2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Monday, January 23

Birth Day!

This young man is 8 years old today! I can't believe how the time has flown. I can't believe he still has such big, blue eyes! And today it hit me that he really isn't a little boy any longer, he is a young man. Happy Birthday Preston, I love you very much.

Tuesday, January 3

Books I read in 2011

I told my husband that my goal for 2011 was to read 52 books. Then I told him that my goal for 2012 was to take 365 naps. He gave me that "you've got to be kidding" look. Ah well, it seemed like a good idea.
Here are the books I read in 2011. A rather eclectic list I admit, but I tend to read in sporadic bursts of interests. My goal this year is to spend more time on quality, rather than quantity.

 .   52. Health for Godly Generations- Renee DeGroot
  • 51. Gods and Kings- Lynn Austin

  • 50. Remembering Christmas- Dan Walsh

  • 49. The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook- Neal Barnard

  • 48. A Skillet, A Spatula and a Dream- Barbara Breton

  • 47. Mrs. Miracle- Debbie Macomber

  • 46. Trading Christmas- Debbie Macomber

  • 45. For the Children's Sake- Susan Schaeffer McCauley

  • 44. Untangling Christmas- Karen Ehman and LeAnn Rice

  • 43. O Little Town- Don Reid

  • 42. Christmas At Herringtons- Melody Carlson

  • 41. Someone Like Me- Dee Taft

  • 40. The Oak Leaves- Maureen Lang

  • 39. Cornstalked-Patricia Bremmer

  • 38. The Scarlet Thread- Francine Rivers

  • 37. While We're Far Apart- Lynn Austin

  • 36. The Christmas Wedding- James Patterson

  • 35. The Urban Homestead- Coyne and Knutzen

  • 34. Ready, Set, Read!- Barbara Curtis

  • 33. Dancing With Max- Emily Colson

  • 32. Thereby Hangs a Tale- Jeffrey Archer

  • 31. Stars Collide- Janice Thompson

  • 30. Of Thee I Zing- Laura Ingraham

  • 29. Reinventing Leona- Lynne Gentry

  • 28. Books Children Love- Elizabeth Wilson

  • 27. The Ministry of Motherhood- Sally Clarkson

  • 26. The Help- Kathryn Stockett

  • 25. Her Daughter's Dream- Francine Rivers

  • 24. Night Road- Kristin Hannah

  • 23. Sixteen Brides- Stephanie Grace Whitson

  • 22. The Twelfth Imam- Joel Rosenberg

  • 21. Artisan Breads in Five Minutes a Day

  • 20. Her Mother's Hope- Francine Rivers

  • 19. The Memory Keeper's Daughter- Kim Edwards

  • 18. Blink- Ted Dekker

  • 17. Jacob's List- Stephanie Grace Whitson

  • 16. Real Estate Finance

  • 15. Known and Unknown- Donald Rumsfeld

  • 14. On Mystic Lake- Kristin Hannah

  • 13. Gardenias For Breakfast- Robin Jones Gunn

  • 12. One Second After- William Forstchner

  • 11. Patriots- James Wesley, Rawles

  • 10. One Thousand Gifts- Ann Voskamp

  • 9. Simple Government- Mike Huckabee

  • 8. The Gifted- Teri Blackstock

  • 7, The High School Reunion Diet; How to lose twenty years in 30 days- David Colbert M.D

  • 6. Knit the Season- Kate Jacobs

  • 5. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas- James Patterson

  • 4. The Bride Collector- Ted Dekker

  • 3. Knit Two- Kate Jacobs

  • 2. Magic Hour- Kristin Hannah

  • 1.Fatally Flaky- Diane Mott Davidson


  • I found this list of 100 novels that everyone should read. I've read quite a few of them but am making a list of 12 that I want to read this year. If I read more, all the better! I'll try to get my prospective list posted this week.