Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Review--Son by Lois Lowry

Son (The Giver, #4)Son by Lois Lowry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing sequel to The Giver.  I am so glad that Ms. Lowry decided to write the book to let us see the end of Jonas and Gabriel's story.  I LOVED it.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Great-Nephew Graham

I love being an aunt.
Which makes being a great-aunt
even sweeter.
This is my newest great-nephew,
Graham David.
David and I were blessed to
be able to be at his baby
dedication in Houston.

photography by good friend Lance White

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Decorating 2012

Caleb and David came over and helped me
trim the Christmas tree.  Aaron would
have been here, but he had a previous engagement.
Aren't 2 year olds too young to have
previous engagements?  :) 
Caleb is the perfect size
to crawl under the tree and
lay out the Christmas tree skirt.
He's also old enough that he
is fascinated with each new
ornament that comes out of the box.
He loved this Fisher Price school ornament
that his mom gave me last year.
I enjoyed hearing his ooh's and aah's.
David mostly enjoyed playing with his toys while
Caleb and I worked.
My tree decor is very unique this year.
Lots of ornaments clumped (or should
I say grouped) together
close to the bottom of the tree.
I am OK with that.
We're making memories
not an exquisitely decorated tree.

I pray for you to enjoy
this special time of the year
and that you will not get stressed
out by all that has to be done.
Stop and smell the roses,
or the poinsettias.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

Our little goblins this year
were Batman, Monkey, and Super Grover.

It was also great to have church friends and
neighbors stop by.

We gave them candy.

They gave us hugs.
I'd say that's a pretty
fair exchange.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Personal Goal Achieved

Every year, I set a reading goal for myself.
Some years I reach the goal; other years I do not.
This year, I have reached my goal of 112 
(because it is 2012) books
and it is only November 6th.  Who knows
how many more books I might read?

The final two books were finished today.
Both books were by authors that
my niece, Jenny, the middle school
librarian, recommended to me.

I listened to this book on CD while driving in my car.
That's a great way to get extra books read.
It was hilarious!  I found myself laughing
out loud at several places.  I wonder
what the drivers around me were thinking.

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg
was a fantastic read.  As the book
flap promises, it is wise,
warm, and brilliant.

For some of you, the following
message is "preaching to the choir",
but be patient with me.
If you have not read any children's
or young adult books lately,
treat yourself.  They are
some of the most well written
books around these days.
Visit the children's
section of your local library
and ask the librarian for some

I will let you know at the end
of the year, how many books
I end up reading.


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Review--Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Glory BeGlory Be by Augusta Scattergood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent debut children's novel.  Set in Mississippi during the turbulent 60's, it shows a very human side to the civil rights struggle.  I highly recommend it.