January 2017

After a hectic week of floor remodeling we enjoyed a visit from the Reimer family for Christmas.  The guys hit the slopes on Christmas Eve and we had a delightful fondue dinner for Christmas. The visit was short and sweet, but Ivan loved the time he had with extended family.

The week after we spent time with local cousins and Grandma Karen who lives in KS.  He loved the warm days to jump on the trampoline!


All the Moseley siblings got to go to the Raiders vs. Broncos game on New Year’s Day.  It was a fun week of celebrating with family!

I would have liked to read so many more….but this is my season.


Here’s the list for 2016

  1. Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents need to Know to Do it once and Do it Right by Jamie CLowacki is a funny and informative book on potty training. Interesting tid bits on toddler brains and reminders on training, teaching and behavior in general.
  2. Engaging Islam by Georges Houssney is a very informative book written by a man from Lebanon who converted from Islam to Christianity as a teenager.  He discusses how to engage people from a Muslim background, mostly from an American perspective.
  3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is a novel that flashes from 1962 Italy to modern day USA to tell a story of a few lives intertwined.  I don’t often read romance novels so this was a different read for me, but I did enjoy it, especially the look at Italy in the people and culture.
  4. Smart Moves: Why Learning is not all in your head by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. is a book on how learning should happen.  It is based on whole body so looks at the brain, emotions, stress and movement.  She highly encourages using Brain Gym activities to stimulate learning and grain growth.
  5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo is an amazing nonfiction narrative of stories in the slum.  The way these people survive is an incredible testimony to the human spirit, or not, when they choose otherwise. This book is very well written and artistic in a manner that speaks deep.
  6. Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk is a great book on relationships.  Direct and simple that in order to have healthy God honoring relationships one must choose love no matter what the other person does.  Interesting perspective on tough love.
  7. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver is a novel with pointed discussion on climate change and the monarch butterfly migration.  I learned a lot about butterflies and enjoyed the book. But it was not a favorite.
  8. Hope for Health: Functional Bio Analysis by Dr. Scott Monk is a very scientific and cited book that describes muscle testing and how it works with Functional Health.
  9. Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a marriage book pointing out that the Bible tells wives to respect their husbands and husbands to love their wives.  He give practical tips as to how that looks and tons of stories of real people.
  10. How to raise a Mondern Day Joseph by Larry Fowler is a book that mostly encourages churches to get on board and work together with all their age groups. I took away a few things from this easy read, but mostly just skimmed it.  It is interesting to note that this is a person in AWANA.
  11. Power of a Praying Parent is a book I started and continue to read. Technically I did not finish it as it is not really a finishing book, but instead an ongoing read. Stormie Omartian discusses how to really pray for your kids.
  12. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer is a modern history story of the manuscripts of Timbuktu, Mali. Amazing story of the liberal and jihadi extremism of Islam.  Interesting read about the ancient history of Mali and more modern war.
  13. A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller is a classic that I’ve read before, but I enjoy going back to.  He brings out nuances of what David meant by discussing modern day shepherding. I love the way it makes me think about God differently.
  14. The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. This is a quick read about the author’s own method of tidying up. Keep only what sparks true joy and give everything a home.  I like and agree with these practices; she does get a bit mystical and spiritualizes stuff, but if you can look past that, I think this method would be great!
  15. The Littles by John Peterson is a childhood favorite that I read to Ivan. Story of theses little people with tails who live in the walls of a house of regular humans.
  16. The God Shaped Brain: How changing your view of God transforms your life by Timothy R Jennings, M.D. Is a great book of the paradigm shift of setting God of love. This book combines brain science with scripture to look at truth and our relationships.
  17. Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters was a great beach book to sit and relax.  It’s a mystery novel of art and history in Germany.
  18. The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First Century Fare with Menus and Recipes by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh is an informative and entertaining book.  I would love to get this book again and follow some of the recipes and feasts.
  19. The Bible by the Trinity of God through humankind.  Ivan and I had a combination of listening and reading together this year.