Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My 2011 Booklist

So it's that time of year again. Time to create another list (I LOVE lists!)... time to weigh my options, to pick and choose... time to write and rewrite, scratch and add... time to actually complete a list for a change (it really is a novel concept :).

So this year, I'm making my list a little shorter. I still have a handful of titles from both '09 and '10 that I have yet to read, so they'll naturally flow over in to this one (though I won't bother to list them here). That being said... if anyone has a favorite to recommend... please, please, please pass it along! My reading time is very limited (anyone else feel that way?!), so I don't want to waste a single second of it on less-than-stellar titles. And thanks!

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp
Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper
Forgotten God by Francis Chan
Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
What the Bible Says about Healthy Living by Rex Russell, M.D.
At Home in Mitford (and the rest of the series... again!) by Jan Karon
Bringing up Girls by James Dobson
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line by Abby Johnson
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Encore Provence by Peter Mayle
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Ides of April by Mary Ray
A Voice in the Wind (and the rest of the Mark of the Lion series) by Francine Rivers

Monday, January 10, 2011

1000 Gifts: A Sunday ride

Weeks ago... nay, MONTHS ago... before the leaves started falling from the trees,
and before the frigid temps of winter set in,
and before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season completely derailed
the bulk of my normal routine,
my littlest two enjoyed a Sunday ride (#918).

But now, as I look back at these photos, I can't help but wonder...
where HAS the time gone??

And why... oh, why... is it passing so quickly?

What I would give to slow. it. down.

So I scroll through again. And again. And again.
And I begin to panic.
Because these days are fleeting
and everything within me rebels against that reality.
Why must it be this way???

But then He whispers. And soothes. And comforts. And reminds.

And I pause. And relax. And breathe. And smile.

Because this is the way He planned it.
And His ways are always best.

And with that peace, I give thanks.
Because truly,
I wouldn't want it any other way.

and the list continues...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

1000 Gifts: Looking back

So, I'm a little late to the punch. It's Wednesday after all, and Multitude Monday generally posts on Monday. Not to mention the fact that it's the 5th of January, and I'm just now getting a few Christmas thoughts online. Yep, I'm running late but hoping beyond hope that it won't be a trend that'll continue for the rest of 2011!!

As for getting back online... it has indeed taken a little longer than I originally thought. Needless to say, getting back in to our northern Virginia groove did not happen overnight. Quite the opposite, in fact. Regaining our momentum, truth be told, is proving to be a gradual sort of thing... an almost, but not quite, slow-as-molasses sort of thing. Because 1) returning to our studies and 2) facing the deadlines that await us... do not appeal to any of us. In any way, shape, or form. At all. Of course, a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year didn't set the stage well for such things. On the contrary, they only made us long for vacation all the more. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end (or at least so I'm told), so school is resuming and projects are coming due and our life pace is changing once again. Hopefully, it'll slowwwwwww down as rest is a must and sleep-- even better. And everything else... well, it'll fall right back in to place. I hope.

So with that I'll add another page to my journal,
my account of God's goodness and faithfulness and grace... every single day.

This go round, I'm praising Him for Christmas (#917)...
and the birth of our Lord and Savior, 2000 years ago.

"It is good to praise the LORD and music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done."

Psalm 92: 1-4

Christmas in the woods
with my hubby and my Mom and my Dad and Great Grandma
and my 4 favorite munchkins in all the land~

and peace

... Jesus Christ

"In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men."

John 1:4

and the list continues...