Show & Tell: The Mother "Load" of Links

Goodness gracious, ladies. I have a HEAP of links to share with you. You'll just have to browse and pick from them because there are just too many (I think I must've been compiling them from the past month, er, um... year). But do pick some. They're all so good.

First up, Heather wrote this post: My (Mis) Perceptions which aptly sums up some things I've been thinking and feeling lately... about the way we get settled in our opinions and views.

*** Also, I've updated my songs down at the bottom of this page, so there are some great new songs (I kept some of the same ones though!) and a couple of mini-sermons for you to listen to as you browse! ***

BEING WIFE & MOMMY: links on wifelihood and motherhood--
  • The modern view of motherhood: Kelly sounds off after reading this celebrity quote: "After three months with a newborn and a toddler I was happy to go back to work."
  • "Yes, He's Still Nursing": breastfeeding facts and encouragement (I'm about four weeks away from re-joining the ranks of nursing moms!)
  • The Cost of Raising Children: The problem with these sorts of figures (which are actually lower than what is often quoted in parenting magazines) is that they don't take into account the fact that my 3.5 year-old son is now wearing clothes that his big brother wore two years ago and that his soon-to-be-born brother will wear in another two years or so. My 21-month old daughter is reading books that have already been enjoyed (and continue to be enjoyed) by her older siblings. These types of costs are one-time costs, no matter HOW many kids you have. If you have two, they can be used twice (even if you have one boy and one girl, there are many toys and things like strollers that can be used by both genders), and if you have seventeen children (like the Duggars), there's no telling how many times things can be used!
  • The Business of Being Born- a new documentary that's coming out about childbirth and modern hospitals-- really seems like an interesting film (headed up by Ricki Lake-- remember her?! ) Read one blogger's review of the movie.
  • Cultivating Wise Habits- Amy reminds us to be careful with what we do and don't do, and particularly in the habits we form.
  • Life With Boys- Renee always has such fun insights from her life with 11 children. Here's a fun and right-on post about life as a mommy with little guys running around.
  • Marriage: An Idol?- Is it wrong for a single woman to desperately WANT marriage?
  • Bible Story Books: Al Mohler's recommendations for children's Bible books.
  • WORDS OF LIFE: Gina shares some penetrating questions about how to measure our words against Scripture, as we speak to our children, to our husbands, and to the world around us.
  • Adopt Or Have My Own?- Candace @ Boundless thinks through this question posed by a reader.
  • Watching Your Child Grow Up... on the Internet: "modern" moms and their technological dilemnas (what a sad commentary this is on how feminism has changed families in America!)

THE BODY OF CHRIST: links on faith & Christianity--

ABORTION: links on the murder of babies--
  • TERM-inology: examining late-term abortion & partial birth abortion
  • KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT ABORTION: John Piper encourages us to be informed about abortion and gives some helpful links so that you can "get informed"!
  • How I Became Pro-Life- This former pro-choice athiest shares her VERY interesting story.
  • When Abortion Is Just "A Choice"- many abortionists would have you believe that most or all abortions are out of desperation (and many are), but there are those who abort simply because they can.
  • How much of America has been aborted? Sallie shared a great visual that gives you a picture of how BIG abortion is... how many of "us" we've murdered carrying out this "right" called abortion.
  • What CAN unborn babies feel? This is a FASCINATING article about fetal pain, and it has strong implications for abortion "rights".

POTUS 2008: links about the Presidential election (potus= President Of The United States)
  • The Five Stages of McCain- an interesting analysis of the changes many have gone through in the last month or so, when considering McCain as a candidate
  • What Has Obama Done? Chris Matthews asks this not-so-difficult question to someone who ought to have had a ready answer... it's almost painful to watch.
  • Election '08: Idealism Vs. Pragmatism- Terry gives some great analysis to the choices we'll all have to make, both now and in November in the voting booth.

MISCELLANEOUS: links that are totally random & totally (in my view) worth your time--
LEVITY: links to make you laugh--
As always, happy reading! This may or may not be the last one I do for a while, seeing as how I've got a baby due in, oh, about three and a half weeks. ;-) We'll see. Regardless, these links should keep you nice and busy!


Carletta said...

3 and a half weeks! I can't believe it!

Love the dos and don'ts with baby!


Anonymous said...

Wow, Jess!...what a wealth of information. So much for my efforts to reduce time spent reading at the computer! I may peruse these links for a week or two to come!

I hope your last couple weeks of pregnancy are not inordinately uncomfortable for you. Be good to yourself!


Catherine R. said...

Oh geez, I can't even bare to look at the "cost of raising kids" one...I think I might have a panic attack. I am pregnant with my first kid. Is it wrong to have our baby sleep in a laundry basket if that's all we can afford?

Terry said...

Thanks for the link, Jess. I'm honored. And I really enjoyed Sara's post on excess. Great stuff! I think we may be guilty, though after reading her post. There is so much here to browse! A lot of it looks really good.

Johanna said...

It is going to take me until your baby is born to really read all of these! :) I have really enjoyed reading the ones about making your own cleaning supplies...I will research that more for sure! Thanks for all the info.

Kelly said...

Oh wow, Jess, I didn't even realize that you only had three 1/2 weeks left. I kept thinking Jess isn't going to have her baby till March, not realizing that March is in days. You will be in my prayers for an easy delivery and a healthy baby.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the link to the Piper article on kids in worship. I have been thinking about it a lot lately, especially after reading Voddie's Family Driven Faith. While his book gave some great principles, I had a lot questions. The Pipers' suggested practices were very pratical and answered many of my questions.

Amanda said...

I think it's great when you do big ole posts like this one loaded down with links. I'll be reading these for a while.

I went to the link on church stats and left a comment there, but I wanted to share it here, too.

Have you ever heard of Life Action Ministries?

It is a revival ministry that seeks to be a catalyst for the Lord's revival in this country.

Of course, I'm partial to them because my husband works for them. :)

Jess said...

I am SO glad that you guys like these posts (and, YES-- I see all you other non-commenting people out there just clicking away on these links on my sitemeter). :) Cause these show and tell posts really are fun for me to do... I LOVE sharing good resources and books! That is seriously something that gives me a lot of joy, so I'm glad you guys like it too!

And, yes, Kelly, March snuck up on me too! Blasted old short-calendared March! :)

Gina @Chats With an "Old Lady" said...

Thank you, Jess, for listing my site. I am thankful to the Lord for anything He decides to use!

God Bless you as you prepare for your new baby!



MondaythroughSunday said...

Wow..that was a lot of time and effort to all these down..thanks! I do not have time to check them out now..but I hope to be back! I just came over to say hello from Rebekah @ Beautiful Days..God bless you!

Mrs. Brigham said...

Thank you for sharing all of the great links, Jess, and also thanks for linking to me. :o) The Dos & Don'ts with babies is just the laugh I needed today!

Shannon said...

My husband, mother-in-law and I laughed hysterically over the do's and don't's for babies! I nearly lost my lunch over the giant hairball - eww! And I reminisced about having foot massages with you in Thailand when you mentioned Doug using reflexology on your feet! Thanks for sharing these fun links :)