Frugal Girl. I love this perspective. Many of the comments are worth reading as well.
  • 3 Priorities for Christian Parents by Tim Challies. Clarifying, reassuring advice (in some ways). Another one from Challies worth reading: The Transgender Conversation You Need to Have with Your Family.
  • You Can’t Be Nostalgic About Your Free Range Childhood AND Demand Constant Supervision of Today’s Kids by Lenore Skenazy at Free-Range Kids. Here’s all I want to say about the “gorilla incident:” I think this was one of those crazy, incredibly rare, bad things that sometimes happens. I don’t think the zoo OR the parents were at fault. As long as the parents are not suing the zoo (which was rumored to be in the works), I don’t think the mom needs to be vilified and I’m glad she’s not being charged with anything. My only problem was if someone saw this terrible incident as their get-rich quick opportunity. Bad Stuff happens. Sometimes no one is really at fault. (That feels like a wildly counter-cultural statement in our day and age.) My husband and I are trying to give our children as free-range a childhood as we can, but it’s definitely swimming upstream. One reason why: there are so few other children around. Just because my kids are home, outside, and ready to play, doesn’t mean anyone else is. Anyway, I guess this is fuel for another blog post on another day.


From Living Unabridged:

Like I said, we’re on our summer schedule right now. But never fear, the 52 Family Game Nights series will be back soon!

What caught your eye this week?

Dover Books
Circle Media Inc.

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  1. On the Mike Rowe video, I agree with him. At the same time, not everyone is a fit for the types of jobs he is advocating just as not everyone is a fit for college. Somewhere along the way we have forgotten that we all have different gifts.

    On the gorilla incident, I too believe it was just an accident. Our society wants to find blame in every bad thing that happens. Sometimes things are just accidents. Haven’t we all lost sight of our kids once? I have. And he had to be rescued from the ocean by an ocean guard. Sometimes they just get away from you. I can’t believe the vitriol from some people online. Shocking.

    On the Me Before You movie. Yuck. :)

    I am not reading near as much as I would like. I tried to read the 5th Wave to see what the fuss was about. I am not a big fan of limiting reading, but wow, that one was pretty awful.