Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The front (how the layout opens in the album):
We rolled in last night around 6 p.m. While little girls played with new treasures that had been left behind for our trip and ones that we waited until home to open, he and I took down the Christmas tree and did a general tidy and straightening of furniture and whatnot. The travel loads of laundry were started and must be completed today as does a grocery list for a New Year's Eve party and a New Year's Day get-together. (One of those we are going to and one we are hosting). Also, just in case you were unaware, TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY (and my best friend's) and we will be celebrating together tomorrow night as said-New-Year's-Eve-party is at her home.
But for now, we had a wonderful night of sleep in our own beds and girls are playing happily and have not asked to turn the TV on yet. (We are in Noggin-detox from Grandma's). :) Now, I'm going to make a bit of breakfast and slowly work towards getting out to the store. It's a good day.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thanks to the nice folks at Thomas Nelson, I was sent a copy of Boomtown to review.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
A little homemade envelope. (Template from here).
The inside cards - these are recipe cards that I downloaded from this site and they hold my journal for this prompt on the Christmas menu.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- another good list of holiday books to peruse with
myselfmy girls in mind. :)
- spotted this idea for N2 for her birthday in January ... I'm going to put together a little toolbox of art supplies just for her very own.
- a reminder to take a little breather during the holidays from Sally Clarkson.
- One woman and her quest for good homemade bread. I'm in. :)
- Dreamy notebooks. Yes, I am a paper nut.
- celebrating the solstice. I love the idea of living a seasonal life and this is food for thought for me.
As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, the Jacksons have coauthored numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.
Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.
They're trying something new! Not just new for them, but something completely new in Christian fiction: “Parallel novels,” two stories taking place in the same time frame, same neighborhood, involving some of the same characters living through their own dramas and crises but interacting with and affecting one another … just the way it happens in real life.
It’s something that only a husband and wife writing team could pull off. While Neta has Where Do I Go?, her husband Dave has written Harry Bentley's Second Chance.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A story of seeking-and finding-God's will in unlikely places.
Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree, spirited young woman she was when she married her husband fifteen years ago. But when the couple moves to Chicago to accommodate Philip's business ambitions, Gabby finds the chance to make herself useful. It's there she meets the women of Manna House Women's Shelter; they need a Program Director-and she has a degree in social work. She's in her element, feeling God's call on her life at last, even though Philip doesn't like the changes he sees in her. But things get rough when Philip gives Gabby an ultimatum: quit her job at the shelter or risk divorce and losing custody of their sons. Gabby must take refuge, as in the song they sing at Sunday night worship: "Where do I go when there's no one else to turn to? . . . I go to the Rock I know that's able, I go to the Rock."
Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “Exquisite characters coupled with God's mercy and love emanate from each page.”
Publisher's Weekly adds, “Jackson's Yada Yada series has sold half a million copies, and this new offshoot series ... promises the same.... The book's dramatic ending ... leav[es] readers eager for the next installment in the series.”
To read the Prologue and first Chapter of Where Do I Go?, go HERE.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
If you asked my almost 3 year old what her favorite book is she would point to this one. Each Peach Pear Plum is a simple rhyming book where the reader searches to find her favorite nursery tale characters through out the pages.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This day is all about traditions and I journaled a new one for this year. I'm part of a group of girls that have had bi-monthly GNO's (Girls' Night Out) for about 12 years. I am blessed. Anyway, this year, one of the gals suggested that we go and paint pottery together for our Christmas get-together. We would draw names and paint an ornament for someone else. It was such a sweet time and the friendship and love (and the history in our group) was shown by the variety of ornaments created. This is going to be our new Christmas tradition as a group, instead of a normal night out for dinner and gift exchange - taking the time to create for one another. The colorful card on the left is from the pottery place - unfortunately it was embellished with a half-dressed mermaid! :)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Journal Your Christmas ::: Day 11
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Our tree - it's pretty scraggly and worn, but we are adding new memories to this tree every year. This year, I've added the small stuffed animals from the girls' baby mobile. One way to preserve their babyhood as they grow.
I've gotten behind on a few days so I'm catching up as I can. :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Surely, I am not the only one that finds these completely hysterical ... I mean besides my girls. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
ABOUT THE BOOK
Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.
But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.
And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE
Monday, December 08, 2008
Lrg > Med > Sm
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I love nesting dolls. I have one set of Santa nesting dolls that a dear friend brought me from Germany many years ago. The girls are now fascinated with them and they were the first things that they requested be unpacked from the Christmas decorations.
I'm not much of a collector of things. (Besides, pens and scrapbooking paraphanalia!) However, I could see enjoying a collection of nesting dolls! They are cute - there are so many different styles and from many different countries! And that would give me an excuse to buy these to add to my collection. :)
Saturday, December 06, 2008
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Seuss
- The Polar Express - Allsburg (This was the base of our school theme this week. We read this book, talked about the North Pole & watched the movie last night).
- Letters from Father Christmas - truthfully, I checked this out for me and my husband! :) It's a book of beautifully illustrated letters that Tolkien wrote to his boys from Father Christmas. One that I will most definitely be adding to our library some day.
- Ollie's Ski Trip
- B is for Bethlehem
- Auntie Claus - a story about how it is better to give than to receive
- The Three Snow Bears - the story of the three bears. Note: my girls LOVE Jan Brett books. She has beautifully illustrated story books with incredible details.
- Christmas in the Stable
- A Donkey's Dream
- The Last Straw
- The Cobweb Curtain - this is our book for next week. We'll read this story (of a spider the helps Mary & Joseph) and talk about spiders in school. *shudders* My girls will love it. :) (I think we'll do this craft as well.
- Room for a Little One
- The Friendly Beasts - Tomie dePaola, another author my girls enjoy.
- Lotta's Christmas Surprise
- Santa's Favorite Story - Santa himself shares the true meaning of Christmas, baby Jesus
- The Mitten - Jan Brett, again
- Gingerbread Baby - Jan Brett
- Christmas book and Advent activites at the Crafty Crow
- Check out the lengthy list of books in the left sidebar at Elizabeth Foss' site
- an Advent / Christmas unit using the books of Tomie de Paola
- plenty of books about the real St. Nicholas if you are interested
- a lot of my book ideas came from this post
Friday, December 05, 2008
- early morning coffee
- little girls that sleep in (note: I don't have any of these, but they make me happy) :)
- playing with paper
- etsy and a simpler Christmas
- sweet emails from friends that understand
- little girls that like to tell jokes as evidenced below...