- Cultivating hospitality in your front yard. In the days of automatic garage doors and the backyard oasis, I loved these easy tips on creating a more inviting front yard.
- J.D. Vance interview with Rod Dreher. This has been all over the interwebs, so you’ve probably already seen it, but if you haven’t, read it pronto. I asked our library to order it and picked it up this week, but I’m going to have to order my own copy because I’m taking too many notes.
- Sarah Bessey with the best sermon I’ve heard all summer. “It’s resistance. It’s a resistance of the false and broken to embrace and practice the true and the whole. We are prophesying with our lives.” Amen, sister.
- Grant and I have had many, many discussions about this: “We’re doing people an incredible disservice by telling them they should seek, and pursue, what they love.” Couple that with Liz Gilbert’s amazzzzing hummingbird talk if you haven’t listened already.
- I’ve been reading lots about hospitality lately, and I’ve been hit over the head with the power of sharing our weaknesses. “If we want the world to change, it starts here: in our kitchens, in our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities. It starts when we release our grasps for power and begin to cling to love.”
- Reading motivation.
- A Friday cleaning routine to maximize your weekends. I’m not saying that I’m going to do this, but it sounds like a really nice idea in theory!
- August is the month to plant those fall crops, even if you didn’t plant anything the rest of the season.
- I was craving some grilled cheese the other night and tried this. And now my life will never be the same.
- Check out some of these kids’ books Laura recommends if you have little ones.
- Revisionist History is Malcom Gladwell’s podcast. A friend (thanks, Nan!) recommended the three-part series starting with Carlos Doesn’t Remember, and I was so blown away and fired up about them that I haven’t stopped thinking and talking about them.
- I created a Spotify playlist of stuff I’ve been enjoying in 2016.
- Anyone else need the Olympics to be over because they’re staying up waaayyy too late – or is that just us?
Oldies from the blog
- Back to school means packing lunches again, so I’ve been revisiting this list for some ideas.
- There’s nothing better than fresh Indiana sweet corn, so go get some and then freeze some for the winter.