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, April 27

Monday, Monday....

I bought the boys new paintbrushes to go with the new paints. Now I can't remember where I put them. (SIGH)

Thursday, April 23

What I've been doing lately...

Obviously I haven't been writing much here so you might assume that I've been really busy doing very exciting things in exotic places...or maybe you wouldn't.

I have been working, a lot more than I originally anticipated. It's okay, I have a goal to reach and my paychecks are getting me there faster and I like being out in public and seeing people. It's good therapy for me. But I do miss having nights at home.

We spent a couple of days in Lincoln at the state home school conference. It's always good to reconnect with old friends and we specifically went because now that we know what Alex's issues are we were looking for some help on how to make learning easier for him. We went to all of the workshops by Pamela Gates who works with Diane Craft and is a learning specialist. We asked lots of questions, took notes and bought her program. Now we're watching lots of videos, taking more notes and trying to come up with a plan. Fingers crossed!!

Our new granddaughter was born on my birthday. The next day her "big" brother celebrated his first birthday. We got to keep the older two kids while mom was in the hospital and it was fun to spend time with them.

My dear hubby has got all of his little "seed babies" started and is nurturing them. It's been a cool April here so things are a little slower. I just realized yesterday that I'm still wearing long sleeves most days and that's pretty rare for April.

Basically life has been pretty normal, a busy normal but a good normal!

Friday, April 17

Progress On My Reading List

Eight weeks into the year and I've only read 4 books. This doesn't bode well. But as I had originally thought some books may make it into more than one category. The book I just finished, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, definitely fit in here. I love her books and I was pretty sure it would make me cry and it did. But it was such a good read. I highly recommend it, but don't forget the tissues.

• A book with more than 500 pages
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
• A classic romance
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
• A book that became a movie
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
• A book published this year
The Nightingale- by Kristin Hannah
Taken- by Dee Henderson
• A book with a number in the title
• A book written by someone under 30
• A book with nonhuman characters
The Woodcutter- by Kate Danley
• A funny book
Mr Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse- by Eric Hodgins
• A book by a female author
The Shape of Mercy- Susan Meissner
• A mystery or thriller
• A book with a one-word title
Taken- by Dee Henderson
• A book of short stories
• A book set in a different country
The Nightingale- by Kristin Hannah
• A nonfiction book
• A popular author’s first book
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie- Alan Bradley
• A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
Truth Stained Lies- Terri Blackstock
• A book a friend recommended
The Prayer Box- Lisa Wingate
• A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
• A book based on a true story
• A book at the bottom of your to-read list
• A book your mom loves
• A book that scares you
• A book more than 100 years old
• A book based entirely on its cover
• A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
• A memoir
• A book you can finish in a day
Sisters of the Seashell- Lisa Wingate
• A book with antonyms in the title
• A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
• A book that came out the year you were born
• A book with bad reviews
• A trilogy
• A book from your childhood
• A book with a love triangle
• A book set in the future
• A book set in high school
• A book with a color in the title
• A book that made you cry
The Nightingale- by Kristin Hannah
• A book with magic
The Woodcutter- by Kate Danley
• A graphic novel
Ninjago- Rise of the Serpentine- yes I read this to my boys. :)
• A book by an author you’ve never read before
• A book you own but have never read
Jacob's Way- by Gilbert Morris
• A book that takes place in your home town
• A book that was originally written in a different language
• A book set during Christmas
• A book written by an author with your same initials
• A play
• A banned book
• A book based on or turned into a TV show
• A book you started but never finished

While the "rules" for this challenge are fluid, nothing says you can't re-read a book you've read before. Here are the unofficial rules, which include:

• All books are acceptable except children's books (i.e. Run Spot Run) (young adult books are fine).
• All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.