I’ve been tagged for a meme!

A friend from MOG, Cheryl, tagged me for the following meme:

The question is: Give 5 Reasons Why I Blog.

  1. I have three blogs, so there are three separate reasons to start with. This blog – I started this blog just to have something to do. Somewhere to write and play and share with family and friends.
  2. J5’s blog. (Invitation only). I blog on this one to share pictures and updates on our little goofy-toofy’s life.
  3. Lundie’s Quest. I blog over there to write about spiritual things. Struggles and inspirations. That one is a little “heavier” than my random wandering fare.
  4. To feel involved. Being a WAHM, I am isolated from people in general. Blogging makes me feel like I’m at least reachable. The blogosphere is huge and has it’s own sense of community.
  5. To clear my head. I can gather my thoughts and tie them up in a nice little post. I have always journalled, and journalling online is more fun – you can link, and highlight, and format to your hearts content. And if you are lucky, people will write back to you!!

I’m also supposed to tag others so. So…Amy (MySpace), Tina (AM), and Shannon.

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Still sick…

Going through a time of physical testing with this cold. I have not been this sick in YEARS. It has been a quiet time with God, and that part is good. Am currently reading Eastertide: Prayers for Lent through Easter from The Divine Hours, by Phyllis Tickle and Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore.

Gleaning some good stuff. Will write about what I’m learning when I can think straight.

Hope everyone out there is feeling well! I hope to return soon.

One Thousand Gifts – Part 29

  • 251. Puffs Plus with Lotion
  • 252. The fact that J5 is such a contented boy and doesn’t require a lot of hands-on attention all day long while Mommy is sick.
  • 253. This verse from my K-LOVE daily email:

    “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”
    2 Corinthians 4:7

    I have been in such a physically weakened state for the past week that the idea of me being a fragile clay jar is not so hard to imagine.

  • 254. The good feeling of finishing another book on my book list
  • 255. My Bible

Book Review – Danger In The Shadows – Rating: 9 out of 10

Danger in the Shadows, by Dee Henderson

This book is a prequel to The O’Malley Series – some of the best books I have ever read. Ever. Now that I have read the prequel, I’m going to have to read the series again…

Content: 9
Writing Style: 9
Re-readability: 9

Content. Dee Henderson’s books are a wonderful blend of mystery/suspense and personal development. There are a lot of Christian Fiction authors out there who seem to put chunks of spiritual dialog in the midst of an otherwise secular book in an attempt to make it a “Christian” book. This kind of religious-izing a book is more frustrating than anything. And that kind of book is NOT what you get with Dee Henderson.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than when there’s an arc of characters tying a book series together, and the O’Malley series is no exception. It was funny, as I just finished this book, with my fever-addled memory, I was flipping through the front pages to see if there were any other books I had missed, it dawned on me again (though I know I KNEW at the time I purchased this book) that this was a prequel and how the brother of the main character is the main character in the first of the O’Malley series. Somehow, knowing that the character’s story doesn’t end with this book always makes me feel better.

Writing Style. Just awesome. Hers is the best style of writing. Conversational, descriptive, sucks-you-in.

Re-readability. Absolutely. As I said, reading this prequel made it imperative that I find the rest of the series that I know I own (just called my little Sis and made her promise to send them with Mom next time she comes up to visit), so I can go through the series again.
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[Edited to change from a 5 point to a 10 point system. Way too many books were getting 5 stars… :)]

How I know my husband loves me!!

About a week or two ago, I came to the realization that I desperately needed a Dust Buster. I don’t know why it took so long. If you know me, you’ll realize that I’m not a gadget buyer. I don’t like to shop (hate it, hate it, HATE IT!). J4 and I are the epitome of practicality.

So, it was pretty big when I declared this need for a powerful Dust Buster. I think it was about the 479th smooshed goldfish cracker into the play mat that triggered it.

Anyway…a couple of days later, as I was heating up the oven, AGAIN, for two measly chicken nuggets for J5, I realized that an appliance that would significantly increase the efficiency of my life would be a toaster oven. I have never owned one. I wasn’t even sure if I would know how to use one (but was certain it would come with directions in so many languages that I would not fail!)

