Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

We've had another good week this week except for John working so much.  Hopefully, that will be over very soon!  Here are a few things from this week for which I want to thank God:

  • clothes that fit (and even ones that are too small :)  )
  • swimming lessons...
  • that are almost over!
  • a babysitter who can come on a weekday.
  • lunch with a new friend...
  • without children...
  • which means adult conversation!
  • ice cream in the freezer.
  • an understanding husband.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow -- even the ones that are unlooked for and unasked for.

For what are you thankful this week?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

In this third Drew Farthering book, an old flame approaches the protagonist when she is accused of murder.  Of course, Drew's fiancĂ© does not like this turn of events but is determined to help Drew solve the mystery of who killed the stage owner/leading man...and to get it done before their wedding!

I enjoyed this book with its setting in Britain in the early 1930's.  Drew's and Madeleine's relationship is sweet and appropriate, and the other characters are believable and interesting.  The first two books in this series were also interesting reads.  I recommend this series if you're looking for light-hearted, good, clean fun.

I want to thank Bethany House for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: Get to Know King David by Nancy I. Sanders

Get to Know King David by Nancy I. Sanders tells the story of David beginning with his anointing as king and continuing through God's promise to send the Messiah through his line.   Some of the stories are shortened and edited for younger readers, like David's adultery with Bathsheba, but David's love for God is clearly portrayed.  The book includes many interesting facts about ancient Israel as well as pictures of what it looks like now.  And Sanders adds some of David's own words from the Psalms as she relates each story so we can know really what David thought.

My children enjoyed this book.  Of course, their favorite chapter was the one where David killed Goliath, but what child doesn't like that story?  My only criticism was that it was hard to read sometimes because it was geared toward younger readers -- short, choppy sentences.  But I liked the way David's story was told, and I'm sure I'll read it again to my children.  I especially appreciated how God's salvation plan through Jesus Christ is tied back to David; I think that was my favorite chapter!  :)

I want to thank BookLook Bloggers for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finished Object Friday: A Blue Knitted Baby Blanket

I feel like lately I've just been making baby blankets for girls, so I really wanted to do something blue.  I found this pattern in this book, and it turned out to be easier and quicker than I expected.  Wasn't that nice?!

I made this blanket small (like I usually do) so that it can be used in a bassinet or car seat because I enjoyed that size, and I hope that others do, too.  Since I don't have any plans for this blanket (none of my friends are pregnant with a boy), I will probably just donate it to our local pregnancy center.  I had fun knitting it, and that was enough.

Have you worked on anything "crafty" lately?  Please share!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Swimming Lessons and More

I wish had some pictures of my children swimming, enjoying their lessons, but I forget.  We started our second round of lessons this week, and they are doing great!  Mary is the only one not taking lessons, but she didn't need another Water Tots class.  She loves the pool and cries when I don't put her bathing suit on.  Here are a few more things for which I'm thankful this week:
  • The end is in sight for John's turnaround.  We're not sure exactly when it will be over, but it's coming.  Finally!
  • IHOP's 56th birthday celebration on Tuesday.  Short stacks were only $0.56 so the five of us (John couldn't make it) ate for $3.03 not including tip.
  • The mosquitoes didn't arrive until last week.  They're bad enough to keep us holed up in the house, but they were late this year.  Last year, they got bad at the beginning of June.
  • Air conditioning.  Need I say more?
  • New legos (that my children bought with their own money) that keep them busy for hours.
  • Of course, for God's mercy which He lavishly bestows upon me.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
For what are you thankful this week?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going Through My Library This Weekend

Last week was a busy one for us with CC Practicum on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and then John's birthday was Thursday.  We had swimming lessons the two weeks before that one, so we've been pretty busy lately.  Finally, on Friday we had a day with (gasp!) nothing to do!

I got started going through the library while my children played happily.  It seemed like they were happy to be home, too, for a day of rest.  I started by sorting through my homeschool books by whether we will use them this year or not.  I moved the ones upstairs that we won't need this year to get them out of the way.

Then I started pulling my books to the front of the shelves.  Someone (probably several "someones") keeps pushing them back against the wall.  And I realized that I didn't have enough room for all of my books; some were resting on top waiting for places.  So I pulled a few books out that I would like to read to my children and made room.

Now for the fun part!  Things were still going well, so I decided to tackle my "to read" books.  I probably have about forty books waiting to be read, in three different stacks.  I sorted through them and divided them generally by topic and found places for them to wait to be read in my shelves.

Saturday was another quiet day at home, and I decided to tackle my crochet books.  I've been accumulating them for almost a decade, and I had some that I don't need/want anymore.  Thankfully, there are several people on PaperBackSwap who want these books.  Whoohoo!  More books for me!

Now I smile whenever I walk into my library!  There is an order to my books, and they look so much neater.  However, I do realize that no one else might notice the difference!

In case you're wondering what kind of order I keep my books in, here it is:  Most of my books are alphabetized by author.  I have a section for biographies, though.  There are a couple of other sections, too:  one for John's and my school books, one for my crochet books, and one for Bibles that we don't use regularly.

Did you enjoy this post?  Do you enjoy your books as much as I do?  How do you have your books sorted?

Soon I need to go through my old crochet magazines.  Any suggestions?  Tear out the patterns I like and toss the rest?  Keep the whole thing?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Happy Birthday, John!

Today is my sweet, wonderful husband's birthday! We have been married for 13 and a half years, and honestly I cannot remember what life was like before that. Actually, I do remember a little bit: it was awfully lonely. Here are just a few of the reasons that I love my husband:
  • He is a godly man.
  • He loves our children and me more than himself.
  • He is a great husband.
  • He is a wonderful father.
  • Our children adore him.
  • He supports me in my role as a wife and mother, and never, ever makes me feel bad for staying home with our children.
  • He's awfully handy, like when he built the chicken coop and swing set.
God has blessed us in other ways this week, too.  We spent three days at a Classical Conversations Practicum where I learned more about CC and its vision for our children which was really neat.  The children had so much fun at CC camp; this was the first time they had done anything like this, and it was a wonderful experience for them.  One of those small things that God likes to orchestrate was that Rachel's teacher has a daughter recovering from melanoma.  So she understands the importance of not getting too much sun.  Since many people don't understand (or think I'm being paranoid), it was so nice to leave Rachel in this woman's hands and not worry about anything.  

Today we're spending a relatively quiet day since we're all tired!  The five of us from camp and John from working so much.

What are you thankful for this week?