On Saturday I just like to put up a big “link” post with stuff I found interesting around the web this week, to give you something to read.
First, the humour.
I have a running theme on my Facebook Page called “Dear Weird Internet Marketers”. I receive a lot of emails from companies hoping that I’ll write a post about their product, and whenever their product is especially odd–or offensive–it goes up on Facebook. So, here, for instance, is one:
They’re not always that depressing, but they’re always something odd.
So last night I posted, “Dear Weird Internet Marketers: No, I am not interested in an article on how “Poo Pourri” makes your farts not smell as bad.”
But then a ton of people commented saying that the commercial for that is really quite funny–and that it works! So here, for your viewing pleasure, is Poo Pourri:
And you can find it on Amazon here!
My Daughter Starts Studying
As many of you know, my oldest daughter Rebecca has been away at university for two weeks now. And here’s her latest blog post, which is really quite funny, on how she fails at studying. Read to the end to see the tie in with the above subject matter.
A Serious Warning–Don’t Put It On Film. Seriously.
And now for something completely different.
There’s a big story in the news about a woman who, in her early twenties, let her then-boyfriend take naked pictures and videos of her. After they broke up, the boyfriend released those pictures on the net. And she is now suing, trying to get the law changed so that naked pictures of someone cannot be disseminated without their consent.
I get asked on this blog a lot, “is it okay to take pictures with my husband?” I don’t think it’s wrong–although I do think it can be dangerous if your husband has been addicted to porn. It’s just kind of making you into what he saw then.
But it’s not just a moral question; it’s a practical one. Even if your marriage is rock solid, phones get stolen. Computers get stolen. Kids can see stuff! Don’t run the risk. And if you’re not on rock solid marital footing–or if you’re not married at all–don’t even think about it. It’s too dangerous. We need to get real about the dangers of social media. It’s a different world out there now.
A Feel Good Story
I wrote earlier this month about my son’s death. I do every year on the anniversary. Christopher had what was called hypoplastic left heart, meaning that only half of his heart was really developed.
A few years after he died, pediatric heart surgeons at Harvard performed the first in-utero surgery to fix the heart before the baby was born. And that baby survived! I was so happy for that family.
That surgery is still really risky, very specialized, and not performed very often. But the fact that we’re heading in that direction, I think, is encouraging.
Here’s another great story: U.S. Congress Representative Jamie Herrera-Beutler recently gave birth to a daughter with Potter’s Syndrome–meaning her daughter didn’t have kidneys. That has always been fatal. When she and her husband learned of the baby’s condition after an ultrasound, they chose not to abort (we did the same thing with Christopher).
But they tried a new procedure where they injected certain hormones into her amniotic fluid at key times, and voila! She still needs dialysis until a kidney donor can be found, but apparently she’s doing well. Praise God!
Some New Reader Emails about 31 Days to Great Sex
I received a whole bunch this week from people working through my book 31 Days to Great Sex, which helps couples walk step by step towards creating a more intimate relationship in all ways: spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Here’s one email:
I am reading “31 days…” I am on “challenging the lies” & I am almost in tears! I cannot escape these lies. But now I have truth to crush these lies. I cannot fathom that God would allow me to have this much pleasure with my hubby. But I am sure am going to try now that I know HE DID create me this way! Thanks!
And here’s a woman who just finished (mom of a whole bunch of kids, who homeschools):
I’ve just reached the end of your 29 days and what a difference it has made in my marriage. We just went from 3-4 times a month to 6 times this week!! I find the more I take time to think about sex and communicate a message or 2 to him during the day, I have increased my sex drive and actually WANT it every night if he is willing and I have found a night of him being too tired yet I also had to apologize to him and face issues on why I was withholding sex from him or feeling annoyed by him always wanting it. I have wanted to overcome it for so long, because even with my bad attitude, he pleases me and takes his time every single time! I found myself asking myself, “Why do you fight it when it is so amazing in the end?” Just watched your video on going in the pool and I am the same way with both topics!! LOL I have decided to jump in and also initiate and found myself more aroused lol. Funny how Satan wanted me to live a passionless marriage. So glad I found your blog searching for help to be better to my husband. He has been much more affectionate, loving, holding hands also. He has forgiven me. I no longer hide under the sheets, but tell him, if you like what you see, then I won’t hide the only naked body your allowed to see from you anymore. I got out of the car yesterday to buy some Astroglide for a quickie but chickened out and got back in the car. But I confessed it to him last night, so maybe he will pick it up or I can ask him if I can run out again. I also have a “Secret” text # to send him messages or be open to send them to me. Yesterday I text him, “So I was reading this blog and it suggested I be willing to try anything once…hmm” He text me back, “Hey I’m trying to work…LOL” And was home extra early that day LOL. Thank you Thank you Thank you for your willingness to talk about it. I was unwilling to try new things because I wanted to be a “good girl” but have found great joy in being brave in trying new things now and the results are amazing for both of us!!
That’s so cool! And that’s exactly what I wanted from it. So if you keep reading about 31 Days, but you haven’t bought your copy yet, what are you waiting for? It’s only $4.99! And it will help you communicate more, flirt more, and explore more!
Take 10 Seconds and Vote for Me?
Circle of Moms is having a contest for the Top 25 Canadian Mom Blogs. I don’t need to win–I just need to make sure I’m in the top 25, because it gets me a lot of exposure to moms who aren’t necessarily Christian. So it’s a great outreach! Anyway, if you can take 10 seconds and vote for To Love, Honor and Vacuum I’d appreciate it! You can vote once a day until the contest ends later this month.
Have any things you read this week that stood out to you? Share them in the comments!