This week’s

Verse: In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?”—James 2:25

Shame in the news: Monday was the birthday of the late singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain, born in Aberdeen, Washington (1967). His parents divorced when he was seven and the split influenced a lot of pain in his lyrics. “I remember feeling ashamed, for some reason,” he told an interviewer in 1993. “I was ashamed of my parents. I couldn’t face some of my friends at school anymore, because I desperately wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family. Mother, father. I wanted that security…” – from The Writer’s Almanac


Wise Woman: Check out Ann Voskamp, aholyexperience.com. She writes poetically on holy living and family. Her book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, is a New York Times Bestseller and one of the best books out there on gratefulness. Plus her blog has fun freebies — my faves are the “7 Gifts Gratitude Booklet” and the “Joyful Parenting Manifesto”.  

Quote: “There isn’t any room you can’t walk into.” – – Michelle Obama, speaking to the young women in her mentoring group on overcoming their shame and insecurity.

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If you need a break: 



Deal: Giordano’s Pizza has extended their 2012 deal ’til Feb 29th. It is a large deep dish or regular cheese pizza, breadsticks, salad, and drinks (if you are in store–no drinks if you pick up). All for $20.12. You can sign up for their email deals through Giordano’s.com. Call ahead to see if you need to have the coupon in hand (I have ordered it twice without needing the coupon.)


Good Laugh: Maya Rudolph as Beyoncè


Movie:  It was released a couple of weeks ago, but Journey 2: the Mysterious Island is a fun family movie.  See it in 3-D if you can. My five year old boy loved it (although there were a couple of parts that made him jump, so if yours is a sensitive 5 year-old or younger, I would not recommend it.) It’s the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth — you do not need to see the first to make sense of the second; it’s not that complicated of a plot 🙂 We rented the first movie from the library and then printed out this Map for him from the Mysterious Island book. It made the Journey 2 movie come to life and now he is dreaming of visiting there one day!


Tid Bit: The Oscars are on Sunday night. Legend has it that a librarian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saw the statuette and said, “Gee! He looks like my Uncle Oscar”… and the name stuck.

Coming up Monday: Warped Womahood.  
May you live Shamelessly this weekend.

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