Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Things you should watch, and read, and hear (and a giveaway!)

Here's the story: I lost my computer charger and my computer has been dead for almost a week. Today I finally bit the bullet and bought a new charger, so I could (you know) actually do my work. So that's been fun. Also, only being home for a week amidst weeks of camp means a whole lotta crazy in a short period of time. NOT a break, in other words. Currently, there are approximately 12 teenage boys loudly cheering for the Spurs and/or Heat in the other room. Which doesn't make for a relaxing evening; although the good news is that my kids are sleeping through the crazy like champs.

So far this week I've had 2 root canals and five fillings, tomorrow I have to go to the office and then Adam is taking some boys camping this weekend. In other words, I'm exhausted and all I really want to do is take a pain killer for my terrible swollen and painful teeth, and go to bed. Which, in fact, is what I would be doing if I wasn't wasting time here, and also editing pictures. Sigh.

Anyways, enough complaining. I've been saving up some links and reading material for y'all. And even, if you can stick with me all the way to the end, a giveaway!

*First of all, if you haven't already seen this video of Caden and Jayci and the boys doing one of the camp cheers, you should watch it pronto. Because, I'm not even being biased when I tell you it's the cutest thing ever. 

*This next clip is the trailer for a film put together by some friends of mine called After the End. It's powerful stuff y'all, and I cannot even wait to see the whole thing.

After the End : Trailer from Untold Creative on Vimeo.

A few more of my favorite posts from around the web the last couple weeks:
*The Rhythm of Grace from SheLoves
*Want to Change the World? Sponsor a Child from Christianity Today
*Thinking about Robbers from DL Mayfield
I just finished reading The Kitchen House (loved it) and Personal Papers, and I'm currently reading The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Next up is Gone Girl.

I also just finished reading A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet (by my sweet friend Sophie, aka BooMama).  And I completely loved her words (I knew I would), they are such a beautiful and funny reminder of the importance of family, and the ways our stories intersect in such poignant God-orchestrated ways. Best of all, she included some delicious-sounding recipes at the end, which I cant wait to whip up have Adam make me.
Finally, my good friend Rolando just put out his first EP. You guys know how much I love some good Christian rap, and Ro is the real deal. You can check out his website at Love is my Religion, and be sure to download his music too (ps - I took that picture. You know, it's whatever).

And now, the moment you have been waiting for (and y'all know it can take me a minute to get there). . . The Giveaway! I have one copy of BooMama's fabulous book (A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet), and a copy of Rolando's new CD for one of my lucky friends. Consider it a thank-you for sticking around even when I'm MIA and/or incoherent in my ramblings. Enter the giveaway using Rafflecopter below, and I'll pick a winner on Monday (ish . . . because y'all know how good I am at staying on top of things).
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33 comments:

  1. I have heard Bread and Wine is one great book...and because I remember you saying you are a self proclaimed foodie I think you would appreciate it! :)

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  2. Your kids are incredibly cute. And I've been hearing so much about that book - I definitely want to read it this summer!

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  3. I love your book suggestions. I have heard about this book and it is on my summer reading list.

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  4. My two favorite songs right now are JJ Heller's Loved and Sara Bareilles' Brave :)

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  5. My two favorite songs right now are JJ Heller's Loved and Sara Bareilles' Brave :)

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  6. JJ Heller - "Who You Are" listen to it and read the lyrics (or even better, watch the lyric video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLnz2vo5Z40). So good.

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  7. If you haven't read everything by Francine Rivers you should start there! My favorites are The Mark of the Lion series!!

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  8. I love anything by Beverly Lewis. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  9. I've wanted to read A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet. I read Sparkly Green Earrings and loved it!

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  10. Becca,
    I almost feel like anything I recommend you will have already read! Two books that I absolutely adore are The Same Kind of Different as Me and Redeeming Love. As far as what to watch or listen to, I have two little ones just like you and I don't have much time for that!:) Thank you for inspiring me and helping me to feel ok in all my chaos!!
    Amy

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  11. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings in one sitting, and can't wait to do the same with A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet!

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  12. I feel like you might dig Lonely Polygamist. It's just so funny. The way he gets under the skin of his characters makes my jaw drop.

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    1. What is that? A TV show? Book? . . . Off to google I go!

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  13. I am finishing up Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis for the second time, I think you'd appreciate it!

    Love you friend! Praying for you and all your sweet kiddos!

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  14. If you havent read The Book Thief yet, then you definitely need to do that!

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  15. Well, I just finished "Bossypants" By Tina Fey; I needed the good laugh after attempting to read "Once Upon a Wish" which if you like crying I can recommend! If you don't like crying, don't read it!

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  16. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  17. I just got done with "A Love Story" By Nichole Norderman... amazingly fantastic read!!!

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  18. I was already terrified of going to the dentist for the first time in about 7yrs and now it's worse! Thanks for the reading links ; maybe it'll take my mind off of my impending doom :-)

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  19. I was already terrified of going to the dentist for the first time in about 7yrs and now it's worse! Thanks for the reading links ; maybe it'll take my mind off of my impending doom :-)

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  20. I'm currently reading Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman, and it's wonderful! A few that I want to read are Bread and Wine, The Fault in our Stars, Glory Be, and Relentless Hope. Also, you should definitely watch Downton Abbey if you never have, and go see Despicable Me 2 when it comes out in a week or so.

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  21. Redeeming Love is my favorite book of all time... by Francine Rivers

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  22. I'm pretty sure you're more of a reader than I am! The last book I read was "she did what she could" and it was short and sweet and such an encouragement. :) love you!

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  23. I read that Sponsor Child link on fb as well and was really impressed by it!

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  24. Bless your heart...I had to have an emergency root canal yesterday after chipping a tooth flossing of all things so I can't even imagine 4. It's so exhausting having them done. I so want to read boomama's book that's on my list. I just finished the kitchen house too and have picked up the devil wears prada sequel. so far i'm enjoying it.

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  25. haha definitely not a bestseller but Grady Baby was good enough that I read it instead of sleeping much last night! also Living and Dying in Brick City by Sampson Davis (same guy as The Pact)...

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  26. A Chance to Die (the life and legacy of Amy Carmichael) by Elisabeth Elliot is incredible!

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    1. fancy meeting you here, amanda! and solid book rec... make me proud!

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  27. I'm spending my watching time consuming large amounts of Friday Night Lights and LOST, which I think you've seen both. I listen to the radio, mostly hoping my jam "Cruise" will come on. And I'm reading The Lacuna, so I'm not sure I have much to offer here....

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  28. Love the music - I'm usually not into Christian Rap, and even I thought it was tha bomb! :)

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  29. Looking forward to checking out these two artists who are "new" to me!

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  30. Kisses from Katie was the last book I read that I could not put down. Highly recommend it!

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  31. Just put The Kitchen House on my library list. Can't wait until it comes in! BTW - Adorable video!

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