2018's Word of the Year

2018 word of the year- Encourage:
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up... I Thessalonians 5:11

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.