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  • A friend posted these words to Facebook and they were just what I needed to read this morning. Mommy guilt can be an ugly UGLY thing. It's so easy to feel like you are never doing a enough. I'm working on making myself relax. To rest and have peace in the moment. 

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  • Likewise, this poem hit me hard this week. It feels like work to turn away sometimes, to disconnect, but a balance must be struck. 
  • Jeremy's designing and  building Little Lady a doll house for Christmas, hopefully, he goes a more traditional route than these architects
  • Have you heard of Brain Pickings before? Such a tremendous idea! I could get lost in the site for hours. Here's a great post to start on. 
  • Looking for a good podcast to listen to; check out this curated list of recommendations
  • To Jeremy's delight Big Buddy gets a little bit more obsessed with Legos every week. This video made me think of the two them and smile. 
  • Another video for your viewing pleasure;  an a cappella group performs a 6-minute mash-up of 28 of Beyonce greatest hits.
And two recent posts on Joyfully Weary you might of missed.
  • I'm probably a little biased but I think my kiddos are some of cutest and they look all sorts of adorable "modeling" their latest church outfits.

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