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9 Feb

I admit I’m not a huge reader.  I don’t know why, but I do prefer an old Southern Living magazine over a book 99% of the time.  But I married a reader.  And I’m friends with readers.  And reading makes you smart and cultured and overall just a more rounded person. So I’m trying to read more.


I thought I’d share a few of the popular books in our house these days.



The Jesus Storybook Bible is by far our favorite Bible story devotional book.  Each story is written so beautifully and it always goes back to Jesus.  The illustrations are stunning and I honestly looked forward to reading through this book with the kids at night.  We’ve given several of these as gifts too.  As many books and toys that get destroyed in our house, THIS is the book that is completely intact.



Jesus Calling is my favorite devotional book.  My friend Gwen describes it as a “delicious fortune cookie in the morning.”  It’s warm, it’s Truth, it’s encouraging and it’s like Jesus is speaking directly to you and what’s going on in your life.  Oh, how I love this book.  So when I saw the author was coming out with a version for kids, of course I ordered it.



Kid version.  We read the entry every night and William loves looking up the associated Bible passages in his Bible, then reading them aloud.  It’s not for younger kids, but our boys really love this one.




So my husband is the world’s smartest man.  I’m not kidding.  97% of what he reads is very cerebral, and I’ve lost a few brain cells over the years, which I mostly attribute to pregnancies and childbirth.  So when he ordered this book on Amazon, I immediately discounted it as a cerebral Bible.  Until the other day.  I remembered I left my Bible in the car and was too lazy to go downstairs and get it, so I picked this book up.


And it’s awesome.  It’s a regular Bible but with lots of VERY understandable extras–commentary, articles, word translations, etc.  I found myself just flipping through it because it was THAT good.




And now my favorite–One Thousand Gifts.  This book is life-changing.  Seriously.  The writer is a popular blogger, who is an unbelievably gifted writer.  The premise is that she went on a mission to find out what truly being grateful is all about.  She started making a list of 1000 gifts and blessings, seeing God in the smallest things, through the monotony of the days and even in tragedy that occurs in her life.  What she writes is sooooo good, but it’s also in the WAY she writes.  If you check out her blog, you’ll get a glimpse of her style.  It’s like reading poetry.

If you haven’t gotten a copy from me from Amazon yet, brace yourself, because pretty much everyone is getting a copy for Christmas.


Happy reading!


scoping out pittsburgh.

19 Jan

it’s been a whole week since i’ve posted!  before the guilt sets in any more than it already has, i’ll update you a little with what’s been going on.


all 5 of us packed our bags and flew up to pittsburgh last friday.  it was the first flight for amelia, the first flight as a family and the 2nd flight for the boys since they were really little.  some of the highlights of the trip (it’s a list kinda day):


  • seeing their sweet faces watching the planes from the terminal
  • wearing ***1*** pair of shoes the entire time–SNOW BOOTS!!!
  • seeing my sweet friend hannah for the first time since high school and meeting her son, max
  • going ice skating at PPG Place
  • watching the boys fall 100 times each while teaching themselves to ice skate
  • touring the boys’ new school
  • busting through not one, but both of our suitcases
  • meeting a real estate agent (admittedly a cat lady who calls her blackberry “andrew”) and seeing rental properties
  • meeting a sweet family and checking out their crib that we’re hoping to purchase
  • seeing ben avon (our neighborhood-to-be) and falling in love with it all over again
  • listening to amazement in our kids’ voices as we drove through tunnels
  • riding the monongahela incline
  • riding the pittsburgh metro, the “T”
  • realizing we’ll only be 15 minutes from an IKEA
  • showing the kids will’s new hospitals (here’s one and another one)
  • having a delicious sunday lunch with will’s new boss and family
  • stomping around in snow boots
  • watching the snow fall from our hotel window
  • returning to the hotyssey at the charlotte airport, only to realize the battery was dead
  • coming to grips that it’s NOT THAT COLD and it’s NOTHING like our friends lucas and jamie live with (in siberia)
  • playing in a wooden park, reminiscent of my childhood, that was covered in 6 inches of fresh powdery snow


those are a few of the highlights.  it was a PACKED weekend trip and i think we’re still recovering.


will you please continue to pray for our housing situtation?  we’re in limbo a bit again and are trying to figure out the route the Lord is taking us.  we’re not doubting our decision ONE BIT.  now it’s just a matter of figuring out a place and time.  our tentative move date is still february 17…exactly 29 days away.  woof.

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