For this week's I Recommend, I've listed three links. One is a good reminder for moms, the other is a humorous read with good information particularly for home educators and the last is a yummy recipe.
1. The Mom Stays in the Picture I never like being in pictures. I wish I did. I try hard. I think, "smile...not too wide....careful not to do that thing with your lip...open your eyes a bit more, but not bug-like...turn so they can't see your big upper arms...put the baby in front of your belly..." etc. etc. And when I actually see the picture? Yuck. That's what I look like??? Oh man...
BUT--whenever I've attended a funeral and watched the video photo collage and looked at the neat displays of pictures I think, "if I died, my family wouldn't have any pictures to even make one of these!"
The post above gave me much food for thought. What I think I look like and what the camera captures are two different things. However, what the camera captures IS what everyone else sees--so why do I hide? It doesn't change what really is. My friend Dawn posted the article on facebook and mentioned that years from now we will look back and think how great we looked--which is the very same thing I do when looking back at pictures of myself as a teen. I thought I was so fat...so not pretty...so....yuck.
I look at my senior pictures now and wish I could weigh what I did then! So, I'm deciding to get in the picture---and stay there.
2. 10 Lessons I've Learned from Thirty Years of Homeschooling Though I haven't been at this homeschooling gig for 30 years, this year marks our eighth year of home-based Christian discipleship. (That's what homeschooling is for me--it's not about the "school-ing".) I read Vicky Farris' book, "A Mom Just Like You", I was intimidated. At first. About two paragraphs in, I was tearing up because she is SO real. This article was written by her husband and is real, as well. And funny--two of my favorite things!
3. Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Fall has me wishing for the tastes of anything apple or pumpkin. I tried this recipe last week. YUM.
I opened a can of pumpkin, used the 2 T. and portioned out the rest in small little containers to freeze. I also brewed more coffee than I needed and froze that, too, so now I have a stash of pumpkin lattes waiting! I live very rurally, so "treat coffee" is rare, indeed. Now, I make it at home (usually in the afternoon, during my "break" time) and it really tastes the same! And costs SIGNIFICANTLY less! Try it and see!
P.S. I wouldn't set the crockpot on high like she suggests. I tried that once and the milk curdled. I actually just whisk it up on the stovetop.