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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hannah at Two Months

Hannah started smiling last week, and I was finally able to catch it with  my camera!  

She started sleeping through the night last week which I really appreciate!  She may not continue sleeping through the night, but I'll enjoy it when she does!

All of my children love Hannah so much!  As I've said before, Rachel is always touching her and asking to hold her.  Daniel loves to make her smile.  And Mary, well, we went through a drive-through last week, and Mary wanted to make sure that the people at CFA knew that we had a baby.  She's proud of her baby sister!  Sarah Beth is a little more quiet about her enjoyment of Hannah, but I know that she loves having a baby, too.

It's amazing how quickly babies grow!  Already we see big changes in Hannah.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Update on March Goals

I love seeing Daniel read!  It's hard finding books that grab his attention.

If there's one thing that's consistent about babies, it's that they are consistently inconsistent.  One night, Hannah will sleep through the night, and the next night she'll be up at 3:00 a.m..  One day she'll take two great naps, and the next day she won't take one.  So that makes it hard for me because I like to have some kind of plan for the day.  Oh, well!  I'm learning to be flexible.  ;)

Here are the goals I set for March:
  • Get into a regular routine.  I did -- at least, as much of a routine as an inconsistent baby will allow.  :)  I had supper on the table every night for supper, thanks to all of the meals I froze before Hannah was born.  John also cooked a few times and picked up supper on the way home from work.  
  • Get back to doing school.  Done!  We didn't miss any days of school because of Hannah.  :)
  • I plan to do one hour of CE to keep my pharmacist license every day in March.  I did really well the first two weeks, getting two hours most days -- which was good because I did not do nearly so well the last couple of weeks.  :)  Out of the 30 hours that I need, I have 28 which is really good, better than I actually thought I would do.
I feel like I should make some goals for April, but I think I'm going to continue to focus on getting our normal, everyday chores and responsibilities done.  I don't think I'm quite ready to add anything extra yet.  However, if Hannah continues to sleep well at night, I might start walking/jogging on the treadmill three days a week.  But I'm not going to worry about it if I don't get to it.  Sleeping is more important than exercise.  Right?  ;)

How are you doing with your goals?