Saturday, August 28, 2010

and just like that...

... our baby girl turns 9 months old.

and, we pass our two-months-home milestone.

If life could slow down just a little, I would really appreciate it.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Book Review: Angel Song

I finished reading Angel Song by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman last week. Life has been crazy lately, and I"m just now getting around to writing a review. 

When tragedy strikes Ann's life, she is haunted by what she thinks is an audible hallucination, but comes later to think of as angel song. Ann is tasked with preparing her childhood home for sale, and through her relationships with her sister's neighbor, her neighbor's Down Syndrome son, and their friends, she finds love and healing. I enjoyed this book. I don't know what I think about Ann hearing the "angel song" (it turns out that the neighbor's son also hears the music), but whether it is real or not, it's an interesting element to throw into the plot. 

The book has the requisite "chick lit" aspects, but it is also original in enough ways to keep you reading and interested in where the story is going. 

Side note: if anyone ever reads one of these book reviews of mine and wants to borrow the book, let me know! I rarely read a book twice, and all these books are sent to me free for review. I love to share. :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


i'm single-parenting it, so i had my whole evening planned out: kids in bed, me and livi will watch the news, maybe a movie, do some emailing, get livi to bed, then i'll head to bed by midnight.

i guess livi was extra tired today because she fell asleep nursing while i was singing/praying with the older three. imagine my excitement when, at no less that five minutes after eight, i had all four kids in bed and asleep. seriously, that never happens to me.

i was (as silently as possible) re-making my bed when i noticed olivia doing the gassy-scootch thing in her pack n play. "great," i thought. "stupid gas." i tried the whole pacifier/pat her back/pat her butt/wish like crazy i was imagining this whole episode... to no avail. she started into full-fledged fussing, and with visions of o'reilly and lie to me going up in smoke in my head, i scooped her up and flopped down on my bed with her in my arms. curling up on my side and resigning myself to a not-so-alone-and-peaceful evening, i hoped like crazy she'd fall back asleep asap and let me get on with my plans.

suddenly i realized with sobering clarity... here i was, in a quiet and peaceful house, lying on a freshly-made bed with a beautiful brown baby in my arms... and wishing i was somewhere else, doing something else. seriously? "what is wrong with me?" i berated myself in disdain.

i smelled her clean baby smell and felt her hand (with the slightly too-long nails) clutching my arm slowly go limp, her face buried in my chest. i heard her shuddering sigh and just knew... she felt safe, loved, and cared-for, and was content to fall asleep in my arms, her curls against my face. how many times in her first six months of life did she get picked up and cuddled, just 'cuz? maybe never. how many times in the next six months can i be there for her to make up for lost cuddles she can never get back? hopefully every time she wants me to.

and, maybe, i can remember that all these moments of little boys and trucks and my big girl and her chap-stick love and questions about the moon and outer space and sandy feet and all the things that make my life what it is, will one day be gone. and i will wish like crazy i could not watch o'reilly for a whole year, just to get back one night of sweet brown curls and chubby thighs nestled under my chin, or three-year-old boy whispers of "you're my best buddy, mommy."

remember, sarah. just remember.

Friday, August 6, 2010

my favorite salad (from my garden)

a cucumber or two
a tomato or two
half a small onion, preferably a red one
balsamic vinaigrette dressing
fresh basil
a brick of fresh mozzarella cheese

Quarter and chop all veggies. Dice a slice of the cheese. Chop the basil. Toss together in a bowl, add vinaigrette and refrigerate until ready to eat.

MMM delicious!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

DVD Review: What's in the Bible?


This DVD series, What's in the Bible, is brand new from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer. Since my kids (like all kids, right?!) love VeggieTales, I was excited to receive the first three episodes from Tyndale House Publishers for review. 

My kids LOVE these DVDs. They are easily the most-requested DVDs in our house! They are funny, smart, entertaining, and best of all, Bible-based and chock-full of good solid Bible teaching! Just two days ago Will told me, "Mommy, I know what the Pentateuch is." Since I actually wasn't sure on the answer, I faked it and challenged him: "No, you don't!" He proudly (and correctly) replied that it is the first five books of the Bible. I have watched these DVDs with my kids, and feel like I get more solid on my understanding of the Old Testament books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy every time! Even though these DVDs are aimed at kids, the content is not elementary. They cover concepts like the physical vs. the spiritual kingdom of God, and God's reasons for all those "weird laws" found in the early books of the Bible.

I am planning to sit down and write a bunch of questions based on the content of these DVDs and use them a supplement for Will and Hallie's Bible curriculum this fall. As far as content, and understanding the why behind what's written in the Bible, these DVDs are unparalleled. It's sort of like a Worldview Academy for the elementary set!

If interested, you can visit for more information.