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I have been a stay at home mom since Oct 31st 2006. My children started school in 2008, so I decided it was time for me to go back, too. I have been a full time student for over two years now, and it seems like I am learning about more than just my schoolwork.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Angels, Memories, and Technical Difficulties

Got a new book! I was getting burned out on the self-help/non-fiction, so I picked a fiction book this time. Hopefully, I can do it justice. The title is Angel Song, and it was written by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman.

I read the back of the book before I dove into it, and right away noticed a typographical error. Normally, I probably would not have minded, but it brings my Mom to mind. The main character's name is Ann, sometimes Annie, but on the back cover, her name is Anne. Same name, different spelling. Slightly irritating, but did not take away from the story.

The struggle Ann faces is one I am familiar with. I, too, have lost a loved one. Although there are different circumstances, the pain and anguish is very much the same. My connection to the main character was almost instant, and very personal.

This book brought back many memories for me. It helped me relive the good times, understand the bad ones a bit better, and love my life all the more for the family, faith, and stories I have to share.

This would have been posted sooner, but we had some issues with our internet and a storm that passed our way. But I'm back now, barring any unforeseen problems.

All in all, this was a very, very good read. The characters were believable and real. The imagery was vivid enough to put me in their homes, in their work, and with them emotionally. I love being able to close my eyes, see the characters and their surroundings, and immerse myself into their world. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Learning new things

When I first started teaching myself to knit and crochet, I was content with simple projects that were quick and easy. In fact, the first thing I made was a hat from a book of quick 2-8 hour projects. Of course, it took me about 2 weeks to finish it, but I did it!

Now that I have started going outside my comfort zone, working on projects that challenge me a bit, I have set my sights on some of the more advanced techniques. It feels very...stimulating, refreshing...I can't quite put it into words--when you master a new skill.

There is a special way to start some crochet projects called the Magic Circle. I tried to learn it a few months ago, with no luck. So I have a stack of projects/crafts that I would love to make, but cannot start. So today, I decided to try again. And now I cannot even fathom why I couldn't do it in the first place. All of a sudden it seems so easy to me.

Maybe now I can start some of those projects I have been wanting to. I am hoping that this sudden clarity works in other areas of my life as well. Who knows, this might start a whole new trend.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cast of Characters

I love Max Lucado. When we lived down in the Valley, I studied a few of his books with my church group. So when I saw this book, I had to have it.

More of the same thing:

On the cover, it says "From the writings of Max Lucado" If you have read any of his other works, do not be surprised to find yourself reading some familiar stories. As irritated as this made me--why should I take up space on my bookshelf for more of the same stories--the way they were combined and presented opened a whole new viewpoint. This was the only fault I found with this book.

As with his other books, the reflection and discussion questions gave me a lot of insight to myself. His easy to read, conversational style of writing makes for a quick read. Get ready to have your bible handy, cross references abound. Just as with his other writings, Mr. Lucado has this great ability to make the people in the bible as familiar to me as my next door neighbor. He also has a great sense of humor. I laughed, I cried, I love this book!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Best Friends, Great Books, and Good Yarn

Working on a couple of crochet/knit projects. Trying to use up the yarn I have, slowly but surely. Made a small frog for a friend (no, I am not keeping it for myself!) But I am working on a purse for me, and I have everything I need to make myself a pair of socks.

I also got my new book from booksneeze.com. Cast of Characters by Max Lucado. One of my favorite authors EVER! Still working on a couple of other novels and non fiction. I hate having more than one book going at a time, but it is nice to have a change of pace every now and then.

And for the best news ever!!!! D & A & B came to visit me!!! I havn't seen her in at least 3 years, and I hadn't ever seen the baby. Even though there isn't too much to do in our little hick town, it was great to spend time with them.