Little Bit Of This, Little Bit Of Some Other Things

— I feel like I need to let y’all know what’s going on in our den.


You see, what we have here is not one but two (TWO!) pieces of blow-up furniture. In the main living area of our house. Because apparently I have given up altogether. I mean, we set it all up because A was having some friends over and they wanted to play a Mario something-or-other and it was a way to seat all of them comfortably, but now it’s still there and we don’t seem to have any inclination to deflate it.

The good news, however, is that apparently we are right on target with the room’s primary demographic, because yesterday our next door neighbor, who’s 9, walked in the house and said, “WHOAAAAA – THAT IS AWESOME.”

I believe my decorative work is done.

— Melanie has written an absolutely hilarious post about Downton Abbey over at Ree’s blog. If you’re not caught up on the show, you should be warned that the post has lots of spoilers, but if you are caught up, you will laugh a whole bunch.

— A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine mentioned Chris Rice’s hymns CD on Twitter, and since I was looking for some good writing music, I downloaded the album on a whim. I’m guessing that some of y’all have probably been listening to it for years, but somehow I missed it. The arrangements are just gorgeous, and I don’t know that I’ve ever loved “Rock of Ages” more. Mighty good stuff.

Dave Barnes’ new album, Golden Days, released today. His music is always such a treat, and it reminds me that it’s a very good and worthwhile thing to support artists who are doing great work (especially when those artists are making music that the whole family can enjoy). Way to go, Dave Barnes.

— It’s hard to believe, but it’s been five years since I went to Uganda with Compassion International. THE TIME, IT DOES FLY. This week there’s another group of Compassion Bloggers in Uganda, and I’ve already been so touched by the stories they’re telling (this post of Emily’s and this post of Nester’s are a great place to start). If you’ve been thinking about child sponsorship through Compassion – or if you’d just like a first-person account of Compassion’s ministry – be sure to follow the Uganda trip over at

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

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  1. “I believe my decorative work is done.”
    You crack. me. up!
    I love your rug, btw:)
    and I love reading your posts, and cannot wait for your new book.

  2. ha. Love the blow-up furniture :-) Also, I followed your link to Emily’s post earlier this morning and cried me some tears. Gorgeous.

  3. Crazy that it’s been that long since your Uganda trip…pretty sure you introduced me to Compassion on a personal level. My family began sponsoring a precious boy in Ethiopia in Oct. 2008. In Oct. 2013, we brought our son home from Ethiopia. The internet is a powerful place. :)

  4. My living room is decorated basically to fit the tastes of a two-year-old. Thankfully she has pretty good taste, complete with a mini Cracker Barrel rocking chair she bought last year with the ill-gotten gains she won when she beat all the engineers at her dad’s firm in their March Madness bracket challenge (not kidding).

    I LOVE Chris Rice’s hymns CD. It stays in my rotation. Have you listened to Steven Curtis Chapman’s Deep Roots? I adore that entire CD. So does the husband and two-year-old.

    Ah, Downton Abbey. I don’t think I could get through the cold dreariness of January without looking forward to is sometimes. OK, maybe I could, but the Dowager’s one-liners always make my week.

  5. My sponsored child just recently graduated, so today I transferred to another child. A little boy named Vladimir – he is so cute!
    I’ve already finished this season of Downton Abbey and the Christmas special. (My BIL found a website that has all the episodes) Lots of loose ends to tie up next season. I kind of hope next season is their last because, well, I think if they hold on too long, they will water down the effect of the show and it won’t be as good, so I’d rather it go out on a high note. Plus, I think five years is my limit for series commitment.
    Love the floaters in your living room – makes it very versatile :)

  6. Jackie Hudson says:

    Another suggestion for writing music: Glory Revealed (vol1). It is Scripture set to music and sung by “some of the biggest names in Christian music today.” Whoo hoo! I love it.

  7. I am so sorry about your winter gridlock. I come to Birmingham a couple times each year and I have driven up some of those hills, I can imagine how scary that must have been to get everyone around in the snow. I grew up in Arkansas and we always got out of school as soon as the snow started to fall.

    Now, PLEASE, can you tell me the name of the green paint in your living room? I need that color in my room. Please!