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Books of 2013

These are some of the titles we read this year, some aloud, some with friends, a few just my reads.

Ten P’s in a Pod: The Million-Mile Journal of a Home School Family

Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live
chapter 8 was my favorite

Let Me Be a Woman
read every Wednesday with my teen for a few months and we loved it. I think I underlined 3/4th of the book and we both added copy work to our journals!

Keeping Score
completely enjoyed reading this aloud to the children. one of our all time favorites.

Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room
Um ~ there could have been so much more to this book. disappointing

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Probably my most favorite book of the year ~ audio recommended!!

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon
Loved it. caution ~ don’t try to read this while waiting for an appointment.. laughing out loud and having teary eyes within moments of each other make for awkwardness in waiting rooms!

A Long Way from Chicago
another family favorite!

Unglued Participant’s Guide: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

The Book of Bright Ideas

Frankenstein

Broken: Seven Christian Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible
fantastic ~ HIGHLY recommended!

Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy

Perfectly Unique: Praising God From Head to Foot by Annie F. Downs
I’m a fan!

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Summer in pictures…

I don’t know what happened to June or July- I think someone stole them from my calendar.
I have some blog plans – loose plans- but plans nonetheless.
For now ~ our summer:

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These Easter Moments

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Monday Monday monday monday mon…..

Today, projects…
organization….
practice…
work.
Sleeping in and reading. Walking on the treadmill and chores.
A table full of books, scissors, tape, pens, and oddly cotton balls.
Considering new plans, next year, and listening to new music.
Monday Monday monday monday mon…..
busy but slow ~ regrouping.

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moment(s)

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week*. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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We had handmade ornaments & decorations this year. At first the kids complained that they would miss their favorite ornaments (Spider-Man, Barbie, Care Bears …) but once they started the creative process I never heard anything else about those “favorites”. I wonder if this will be a one time thing, or a shift for our family…

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Shenanigans with our family in St Louis!
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Days of Christmas celebration at home, with family & in worship.
It’s been a beautiful season to celebrate Christ’s birth!

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12/14/12

The tragedy in Connecticut reminds me each moment is precious & treasured.

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And that these treasured moments are gifts from our Heavenly Father, these are His children I am privileged to parent and that I rest assure, no matter where crazy strikes, they are baptized into God’s grace.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good. ~ Romans 12:21

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Hello Monday

Hello quiet Monday, half day of school, lesson planning, warm breezes, time to reflect.

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Hello lack of cereal and baking blueberry muffins and grocery list making.

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Good-bye full weekend with friends. Running amok in autumn air and through falling leaves, in costume and not.

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And hello to reflecting on this quote… such a good thought when those nagging “what ifs” tread on me.
Also good bye to attempting 31 straight days of blogging, it’s not my season to attempt such things!

What are you saying hello to this week?

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