December 2017

Today I’m thankful for the ability to see and read. I have always enjoyed reading but sadly have less time now, however I still read as often as possible.


2017 Books

1.       Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural treatment for Autism, dyspraxia, add, adhd, dyslexia, depression and schizophrenia by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (Neurology) , MMed Sci (nutrition) is a comprehensive book on the GAPS syndrome and diet.  Dr Campbell gives thoughts of science, stories and common sense that help this system make sense.

2.       Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeursta book of her journey and questions for me on craving God not craving food.  This is one of many in my pursuit this year of becoming healthy: emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

3.       Thin Within: A Grace oriented approach to lasting weight loss by Judy Halliday and Arthur Halliday is a 30 day journey through allowing God into the center of your eating. Not that I need to lose weight but I need to be less controlled by food and more focused on my relationship with Jesus.

4.       Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian is a great resource to begin to pray for your kids. I used it as a spring board for helping me get ideas of what and how to use scripture to pray for Ivan. It is one that I will continue to read through.

5.       Power of a Praying wife by Stormie Omartian is again a tool to help know how/what to pray for your husband.  I downloaded the e-version with the prayers and scripture only.

6.       The Black Swan Effect by Felicity Dale is a book that discusses the women’s role in leadership in the church.  Every chapter is written by a different contributing author and discusses various aspects of church philosophy and scripture related to women leadership. 

7.       Grace Based Parenting by Dr Tim Kimmel is an approach to consequences and discipline that reflects our Father’s heart for us.  Much of this makes sense, but the practicality of it is a bit confusing.

8.       The Truth about Your Future: The Money Guide you need now, later, and much later by Ric Edelman is a super interesting read about exponential technologies and how that will most likely affect our future in our lifetime.

9.       The Soul of Shame: Retelling the stories we believe about ourselves by Curt Thompson is a book we read with our church this year.  It brought out great discussion about how much shame plays a role in our negative self-talk and debilitating thoughts. Thompson writes in a scientific manner and discusses brain research which is interesting, but can be confusing at times throughout the book.

10.   7 Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas is a terrific book about great women in history. He beautifully tells the stories of Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc and others. I enjoyed how he introduces their great traits then tells their story.  Only one of the women I’d never heard of, but the others, he included interesting details that I didn’t know.

11.   7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas is another book I enjoyed. Reading stories about Christians in history who made a difference and chose to do what was right instead of what would promote themselves. Some of the men Metaxes included in this book that I didn’t know the story of were George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Jackie Robinson and Charles Colson.

12.   Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an amazingly well written historical novel of the Nigerian civil war that took place in the 60’s.  A piece of history I do not remember hearing about, ever. Yet some of it sounds similar to modern day Syria, yet with modern technology the outcome is still probably not much different: many lives are lost and transformed by what they see and experience.

13.   How to Have That Difficult Conversation: Gaining the skills for honest and meaningful communication by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend is a difficult book about confrontation. For me that is a difficult topic but Cloud and Townsend do a great job of breaking this skill down into bite sized chunks.

14. The Bible




Today I’m thankful that I’m not doing this move and house project all by myself. Nick and I are an amazing team. We’ve both worked so hard in a short time to get where we are on the house. With daily runs to Home Depot and creative food solutions, it has been and will continue to be an adventure. But it is one that I am glad to have him with me.

Well, today we got kicked out of our basement so the painter could paint the ceiling. Ivan seemed ok, but as we went through the morning I could tell he just want himself. I didn’t want to bring my sick kids to anyones house and infect others so we just hung out at stores and he napped in the car. My dear friend called to ask how he was, and then invited us over to hang it at her place. So thankful for my friend Kim today!! She willingly opened her home to my sicky and even gave him a bath while I ran to Lowes!  Of course he perked up with her around!! 

After a few days of really cold temps it was magical to get outside. I’m so thankful for beautiful sunshine in the winter. We spent some time in between working on the house to go to the library and playground.

Today Ivan was not feeling well, so we had a quiet day on the couch, and a couple of times he asked to listen to music specifically “star wars music”. I’m feeling thankful that he and Nick can share this enjoyment. It is fun to hear him ask about “bad guy music” and “good guy music”. He knows this from books, yoga (cosmic kids) and music. It will be a few years before he watches any movies, but it’s fun still. 

I’m thankful for used sale sites like Craigslist where we can find cheap things for our basement home. I got a free microwave, and Nick picked up a cheap cart today. It’s coming together! 

We need your help! Ivan and daddy started an art project for our new house. They had, well Daddy had, an idea for a decorative coffee cup and wine glass holder. But there are several Arrangements that we could potentially do to have it look it’s best. Would you take a moment to vote on your favorite 3? For our email subscribers, note that you may need to go to the blog Post site in order to vote on the poll…

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