Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Three Months!

This little cutie is now three months old!  Can you believe it?  I can't!  The time is flying by!

I love it when Hannah's smile gets so big that her tongue comes out of her mouth!  Look at those double chins!  And her cheeks are so kissable!

Hannah is sleeping through the night, and she has learned to fall asleep on her own which is such a time saver for me!  She has also started playing on the floor even though I know that will lead to rolling over and then to crawling.  :)

I think we all enjoy our Hannah more and more every day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

April Reading

Since I've been kind of busy lately, I decided to take April and just read fiction.  Some of it was good, and some of it wasn't.  And some was, well, different.  :)  I have several non-fiction books waiting on my shelf, though, and I can't wait to dive in!
  • The Only Best Place by Carolyne Aarsen.  When Leslie's husband's shop goes out of business, they move with their two children back to the town where he grew up and where all of his family live.  His family don't approve of Leslie, so she doesn't like them.  As the year goes by, Leslie is forced to work on her relationships with her husband and his family as she also comes to see what Christ did for her.  I really enjoyed this book about a married couple learning to appreciate each other again.
  • The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.  Apparently, this book is the only one Montgomery wrote for adults.  Valancy leads a dull, drab life doing what everyone else wants her to do until she receives a fatal diagnosis.  Then she decides to live life to the fullest, shocking everyone around her because it's so out of character.  While this book starts off a little slowly, it is a wonderful story, and it's a little deeper than her children's books.
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  I was given this book, or I wouldn't have read it, honestly.  While there is something about curmudgeon Ove that I liked at the beginning, there was a lot that I didn't.  :)  But the more I read this book about a man wanting to die, and how his neighbors keep interfering, the more I enjoyed it.  Underneath Ove's gruff exterior is a soft, squishy heart.  As you learn more about his past, you realize why he is the way he is, and you come to like him better.  It makes me wish to live in such a close-knit neighborhood.  Warning:  there is a good bit of profanity.
  • King's Folly by Jill Williamson.  I enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait for the next one to come out!  You can read my review here.
  • A Mighty Fortress by Faith Blum.  I read this book on my kindle while feeding Hannah before putting her to bed.  It wasn't very good because there wasn't any real conflict.  A boy and girl escape from a stagecoach robbery, and one of the outlaws keeps after them (off and on) for a couple of years.
What have you read lately?

Friday, April 29, 2016

What I've Enjoyed This Week

The weather has been beautiful this week, and we've been enjoying spending some time outside.  We also have continued enjoying swimming lessons and CC, although this was the last week for both.  :( Mostly, I've enjoyed this cutie pie!  I can't get enough of those smiles!

We had some friends over for supper earlier this month, and the wife showed me her ring.  Her husband bought it for her as a reminder of the child she miscarried.  I thought that was an excellent idea, so John gave me this ring for my birthday.  The stone is aquamarine which is the birthstone of March when my baby should have been born.  

I have also been reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman, and I wasn't sure if I enjoyed it or not.  But I kept reading until I realized that I did actually enjoy it.  :)

What have you enjoyed this week?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Things I've Enjoyed This Week

Most of my blog posts lately have been book reviews which I'm sure that my readers find fairly boring.  I've wanted to share more of our lives, but I wasn't sure how -- until I thought about Crystal's What I'm Loving This Week posts.  I thought that was a great idea, and one that my readers might find interesting, too.  I know that I will!

First of all, I really enjoy seeing this cutie pie smiling!  I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing a toothless grin!

I enjoy seeing John spending time with our children. 

Sarah Beth thought I was trying to get a picture of Hannah.  Instead, I was able to get a good one of her!  All four children (not Hannah, obviously) are taking swimming lessons this month.  While the timing is a little difficult, they're having a great time and getting comfortable in the water.

I bought this last week and love wearing it.

I also bought this last week because I wasn't sure I was drinking enough water.  Now I carry this around all day, sipping from it.  When I don't have it, I feel thirsty.  Isn't that funny?

What have you enjoyed this week?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review: King's Folly by Jill Williamson

In King's Folly by Jill Williamson, the Five Realms are falling apart.  There are several prophecies that state that the world will be destroyed by the Five Woes, and it appears that time is now.  Princes Wilek and Trevn along with their friends first have to discover this fact and then figure out how to deal with it.  Apparently, the Creator-God is destroying the world because the people have rejected him and started worshipping false gods.

The author tells the story from several of the main characters points of view.  While this may seem confusing, I didn't find it to be so.  I had no problem following the story, especially since the title of each chapter was the person's name about whom that chapter was.  (That's an awkward sentence, isn't it?  :)  )  I appreciated the fact that only the "good guys" were followed like this and none of the "bad guys."

After finishing the book, I read the author's notes which said that she based this story on the history of Israel, how that nation rejected God, sought after false gods, and then was destroyed, leaving only a remnant.  Interesting.

When I started this book, I wasn't sure how well I would like it.  It seemed very long, and it took a little while to figure out what was going on because there are a few titles that the author made up without explaining them, e.g. sar for prince and shield for his bodyguard.  However, the more I read, the more I enjoyed the book and couldn't wait to see what happened.  I look forward to reading the rest of this series as the survivors rebuild their world.

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears: Mother's Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain

Here's another great book from Mike Berenstain!  In this one, the cubs learn how special everyone's mother is.  They see that some policemen, doctors, and nurses are mothers, and how their children try to bless them on Mother's Day as well.  The cubs also want to make their mother feel special, so they think of an lovely way to show her that.

My children and I enjoyed this book just as much as the rest of the Berenstain Bears books, so I recommend this one, too.

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

Friday, April 8, 2016

Book Review: Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Miriam by Mesu Andrews tells the story of Israel's deliverance from Egypt beginning shortly before Moses returns from his sojourn in Midian until the Egyptian army is destroyed at the Red Sea.  While this book does tell the story a good bit from Miriam's point of view, we also get more of it from Eleazar, her nephew, and his wife Taliah.  Learning what it might have been like to experience the plagues God sent was amazing.  And I hadn't thought about the fact that Miriam and Aaron would have been old, too, when they left Egypt since they were older than Moses.  Andrews did a wonderful job retelling this story, being as faithful as she could to the Biblical account.

One of the things I enjoy most about reviewing books is the chance to read new authors.  Since I absolutely loved this book, I will be looking for more by this author.  I really appreciate it when authors tell Biblical stories, making them come alive while remaining true to what the Bible says.

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