Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guest Post: "Inviting Rejection"

Today I'm happy to be posting over at Ralene Burke's blog on "Inviting Rejection". Here's a tidbit:
But when I first started, the idea of rejection made me want to back away from the starting line, strip off my track shoes, and pretend I’d never thought of competing to win the race in the first place.
This is the story of how I got over that.
Please come on over to Ralene's place and read the rest!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

backpacking in the Sierra Nevada

That picture up there? That's where I got to be this past week.

It's Cliff Lake, a six-mile or so hike into the Dinky Lakes Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada. 

It was beautiful.

I went there on a three-day backpacking trip with my dad and brother. The company was great and the location could not be beat.

We hiked. We camped. We read.

We read a lot. (This is my family, after all.)

I swam across the lake, which wasn't nearly as cold as I expected it would be at 9000+ feet above sea-level.

And as you can see in the picture, around sunset, I wrapped myself up in the wool shirt I'd borrowed from my husband, and watched the sky change colors.

In fact, my dad and brother and I all watched it together. For about two straight hours, we just sat, mostly in silence, and watched what the changing light did on the water, and the air, and the rocks.

It was beautiful.

I'm glad to be home. 

But I want to go back.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Post over at Genesis 5020

Today I'm delighted to be featured on Genesis 5020. Here's a snippet:
I think God regularly uses the evil of this fallen world to turn us more and more towards His own goodness. In a way, that really comforts me, because I have faith that whatever trial I’m in, He won’t allow it to be wasted. It’ll never be meaningless. (I think meaninglessness might scare me more than anything.)
To read more, please come on over here. Thanks!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Links - Screen Time, the neuroscience of CrossFit, and more!

Some good reading from around the Web for your weekend:

"Parenting Advice on Screen Time":
There are NO well-designed, well-executed empirical studies on how much is too much screen time in terms of video games. So parents are out of luck gleaning any “hard” advice in that domain from the research literature. There’s plenty of media hype, but none is based on good data. TV is the only exception and indeed less is best . . .
"CrossFit, neuroscience, surviving the zombie apocalypse: Is your workout a fraud?":
The modern gym has been deliberately designed to not require any coordination, accuracy, agility, or balance. The attributes of fitness that bind the body and brain together have become the exclusive province of athletes, dancers, and the few lucky children who still climb trees, pop bicycle wheelies, and hang upside down from monkey bars. The stripping-away of coordination, accuracy agility and balance from physical culture – from our modern notion of fitness – has made us weaker, because power, the ability to apply maximum force, requires neural circuitry that’s impossible to develop on a pulley cable.
"This is what happens in your brain when you’re writing": I found this article really interesting - esp. the differences between the brains of experienced writers vs. inexperienced writers.

"Unhappy Hipsters": hat tip to Anne Kennedy. This link has had me laughing for over a day now!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Daybook for Monday, July 14, 2014

outside my window . . . it's incredibly gloomy for the middle of the summer. And it's so nice. The clouds aren't keeping us from enjoying the pool or the green grass or the flitting of hummingbirds here and there.

As far as I'm concerned, the clouds can stay.

 I am listening to . . . Mumford and Sons.

 I am wearing . . . jeans, a sleeveless tee, and no jewelery except for my wedding set. It's a day for work.

 I am so grateful for . . . my mother-in-law watching the kids for a few hours. For seeing my own mom this morning. For having my grandma and cousin in town last week. For a husband who will come home in a few hours with a smile and a kiss for me. For my brother, for my dad, for my sister. For my growing, gorgeous kids. For family, just all around.

 I am reading . . . an old Bujold novel. Perfect.

 I am creating . . . the first chapter of a new story. Always a joy.

 around the house . . . Somehow it seems like the house needs to be eased into summer - along with the people and the schedule. I'm gradually arranging things around here to the way I want them to be this season.

 from the kitchen . . . we're eating lots of cherries and nectarines and watermelons. I'm making baked cheddar chicken chimichangas for dinner tonight.

picture thought . . . Adam in the middle of the King's River, building a cairn: