Quality time and interesting links

Mornings are quickly becoming one of my very favorite times of the day. Each day I nurse Clara for a bit, then Tim takes her downstairs and I hang out in bed for a while longer, reading my Advent devotional and scrolling through my phone while I feel Baby Beni roll around my abdomen. I would still love the relaxing time without the baby kicks, but it’s pretty special to feel like I’m getting quality time with my second baby before spending the day running around with my first.

Related: I’m over 20 weeks pregnant. How the heck did that happen so quickly?!

Cozy mornings

Another relaxing (but more productive) part of my day… Clara’s naptime! I’m currently reading Song of Solomon and I’m almost done addressing Christmas cards.

Here are some things I’ve been reading while browsing the web:

  • “There are 365 days in a year to remember people in thoughtful, inexpensive and free ways. A call, a text, a funny photo shared. An old-fashion letter or a homemade loaf of bread. A hug, a smile, an unexpected visit. There’s so many ways we can love one another … and so many days to choose from.” (here)
  • “If constant gun massacres are an inevitable result of American liberty—if we cannot be truly free without letting every madman, abuser, and hothead with a grudge get guns, if we cannot send our children to school without fearing they may be slaughtered in a hail of bullets—we need to reconsider what liberty truly means.” (here)
  • “Take a look at the current crop of female CEOs: A lot of them have husbands who don’t work. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns took a page out of Hirshman’s book and joked at a 2013 conference, “The secret [to success] is to marry someone 20 years older.” Her husband retired as she was hitting her career stride, allowing him to take primary responsibility for their kids. If becoming a CEO and having a family is what you desire, you might want to take that advice.” (here)
  • “The real bittersweet aspect is young adulthood begins with all this time for friendship, and friendship just having this exuberant, profound importance for figuring out who you are and what’s next,” Rawlins says. “And you find at the end of young adulthood, now you don’t have time for the very people who helped you make all these decisions.” (here)

What are you up to this weekend?

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