Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Tree is Up!

The past few days have been full of christmas decorating. The stockings are hung (all six of them-- yay!) and most of my Christmas/winter decor is up. This afternoon Tristan was feeling a little under the weather so I stayed home with him and Olivia while Dan took Will, Hallie and two of my sisters to the tree farm to get our tree. We spent the evening dancing to "All I Want for Christmas is You" and hanging ornaments and stringing lights and... just having fun and being silly. I really wanted to break out the cookies and hot chocolate, but all the kids have been fighting colds the last week, and I figured the last thing their immune systems needed was a sugar blast! Much to my own disappointment...

Anyway, the holidays are in full swing around here and I couldn't be happier!! A cookie exchange with friends is happening next week, and I'm making these little babies. So simple, and yet still one of my favorite christmas cookies ever!

I am very much looking forward to staying home for the holidays this year. Snowy outdoors, a toasty fires indoors and four adorable children who are very excited about Christmas make this mama's heart warm. I am so blessed, in so many ways!                                                                                                                                    

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day. Get the word out!

decided

to not put out every Christmas decoration I own this year. Enough is good.

to stop importing my blog to facebook. I don't know, I'm just over it. You wanna read my blog, come here.

to consider every day, every weather, a beautiful day. there is beauty in everything, even cold, rainy mornings, and gray, misty afternoons.

to try to be intentional about my life. what I say, what I do. way easier said than done.

to read more books next year.

i'm sure I'll think of more soon. yep.

Book Review: A Time to Embrace

From Publisher's Weekly: In this sequel to A Time to Dance, beloved evangelical Christian novelist Kingsbury brings readers up to date on the trials and tribulations of Abby and John Reynolds, who, after 20-plus years of marriage, are enjoying something of a second honeymoon. Then John's career comes under attack when anonymous letters smearing his reputation are sent to the high school where he coaches. Worse still, he is in a car accident (a well-worn device of evangelical fiction), which he survives but which paralyzes him from the waist down. Abby and John's new challenges sit at the center of this novel, but there are several engaging subplots keeping the narrative moving at a fast clip: their newly married daughter learns she's pregnant, even though she had planned to wait four years before starting a family; a divorced couple is thrown back together and must work out their anger and mistrust; and Jake Daniels, the student whose car hit Coach Reynolds, must try to forgive himself for injuring his mentor. 


I decided to review this book, because after reading a Time to Dance, I was curious where John and Abby's story would end up. Unlike that first book, which I found highly predictable, I enjoyed this one a bit more mostly because I could never figure out where the plot would end up. (Although maybe I should have-- does Christian chick-lit ever have anything not turn out perfect??) There were enough unknowns thrown into the story that I was interested in reading to see what happened.