You guys, life is just funny. I’ve recently realized that when I think I have it all figured out, I really don’t. “Mom life” is like trying to juggle 52 balls in the air, and realizing you can only handle 1 at a time. In reality, for me, that means just as I’m getting the hang of the mom thing, the rest of it just becomes really tough…being a good wife, a healthy cook/eater, keeping our home clean, trying to get the baby weight off [yes, it’s still there, a year later…] and trying to spend time doing things I enjoy like reading and blogging and showering.
Fridays are for fun right?
Well, what’s more fun than books and great products that will make our lives deeper, better and more enjoyable?
Ok, books may not be your idea of fun, but they are most definitely mine. There’s a ton of books and really great products that I’ve recently began reading and using that I’d love to share with you.
I have always LOVED to read. When I was younger I remember being so engrossed in one of the Harry Potter books, (at one of those really intense, “will Harry get killed this time??” moments,) that when my mom opened my bedroom door, I jumped off the bed and the book went flying from my hands. I love getting so lost in a book it felt like you were living life in those pages.
One of my hopes for Knox is that he will fall in love with reading as much as I did. (Looks like he’s well on his way!) I know so much of our culture spends its’ time in front of the TV, but I want him to experience the creativity of picturing what the characters look like, instead of that information being easily provided for him on a screen.
“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them!”
In the constant chase for perfection women find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed. Working women want to take their careers to the next level, but are struggling to “do it all.” Stay-at-home moms look for relief from burning the candle at both ends. Aspiring entrepreneurs and artists seek the courage to jump into a new venture.
Have you ever had an up-against-the-wall moment in your life? Where you feel like you are facing a challenge too difficult to conquer? I have too. I recently read Walls Fall Down by Dudley Rutherford, and feel refreshed, renewed and newly motivated that I can face any obstacle with the help of the Lord.
The secrets to overcoming any obstacle you are facing today are revealed through one of the most extraordinary victories ever recorded—the battle of Jericho.
Jack Chisholm is “the people’s pastor,” who leads a huge megachurch with the famous slogan, “we have got to do better.” He knows how to preach about “doing,” but he knows nothing about grace. When all of the sudden he wakes up from a night of multiple mistakes caught on tape, he looses not only his powerful and famed position of pastor, but his wife and daughter as well.
The one person he doesn’t expect to “rescue” him, does just that: his estranged father.
I FINALLY finished Francine River’s Mark of the Lion series. It may have taken me months to finish them, but they really were great books. As each one came to a finish, I couldn’t put them down. Seriously! I finished the last book Saturday night at 2:15am…which was actually 3:15am (thanks Daylight Savings).
I’m not gonna lie, I’m such a sucker for series.
Maybe it’s because football was on ALLLLLLL day New Year’s Day, maybe it’s because this was a really good book, but I read this entire book in a day and a half. It was light, enjoyable, and happy, the perfect book to start off the New Year.
I won’t give away too much, but one of my favorite parts is that the main character, Samantha Moore, is obsessed with reading the classics, primarily, Jane Austen.
This past year, I did a lot of reading. Especially over the winter when it was football season. Since I’m not as big of a football nut at Stuart, but enjoy spending time with him, I came up with the perfect compromise: to read while he watches football (or golf, or basketball, or volleyball, or baseball…you get the idea.) And as it was my first winter married to Stuart, I had ample time and opportunity to read through lots of books!
I’ve recently been reading a ton. I think mainly because we’ve been traveling a lot, and since you have to turn off all electronics while flying it makes sense to me to bring along a good book. But that’s really just an excuse because I’m a huge not-so-secret book nerd.
About a month ago I read the book, “A Walk Across the Sun.” It follows two young sisters from India, Ahalya and Sita who lose their entire family in a tsunami.