Friday, October 24, 2014

The River



I have finished reading Beverly Lewis' book called The River.

My thoughts:
Sisters Tilly and Ruth left the Amish world years ago.  They are notified by a brother of an upcoming anniversary party for their parents and invited to come.  The sisters debate going and having to face their past.  They eventually decide to return together for the celebration.  Their Dad is having heart trouble so they find it a good opportunity to see him again.

Tilly enjoys her life in the modern world with her husband and twins.  She has always had a strained relationship with her father.  She has always felt distant from him and that she never measures up. She fears returning and wonders if the tension in their relationship will always be present.

Ruth is also settled into her life in the modern world with her home, job, and church. She does miss her former beau though and wonders if she will see him when she returns home. This creates mixed emotions for her.

Both sisters are grieved over the loss of their younger sister Anna years before.  The grief over this loss hangs over the entire family and is central to the book.

I enjoyed this book overall.  It seemed slow in some parts, but I thought the story line was enjoyable. I felt sorry for Tilly and her relationship with her Dad.  I never was sure if he understood how much his treatment had hurt her through the years. I appreciated the close sister relationship of Tilly and Ruth, and it seemed they grew closer by returning home together.  They both had to face some hard issues of their pasts, and the trip seems to bring healing.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I didn't quite finish answering the Wednesday Hodgepodge questions this week so I just skipped publishing that post.  It has been a good week. Time seems to go quickly, and it's hard to believe it is nearing the end of October already.

Here is this week's thankful list...
~  my husband being able to get new glasses.  He's had a pair he doesn't have to wear all the time but needs them for reading and work.  I told him I thought he should get another pair so he could have one all the time at work (cause sometimes he would forget them at home). Glad he could have his eyes checked and get the glasses.  

~  my boy saving a Rice Krispy treat for me that he'd gotten as a snack from his teacher during one of his after school practices.  It made me smile for him to bring it to me.

~ enjoying another week of pregnancy.  I have felt recently that I have felt baby movements which is so exciting!

~ being able to rest when I need to.  Some days I feel so tired and just take a nap.

~ watching Friday night football with my boys.  Our team won BIG last week too so it was fun to watch.

~ being helped with a photo book order online from Walgreens. I had some trouble with this first because the site wouldn't take my debit card and then my order was canceled for an unknown reason.  I  was surprised to receive an email one morning this week that they were giving me credit for two photo books for my trouble.  I hope I can get it actually ordered now!

Have a day of blessings!
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Here's my thankful list for this week!

~ having a husband who loves me and takes care of me.

~ snack day with my boy. Since he has been doing his UIL practice, I take him a snack after school and it's been a couple weeks since went to our regular snack day on Thursday!  Today the teacher couldn't meet after school so we got to have snack day. I treasure this time together!

~ being 13 weeks pregnant today. Every day and every week is a blessing that I don't take for granted.

~ having meals in the freezer that my Mom made.  It is so nice to have them for supper!

~ a nice, busy weekend!  The floor got done in the baby's room and we went to a cousin's wedding. It was nice to see family there. Before the wedding I had a tea party with my nieces.

~ people checking on us.  We weren't at church Sunday as we traveled to the wedding, and it was nice to have a couple different ones check to make sure we were okay.

Have a day of blessings!
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge


 1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?  Night time. I love reading with my boy before he goes to sleep and then talking with my husband in bed before we fall asleep. 

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? Toaster....my husband took ours to work and I never think to get a new one. 

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?  It doesn't take much nowadays!  Ha!  Waking up early makes me grouchy. 

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?  No, I've not been to Canada. This question reminds me of the names of explorers we studied last week as several of them discovered different places in Canada. I would like to go there and see Niagara Falls. 

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?  I loved so many of my Mom's meals, especially her goulash eaten with white bread. Yes, it is still a favorite and she still makes it for me. 

6. Do you cry easily?  Sometimes, not typically though. 

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?  Yes, I've done a little here and there. When I see something on sale I will get it and store it away. I have ideas for several people and just need to get it!  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  We had a busy weekend....new floor in baby's room and had a date with my husband Saturday night. We rented God's Not Dead also. Sunday we left to go to a cousin's wedding. We stayed the night with my in laws and then Monday morning. We went to my doctor appointment. Our baby is growing!  It was fun for Caleb to see and hear the baby!  

Have a day of blessings!
 

Made for a purpose

Recently my husband and son ripped the old carpet out of the extra room which will be the new baby's room. My husband decided to take off the baseboards and had a tool to do this called a pry bar  When he started he realized this tool was not going to work! These baseboards had been screwed into the steel framing of the house.  He had to use his electric drill to unscrew them.  The pry bar caused the first baseboard to crack in half. On the other hand, with the drill the baseboards came off quickly and efficiently.

Visit Laced With Grace to read the rest if my devotional thought today.

Have a day of blessings!
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

5th Grade

The first six weeks of 5th grade passed quickly for my boy.  We are in the routine now and have quite a busy boy!

Each morning when he arrives he puts up the flags.  This was his job last year at the end of the year. Then he has been running the school store with another boy on Mondays through Thursdays.  They have fun pencils, erasers, etc., and the kids love shopping there. On Friday mornings he helps me sale spirit ribbons.

After school he takes down the flags.  Last year he did this in his last period class, but this year he has math last so he does it after school instead. Since I pick him up each day, I have figured out when to go so he will be done with that!  He also gets the mail for the secretary.

The classwork has been busy too! He seems to have more homework this year than in the past.  It is mostly studying for quizzes and math homework.  Math was rough for us both for the first couple of weeks I'd say, but he is doing great.  (I will say some of the questions on those math papers confuse me so much.  The wording of the story problems makes it seem like they want to trick the student. It is definitely different than what I had.)

Now the past couple of weeks we've added something new after school!  They are starting a robotics team for 4th and 5th graders.  He is really excited to learn about this.  Also, he made the team for UIL Number Sense (which did surprise me that he tried out for this one!) and is practicing for the UIL Picture Memory team (they haven't picked the team yet).  Number Sense is a test that they have to answer as many problems as they can in 10 minutes I think without doing any work on paper.  They are learning some tricks to do them in their head.  Picture Memory is the one he did last year....they have 40 pictures to memorize the title and artist's name.  It is the same pictures for two years in a row, and he remembers most of them from last year.  This year we can focus more on the spelling of the words.  Those practices are held after school each day.

He is also in 4H and the club president.

Also a few weeks ago he made it to the 1 million word club through the AR reading program.  He was the first one to get there.  :)

He is a busy boy and seems to be doing well keeping up with things.

Have a day of blessings!
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me." 
Psalm 66:20

I read this verse today and it made me smile. We have so much for which we can thank God. There is so much sadness and negativity in the news. I'm thankful for the hope of Jesus, His love, and knowing He hears our prayers. 

This week I am thankful for...

~ seeing how my husband responded to a work situation. I was annoyed at how the other person treated him but was impressed with his response to the situation. 

~ watching my boy succeed in school.  We are proud of him!

~ feeling okay with the pregnancy and the symptoms continuing.  My next appointment is Monday.

~ food from my Mom. Last weekend we stopped for supper on our way home.  She sent us home some leftovers and a chocolate cake she had made.  She had a bowl of beans too in her freezer which she gave to me and I had for my lunch this week.

~ the beauty of God's creation, like the beautiful moon we saw this week.  

~ being able to rest when I need to.  I'm thankful for time to rest when I feel tired.

Have a day of blessings!