Top 3 on Tuesday: Rage Against the Minivan

You might not have

             definitely did not

probably didn’t notice this, but for the last four weeks, my blog has had weekly themes.  First, it was suffering.  Then it was the Spirit-filled life (or something like that).  Next, it was “Our Small World.”  This week, it’s a literary theme.  Yesterday’s post featured In the Lake of the Woods and Lord of the Flies.  I also have a post coming about The Berenstain Bears (yes, really).   Plus, there’s one where I gush about how The Hunger Games challenged me in the area of time management.  (Hmm…just trust me that these will be more riveting than they sound.)

In the meantime, I realized that I did not have a suitable Top 3 on Tuesday entry, as none of the blogs I read are literary-minded, and you know how I love thematic unity.  Well, then Kristen Howerton, over at Rage Against the Minivan, blogged about The Hunger Games, and I took that as my sign.   I decided that blogging about The Hunger Games qualified her as “literary minded” (ahem), and decided to feature her for this week’s Top 3 on Tuesday.

Plus, I love her blog, and was kind surprised to realize that I hadn’t featured her yet.

But really, her blog isn’t about literature, so much as it is about adoption, motherhood, and social issues.  She has adopted two children, one from foster care and one from Haiti.  She also has her graduate degree in psychology, and you know how I love psychology.  Plus, she is sarcastic and funny and deep and smart and in short, I like her.  And I’m tired, so that’s all you are going to get from me right now.

So let’s just jump right to my top 3 posts:

1.  here, let me ruin Halloween for you…

This is the one that got me interested in fair trade chocolate.  So yeah…you have her to thank for my current obsession.

2.  the lengths I will go to in order to avoid making a phone call

This is an example of one of her funny ones.  I loved it because I, too, hate making phone calls.  If you don’t hate making phone calls, maybe it won’t be so funny.  But the humor worked for me.

3.  faking it

This is a very sad one about how hard adoption is.  One thing that this blog has done is open my eyes to the emotional difficulty of adoption.  I guess that sounds pretty negative, but it has really helped me to have empathy for people who have adopted and to be a little more aware of some of their typical struggles.  Her descriptions of adoption have really been enlightening for me.

Okay, well, those are my offerings to you this week.

If you want to share anything interesting that you have read, I’m all ears!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ivypants on March 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I LOVE her blog for many reasons and I love her sarcasm. You are the one who introduced it to me via your chocolate post – so thank you!


  2. Posted by bekster081305 on March 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I DID notice the weekly theme! At least I noticed a pattern and wondered if you were doing something deliberate there…

    I don’t have anything profound or interesting to share right now, but I do have two quick, completely random thoughts:

    1) I really want to read the Hunger Games. I have heard nothing but praise for it, and now the movie is coming out (although I won’t get to see it anyway for a long while). I fear that the plot will be spoiled for me on Facebook before I get a chance to experience it for myself. I need to order it and have someone bring it back here for me, but I haven’t brought myself to do it yet.

    2) I think it’s cool that adoption seems to be more common lately (at least that’s what I perceive). Numerous couples that I know personally have done it, so now it seems more “doable” to me. (No, I’m not looking into it myself at this point, but I’m open to it if God ever calls me to do it.) I just think it’s a really good thing, and I’m glad that people do it.

    That’s all.


  3. Posted by Tim on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the links, Kim. I’d forgotten how engaging RAtM can be, and each one of those was a treat in its own way.


    P.S. Thanks too for visiting my piece at The Radical Journey yesterday. I responded there to your kind and really thoughtful comment.


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