Bloggerhood Etc. 10/20/14

beach bonfire

Photo: Heather Park

Best Photoblog.Once I Went to a Wedding” by Heather Park and Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Special Needs Post.The Path to Self-Advocacy” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best List.The 5 Worst Commercials of the MLB Postseason” by Grant Brisbee at SB Nation.

Best Satire.The War on Halloween” by Drew Chial.

Best Question.What Does it Mean to be Blackish?” by Christena Cleveland at Christianity Today.

Most Hopeful.The Secret to Stop Feeling Like a Failure” by Jennifer Dukes-Lee, guest-posting at Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience.

Best Social Commentary.Deus Ex Musica: Beethoven’s Bad Influence” by Alex Ross at The New Yorker.

Best Parenting Post.The Whole Truth About Infant Cereals: 7 Science-Based Tips” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Reflection.Mark Driscoll Impacts the Non-Mars-Hill People Too” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Sports Commentary.Kirk Cousins, E.J. Manuel, and Why Bad Quarterbacks Keep Getting Starting Jobs” by K.C. Clyburn at Football is Stupid.

Best Advice.How I Learned NOT to be an Obnoxious Author” by Sarabeth Caplin.

Best Mom Post.To Live Like a Child” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Dad Post.A Dispatch from the Gender Frontline (I Went to Some Toy Shops)” by Simon Ragoonanan at Man vs. Pink.

Best Essay. “The Other Side of the River” by Stephen Knox at SB Nation.

Most Awesome Video.3D Printed IRON MAN Child Prosthetic Hand” by Pat Starace (via YouTube).

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Bloggerhood Etc. 6/30/14

Reflecting trees in lake

Photo: Jon Eben Field (CC BY 2.0)

Maybe it’s because my dad is visiting us this week, but the posts I liked most seemed a little more reflective than usual. There’s an abundance of self-reflection, lots of looking back, and a little bit of silliness to break the serious stuff up in this round up of my favorite posts of the week.

Best Parenting Post.Why I’m Fine With My Kids Growing Up So Fast” by Aaron Gouveia at The Daddy Files.

Best Reflection.The Pressure of Definition” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Self-Analysis.A Generational Faith Journey Told by a Fortysomething GenXer” by Carmen Andres at In the Open Space.

Most Inspiring.This Beautiful Bride Wasn’t Going To Let Anything Stand In The Way Of Her Wedding — Not Even Cancer” by Cavan Sieczkowski at Huff Post Weddings.

Best Boast.I Ate the Rangers 2-Foot Korean Beef Sandwich and Lived” by Marc Normandin in SB Nation.

Best Milestone Post. “What Turning 40 Means to Me” by Alice Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best List.The 7 Biggest Mistakes of My Twenties” by Lindsay Morris at Relevant.

Best Special Needs Post.Privy to Joy” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Best Spoken Word Poetry.You Can’t Keep Me Out” by Tamára Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Best Advice.How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket” by The Rookie Dad.

Best Guide to Prayer.How a Protestant Learned to Pray Like a Catholic (and actually started LIKING prayer)” by Elisabeth Esther.

Best Video.This VIDEO will BLOW YOUR MIND and be the BEST PART OF YOUR DAY!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

You won’t believe what happens next!

Ten Years Ago

Julia and I after our wedding.

June 26, 2004

Ten years ago, these words from The Song of Songs were read at our wedding. They have always expressed the depth of my love for her in a better way than I ever could.

“Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, passion as relentless as the grave. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the LORD himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all his family wealth to buy love, contempt is all he would gain.” —Song of Songs 8:6-7

Ten years ago, I vowed my love and my life to her and I have never regretted it for one moment. She is the best wife, best mother to our daughter, and best friend I could have asked for, and I thank God every day that he brought her into my life.

Happy Tenth Anniversary my love! May we have many, many more together.