Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013 Books - Halfway Mark


Burned by Sara Shepard (Pretty little liars book)
Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown (so much info!)
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury (a sweet story around Christmas time about second chances)
Hope: a Holy Promise by Oswald Chambers
Babywise by Gary Ezzo
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (I would recommend)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (refresher before watching the movie)
Pandemium by Lauren Oliver (Book 2 of 3, before the third is released. Very good)
Once Upon a Time Illustrated by Kevin Tong (kinda weird version of common fairy tales)
Sever  by Lauren DeStefano (Last book of a trilogy)
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (definitely learned some things. It was interesting to discover what is in the Bible and what is just tradition)
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (focused on being grateful, inspiring)
The Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith (Fun and with some spiritual truths. Kinda what I would like to write someday)
Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel (Enjoyed)
Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale Pryor and Kathleen Huggins (a good book about combining those two worlds)
On Becoming Babywise: Book Two by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
True by Hilary Duff (last of a trilogy)
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos (a re-read)
Clash of Kings by George RR Martin 
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell (only ok)
Organizing Your Day by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman (pretty good read, the start is slow, but otherwise good)
Six Years by Harlan Coben (good mystery, good summer read)

Year count: 24 so far! I don't read nearly as much since Sam has arrived, but I'm okay with that :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Father's Day weekend

The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
     Jim Henson 
J- thank you so so much for being the father you are to our little boy. I am so excited for him to grow up with you as a role model, a leader, and when the time is right, a friend. 

Monday, June 10, 2013


I find that being a mom has changed me. In some ways, better, and in some ways not as much. I find myself with an even shorter attention span, and trying to balance everything in my head can get me tired before I even do anything. I cry more at random commercials and stories. I'm more defensive over some topics, and more protective over my time. While my heart has certainly grown for this little boy, it's not as open as I had expected it to be. For some reason, I expected becoming "mom" meant planning and loving would become easier, because it had to be. Turns out, it's still something to work at, to pray about, to turn over to God. I'm not more capable just because I added another (albeit important) role. 
So, I'm acknowledging I need help, that I want this challenge. J is amazingly supportive, and I get to be a stay at home mom for now! For a little while, I was concerned that if I stopped working for a while, I'd be a little more boring. Then I realized that I don't actually talk about work that much anyhow. I have 8 more days of normal work days.
My life is fuller in another way, and I want to keep changing for the better, and help raise Sam to be a little better than J and me.