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Every month, I like to wrap up the month by sharing some of my favorite articles and resources I found around the Web. I love sharing posts that have inspired or helped me, and there’s usually a family favorite recipe thrown in there, too. This month is full of encouragement and sage advice for moms, and I know you will not walk away untouched by these posts.
August Fabulous Finds
Sometimes Motherhood … | Erinmichele.net
“You will wonder why do I do it all? Is it all in vain? Is what I do valuable and lasting? This feeling even appears with the kiddos after a long fun filled day.”
Does that sound like you? I know those thoughts have come to my mind a time or two. That’s why I loved this post from Erin Michele about our perspective on the work we do as mothers. She reminds us that we don’t work alone, and our efforts aren’t in vain as long as we are building with the Lord (Psalm 127:1). This beautiful post will inspire you to keep an eternal perspective on your work, and it will remind you that what you are doing day in and day out does matter.
Diapers and Other Important Spiritual Things | What Mama Knows
If you have ever felt frustrated by the apparently menial tasks of motherhood, if you have ever wondered what happened to the smart, successful woman with big dreams who was going to accomplish important things, then this is a post you absolutely must read.
For those moms who have thought that the daily chores of motherhood (like changing diapers) were “nothing, demeaning, brain sapping, a waste of time, and a waste of my energy or education,” Elizabeth from What Mama Knows has an important truth bomb for you:
“since when has caring for the immediate, critical physical and emotional needs of a vulnerable person become not an important gospel thing to be doing?”
I loved that quote and I loved the entire article. I’ve come to a lot of life-altering conclusions lately about what society deems “important work” and what God deems “important work,” and this post beautifully captured some of my thoughts. If you’re a new mom or a mom of young children, I am begging you, please read this post and let the truth of it transform the way you forever look at changing diapers (and other menial tasks).
Fresh Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Salad | Recipe Girl
Confession: I’m cheating a little on this one. Technically, I didn’t find this recipe this month, but I did make it for the first time this summer the other day. It is so fresh and delicious, and I love it because I grow the four main ingredients in my garden and I always have the other ingredients on hand in my pantry. If you’re looking for ways to use up some of your garden (or Farmer’s Market, or CSA) produce, this is a recipe you will want to stick in your repertoire!
Related Post: 25 Quick & Easy Garden Recipes
7 Ways to Pray for Your Husband | Rachel Wojo
I love this post about praying for your husband. I *try* to pray for Levon every morning, either in my morning prayer time or on my drive to work. Not only do I believe that my intercession brings about good things in his life, but it also edifies him, and it softens my heart on those days that … well … maybe it needs a little softening. 😉 This post from Rachel Wojo was full of excellent reminders of the importance of praying for your husband. While you’re there, make sure to read the other posts in her 7 Ways to Pray for Your Husband in 7 Days series.
** Pssst… I second her recommendation of Stormie Omartian’s book Power of a Praying Wife. It was a lifesaver for me when we were first married and facing differences that I didn’t know how to resolve. That book taught me to take my concerns to God rather than trying to change my husband (which never ever works).
Products I Loved This Month
I’ve been wanting a spiralizer since last year’s garden season. I was looking for ways to use our zucchini, and I was interested in reducing our consumption of processed food, so I thought making zucchini noodles would be perfect. It wasn’t high on my list of priorities, though, so I put it on the back burner.
However, when ALDI had one a couple weeks ago in their Special Finds, I jumped at the chance. (I’m a sucker for ALDI special finds, anyone else??)
It worked great! So far I have made ribbon cut zucchini and zucchini noodles, and both of them turned out fantastic. I had been using my OXO mandoline to julienne the zucchini to make my noodles, but the spiralizer was sooooo much easier, and the noodles turned out much nicer. I’m eager to try ribbon cut potatoes next and make our own (healthier) version of homemade fries!
Like I said, I got mine at ALDI, but if you missed them when they were on sale, you can find them on Amazon. Here’s one that looks JUST like the one I have and has great reviews!
This book was powerfully impactful for me. It challenged the way I look at so many things in my life: motherhood, household duties, my job, ministry opportunities, my goals in life, even my possessions and “the American Dream.” I’m still, weeks later, rolling some of it around in my spirit. In a good way.
This is not just a book for moms, it’s for everyone, but I know that a lot of moms – particularly sahms – will especially benefit from it. So much of our roles and duties are behind-the-scenes, unglamorous, and yes, even incredibly mundane. But God uses these exact moments to transform us from the inside out.
Learn more about it here:
I first started thinking about getting some popsicle molds when I read Lisa Leake’s 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. I liked the idea of making our own summertime treats that would be fun and festive but cheaper and with better ingredients than store-bought popsicles.
So when I spotted some popsicle molds at ALDI (I told you – I have a problem!!), I just had to get them. (I mean, c’mon, $3.99 for family fun? Who can say no to that??)
We LOVE them!! I used my Ninja blender to whip up a mixture of fresh strawberries, whole plain yogurt, and a dollop of honey, and poured the resulting smoothie in the molds. When I first checked on them, they appeared to be frozen but the stick slid right out of the mold. I thought, “Well, great. I guess that’s what I get for going cheap.” But I stuck them back in to see if it would get any better. And they did! Turns out, you just have to make sure they are 100% frozen solid. Aidan had a blast eating his popsicle, and I had the comfort of knowing that it was all real food.
Again, I got mine at ALDI, but you can find them on Amazon, too (just not quite as cheap 🙁 )
My Fabulous Finds list was just a tad shorter this month than usual (it was a busy month), but I think it still packed a powerful punch! Take a look, and then tell me which one was your favorite – I would love to hear if you enjoyed them as much as I did.
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