Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Book Reviews, Life, and Other Stuff

Normally, I review Christian fiction on my blog at The Nearsighted Bookworm, but I have been privileged this week to get to review two non-fiction books that I think that you will enjoy. The first, "The Mom I Want to Be," explores how we move past our past experiences to become the mom that we are desiring to be deep in our heart. T. Suzanne Eller wrote this wonderful book that I really enjoyed.

The second book, "Closer Than Your Skin: Unwrapping the Mystery of Intimacy With God," is full of Susan Hill's personal experiences of her journey to a closer walk with God. This book came at a time that I really needed some encouragement and was such a blessing to me. To learn more about these two books, jump over to The Nearsighted Bookworm to read the reviews. I also have a giveaway going on that ends Friday for the fictional book, "Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear," if you are interested.

Life just goes on and on and on. Here is a countdown of my last week:

Last Tuesday-Thursday-My four-year old has stomach virus. Not fun.
Last Friday-Sunday-My eight-year old goes from fever and not feeling well on Friday night and Saturday to stomach virus on Sunday. Still not fun.
Monday-My twelve year old stays home from school with fever, cough, and congestion.
Tuesday-My four year old and hubby have fever and not feeling well
Wednesday-Repeat of yesterday so far.

What is going on in my house? I am going to bathe it in Lysol today. It is soooo getting on my nerves! Oh, that is not to mention the Two tests that I need to do this week for New Testament Survey and Sociology, nor the fifteen articles and 15 rewrites that I needed to get done this week. If you think about it, send up a prayer for me! I am sure going to need it! I am down to 1 test, 13 articles and 7 rewrites as of this minute. I am going to go curl up on the couch with my sick baby and work on the laptop for the rest of the day. What has your week been like? I hope that everyone is well!

Have a blessed day! Janis

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day Recap

I can definitely say without a doubt that yesterday was the best Valentine's Day that I have ever had. No, I did not get diamonds or gold, but I got something much more important. I had the pleasure (and pride) of watching my family love on each other. I decided that we were each going to tell or write a note to each other describing why we love them. I wrote my notes to my hubby and the kids, KA wrote her notes, A just told each person that she loves them (she is just 4), J went around to each person and told why he loved them and played us a song on his sax, and my hubby told each child and me what he loved most about each of us. It had me crying at a few points, just because it was so touching. I bought the kidlets some candy and hubby brought them candy as well. We turned it from just a holiday for us to a holiday for the entire family, which was so much better. Yes, I did receive my coveted box of Turtles that I receive every year, but I also received a memory that will last a lifetime, which is much longer than the Turtles will last! What did you do for Valentine's Day?

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Things I Love...

As today is Valentine's Day, what else would we discuss today?

I love...

-To watch my husband with our children. Nothing else melts my heart quite as much as this.

-To watch my children playing together. No, not when they are fighting, but when they are actually getting along.

-To walk through a bookstore with no purpose in mind.

-To walk through a thrift store with no purpose in mind.

-To talk to my husband in bed late at night.

-To pick up my children from school every day.

-To write an article and get a compliment on it.

-To talk to my friends about nothing at all.

-To curl up on the couch, under a blanket, and read a good book.

-To surprise my husband.

-To watch my daughters curl up in their daddy's lap.

-To watch the kids swarm their dad when he comes home at night.

-To hug.

-To have time to cook cookies and other treats for my kids.

-To sit in my mom's lap (yes, still at the age of 36 and much too heavy).

-To sit on the couch with my dad.

-To send cards to friends and family.

-To learn.

-To make my house into a home.

-My friends.

-My family.

What do you love? Have a day filled with love and enjoyment!

Smiles! Janis

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Book Reviews

If you are looking for a new book to read, check out my new reviews over at The Nearsighted Bookworm. The world of Christian fiction has expanded to include many different sub-genres, including action, romance, mystery, and more. It is very exciting to be a part of the explosion of new books!

A giveaway is also on my other blog. If you like free stuff (who doesn't?), then check it out!

Smiles and Loves! Janis


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