April 20, 2012

There you go

Ivy, tiny dancer

Ivy's dance class is preparing for their June recital. The parents got to watch a little performance of what they've learned so far. It's really too cute for words. (p.s. you can find me on Instagram- I'm babysteph.)

So, I am breathing and sleeping and dreaming Listen To Your Mother right now. Our show is less than one month away! We had our first read-through a couple weeks ago and I am in love with the photos and words from that night.

BlogHer has syndicated one of my recent posts. (For which I'm super psyched and thankful.)

I can not stop listening to The Lumineers and The Middle East: The Recordings Of The Middle East (especially Blood and The Darkest Side.)

On Mommalogues, I confess... that I'm really thinking about going blonde. And apparently I like hot stone massages, a lot.

And over at Your Family, have you heard of The Toydozer?

I loved Brené Brown's message on the power of vulnerability from a couple years ago, and her newest TED talk: Listening To Shame did me in. It could have been the cold medicine I was taking, but either way, I had a good cry.

I've also been reading, like crazy. I found Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie) to be incredibly inspiring, and kind of a game-changer for me. And I also love love loved Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman. In the chapter titled "Attach and Release" I was in a puddle of tears. I think you might be, too.

What have you written or read or listened to that you are absolutely wild about?


  1. Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I'm on chapter 5, and I love it! (Shed tears reading it in the waiting room for my kids' guitar lessons yesterday. No cold medicine to blame. ; ) xoxo

  2. You, my friend, would love _Let the Great World Spin_ by Collum McCann. One of my favorite novels. It will capture you for sure. Also can't stop listening to Of Monsters and Men. Whole album is great. Thanks for all you recommended here. I'll check them out this weekend. I can't wait to see you in a less than a month and give you a big hug in person. xo

  3. This week, I am absolutely wild about this (and so is my 2 year old son):

  4. I just heard an awesome song on the radio this morning. I have to figure out who it is though. It goes "tonight - we are young" and it just sounds like something that would have come up when I was in high school.

    1. It's by FUN. It's a GREAT song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6dMFF_yts&ob=av2e

    2. What is even better than that is the parody "Tonight We are Not Young!" http://mashable.com/2012/04/19/viral-video-were-not-young/ ENJOY!

  5. So adorable! I can't wait to get Avi into dance.....

  6. I am reading Jane Eyre for the first time. It's making the justice-fighter in me go nuts. I know the general gist of the story, but not a lot of the big important plot pieces, so I'm excited as I keep wading further and further into this beautiful piece of literature.
    Loved those pictures from the read-through of LTYM.

  7. I read Kyran Pittman's book last summer and enjoyed it so much! I'm from LR so that made it extra special. Heaven is Here is on request at the library-I'm like number 46!

  8. I'm going to have to pick up both of those. I've been listening to Brene Brown a lot lately, and she's just awesome. So inspiring.

  9. I'm in the middle of a few right now, but I really want to read the new one by the Bloggess. I could use a laugh and some taxidermy rodents.

  10. I just downloaded The Lumineers Album today! LOVE :D


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