Reading List Looks Back on 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Every year I read through as many books as time allows.

Many years I only read books I've never read before, but this year I wanted to reread many of my favorites. So I spent a vast amount of my reading time reading some of personal favorites. Like Anne of Green Gables. And with the Hunger Games second movie out this year, I re-read the Hunger Games series, simply to better compare the two.

Favorite quote from 2013 {Reading List}


A new year: Opening the valve

Monday, December 30, 2013

A fresh beginning.  Isn't that a great feeling?

Knowing you can simply start again. Letting go of the previous day, even if it was a horrible, no-good, very bad kind of day?

What about when a new year approaches.  Do you see it as a chance to try again? To set goals and strive for them?

I love the holiday season, the rush, the excitement. And to be honest by the time New Year's comes around I'm tired.  Thinking of how to start the new year off tends to just push me over the edge.  But I do try to come up with some goals for the year.

This year, thanks to a great study I've been doing with a mom's study group (more on that in another post), I'm feeling the need to really "tap" into the power of the Holy Spirit. Honestly, I know I don't have the super-mom powers that some moms brag about on social media.

Supermom image {Reading List}


Merry Christmas 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I am praying that you all are enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends.  I pray that for those of you who are hurting, will allow the promised peace of the coming Savior soothe you today, even if just for a little while.  And for those of you who are worn my the extra that come with holidays can find a moment to sit back and soak it in.  I pray that your littles are full of squeals of happiness and that you can feed on that joy and have a glimpse of the promised paradise we were all made for.


Christmas books for kids

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last week I shared the top Christmas books my kids are enjoying this year. And this week I wanted to share some of the other books that my friends are enjoying with their kids this Christmas.

It always warms my heart to know that other moms and dads are sitting with their kids on a regular (hopefully daily) basis and reading to them. The studies that prove how beneficial this practice is are countless. But for me and my mommy friends, we see these as opportunities to snuggle close to our babies, even when they are much too big for such labels.

So here is a list of some favorites for our kids, in no particular order.

Ten Wonderful Christmas Books for Your Littles  {Reading List}


Women Living Well

Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm not sure how many of you reading this have been following along as I've journeyed through this world of blogging.  You see I started writing after my first son arrive, early, and of course with that brought tons of things to say. Then I just enjoyed writing what I was doing as mom, and my family seemed to be thrilled at the pictures I kept putting up.

Then I expanded.

Even before blogging, I was a freelance writer (surprise surprise!), so the jump to blogging was easy.  But the platform scared me a little.  A freelance writer can get used to hiding behind the name of some other company and just be a small side name.  Which worked great for me.  But deep down, I had a passion for reading, and of course writing.


The Christmas Candle

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I love a good Christmas story.  There are so many great options, but I search for a new on each year just to feel extra Chrismtas-y. And this year Max Lucado put out a great option - The Christmas Candle.

I was excited to check it out and Lucado often writes moving pieces.

The Christmas Candle {Reading List}


A Favorite This Year

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas is full of traditions, right?  And books, of course are at the center of ours.  There are so many great Christmas books out there, and I love pulling them out each year.  The memories are wound around their covers of years past. This is the magic books can have for kids if we take the time to read with them.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. {Reading List}

There are a million different versions of The Night Before Christmas story out there, I'm sure you've heard a few versions of it yourself over the years right?


My toolbox to build my dream

Monday, December 16, 2013

Do you remember a time in your life when you heard that you could do anything you dreamed of?  Were you lucky enough to have an adult that encouraged you to dream, and then that person helped to picture the steps to take to attain that dream?

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