The Lily Cafe Digest #11

The Lily Cafe Digest #11 - catch up on my posts from the past 4 weeks and enjoy some from bloggers I follow

Is it already time for another Digest? Yes, it is! This was a short 4 week round, but July has some big dates for my family, so I’ll be taking the next 2 weeks off.

The past four weeks just flew past. My son virtually graduated from Kindergarten, which was different, but still really nice. The teachers had each student record their favorite memory from Kindergarten and it turned out most of my son’s class, including him, really loved math. Mostly, though, I’m astounded by just how quickly he picked up reading. A year ago we were struggling with letter sounds. Now he randomly reads words all over the place. I’m really excited about this summer because I have so many educational activities planned for us. The school district sent out a workbook to every student, so we’ll be doing workbooks, writing practice, science experiments, typing practice, and so much more. Though I think I’m more excited about everything than my kids are.

I’ve also spent the past 4 weeks working on changing up my blog. It’s been a lot more fun and has given me so much more time to read. Unfortunately, I’m having a hard time getting the final piece going since I’ve been having some tech issues. Sometimes my posts appear in the Reader and sometimes they don’t. I’m not sure what’s going on, but WordPress has been working on it, so I’m grateful for all their help.

And of course I can’t forget the ongoing pandemic and all the protests, but thinking about it all puts my heart, soul, and brain into knots, so I’ve been choosing to keep my head down and focused on my family and ensuring I teach my kids to be loving, kind, and supportive of everyone regardless of how similar or different they are to them.

Check Out the Books I Reviewed, the Book Blog Tours I Participated in, and Guest Posts

Book Reviews: Whammy by Ted Allen|Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara|Still Death by Shauna Bickley|In My Attic by Lina Hansen|Scarlet Odyssey by C. T. Rwizi

Excerpts: They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach by Ivan Brave

Book Blog Tour: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

Catch Up On Queen of the Garden of Girls

Part 30|Part 31|Part 32|Part 33

Enjoy My Ratio Baking Adventures

Another Thing You Can Make With Bread Dough? Buns!|Raisin Buns|When Making Beignets, Flour Will Be Your Best Friend

Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

I have to admit that, with COVID-19 shutting things down and keeping people home, I have been reading tons of blog posts, but haven’t been too focused on noting the posts I enjoy, so I apologize for the short list.

Oh, the injustice from mom-sanity: I’m far from religious, but the Bible still has excellent stories full of lessons. This mom shared one recently and talked about it in terms of worth, entitlement, and focusing on yourself instead of what others think of you.

Blackness in Disney’s the Princess and the Frog: Introducing the Zippy Mae series by A. E. Costello from A. E. Costello: I have never seen the movie and, after reading what this lovely lady had to say about it, I doubt I ever will. This was actually incredibly timely as it was published right around the start of the protests for George Floyd. It examines blackness in literature and film and how starkly different black people are imagined from everyone else. This was such an incredible read that, if you have time to read just one of the posts I link to here, make this one it.

Unconditional Love from Brooke Cutler: Of course it was this beautiful soul who wrote this at a time when protests are erupting across the States! There’s so much intolerance in this world, and she just feels it to her very core and manages to put it back out there wrapped in all the love she has to offer.

5 Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know from Sophie’s Corner: If you’ve ever wanted or thought of being an author, these are some good things to keep in mind!

Finished First Draft of Novel, Editing & Publishing from Kenesha Collins: Some great things to keep in mind when you’ve finished your first draft and are starting to look for an editor.

Throw Back Thursday: How Children Remind Us We Are Free from Boondock Ramblings: I adore this post because 1) it’s cute and 2) because it reminds me of the beautiful exuberance of childhood.

Quaking Soul Update #5 from Jennifer M. Zeiger: This is an update post on a novel Jennifer is working on getting published, but it also has some really good tips for self-publishing.

A Place That Fits – (Children’s) Short Story: I adore Nopoodles’s stories, and this one is just really adorable. It’s perfect for kids and parents. It made my heart melt!

Most Sincerely, kat

You can find a list of all the Digests plus some bloggers I adore over here

4 thoughts on “The Lily Cafe Digest #11

  1. Congrats on the kindergarten graduation!!! It’s so exciting to see them start to read. It’s like watching them learn to talk. You know the world is about to open up for them in a way they’ve never experienced before. Also big thank you for the shout out. I needed something to grab my attention and bring me back to the blogging community. Blogging requires being so much more intentional than Youtube (at least for me) which makes me procrastinate posting. Nothing beats the blogger community though!


    1. Thanks! It really is amazing to have him snatch a book from my hands and start reading to me.

      I was very happy to! I always enjoy your posts whenever you get around to posting one. It can be difficult to work up enough energy to blog, but, I agree, the community is amazing!


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