My Goals For This Week

This Week’s Goals:

Family

  1. Organize Kids’ Clothes:
    1. Take Out Clothes That Are Too Small
    2. Pack Up & Label Clothes That Are Too Small
  2. Pack Up & Label Pregnancy Clothes
  3. Write Love Notes to Louis & Kyrie
  4. Exchanges and Returns on baby clothes she has already outgrown

Education

  1. Create an Arabic Study System
  2. Add the Motor Themes to the Homeschooling Curriculum
  3. Begin Reading TCK

Ministry

  1. Continue Bible Reading Plan
  2. Write Lisses to Lebanon Blog Update
    1. Funding Update
    2. Timeline Update
  3. Start Reading Serving as Senders
  4. Organize the Space to Write Thank You Cards

Personal

  1. Celebrate the first 2 Weeks of my Made Over Morning Routine: Use my Coldstone Gift Card
  2. Begin Studying the Bible again by reading 1 chapter this week of 1 Samuel
  3. Choose a Book For Fun & Start Reading

I realize I might be jumping in to far too much, but what I have been learning these past few weeks as I have begun my Morning Routine again is how useful scheduling out my days can be. Thank you, again Crystal @Money Saving Mom. So, I have begun using Google Calendar in a way that I might share as soon as I figure out how to explain it. The main point is to put it down on paper and leave it there. So, before I send these goals out now I have them written down on my calendar in a reasonable way. More on that later, but for now…

Accountability through Blog, we have Re-Begun!

As always, feel free to join the accountability of goal setting by writing your own goals in the comments.

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On Being A Mommy Who Reads Voraciously

My baby boy was born in November 2012. During my pregnancy leading up to his birth I was able to finally read quite a few books that I had been meaning to read for years. I read the entire Harry Potter series, and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I reread the three books about The Mysterious Benedict Society and loved them all just as much on the second read. Finally, I reread the Hunger Games Trilogy. I was reading the third book, which is my least favorite of the series. I was quite aware that I may not finish it when I picked it up. I had intended to only read the first two books of the series again, but didn’t want to start a book which I would need to finish. Mockingjay was a book I could put down and not care much if I picked it back up again after my baby was born.

Thinking all of this over as I had made it even funnier to me when my nurse, after I had had my beautiful baby and been moved to the nursery floor for couplets care, laughed at my having a book in the hospital. I was aware that I would probably not get much of it read in the next few weeks, but when she said, “It’ll be years before you get through another book,” I felt that I had met a challenge I could not turn down. I laughed along with her and then determined that I would read all the time. Besides, what would I have to say to this baby if not for the chapter books I would read to him?

However, my true purpose in undergoing this challenge was my own regrets. I have spent years avoiding my passions in the pursuit of work and these five years of committed stay-at-home motherhood are about my own mental healing as much as they are about raising my beautiful baby boy. This is why the books on this site span so many age groups, and genres, I truly love books. My need for a kind of book is as fluctuating as my baby’s sleep pattern, which is a day to day phenomenon. Some days I need an easy read to get my mind calmed down. Other days I want to read to my baby a book that has pictures for him to look at. Often I want a book that speaks to me about my own life, or humanity in general. Sometimes I pick a book up merely on recommendation.

Which is what I hope this blog can be for you. I hope that you can continue, begin, or pick up where you left off being a lifelong reader. Use this blog as a place to make recommendations for me to read, or to find books to read based on your needs.

Book Review: Pecan Pie Baby: Excellent

Pecan Pie Baby

Written By Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrated By Sophie Blackall

A soon-to-be-big-sister is not as happy as everyone else about this new baby coming. Pecan pie is the red thread through this book, reminding us all that life is lived in the small moments. This adorable children’s picture book captures the feelings of an only child not ready to lose her place in the family. The writing is told in such a way that it sounds like the little girl is speaking throughout the book.

My personal take away was a memory of my own lack of preparation for my baby sister. I wanted a puppy and I wanted that squirmy, reddish, loud thing to go back where it came from. As I read this story to my own three and a half month baby, I prayed that he would be excited to be a big brother. I want to also remember the small things in raising him that he will have his own pecan pie moments with myself and my husband.

I would recommend this book to be read to any child 0-12 years of age getting ready to have a new sibling enter the family. A friend of mine has an entire shelf of books on being an older sibling which prepared her for the event. This book should definitely be a part of that shelf in my own house.