Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Fridays: Wide

Friday, September 21, 2012

Spend five minutes today and write - don't worry about what others might think as you write, just do it!  You'll feel better!

Five Minute Friday

So even as I read the prompt - Wide - my thoughts were consumed with so many emotions I didn't really know how to start. I mean wide should be like an ocean description, or a grassy field or something... at least that is my first image...

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Yet the idea of writing for five minutes on Wide just wasn't  happening in my head. and the deal is that we don't think too much about what we are going to write, right?

So I sat down to write.

Then the baby cried - 5 minutes on hold.

It is amazing how the feelings in life can be so wide, so encompassing. We, as responsible adults, know that we should not be rule by our emotions. That such behavior is childish.

And yet emotions become that wide, large part of our thoughts and words all day, every day.

Sure there are great emotions to get lost in - love, joy, hope.

And even the less fun ones have a purpose. I mean a fear of some spiders or poisonous snakes could safe lives!

Yet we know that any emotion that takes over all our thoughts and actions is not healthy. There needs to be a balance. And finding that balance is the hidden secret I think most people search their whole lives for.

What if that secret is right in front of us?

What if we are making the worse decision when we grit our teeth and just try harder?

What if the wide open arms of a Savior, standing silently beside us is that secret?


Mommy Promises & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, September 20, 2012

When I was pregnant with my first I was all about talking to my belly, playing music for the growing baby, you know all that stuff doctors say help the baby to develop and such. One of the many things I did was read books to my unborn little guy. I wish I could say I did that with my second, but with a toddler to chase, well...

Anyway one of the books I read that first time around was Mommy Promises by Julie Stiegemeyer. This is a book that spoke to me as a soon-to-be mommy more than I think it ever will for my little ones. It talks about the things that mommies promise to do as they raise their little ones.

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This book is very Christian as it talks about the promises of God being perfect and a goal that mommies are working towards. Also I would guess the author is Catholic (just a guess- or maybe the illustrator?) as the page about baptism shows an infant getting baptized.

I think this would be a great shower gift for a first-time mommy as it is a great book to set up a goal to strive for as mommies try to raise their little ones. Plus it's a nice bedtime story that explains that mommies (and daddies) are trying very hard to raise their kids, but only God's love and promises are perfect.


And now it's time for my favorite time of the week - Cozy Book Hop! Basically it's a blog hop to share any and all posts about books and reading. Link up kids books, fiction,  non-fiction, ways to teach little ones to read, to love to read - your favorite book, your current read, or a book you are just dying to talk about with some friends!

Please link to your post, not your blog (I want to know what you are into this week!). I would appreciate a link back of some sort - the button's on the sidebar or a text link works great too. 

Oh and stop and see some of the others that link up, you might discover your next favorite book!

chick lit

Where We Belong

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Where We Belong
By Emily Giffin

I'll start this out by mentioning that Giffin tends to be a favorite of mine when I'm in the mood for light chick-lit stories. So if you are not into that, then this probably won't be of must interest to you - if however you enjoy relaxing with a book that makes you laugh, and sometimes cry because you can feel the emotions of the characters, then keep reading!

I had a special desire to read this book as it is the story of adoption - specifically how an adopted girl decides to find her biological parents when she turns 18.  (As an adopted child I tend to really enjoy these stories)  Kirby was adopted when she was only three days old - and has always felt like the black sheep of the family. As she struggles through her high school years she wonders if her "odd-ness" has anything to do with her birth parents. So she secretly goes to meet her biological mother.

Marian is a successful television sitcom writer and producer. She is living the high life in NYC. However the secret of her past still lingers in her thoughts - she gave her daughter up for adoption when she was just 18.

The story follows these two ladies as they discover their pasts and unveil the secrets that have been hidden over the past 18 years.

Sure the story is fairly predictable - hence the chick-lit category - but the characters are extremely interesting and engaging.

I really like how there was a fair amount of time spent with Kirby's adoptive family, since this is the family she considers to be her parents - a big point for adopted kids. Giffin also spends time developing Kirby's adoptive mother and does a fair job of showing her emotions as she stands by as her daughter searches for questions about where she came from.

My overall favorite line in the book is:
"I'm glad everything happened the way it did. I'm glad I got pregnant with you. I'm glad I had you. I'm glad you have a family who loves you. And most of all, I'm glad you're here now."  (286)
Marian tells Kirby this near the end of the book. I think those are important words because adopted kids never want to think of themselves as a mistake that was simply given away to erase the past. This book seems to follow idea - adoption is the chance for a child to be given a life with a family who deeply desires him or her and will provide the best life possible for that child.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick light read.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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John Burroughs Quote

Monday, September 17, 2012

To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk 
or an evening saunter, be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest
or a wildflower in the spring,
these are some of the rewards
of the simple life.
~~ John Burroughs

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