Well, starting last Friday, J5 got sick with the sniffles. I got hit with some sort of tummy flu-bug. Then J5 got a fever. We got him drugs. Then after recovering from bug #1, I started to come down with the stuff J5’s had. The last two days have been sheer misery.

This afternoon, while J5 was taking his nap, J4 offered to go out and pick up some emergency groceries and some soup.

As if that wasn’t wonderful enough, my amazing man came home with these:

 

 

Does that not just scream “I love my wife!!!”? He heard me say what I really wanted / needed, and he not only went out and found both items, but I certainly could not have picked out anything better! He spent quite a bit of time looking at different models (that “hell” better known as “shopping”) and based on what I’d described as my needs, picked out precisely what would do the trick!

People, this was better than a dozen roses and a box of chocolates!!! I kid you not. I just had to share. I am seriously the luckiest woman in the world.
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Time Out

My son started getting sick Friday evening, and has gotten progressively worse over the past few days. Fever up again this AM. Got him to the doc today. Got some anti-biotics. Praying for relief for him.

This has been a very hard time for me. God’s allowed me to walk through some really dark places. I am at his mercy.

I believe I’m being brought to a quiet time. Perhaps a time for me to stop and listen. So I wait.

Book Review – Cause of Death – Rating: 8.3 out of 10

Cause of Death, by Patricia Cornwell

(This review is going to be super short ’cause I’m still sick, but am trying desperately to accomplish things so I feel better…) I really like the Kay Scarpetta series of Patricia Cornwell’s books. She’s a Chief Medical Examiner and the solving of mysteries fascinate me. Especially when they involve science.

Content: 7
Writing Style: 9
Re-readability: 9

The content in this book excellent. There are, of course, some graphic descriptions of violence after the fact. I don’t think you can avoid that completely when dealing with a medical examiner’s job.

I love Patricia Cornwell’s writing style. Sucks me in every single time.

Re-readbility. Well, I’d have to say pretty good since I purchased this paperback while waiting in a Walgreen’s for a prescription. A chapter or so in and I realized I’d already read the book about, hm, maybe 6 or 7 years ago. Didn’t stop me from needing to finish it. I guess the good thing about having a new mommy’s memory is that it seemed almost like a new book. I remember bits and pieces of it, but reading it through this time was as good as the first – if not better.

One Thousand Gifts – Part 28

  • 244. Once again, the Moms of Grace forums & chat room
  • 245. Modern medicine (esp. toddler ibuprofen and acetaminophen) without which we would be having a much more miserable weekend
  • 246. J5’s propensity to sleep through the night even when he feels really awful
  • 247. A warm home
  • 248. Snuggly flannel sheets
  • 249. Godly friends that point me in His direction as needed
  • 250. Being married to the best and most loving daddy in the whole world

One Thousand Gifts – Part 27

  • 233. The beauty of my son
  • 234. God’s mercy
  • 235. Pep talks from my Mom
  • 236. Candy from my Dad (as My Very First and Forever Valentine)
  • 237. Looking forward to dinner out with some very dear friends
  • 238. Friday nights looking forward to sleepy Saturday mornings
  • 239. Hot tea
  • 240. Fuzzy slippers
  • 241. Internet moms
  • 242. Christian Fiction
  • 243. Crochet projects

…chaos…

I don’t even know why I am posting. I want to have something to say, but my head is so full of the events of this week.

God is faithful. I am not.

I have been shaken. I have fallen. I am still standing, but only by the grace of my God.

He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
Psalm 40:2

I am still struggling with the concept of a vow to God. I am not capable of keeping it perfectly, but does that mean I should not make one? That I should not aim to be true to Him?

Had bouts with fear this week on so many levels. Including, but not limited to, a man who came to our door and scared me so bad I slammed the door in his face, locked it, and called 911. I have not been so shaken up in my life.

A dear friend of mine shared her thoughts with me on the shaking that is going on. She said she also went through a time of shaking that was from God. I would like to believe, and am choosing to do so, that all of this is part of God’s plan and that I’m going to come out of this on the other side with a bunch of things removed from me that need to be.

Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.
Hebrews 12:25-29

Lord, let what remains of me be only unshakable You.