Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Grandmom!

To honor my grandmom, who is 85 years old today, I have a picture of her from last summer at my brother's wedding (I was a wee bit pregnant in this picture).

I thought it would be neat to see what the world was like in the year my grandmom was born - 1925 - so I did a little research (most of this is taken from

The president was Calvin Coolidge and he was the first president to have his inauguration broadcast on the radio. A postage stamp cost $0.02 and the Chrysler corporation was founded. A Tennessee schoolteacher named John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution and Al Capone was in his heyday in Chicago. Adolf Hitler published the first volume of Mein Kampf. Ben-Hur, costing a record-setting $3.95 million to produce, was released. Vitamin A deficiency was discovered as causing night blindness. John Baird transmitted the first television image in London, and Leica marketed Oscar Barnack's 35mm camera.

Also born in this year were several famous people including Margaret Thatcher, Richard Burton, Tony Curtis, and Johnny Carson.

So, Grandmom, as we can all see, the world sure has changed. We love you. Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be by Max Lucado

You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be by Max Lucado is made up of excerpts from his other book the Cure for the Common Life and is easily completed in one sitting. The book is a small hardback that I think would be a perfect present for a graduate (just like the sticker on the front cover says). I have read a few of Lucado’s books a while ago but nothing recent. I often have issues with some of his theology, but he is very interesting author so I always am able to take something valuable away from it. The title really hit on my favorite point of the book that I cannot be anything I want to be, but I can be everything that God wants me to be. I would recommend this to anyone who is searching for God’s will and purpose for their life. One disclaimer is that I am not a big fan of his assertion that each of us has a “divine spark” with its connections to Martin Buber and Hasidism. I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I thought it couldn't be done, but here is proof. I tried to transplant some Lillies of the Valley from my parents' house and it looks like it actually worked. When my mom brought that pot of poor, pathetic flowers pulled out from her own "flower garden" I didn't have the heart to tell her that they would never come up next spring. So I let them sit in that pot by our front doorstep for a couple months till it got cold out and then I finally just decided to plant them. And now here they are - a little bit of home away from home.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Need a better name

So I have been fiddling with the format of our blog for a little while and have come to the conclusion that we need a new name for our blog. I am having brain freeze about this though. I just am not a huge fan of the alliterated thing. I think I change the background several times a month, but I just want to stick with one thing and get a banner to match. But the banner will require a little work, and this is why I want to decide on a good title for our blog. I get so worked up about this kind of stuff, ahhhh. . .

Thursday, April 15, 2010

So glad the day is done

Today was one of those days when I wake up in the morning and think to myself "can't I just go back to sleep and skip to tomorrow." I just look at all that needs to get done and get a little overwhelmed. So I just started from the top and tackled one thing at a time. Now it is almost time for bed, and I am off to read some more of my latest title, Dave Ramsey's total money makeover. When I am done, I will be a lean, mean, money saving machine:0

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Everyone Comunicates Few Connect by John Maxwell

Maxwell's latest book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect is a great read. I have never read anything by him before, so I am not sure how it compares to his others. He has taken the time to post the unfinished chapters online to get tons of reader input which he incorporates into the book. This makes for lots of examples and opinions on every concept he introduces.
The book did not require much time to read, but I thought it was invaluable in its information. Everyone wants to be successful and Maxwell makes the case that you must first connect with people in order for this to happen.
As with other books of this genre, I sort of feel that the author puts too much emphasis on "success." Considering it is put out by a Christian publisher I tend to expect something which would benefit a Christian. I definitely believe it is a must read.
I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

A beautiful day at the park

This is Ian BEFORE he started eating the grass.