Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt


My Book of Life by AngelMy Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The sex trafficking industry is heartbreaking.  I was aware of the serious problem and of the alarming statistics, but this excellent book put a face to the problem.  I strongly recommend this book.  Although the subject matter is very disturbing, the author deals with the issue in beauty and grace.


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Children's Literature Awards

Today was a big day in the world of
Children's Literature.
The American Library Association
gave out their 
YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS.

The 2 best known are
the Caldecott Medal
&
The Newbery Medal.

If you would like to see some of the
best books for children published
last year, click HERE.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Review--Little Lost Dog


Little Dog, LostLittle Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.  Beautifully written!  Although this is an overused word, this is definitely a sweet book.  But beware, if your child reads this book, he/she will probably ask for a dog.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review--Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book and I am not even a fan of Science Fiction.  I definitely see a sequel coming.

Thank you, Jenny, for pointing me to books I might not read otherwise.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Breakfast with Santa

Our church,
Eastside Church of Christ,
hosted a Breakfast with Santa
this year.
We had lots of fun seeing Santa,
eating yummy food,
doing Christmas Crafts, 
and showing off our
grandsons.
Caleb 5 1/2--almost 6
Aaron 2 1/2
Nana and Ducca even got in on the pictures.
These guys look so big.

The only sad part of the day was
that David, our other grandson
was out of town and wasn't
able to attend with us.

One highlight of the day
is not pictured.
It had snowed the night
before the event, so
Ducca "drove like a pirate"
through the empty part of the
church parking lot with the
boys yelling "MORE!"

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year Party


One of the joys of being a 
Stay-At-Home Nana
(yes, I just coined that phrase) 
is that I get to have parties with my
little guys for special occasions.
Getting ready the night before.
Party hats are a must for a
New Year's Party.
Always ready to party.
Another party animal.
There aren't many books to go
with the New Year's Theme, so
we had a co-theme
of Noah's Ark.
Noah had to start fresh just
like we start fresh each new year.

(A teacher learns to make
anything fit with the theme
she has chosen.)
 
Macaroni died with food coloring for
a craft.
 
The little guys thought it was fun
but their attention span was not that long.
Caleb decided to "do his own thing."
Can you say first born?
I can say that because I am one.
One of the exciting (non-planned)
activities was throwing
all the balloons down the stairwell.
Can you find all three boys?
They are all there.
 
We made rainbow cookies.
Yes, I often wear a
super-hero cape when
the boys are here.
Caleb's idea.  
I must admit, raw dough was
eaten during this project
and no one got sick.  Whew!
Caleb really got into it.
Of course, smart boy that he is,
he informed me that I didn't have
all the right colors for a rainbow.
As you might be able to tell,
tattoos were also among the
non-planned activities.
These were actually left over
from Christmas 2011. 
The final project wasn't too bad at all.
I was afraid the colors would fade during
baking, but they didn't.
Caleb and Aaron had an impromptu
tea party at this little dolls table.
Can you tell how small the table and
chairs are?
And one of the best parts of the day
was that the mama's and daddy's
got to hang out together.
How blessed David and I are
to have them all in the Springs!  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Prayer for 2013

Aaron praying on Christmas Eve
photo by Mandy

Our prayer for you for 2013 is--

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

I am reading a book that is
excellent--
Transforming Prayer:
How Everything Changes
When You Seek God's Face

by Daniel Henderson

Henderson's premise is that we
often seek God's hand (to help us,
to help our loved ones)
but we don't often seek His face
(to get to know Him more intimately).

As I strive to seek His face
in 2013, I will also be seeking
His hand.  I would be honored
to add your needs to my prayer
list.  You can send me a private
message through FaceBook
or e-mail me if you would like
me to be praying for you.

May God Bless You
in 2013.