Thursday, August 6, 2009

book reviews

looking back, we love to characterize our summers by the activity we loved to do most. and summers are fun around here because we have john home from school.

for example, our favorite summer of all time was the summer of '05 when i was pregnant with noodle. burrito was little and i was hungry all the time :) so every afternoon after naptime, we would have an afternoon snack. that was the highlight of our day....what are we going to have for our afternoon snack? most of the time it was a snowcone or something to help me stay cool in the summer being 5-7 months pregnant.

the summer of '06 was the summer of the malls. they boys were little, we had the BIG double stroller and it was hot outside so the mall was our little slice of heaven.

the summer of '07 was the summer of moving. ickkk! lots of packing and unpacking and adjusting to a major life change.

the summer of '08 involved moving my parents into my grandparents' home and remodeling our kitchen. lots of house projects and swimming in the backyard.

and this summer has been the summer of reading. we are a big book family around here and i love it! so what have we been reading you ask?

allow me to share. john read Narnia and is now reading Moby Dick to the boys. they totally love it. both are children versions of the adult book but they are a little more advanced than what we've been able to do in the past with them. and they totally love it! boys love adventure stories with good guys and bad guys.

john and i have been reading this book together over the summer, taking turns reading aloud page by page.
it has been a great read and something we needed to do together for sure. we had a great experience with premarital counseling but that was over 6 years ago so it was good to read and remind ourselves of our calling as husband and wife. and i love the subtitle: what if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? we are not quite finished with it, but it has been a great read and it even has some discussion questions at the end that can lead to some good conversation!

i just finished this book as part of my time in the morning with the Lord.
john read it before we were married and it was one of those "change your life" sorts of books for him. i have some issues with anxiety and worry so this was a good read for me.

yesterday i started reading this book and i am really excited to see how the Lord speaks to me through it.
it came recommended by a friend and i love books that may help me be a better wife and mother. i'll let you know what i think of it when i am done.

and i should add, all of these books (with the exception of the Welch book which we already owned) came from goodwill for $1 or less. another reason to love thrifting!

have you read a good book lately? i would love to hear your suggestions. and when do you find the time to read? early in the morning, while the kids are napping, before bed?

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