Bug’s Birthday Eve – A List of Sorts

1 year and 366 days ago, Bug arrived.  She was beautiful from the moment I saw her perfect little round face.

Tomorrow we’ll have a very small party, just grandparents, great-grand parents and my sisters – small and non-stressful for the sweet 2 year old.

Friday, we sent cupcakes to school. They were super cute and apparently enjoyed, because the neon green icing was all over Bug’s shirt.

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Here’s a list of things I never thought I’d find in motherhood:

  • Being the most frustrated I’ve ever been, why won’t a 2 year old listen?
  • Feeling the most loved, I’ve ever felt.  She even told me I was pretty!
  • Falling in love with my husband all over again, because he’s such a good Dad.
  • Wondering if I’d ever get a full night’s sleep again.  I’m still wondering….
  • Knowing that with or without sleep, I always get the best hug in the morning.
  • Trying to be a better person for that sweet little Bug.

Blog Tour: Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs, just didn’t do it for me…. in fact, since confession is good for the soul, I didn’t finish it.

Maybe my tastes in books have changed.  I thought I liked historical fiction and use to devour books by John Jakes and the likes.  But lately, the last 5 years or so, I’ve been on a non-fiction diet, biographies tend to be my favorite, but I try to read some fiction to expand my reading library.  I was excited when this book came in the mail – then not so excited as I read the first 50 pages, then the next 25 pages and finally around page 100, I threw in threw in the towel and just decided this book wasn’t for me.

The characters were predictable the story line was predictable and honestly after the first 50 pages, I felt like I could have written the rest of the book.  The book was hard to read and I like fiction that is easy, has a beginning a middle and an end.  Written in the old English left me reading at half the speed I normally do.

I wish the author the best and respect that she’s published 27 books, but maybe this just wasn’t my kind of book.

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781400070015

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Old Men In Coconut Bras and Extra Large Grass Skirts

This week marks the 74th Annual Lions Club Show. This is where you can come see a free variety show, make a donation for a great cause, and see old men in coconut bras and extra large grass skirts.

This show always makes me feel a little giddy, kinda like the first day of vacation, hiking a really good trail or watching the first football game of the season.

Tonight is the last show! It starts at 7:30pm at the Springfield Middle School Auditorium. Come out and support a great charity!

So How Are Your Show Goats?

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Bug walking away

That was a conversation I overheard yesterday. Made me wonder what conversations some one has overhead of mine and if they were taken out of context.  Could my overheard conversations show my true personality? More to that point, do my actions show the true me?  What if my overhead conversations, tweets, facebook status, TV shows I watch, books I read or blog posts were saved then given to my daughter 15 years from now – would I be proud?  I hope the answer is a resounding yes.

Book Review: Mother-Daughter Duet by Cheri Fuller & Ali Plum

By Cheri Fuller & Ali PlumI really, really wanted to like this book.  As, I’ve mentioned before, I love non-fiction books.  Most non-fiction books make me want to read and never stop, but not this one.

When I found out I was pregnant with my sweet toddler I read every book about pregnancy, the child-birth process and of course followed by an array of books about infants, feeding, even making your own baby food!  As my infant has turned into a toddler, I’ve looked for resources that I can read to help me understand the mother-daughter dynamic.  I like the author want to have a great, not just good, relationship with my little one – but this book did not give me the road map.

There were a few things I liked about this book:

  • Written by a Mom & Daughter team. Each chapter starts with the Mom giving her view-point, followed by the Daughter’s perspective, then a Harmony section written by both Mom & Daughter.  While this is an interesting concept, it didn’t make for an easy read, book didn’t seem to flow well.
  • Excellent quotes at the beginning of each chapter. This book did an excellent job of starting each chapter with an awesome quote about motherhood, being a daughter or the struggles and joys of each.  I’m a sucker for a good quote!

This book just stopped short of providing the road map I’m seeking.  Most of the chapters repeat the same information and share similar stories that by the middle of the book the stories are tired.  If you’ve read a good book about this topic, please leave me a comment and give me the title!

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601421623&ref=externallink_mlt_motherdaughterduet_sec_0119_01

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

http://www.RandomHouse.com

Book Review: Dancing with My Father by Sally Clarkson

I read a lot and my passion is non-fiction.  I love the way that a non-fiction book makes me feel, like I’m learning something new with the turn of each page.    Rarely though do I read a non-fiction book that makes me feel like I’m being hugged with each turn of the page.  Enter, “Dancing with my Father” by Sally Clarkson.

Sally’s book is a winding road of hugs, each page rivaling the last to give a book full of reminders of how special each of us are to our Heavenly Father.  This book was amazing!  Sally talks about her struggles, triumphs and her daily walk with Christ and how we, the readers, can strengthen our walk.

My copy of the book looks like an old favorite book with dog-eared pages, underlines, post it notes and highlighted passages throughout.

Here’s a few things I really liked about the book:

  • Book is an easy read.  There’s no going back to re-read a chapter because the language or references were hard to understand.  This book is written in plain English.
  • Questions at the end of every chapter. I’m a sucker for questions at the end of the chapter.  Not that I always answer them or even read them all, but I love that an author takes time to include this for the reader.
  • Prayers at the end of every chapter. Prayer is hard for me.  I’m always self-conscious about my prayers, it is nice when you have an opportunity to read a sincere prayer and make it your own.
  • Author has struggled. The author isn’t writing about the perfect world, but rather the world we live in and how to become a better Christian.  She talks about times when she’s failed.

Sally likens the walk with Christ to a dance with each chapter covering a dance like attribute.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to identify with this structure….I don’t dance and don’t pretend to; however, the book flowed very well and the dancing analogy was a refreshing view point.

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307457066&ref=externallink_wbp_dancingwithmyfather_sec_0119_01

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

http://www.RandomHouse.com