Category Archives: Keep Reading

What I’ve been reading

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (It’s taking me forever to finish but such a great example of the Christian faith!)

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God (I’m loving this, I simply can’t put it down.)

The American Frugal Housewife (free on Kindle, not very practical for today but interesting to read.)

In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel (I didn’t feel this was as good as the other Mitford novels, but still perfect reading for right before bed.)

Tell me what you are reading!


We started off with having Eggs In A Hole. Or Eggs In A Basket. Or Man In A Boat. I’ve even heard of them being called Toad In A Hole.
I love them!

Morning was beautiful, we had a rock hunt in the yard and then the girls painted the rocks with my last little bit of paint in the house.

(Blurry picture, but very accurate.)

I spent the rest of the day talking to myself. Scolding myself actually.

“I’m so sick of waiting to live. When do we start living? We’ve been packing/moving/packing/moving for over two years now. What gives? When does it end?”
And then I say to myself, “Self, stop complaining. You have a roof over your head. Count your blessings. You are living. This might be the last day. Enjoy it.”
And then Grumpy Self says, “I hope it IS the last day. I’m tired. I don’t feel like a mom. All I feed these little people is PB&J. Our days feel like a Dr. Seuss book and I want out.”
And then I say to Grumpy Me, “The girls love PB&J! And they love Dr. Seuss! You are a mom, every day, like it or not, so be a good one. Circumstance don’t decided that!”
And then Grumpy Self says…
You get the picture.
Do you ever have to chew yourself out?
Then came my least favorite part of the day.
5:00 pm.
Brian asked what I needed. I needed two things. Would he please keep an eye on the popcorn popping while I went to the bathroom and could he take over Lexi’s bedtime.
I couldn’t do it. Not tonight.
As always, because he’s perfect for me, he stepped in and saved the day. (Thanks Hon!)
I gave the big girls some Ginger Honey Tea to soothe their runny noses and sore threats. They sipped on it while I read from Little House on the Prairie.
Maybe I do feel like a mom after all.

What we’re reading

(FYI: Lexi doesn’t read yet.)
Brian is reading:
One Nation Under Gods – A History of the Mormon Church by Richard Abanes
Crazy Horse and Custer – The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose
This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
Elena and Abigail are being read:
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
* Note: After leafing through many different children’s Bibles we usually found ourselves frustrated with how watered down the stories were. Is David really the hero in the story of David vs. Goliath? Of course not, Jesus is! These two children’s Bibles have proven to be deep, truthful, and simple enough for children to understand. We highly recommend them
I am reading:
God is the Gospel by John Piper
Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper
Steady Days by Jamie C. Martin
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn


The weekend is upon us.
Ours will involve a trip to the circus with the big girls, a dinner with friends, and of course church.
I hope your weekend is wonderful, sorry I didn’t blog much this week but I’m engrossed in a book. Two books, really. Both good and both hard to put down.
See you next week!

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Books I’ve read lately:
The Guernesey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Schaffer
Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn
The Emancipators Wife by Barbara Hambly
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
Discipline by Elisabeth Elliot
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman
Handmade Home by Amanda Soule
Be Still My Soul by Elisabeth Elliot
Sticky Church by Larry Osborne
Next on my list:
Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Grace Based Parenting by Ted Kimmell
(Sorry I didn’t give you the links. I’m feeling far too lazy for that sort of thing this morning. Right clicking?? Ugh. Exhausting! You’ll have to look them up on Amazon yourself.)
What are you reading?

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday…I’m 25 years young!

Brian bought me something I’ve been wanting for a while, an Amazon Kindle.
I was hesitant when I first heard about it, I need the feel of a book in my hands. I also assumed that the screen would glare like a computer, iPod, or TV. Not at all relaxing like a good book right before bed.
But then I saw one, I held one, and there was no glare. It looks like a book. It’s lightweight, and it opens up a world of possibilities for me.
I love to read, which in Paraguay means that we pay a lot of money to ship down heavy books.
Now, with my new toy I have thousands of inexpensive books at my fingertips.
I’m currently reading Emma by Jane Austen (a free Kindle book!) and loving the Kindle.
To all you readers, what do you think? Would you want a Kindle? Or do you need the smell and feel of real paper?

Makings of our days.

Dirty dishes.

Baking. (That explains the dirty dishes)

“Cooking” little people. (Apparently, we’re becoming cannibals.)

“Reading” to each other.

Disciplship class with Daddy. (Best Husband and Daddy of the World. No doubt about it.)

Lots of snacks.

Marriage Tips

Just a few things that work out well for us. 🙂

1. Drink coffee together.

2. Watch funny Youtube videos and laugh till you snort.

3. Kiss.

4. Talk to each other about books you are reading.

5. Hug.

6. Cook together.

7. At home date night, once a week.

8. Don’t fight.

9. Take pictures of each other making funny faces.

10. Read Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne and figure out which character your spouse is. (I’m Piglet with a bit of Tigger, he’s Rabbit with a bit of Tigger as well.)


I do read. I really do! I just haven’t posted about it in a while. I’m currently reading Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
It’s very exciting and beautifully written. I’m guessing that’s why it’s a classic.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Wake up,” she cried, “Peter Pan has come and he is to teach us to fly.” (pg. 32)

“I want their captain, Peter Pan. ‘Twas he cut off my arm.” He brandished the hook threateningly. “I’ve waited long to shake his hand with this. Oh, I’ll tear him!” (pg. 56)

Then all went on their knees, and holding out their arms cried, “O Wendy lady, be our mother.” (pg 68)

“If you believe,” he shouted to them, “clap your hands; don’t let Tink die.” (pg. 118)

That, is good stuff.

I have to go now…my favorite corner of the house is waiting for me.

I’m glad

I’m glad that I take a lot of pictures.
I’m glad I didn’t finish college.
I’m glad I got married young.
I’m glad I don’t fit into my wedding dress anymore.
I’m glad I Twitter.
I’m glad I finished my girls’ baby scrapbooks.
I’m glad I painted my living room walls bright yellow.
I’m glad I take a two hour nap
I’m glad I gave birth to my youngest without drugs.
I’m glad I stay up later than I should reading.
I’m glad I made a healthy whole wheat veggie pizza for lunch.
I’m glad I ate an unhealthy brownie after the pizza.
I’m glad I listen to music with my girls.
I’m glad I left the dishes in the sink last night.
I’m glad I think my Husband is so funny.
I’m glad I’m me.