What I’m loving and reading in March 2018

What I’m loving

Preemptive Love Coalition

I love the work Preemptive Love doing. They really do exactly what they say they do — showing up on the frontlines and unmaking violence with love. Specifically, they work across Iraq, Syria, the United States, and beyond. They show up where no one else is. Our family personally supports them; our kids have donated their own money. The organization’s wisdom and commentary on peacemaking among war and violence is profound.

Preemptive Love is the only organization I follow on Instagram and it is also one of my favorite follows. Their posts give me a perspective that I don’t get from the media — a perspective that only comes from living and working in war-torn areas. I highly recommend following them on social media for a perspective that is often not seen, and one that focuses on hope and peacemaking.

Instagram Stories

I absolutely love Instagram Stories. If you haven’t tried them out yet, you really need to. That being said, not everyone’s stories are worth watching, so definitely mute the people whose stories are not your thing (just hold down their picture on the stories bar and click mute).

If you need someone to follow who will make you laugh, I recommend @ErinHMoon who has a hysterical perspective on life and parenting. I also recommend checking out her highlights of the serial killer who lives in her walls.  @JamieBGolden is hysterical but also keeps me informed about what is worth watching and how to take better care of my skin.  I also like @TheLazyGenius for super practical life tips intermixed with humor and real life.

Eyeglass stays for kids

My 6-year-old recently got glasses and no matter how they fitted the frames, they kept sliding down his nose (the woman said he doesn’t have much of a bridge to his nose yet). We tried a strap and when that didn’t work, a friend recommended stays. They work so well to keep his glasses from sliding and they are much less irritating for him than a strap. The pack I bought included optional straps that we don’t use.

What I’m reading

“How to Hug a Porcupine” by Julie A. Ross

I have seen “How to Hug a Porcupine” recommended dozens of times as the best book for dealing with and understanding the tween years, so it has been on my list to read for years. Now that I have a 9-year old I decided it was finally time to order it.

“Saints & Misfits” by S. K. Ali

Saints and Misfits” has been described as a novel that feels like a modern-day “My So-Called Life,” starring a Muslim teen. I’ve been trying to be very intentional about adding more diversity in my reading and this seemed like it would be right up my alley. It turned out to be a little heavier than I initially expected from a young adult (YA) novel  — I tend to like lighter reads — but I finished it in one day so obviously it did a good job of sucking me into the story and I will definitely be on the lookout for more books from this author in the future.

“When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi” is another YA novel, which has been one of my favorite genres at the moment. It was a fun read and I really enjoyed it. It is described as a heartfelt novel about two Indian-American Teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

“Sisters First” by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Bush

I love memoirs and “Sisters First” was a fun look into the life of the Bush twins from their childhood through their adult years. I love getting a look into the lives of people who have such different experiences than I do, and overall I really enjoyed this book.

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