Skip to main content

January Titles

Stanley Park on a clear January day

This month was a good reading and knitting month. I had high hopes of finishing my daughter's Christmas 'wear' present before, ahem, Christmas, but it didn't happen. I lost steam. The project had been sitting for a few weeks and I picked it up again with a determined pace and now I'm nearly done. I have a few more hours. I'll post the pictures once she's wearing it. It's probably my best clothing item yet. Anyway. Books! That's was the other half of my free time in January. Here are my takes on the titles I finished this month. 

*The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
This little pocket book was picked up at my favorite bookstore back in my hometown of Lincoln, Indigo Bridge Books. I had a $20 gift certificate to spend there. I had heard of Brother Lawrence before, mostly as someone who seems to be quoted a lot in the book genre I read the most. This tiny book was no more than 100 pages. Included are letters from Brother Lawrence to friends, writings of his (that he never wanted published) on how to communicate with God every minute of every day, and the life and legacy he lead as a monk. It's a sweet and encouraging read. My six dollars were well-spent.

*Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
This memoir is just under 200 pages and it is a great story of Bolz-Weber's journey to faith. Her chapters are mixed with humor, tragedy, theology, and hope. I couldn't put this book down, and I think I finished it in about three days. I first heard of Nadia and her Denver church, House for All Sinners and Saints, on Krista Tippet's NPR series "On Being". You can listen to her interview here. If you find her interesting from that, you'll love the book. I don't agree with her on everything, but going outside the comfort zone is beneficial.

*The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
This book has been on my list for awhile. It's highly recommended if you get into the Usborne business like I did two years ago. It's a non-fiction work (with 7 updated editions) of statistics showing how reading and reading aloud, especially, helps kids from all demographics. Some of the results of these studies are just mind-boggling. Jim's preaching to the choir with me, but if you want to know what the book is about, hear this: Make it a priority to read aloud to your kids all the time, at every age...even after they can read independently. 

*The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
This is a novel about an English Quaker girl named Honor, struggling to find her place in America, while helping slaves escape via the Underground Railroad near liberal Oberlin, Ohio. Chevalier often uses a piece of artwork (in her story "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" it was Vermeer's painting with the same name) and this story was based on the traditional Ohio Star quilt pattern, among other English quilt styles of the times. I read everything from Tracy Chevalier's, because of her imagination to recreate a historical world within a narrative. This book did not disappoint, and I highly recommend it if you like historical fiction.

I'm currently in the middle of Julia Cameron's "The Right to Write", Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman's "Nurture Shock", Randy Alcorn's "Heaven" (my bible study's book for this semester), and Jennifer Worth's "Call the Midwife", all of which I'm really enjoying. I put down Call the Midwife for a bit, since I own it, and all my library requests came in at the same time. I've got "The Fault in Our Stars"  (young adult fiction) and "Stag's Leap" (poetry) up next. 


Hena Tayeb said…
Great list.. will have to check some of these out.

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

The Rule of Threes

Costco aftermath
This is what my kitchen looks like for at least an hour after a Costco trip. I haul in everything after an exhausting journey through the busiest store (seemingly) in this country and I just can't do a dang thing more. For an hour. While I get a breather. And eat some obligatory reward chocolate. Eventually I'll get to those piles and everything will be put in it's proper place, but usually it stays like this for that necessary hour. 
                                                                          *** I don't think I'm alone in sensing that our culture has gone hog-wild with unrealistic expectations in just about every department, and I want to tell my friends, and anyone else who will listen, that we can only do so much in a day.  My husband once told me a friend of his pondered the busy-ness of our modern lives and said something to the effect of, "God gives us just enough time in the day to do only the things we need to do." …

17 in 2017 // What Happened? What Didn't?

one of Ani's goals: learning to bake!
This year was a great one--we did SO much as a family and I really think by setting up some 'Things to Do' with the kids in my goal list for 2017, we made them happen rather than thinking we could do them 'someday'. We traveled a lot in 2017; we hit every state on the West Coast including Alaska! We started our 6th year of homeschooling and went a bit rogue in a few subjects like Math. I started and finished a beloved book series with the kids. There were a few things that didn't happen because of circumstances, but almost everything else DID happen, and I'm proud of that! Intentions + action for the win! 

What Happened

*Learn to make pakora and butter chicken (crock pot): This might be cheating but a friend of mine sells Epicure spice blends and they just came out this past year with a pakora packet. It's healthy, fast, gluten-free, and delicious and I'm counting it! I also made the most delicious butter chicken…