November 11, 2015

My five favorite blog reads of late

Today I'm liking up with Ashley from The Big White Farmhouse for #FiveFavorites. :)

This is my Best of the Web version of #5Faves - some of the best posts that popped up in my reader over the past few days. I hope you enjoy them, too.

How to Deal with Little Hoarders at House for Five
Now if Deme could just write a post about how to deal with hoarders when the hoarder is you. ahem. And her story about Mr. Steve is really beautiful - I am inspired by this post on several levels.

Is It His Money or Mine? at letlovebesincere
In a funny move of bloggers inspiring bloggers, Mary's post on tithing is, in part, the fruit of my Financial Hardships and Surprise Pregnancies series, and I found this post to be incredibly thought-provoking.  Also, please do click through to read Colleen's post Giving Uncomfortably at Martin Family Moments. It is another inspiring read and obviously impacted Mary and me.

The 10-Year-Old Trip to Chicago: Part 3 at Team Whitaker
I live in Illinois and have a fairly strong dislike of Chicago. I even refuse to drive in the city, or in any of the suburbs beyond Aurora. But Kathryn's three part series has me thinking I just might be missing out. (Or maybe I just want to spend time with Kathryn - that could also be true.) Either way, her list at the end of this post is really great, especially #7.

A New Chapter at Audrey Eclectic
As a mom who tries to squeeze creative things in during nap time it was so nice to read about how Heather paints and what this new chapter in her life will mean for her - as a person and an artist. I also love the explanation she gives on one of her paintings - what inspired her to create it and what it means to her.

Beyond Candy and Crafts: Living Liturgically with Older Kids at This Ain't the Lyceum
You know what, maybe this post did make me tear up a little bit, I don't even really know why, but I think it is beautifully written, thoughtful, and practical all at the same time.


  1. Thanks for the links friend- and the link to my blog, inspired, in part, by your blog. I gotta tell you, I have been praying so much about what God is calling US to, not others, in so many areas of my life due to your most recent post. It's challenging- the good challenging, but man, challenging ;)

    1. I second this, thanks! When I heard the readings at Mass, I was so convicted, and your recent blog posts were running through my mind. It's such a good and seemingly timely topic for us right now!

  2. I love you, Bonnie! I would totally come back to Chicago and spend time with you. Wouldn't that be a blast? I hadn't seen Kelly's post and I'm so glad you linked it. You are queen of awesome on the internet. Thank you!!

  3. Your post and Mary's post and Colleen's post....I've had them on my heart all week. Thanks for the kick in the pants to actively ask God for his guidance and discernment.
    (And thanks for linking up to #5Faves too!)

  4. Bonnie, your blogging is such a gift!

  5. These were such great reads, Bonnie - thanks for including us! Kelly's post made me think about how a lot of what we do to celebrate the church year feels like stuff we need to plan instead of just part of our culture/heritage....Good motivation to make it more of that for our family.

  6. Awwww, thanks so much for including me! SO glad you liked the post! :D

  7. I haven't read any of these, but I am definitely saving them for later! Thank you!

  8. I haven't read any of these, but I am definitely saving them for later! Thank you!