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True Life: Having a Newborn Changed My Hair Routine

 

This article first appeared at Black Girl With Long Hair in October 2011.

~ADF

 

 

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A Servant's Heart

 

Last week on my blog, I wrote about volleyball star and model Gabby Reece's comments about her role as wife and mother in a much discussed (and trashed) appearance on NBC's "Today"...

There was an immediate backlash, which to me, isn't surprising. Many Christian women today even balk at the idea of submission (except, interestingly, when it's "Fifty Shades of Grey"-type... and I'm going to leave that alone).

 

Read the rest at BOLD.

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Prayer Request Update: Abigail Joy

 

 

Thank you so much to all who prayed for little Abigail Joy. Her mother Naomi shares that for the past day, she has been stable for the past day and has started breathing on her own.

 

Thank you all for the love and prayers. Things are looking up for my Abby now....thank you friends, family and thank you God for performing miracles.

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Of surgeries and ads.

 

(Mirror)

 

 

So while David and the rest of the literati world got their books on, I slumped on the couch and watched a documentary called "Turtle Boy" on NatGeo. After a long day which included IVIG therapy, the crazed tantrums of Z, and picking bran flakes out of the carpet for the zillionith time (thanks Z), I just wanted to enjoy my sleepy time tea and lay about.

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For the love of books.

 

 

My friends David and wife Gi Gi, along with their kids, were snapped by the Winchester Book Gallery handing out free books to passersby. He explained on Facebook:

 

We gave away about 20 copies of Moneyball to people around town. The official reason was a worldwide effort to promote reading on Shakespeare's bday. But my friends and fam will tell you, I'm a notorious bookgiver anyway! Lots of smiles from strangers. Many thanks to the World Book Night organizers and Winchester Book Gallery. And to Lia for dragging me in, once again. We had a great time!

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Art does not need...

 April at work in 2009.

 

Art does not need expensive tools and costly mediums. It shouldnt even aim to be good. Just tell me a story through imagery and color and you show me brilliance. Use whatever you have to conjour up delightful imagination and I will pause my buzzing existence and step into your perception of expressed truth. Stop trying to impress the world and impress upon the world a reminder. This makes good art to me. Make me think. Make me remember.


All and only to open our eyes to Him. Everything else is replicating imitation.

 

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Welcome to the world, Dawson!

My friend Kathy and her hubby Tony have just welcomed

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Prayer Request: Abigail Joy

 

 

I'm asking for prayer requests for my friend Naomi's precious baby girl, Abigail Joy. Abby fell ill over the weekend and was taken to the hospital. She was diagnosed with pneumonia, and then flown by helicopter to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Little Abby was struggling to breathe, and had to be intubated, and later suffered cardiac arrest. The amazing staff there saved her life.

 

Naomi, her husband Tre and their three year old Michaela can all use our prayers. I have been crying and anxious for the past couple of days. I can only imagine how Naomi us feeling. So prayers, please!

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"Ruthie Leming"

 

In what I can only describe as laziness, I didn't make it to church this morning. This afternoon, feeling like I shouldn't waste an entire day, the Lord's Day at that, falling prey to one of the seven deadlies, I baked up some lemon poppy seed muffins and started reading Rod Dreher's "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming."

 

I'm only about forty pages in and I feel as if I've not only made a trip down to rural Louisiana, sat at the wrinkled knees of two great-aunts to hear WWI tales of Paris, and have witnessed the sweet beginnings of a love affair between high school sweethearts. All while remaining planted on my couch alone in my apartment in urban New Jersey.

 

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Not "Today"

(NY Times)

 

 

When I woke up Friday morning and checked my iPad and saw the alerts about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, I did something I rarely do. I turned on the TV to get the latest update.

 

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Some Saturday Stuff- April 20th

 

 

What an insane news week, right? Tragedy and tears on Monday and by Friday, Boston is locked down and finally, relief and cheers. I spent hours yesterday glued to the news, which is something I haven't done in a very, very long time. I found myself thinking of my blogger buddy Thomas a whole lot. He lives not too far from Boston, and was on high alert from late Thursday until last night. I'm so thankful the suspect was apprehended without further bloodshed, and I will continue to pray the victims of the explosion.

 

Allison at Rambling Follower wrote a great post called In the Aftermath of Boston: Lessons Relearned By the Wife of a World Trade Center Survivor. She shares:

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Life with "Art"

 

 

I just finished reading my blogger buddy Matt Appling's first book, "Life After Art." Like I just finished it three minutes ago. Upon closing the back cover, I told K, "I want to grab my sketchbook and draw something. I don't know what, exactly, but I want to draw. And I've never felt like that after reading any other book. So... wow."

 

Yes, "Life After Art" is truly that good. When I ordered it last week, I wan't sure what to expect. I purposely avoided reviews and stories about it. I like going into some things fresh.

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What type of Christian are you?

(Source)

 

 

 

My friend Randy passes along a link to the Christian Denomination Selector which can help determine just what type of Christian you are. Evangelical Lutheran? Eastern Orthodox? Wesleyan Methodist? Assemblies of God? Don't mind the cheesy, circa 1999 layout, the quiz actually works and only takes a few minutes. So click here.

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The Good Wife

(Babble)

 

 

Volleyball superstar Gabrielle Reece caused quite a stir on Friday when she appeared on the "Today" show to hawk her new book and discuss the dynamics of her successful marriage. From HuffPo:

 

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Some Saturday stuff- April 13th.

Zoe plays Vanna White by displaying my two new book purchases.

 

 

 

After gettiing some positive feedback from last week's Saturday stuff post, I figured I'd do it again today. Funny how totally different my mood is this Saturday, though. While last week I woke up in a mood to do yoga, I'm totally in a lazy, I feel like vegging out mood today. I just got back from Dunkin Donuts and got a big iced chocolate minty coffee and some munchkins for the Munchkin. I also went by CVS and picked up some sorely needed hair products. Now that Zoe has a full head of hair, leave-in conditioners really go quickly around here. Before hitting up the "Relaxed & Natural" aisle, I stopped and plopped a bright orangey-red tube of lipstick...

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And I...

 

One of my favorite Mary Mary songs- actually, one of my favorite worship songs, period- was never a hit single. I actually never heard it played on the radio, either. Yet, once I heard it that first time back in 2005, I fell in love. Take a listen.

 

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Joe played me. So I played movies.

Lord Save Us From Your Followers Tumblr

 

 

Yesterday, Joe was supposed to hang out with me and Zoe. We were going to hit up Starbucks and the park and enjoy the gorgeous 75 degree weather. But then Joe slept in and wiggled out of our date.

 

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A train wreck.

Christianity Today

 

 

 

A couple of months ago, I read Rosaria Butterfield's conversion story at Christianity Today. She had been a Marxist-leaning lesbian professor until becoming a Christian. By her own admission, this change was a "train wreck."

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Well, this is a first.

 

I was sorting the mail and saw the above glossy invite flier to attend a community meeting at the local Church of Scientology! While I've been repeatedly invited to Watchtower meetings (just this past Saturday, in fact), various revivals and such, I've never gotten a thing from L. Ron Hubbard's org. I am wondering how I got on their mailing list, though...

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Sing about me.

 

Jos and Zoe, a month before her death.

 

 

 

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