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Today, may you find a way to count the blessings without discounting the sorrows. May you take a break from trying to boss your personality into being someone she isn’t comfortable being. May you be gentle with yourself, patient with your grief, and slow to move on from your celebrations. May today be the day you catch your breath.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

I Pray You Have a Wilder Imagination by Hilary Yancey, a letter to her unborn baby:

“We think that motherhood and philosophy graduate seminars can’t possibly both be successful; we think that you must choose between art and biology; we think that you cannot travel AND or be married AND or work this challenging job. We teach this to each other, with our well-meaning questions and our expectant looks, with our heartfelt, “But how will that work?” Our imaginations grow small in the shadow of what we think more realistic. I pray that your imagination is wilder than that.”

52 Things Sons Need From Their Moms by Angela Thomas, an excerpt from her new book:

“I just took William to his first day of preschool. Blink. Yesterday, he began his last year of high school. Blink. Blink. And the whole thing went exactly like they said.”

It’s Not Just My Story by Annie Downs for (in)courage, on being single and getting mail from a 12 year old friend:

“And then, as I kept reading, this one little sentence came into view…’I KNOW Jesus is going to bring you the perfect husband one day.’ I was stunned. It was such a beautiful and kind thing to say. It always matters when someone else believes with you.

Cozy Minimalist Course by The Nester – You can still download this course (and take it whenever you’re ready!) for only 29 dollars. To get the discount, you’ll need to use the link I offer here, then enter “emily freeman” as the one who referred you. You’re gonna love it!