Pick of the Clicks 05/15/15

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First up, this beautiful ad from Brazil (Kleenex Alert):

Next: I had a bunch of things go up elsewhere on the web this week: I linked to them on my Facebook page and via Twitter, but if you didn’t see them there, here they are:

A guest post at the lovely Cara Strickland’s about my Oupa and his love of word play. I cried writing this: such precious memories of a truly remarkable man: Of Muddled Words and Fairy Tales.

For Every Mom picked up my 48 Potty Training Tips from the World’s Worst Potty Trainer post. (And if you want to know the amazing story of what happened with potty training our 3rd kid, you can read the follow up here.)

Over at Start Marriage Right: Sleep Your Way To A Happier Marriage.

One of the celebrated perks of marriage is that you finally get to sleep together. Ten years in, what we’re learning is this: marriage is a lot more perky when you actually get to sleep together, too.Between all the xxx’s and ooo’s of your marriage, make sure you get enough zzz’s too.
 Over at the Passing the Saltshaker blog: Is complementarianism a “gospel issue”? (and thus worth parting ways over?)
Last week at SheLoves, just in time for the sentimentality of Mother’s Day, I wrote a love letter to my daughter’s blankie (which had me in tears writing it, too).
Sheesh: and while I’m sharing my sentimental side – this went up at my friend Julie Holly’s Peacequility Blog: Sleep Grins and Safe Arms (a reflection on a moment of joy in the hellish first weeks of new motherhood)
And here on this blog: a question from a reader in the ‘ask me anything’ series: Ask me: About Shame, S*x Toys and Panicked Friends.
Then, other FANTASTIC things from elsewhere on the web…
If you haven’t yet seen Korean Artist Puuung’s artistic descriptions of What Real Love Looks Like, go immediately and look at these. They are gorgeous. (And then, read Jen Michel’s excellent reflections on love in marriage here).
This, from Bryan Reeves, is worth reading and thinking about: One Thing That Women Are Afraid Of In Men (It’s Not Aggression).
This is the funniest Myers Briggs thing I have come across EVER: The Definition of Hell for Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type by Heidi Priebe. My husband is an INTP, and this was his:
You are eternally condemned to researching an extremely vapid topic using wildly inaccurate methods, mostly involving interviewing people who have no idea what they’re talking about.
This is mine:
Somebody is wrong, and they’re directing a large group of people! You can’t do anything about it and will have to obey whatever inefficient policies they decide to implement.
Speaking of other fun things on the web, this interactive thingy from TIME to Find Out What Your Name Would Be If You Were Born Today is really fun. In the year I was born, my name was the 693rd most popular. If I were born today, that means my name would be Abril. Such fun.
Joshua Becker’s list of 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Own is an eye-opener. Like, WHOA.
Hannah Anderson’s essay Pulling Together: Marriage, Ministry and Calling is worth a read. She draws a distinction between women ministering THROUGH their husbands vs TO their husbands. Very important  difference.
“… too often, we think of a woman as the coal car that fuels the man’s mission; in reality, she is a strong, second engine tasked with the same mission that he is.)
If you love to read, you MUST, MUST, MUST check out Modern Mrs Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. Oh my word. Such treasures here. CAN’T. WAIT. I just finished reading one of the books on her list, Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill – a book so well written it almost made me feel I should never write another sentence again because she has written all the good ones that will ever be written.
I am so proud of my friend, Jamie Calloway-Hanauer, for this post up at Rage Against the Minivan: What I want you to know about losing a child. Jamie lost her son to SIDS, and 18 years later, this is her heart…
I LOVE these empathy cards by Emily McDowell, a cancer survivor who designs cards she wishes she’d received from friends and family. This is my favorite:
Jon Acuff’s advice in 20 Things Nobody Tells You When You Graduate College is spot on.
And Esther Emery’s essay Sitting on a Bench With Emily Freeman is lovely, gentle and wise. I’ve felt this way so many times: not making an overture to connect with someone..
“I have never bothered to show her my face…. I have already decided for her, that she wouldn’t like me Before she ever had a chance to decide for herself.”
Yes! Yes! Yes! to Rick Steve’s Traveling opens your mind and heart to the world’s challenges. If we’re going to travel (as opposed to giving all we own to every cause that comes our way, as our guilty consciences suggest we should) THIS is worth keeping in mind.
What caught your attention this week, friends? Leave a comment and share your treasures!

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