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Just a sprinkle of pixie dust…

February 24, 2013

Just a sprinkle of pixie dust...

“There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
-Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I love having this boy in the kitchen with me

January 30, 2013

Thaddeus, the can opener, and the cabinet latch. I have no idea how or why. (January 29, 2013)

2013 Book List, Part 1

January 17, 2013

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Parenting

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches – Rachel Jankovic

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Grace-Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel

 

Jesus and the Church

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches – Russell D. Moore

The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning I never finished this in 2012, but I LOVED it. I have to start over to soak it all in again. 

Who Is My Neighbor? – Wayne Gordon

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World – Bob Goff (I’ve already started this, and I LOVE it.)

Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? – Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo

 

Fiction

Whatever Becky recommends I read next after Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie – Ayana Mathis

 

Memoir, Faith, and Life

Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

All Is Grace – Brennan Manning

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown

 

Circle of Quiet – Madeleine L’Engle 

Tide-Me-Over Tuesday

January 15, 2013

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Thanksgiving 2012, Alexandria

 

I love this man.

January 14, 2013

IMG_1744Scott, a willing participant and human bucket during Thaddeus’ crazy piling project

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. 
-Jim Valvano

*****

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Basking in the sunset, Hawaii 2012

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

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My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.
Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”
“We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply.
“We’re raising boys [and girls].” 

-Harmon Killebrew

Books: What I read, what I didn’t, and what I loved

January 12, 2013

What I Read (and didn’t read) in 2012

Below is the list of books I wanted to read in 2012. I didn’t get through as many as I had hoped since I couldn’t get them through the library. But now that I received a few for Christmas (yes!), I’ll be able to read many of them in early 2013.

Parenting

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches – Rachel Jankovic

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Grace-Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele FaberElaine Mazlish

Playful ParentingLawrence J. Cohen

ScreamFree Parenting – Hal Edward Runkel

How to Really Parent Your Child: Anticipating What a Child Needs Instead of Reacting to What a Child Does – Ross Campbell

Jesus and The Church

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches – Russell D. Moore

Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living – Tom Davis

When Helping Hurts – Steve CorbettBrian Fikkert 

Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As an Ordinary Radical – Shane ClaiborneJohn Perkins

The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning I never finished this, but I LOVED it. I have to start over to soak it all in again. 

Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others – Todd D. Hunter

A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars – Jonathan Merritt

Nutrition

Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right – Joel Fuhrman

Inspiration

Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd – Sue Monk Kidd

One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp

The Wounded Healer –  Henri J. M. Nouwen

Creation Care

Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People – Scott C. Sabin

Fiction

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 

Favorites of 2012

I hate picking favorites, so it was tough to narrow it down to this list. Certainly I’ve missed something; so, as always, you’re invited to checkout my Shelfari page for more books and summaries of the ones listed below.

 

 

First Snow: October 25, 2012

October 25, 2012

“Did you hear the snow against the window-panes, Kitty? How nice and soft it sounds!
Just as if someone was kissing the window all over outside.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?
And then it coves them up snug, you know, with a white quilt;
and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep my darlings, till the summer comes again.’”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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