Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March Reading -- Two Fascinating Books

I caught Mary reading to a couple of her toys.  :)

I started reading more early this month when a friend asked me if I were reading while nursing the baby.  I wasn't, but it gave me the idea.  So now I read while I nurse Hannah, if I can.  And you can see that I got a good bit read this month!  Two of the books were absolutely riveting -- I couldn't read them fast enough!!
  • Vet in the Vestry by Alexander Cameron.  A vet-turned-preacher relates stories about the animals he cared for along with some tales about the people he ministered to.
  • Secure Daughters, Confident Sons by Glenn T. Stanton.  Tracey from Girls to Grow recommended this book, and I'm so glad that I listened!  I found this book absolutely fascinating as it explored the differences in mothers and fathers, how they raise their children, and how God uses the differences to form secure, confident children.  For example, fathers tend to want their children to climb higher and run faster, while mothers want to keep their children from getting hurt.  Combining these two aspects makes children dare new things within safe limits.  Wonderful book that I recommend highly for all parents!
  • America's Women:  400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins.  This book was also fascinating as I learned about women in America starting with Eleanor Dare, the first European woman to come to America.  This book is filled with lots of stories about how the colonial women really lived, what it was like to travel out west in a covered wagon, what it was like to live in a soddy house, or to be a flapper.  This author must have done a TON of research to find all of these stories, and I enjoyed this library book so much that I want my own copy!
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo.  You can read my review here.
  • Emily Climbs by L.M.  Montgomery.  In this sequel to Emily of New Moon, Emily goes away to high school and has more adventures there.
  • Emily's Quest by L.M.  Montgomery.  In the third book in the Emily trilogy, Emily gets to work on her life work:  writing.  Will she succeed?
  • Dressed for Death byJulianna Deering.  A fun, murder mystery in a historical setting, you can read my review here.
What have you read lately?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

In Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering, Drew Farthering once again finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery.  With his new wife, he is attending a costume party when his friend's fiancee apparently commits suicide -- or was she murdered?  Madeline, his wife, urges him to try to solve the crime as they both feel that God gave him the gifts needed for him to do so.

I enjoyed this fourth book in the series.  Drew Farthering, his wife, and friends are fun to read about as they try to solve the mystery, aiding the local police.  Also, since these books take place in the 1930's, I appreciate learning a little about that time period in Britain.  If you like mysteries, you'll probably like this book along with the first three.

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

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review: An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller

In order to write An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World, the author apparently travelled all over the world, talking with locals and learning what it is like to live in their countries.  Then he used that information to write this book for those of us who haven't travelled the world, so that we can know how to pray for the people who live in these countries.

Each short chapter starts with Stiller's meeting with local people which helps the reader to get a real feel for the places he visited.  The chapters are only a couple of pages long, short enough to be added to a daily quiet time in order to assist in praying for the world.  That's how I would use it anyway.  I think this book could be a tremendous help for anyone wanting to pray for persecuted peoples but not knowing where and how to begin.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hannah at Six Weeks

It's hard getting a good picture of a moving target, especially one who won't look at you because she doesn't understand about cameras.  But I enjoy Hannah so much that I just know that you are eagerly awaiting pictures and updates.  :)

Hannah is still waking up once at night to eat, and she is eating well.  I took her to the doctor Tuesday, and she gained almost two pounds in a month.  She weighs nine pounds now.  When the doctor asked me how she was eating, I laughed asked, "What do you think?"  :)  Hannah has baby acne, but hopefully it will go away soon.

I took her to Target yesterday, and she didn't cry a single time while we were there.  I think she must love that store even though it was her first time there.  :)

My other children still love her to pieces, especially the little two.

By the way, happy Saint Patrick's Day!  If you don't know the real story of Patrick, you should do some research because it's impressive!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Book Review: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Spark Joy, the follow-up book to Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, takes the reader from decluttering her house to organizing it in a way that "sparks joy."  This book is full of tips and advice on how best to store one's belongings for maximum joy and efficiency.

I really enjoyed this book; part of the enjoyment comes from the way that Kondo writes -- in an engaging, fun way.  Also, I found many of the tips and advice to be helpful.  One caveat is the author's Eastern way of thinking:  she recommends thanking objects before discarding them and other things like that.  But once the reader gets past that, the book can help bring order to one's home.  If you're looking for something to help get your house in order, this book can help.

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

One Month!

Hannah is one month old today!  It's hard to believe that she's only been here that long, and yet it also feels like she's been here for much longer.  I'm not sure how that is.  :)

Two weeks ago, when I took Hannah in just to be weighed, she was back to her birth weight, so I'm sure that she's heavier now.  She is plumping up nicely!

She's doing great at night, waking me up just once to eat and going right back to sleep.  I must admit, however, that I'm ready for her to sleep through the night.  :)

Rachel and Mary still can't get enough of Hannah, especially Rachel.  I'm constantly having to say, "Leave her alone," because I'm trying to get her to sleep, or I'm trying to feed her, or something similar.  I'm sure they're just as tired of me saying it as I am.  Of course, it would help if they would stop poking her in the face....  :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

My Goals for March

Since my goal for February was to have a baby, I achieved that goal.  :)  Hannah is here, and she is a wonderful addition to our family.

I still want to keep things rather simple for March because of the additional work and turmoil that a new baby brings -- along with a lack of sleep, so I'm not making too many goals.
  • Get into a regular routine.  My mother left Monday, so I am on my own now during the day.  She was wonderful help while she was here!  I want to work on getting back to taking care of things:  meal planning (taking advantage of all those meals I froze!) and other household chores -- although I do plan on doing the bare minimum.  I forgot how much time babies take!
  • Get back to doing school.  I took advantage of my mother being here the last two weeks in order to get a little bit of school done.  This week I want to start back with doing everything.  I must admit that I planned a relatively light course load this year since I was pregnant and now have a baby.  
  • I discovered yesterday that my Texas pharmacist license expires April 30th, and I haven't done any of the thirty hours of continuing education I need to renew it.  Oops!  I plan to do one hour of CE every day in March.  While I'm not working right now, there's no reason to let my license lapse.
Those are my two goals for this month.  Maybe I'll be ready for a little more in April.  :)  How are you doing with your goals?