Finally, after years and years of buying gladiola bulbs and letting them languish in the mudroom, only to be thrown away, I planted a set by the compost bins! And amazingly, these flowers grew! Isn’t Nature something else?
(Do you like the vase hack?)
NB: Please share this giveaway of The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home with your friends, from sweet Bonnie from A Knotted Life. She has information about a talk I’m giving in her neck of the woods in the greater Peoria, Illinois, area. If you are there, I’d love to see you!
This week’s links:
- Despite the scratchy film reel and low picture quality, you will no doubt find inspiration in this video of Hellen Keller with her instructor Anne Sullivan, in which Sullivan demonstrates how Keller learned to speak. The intimacy and patience between these two is remarkable!
A few thoughts that Deirdre found helpful about toting babies:
- Deirdre says, “Speaking of carrying baby in the carseat: in the winter, the nicely bundled carseat seemed the best way to transfer baby from car to indoors to avoid chills. But I had to face several staircases before I’d reach the Side Pocket, and then once I was there, of course, I wouldn’t want to put the baby down to go make another trip to the car to pick up other bundles and bags. So, I’d free up shoulder and hand space by draping the carseat handle over my forearm and do the whole lug in one go. A friend kindly inconvenienced me by informing me that I was risking doing damage to my arm’s nerves and that whole side of my body. So I just had to find other ways to consolidate, and got back to a proper carseat hold.”
- It turns out that a baby carrier can help counter the effects of bone loss from breastfeeding!
- Any moms of new babies suffering carpel tunnel pain? Here’s a guide to stretches for wrist pain relief.
- Modesty as Best Policy from National Review. The author references the book A Return to Modesty, which we at LMLD strongly recommend, although be forewarned, it has “content.” I wouldn’t give it to a teenager, for instance. Just read it yourself and let the iron enter your soul.
- Think that the trans-gender agenda has nothing really to do with you? Think again. Stella Morabito has been doing some writing on the topic, and what she has to say is thought-provoking. And that’s the point. The agenda is aimed at your thoughts.
- Our friend Marie, granddaughter of one of the founders of La Leche League, directed us to this article on how our culture skews the outcome on breastfeeding with the words we use. It’s a good piece that should be read in light of the thoughts on modesty linked above. Since I read it I’ve been thinking about how the standards we have for our children’s bodies (that is, our standards for conduct, or modesty) will absolutely affect their health and that of their babies. The problem of how we came so far from knowing how to feed a baby is a deep one.
That brings me to the archives: we have a lot of discussion about nursing the baby. There is so much information out there, but I wanted to say one particular thing, which is that nursing a baby isn’t about getting a certain kind of nutrition into him, worthy as that is. You can nurse a baby even if you are one of the rare ones who can’t breastfeed a baby! You’ll find good tips and encouragement in the posts and in the comments, so I do urge you to take a look.
Today is the feast of St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as St. Edith Stein!
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