Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am telling myself this will be the year I have a garden. I am dreaming of this:
The teacher sent a rat book with the rats. Here is an excerpt from the book:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
-W. Somerset Maugham
Have I mentioned how much I love my husband? How I know I was meant to be his wife? How I believe we have a great future? I am so thankful for him.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Caleb's blue eyes
Breakfast with hot tea
Boys playing with Dad
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I love to read and I love books, but I also like to be frugal, so I get my books where I can. I find books at garage sales, thrift shops, and on clearance. So some of my favorite books of 2009 were published years before. I also buy books with birthday money, put books on my Christmas list, and occasionally splurge and buy a new book. Two of these books I won in a giveaway too! The books are:
- The Cay by Theodore Taylor This is a children's book, but every adult should read it! This story of a boy who is shipwrecked on an island with an old man is quite moving. When they encounter unexpected danger on the island I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen.
- The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse This is another children's book. In this book a young girl, who has been raised by dolphins is found and rescued. The book explores what it means to be human. I thought the book was both heartbreaking and hopeful.
- Night by Elie Wiesel A sad and tragic book, yet one that must be read to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust.
- Embrace Me by Lisa Samson I love this book! It is well written, thought provoking, and is filled with themes of hope, redemption, forgiveness, and God's love. One of my all time favorite books!
- Girl Meets God: A Memoir by Lauren F. Winner I found this book at a thrift shop and it sounded interesting. And it was! It's the story of a girl who converts to Christianity after being an Orthodox Jew. In it she states, "I was courted by a very determined carpenter from Nazareth." I enjoyed following her spiritual journey. Published by the mainstream market, you will not find this book in a Christian bookstore, but the book definitely points you to Jesus.
- Home Another Way by Christa Parrish I get so, so excited when I discover a new Christian author and their work is exceptional! I loved Home Another Way! It is a beautiful story of forgiveness, grace, and mercy.
- My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay Another great new Christian author. This is the story of a teenager who goes on a missions trip and gets caught in the middle of violence in that country. She, along with other teenagers on the missions trip, have to fight for their lives. This book was hard to put down, as I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
- The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards I think I picked this book up for a quarter but it is well worth paying full price for it. It follows the life of a family and the effects of one life-changing decision. It also explores the terrible effects of a lie. While this book does not offer hope like some of the other books on this list, it does affirm life and how everyone is valuable.
- After the Leaves Fall and Summer Snow by Nicole Baart Here is one more new talented Christian author. I follow her blog and right before Christmas I won both of these books in a giveaway! They came in the mail on Christmas Eve. It was a great present! On to the books. They are both wonderfully written and thought provoking and explore the themes of grief, redemption, and forgiveness.
- The Shadow Women by Angela Elwell Hunt Angela Hunt is one of my favorite Christian writers. She has written a ton of books, so varied but all so excellent. This book is the story of the women in Moses life. It is written from the perspective of Moses' sister, Miriam, Moses' Egyptian mother, and Moses' wife, Zipporah. This book brought this familiar story to life and made me look at it in a different way. A great read!
Caleb gathered his favorite books of 2009. Not surprisingly they are all about adventure and excitement. They are:
Lukey wanted to be included, too. Lukey's favorite books all feature cats except one with a squirrel.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
While we are painting Luke has been spending hours riding his trike on the driveway. He will come check our progress every 15 minutes or so and say,
"Great painting Mama!"
"It's looking good Dad!"
So Sweet! Lukey the encourager!
Friday, January 1, 2010
In February I felt adventurous and got a short haircut.
In March we enjoyed our trip to San Antonio.
In April Lukey was mischievous.
In May a roller coaster almost got the best of Caleb.
In June we had a pool problem.
In July we had a delightful 4th of July.
In August we went to a baseball game.
In September I had a big argument with hubby over a Snuggie.
In October I got two Snuggies.
In November the boys were busy drawing.
And in December the boys and I were so proud of Dad.