You may have noticed some changes this week here at Live Wonderstruck. A new design has taken over. What do you think? Can you feel the energy?
You'll notice changes in many of my online hangouts including Facebook (you have liked the page, right?) and Twitter.
You may see some more tweaks here and there in the coming weeks. Please bear with me as I work to make this space match my vision.
Let me know what you think by commenting here or on my Facebook page.
What else is going on this week?
Mother Nature is still messing with us it seems. Two weeks ago: hurricane. Last week: snow. Last weekend: warm, sunny, 68 degrees. This week: cold, rainy, 46 degrees. I never know how to dress myself or the toddler each morning.
None of that has stopped me from making another trip out to the shore this week, this time to load up the minivan with donations that needed to move from one mission to another. Who knew that simply having a minivan would be helpful to hurricane relief? Awesome. I'm so excited to be able to do something rather than watching helplessly from afar.
You can help hurricane victims!
Do you want to help, too? No matter where you are, you can. The super-nice woman coordinating donations in Lake Como, New Jersey said that they still need cleaning supplies and now need tools and supplies for rebuilding homes.
If you would like to donate supplies, money, or a Home Depot gift card, email me at smhutchinswriter at gmail dot com or message me on Facebook. I will help you make sure your donation gets directly to the people affected by the hurricane. You can send it to me and I will pass it on in your name or I can put you in touch with the coordinator.
Tell your friends and family. Spread the word. Thank you!
There are so many great blogs out there. Here are a few posts I liked this week:
Just In Case by Glennon of Momastery
Glennon is going through a difficult time personally and manages to turn it into profound statements like this...
"And while my life, lower case l, trods along, unpredictable, twisty, turny, scary – Life – capital L - goes on, too. All around me. Same as it ever was."
And also this...
"But we each have a different path – we each have our own lower case l life – different chutes, different ladders. And every chute and each ladder we hit in our lives is an opportunity to practice what we believe about LIFE."
More Than Just Trying to Cope by Kristin Noelle of Trust Tending
Something about Kristin's writing makes me picture a soft-spoken woman who makes you want to be extra quiet to hear the important words she says.
"I believe small steps, taken over time – whether we’re writing a book, or starting a business, or raising children, or learning to move our bodies again – add up. They transform us."
"And learning to do more than 'just cope', learning to trust life DEEPLY, is no exception."
Parenting Teenagers Rule #1: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking - Guest post by Liv Rancourt on Sara Walpert Foster's blog
I'm a fan of both Liv and Sara, so having them together in one post is like a bonus. Liv counts texts with her teenage children as conversations, which is actually a smart way to look at it. She had me laughing from lines like these:
"...like the time I forgot to fill out the back of a permission slip and FROM SCHOOL he texted me a photo of the blank document with the subject: This is a disgrace."
Be on the lookout for wonderstruck moments today and throughout your weekend. You never know when a simple family breakfast will become a cherished moment. Or maybe a pile of leaves will add color to your day.