Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Honey for A Woman's Heart

I must admit the only reason I purchased this book was for the immense booklist contained within its pages. I am always on the lookout for another great read. I never expected to find such great delight in reading a book that recommends books!

Honey for a Woman's Heart by Gladys Hunt  is a breath of fresh air. Golden nuggets of wisdom and quotes fill the pages of each chapter. Thus sayeth these nuggets of truth:

"Words rightly used have the potential of making us shiver with pleasure. Words are a God idea...It is no small thing that God has made us word-partners with himself."

"With the power of words, God spoke and created the world. In a lesser sense, we also speak and create a world -- a world for someone else to live in."

"Mark Twain said that the person who doesn't read has no advantage over the person who can't read."

"Far from being an escape from reality, good literature is a window into reality."

"But the cheap use of words has invaded our world like a virus and infected nearly everyone. Why not call people to honor and protect language the same way we call people to protect the earth?"

"Books are wonderful ways to learn the possibilites of being human."

"Why should I read fiction if it is just made up? I read because it helps me pay attention to life. Reading good fiction is not simply a frivolous activity for those who aren't serious about life. I read because I am serious, and find that fiction says true things I might never hear any other way."

"Those who condemn fiction in general are usually not interested in reading anything that challenges their own comfort; they want to read books that tell them what they already know."

If this has encouraged you to pick up a good book...DO IT!! Run to your bookshelves, make a cup of tea or coffee, slip into your jammies and TURN OFF THE MEDIA! Go read your book for goodness sake! If you don't know where to start, order a copy of Honey for a Woman's Heart. It will inspire you and arm you with list to last a lifetime!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

fish we found today

Today after much effort Hannah was able to capture 4 little pond fish to bring home for observation. Only 3 would show up for this photography session. I guess the other one was camera shy. The pond we took them from had tons of these in all sizes. The babies were easier to get at because they were really close to the shore. This particular pond is teeming with trout, so I am fairly certain they are baby trout. We used an aquarium fish net from Walmart and a 1 gallon tupperware container with a lid from Walmart.

First Nature outing for 2009 school year!

Today we had our first "official" nature study outing. It was fabulous. We went to Bethany Lakes Park in Allen by our the neighborhood we used to live in.

First we spotted many turtles and ducks. They were incessantly begging for food, so we crossed the street to Kroger and bought day old bread. This did the trick to get them close enough for pictures. We were quickly surrounded by about a dozen turtles and a few ducks.

While feeding the eager pond creatures, we spotted a beautiful white Egret that was hunting for food. We also found a marshy area with schools of little fish. They too devoured the bread, but were very hard to catch. We used a small aquarium net and 1 gallon clear plastic container with a lid. We filled our container with the pond water and desperately wanted to catch a few fish to take home for further study. Hannah was the successor in capturing some tiny fish. We now have 4 tiny fish ( minnows?) that we will take home and add to our pond snails. Pictures will post later.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Starting to blog again

It has been 9 months since I posted. I wish I could say this is because for the past nine months have been pregnant and too sick to blog. However, my excuses are really good. We had an estate sale and sold 80% of our belongings, we moved and we started over and had to buy all new stuff. I HATE shopping. It is such a chore and shopping for a new "look" ( we went from victorian to contemporary) was quite an undertaking.

We are settled in our 1400 SF apartment and thanks to IKEA and apartment sized furnishings, we fit quite nicely. We love it here.
In November, Brian started a new job selling and consulting for a CPA firm that sells, supports and installs accounting software for non-profits. His new job is only 7 miles from the apartment.

My newest "pleasure" reading book is a trilogy called The Hawk and The Dove by Penelope Wilcox. I LOVE it. I heartily recommend it. It is very interesting and follows the lives of several monks in the 1400s. The first 3 chapters were hard to get through. I am glad I did. I have a hard time putting it down now now. I am nearly finished with the 2nd book.

Here is what Amazon's product descrition had to say about this book: "Rich with imagery and emotion, this collection of captivating tales of a 13th century community reflect the timeless human drama of people learning to love and to accept God's grace. Though they belonged to another century, their struggles are our own--finding our niche; coping with failure; overcoming pride and anger, pain and insecurity; determining who we are before God. In their daily rhythm of work and worship, they discover that the whole of life is a love story about a tender and passionate God. "

Currently, Hannah and I are reading the Golden Goblet. I LOVE this book. I read it to Calvin and Lydia 4 years ago. It is great historical fiction for Egypt. It makes the history come alive. This is one of my favotire read-a-loud adventure historical fictions. GREAT for boys!!!!!

Hannah and I are just finishing TODAY a WONDERFUL MUST READ to children book. Last year we saw the family film and loved the movie so much, I knew we had to read the book. The movie was spot on too. We are getting the movie in the mail from Netflix today and will be watching it again tonight. PLEASE READ this book to your kids. It is so excellent. the Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John is about mistakes, revenge, and forgiveness. I cannot begin to express how good this story is. I tear up everyday when I am reading to Hannah.

I hope to post more regularly. I love books, and my purpose for this blog is to share my thoughts about books that I am currently reading. I carefully choose my books, so I hope that I can heartily recommend all the books that I post on this blog.
Livin in JOY,