Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  It has been a rough week in our house, with our little boy requiring a run to the ER with a bad case of croup, and more days of fever and just not feeling himself.  Here's to a much better week starting tomorrow.

I haven't been writing as much lately, because I have been immersed in the beauty that is the Listen To Your Mother show.  I'm producing the show in Austin this year, following my appearance as a cast member last year, and it has been a dream come true. Lots of work, but still incredible.  Take a look at some of our photos from the rehearsal last week, and we'll post the videos of our show in the next couple of months.

Without further ado, here are some essays that resonated with me this week:


Allison has a way of writing a story that draws me in and gets me lost in the wonder of it all, and this is a prime example:

Katrina covers a topic here that is dear to my heart, and one that I have struggled with recently, too.  I'll tell you more about that later.


No matter what you do in your life, you're going to face rejection.  Alison Lee of Writing, Wishing covers that topic perfectly here.

When my father was fiver years old, his parents adopted his cousin, Leona, and raised her as his sister.  Her biological parents were deaf, and the state determined that they were not able to raise their kids properly.  It's a long and amazing story, but I'm lucky to have her in my life.  This article at Bon Bon Break reminded me of the time I met my aunt's parents and they taught me some basic signs; I was so eager to learn.

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Some of my favorite things: 

Deborah Gilboa - Ask Doctor G - is a fantastic resource on childhood behavior. Her videos are my go-to place for questions I have about my son's development and strategies to use to change undesired behaviors like whining, hitting, etc.  Her book is almost here and I'm excited for her!  Check it out on Amazon:

Another book that captivated me was Jennie Goutet's book A Lady in France. It's a beautifully-written story about Jennie's journey from America to France and back in the process of finding herself and her family to be. I used to travel to Paris regularly, and Jennie's descriptions made me miss the city immensely.

Photo credits: Top: Ashley White; Bottom: Casey Chapman-Ross



  1. Kristin, thank you for the post shout out! I hope T is feeling better, have a great weekend!

  2. I always love your roundups, and I am also a huge Allison fan! What a great list. xox

  3. Thank you so much for the mention, my dear friend.

    Now why don't I have unlimited internet access and a free day just to read all of these links? They ALL look interesting to me!

  4. Wow. "Be the violet," such a gift. Thank you for leading me to Kristina. It hits still healing wounds as I have been coming to grips with my own issues with envy. So powerful and liberating.

  5. Great wrap-up! So many of my favorites here, too.

  6. This is so random but thought I would share it.
    You were one of my first followers on Twitter.
    When I had, like, 20 followers.
    I just wanted you to know that.
    So I will always have a soft spot in my heart for you.

    That is all.



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