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On our To-Do List for this week –
check out this book from the library.

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While I still plan to read Total Nutrition, it is a little different than I expected.
(and the whole of the book is not as good as the little bit that I read in B&N).
I am looking to glean from a few different sources, and this one was recommended by Word of Wisdom Living.
Have any of you read this?  Thoughts?  Recommendations? 

Also, I still like cake.  And ice cream.  And cheesesteaks.
(Just for the sake of honesty.)

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Apparently, Nana is making Grandpa bankrupt 😉
The latest and greatest: Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales.
Dad used to read these to me over and over and over again when I was a kid.  And I can’t wait to do the same with Julia.

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So, really, I’m the one who’s appreciating this gift the most right now 😉

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Rain, Rain
Again, Again

So we get all dressed up to go nowhere,
Snap a few photos to prove it,
then spend the day napping and reading Gone with the Wind.
We keep the hazelnut candle burning all day,
the curtains wide open for what we like to call, “rain mood lighting,”
and we drink tea and apple cider.

Because it’s that sort of day.

Later I will make Sweet & Sour chicken (yum!) and perhaps some Pumpkin bread.

I love Rainy Thursdays.

and yes for those of you wondering, i’ve been reading Gone with the Wind for about 5 years now.  my life keeps getting interrupted…ha.

Julia loves reading with Aunt Rosie

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Things I’m loving about being home?  Let me tell you just a few.

1) Sleeping in past 6:30

2) Actually being able to enjoy living in my house (mostly because I now have time to clean it.)

3) Cooking and baking, such as these Oatmeal Scones

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4) Playing FreeCell and Spider Solitaire (yes, I’m currently addicted)

5) READING!!  I now have much more time to do this, and I am absolutely loving it.  I mentioned here that Mike and I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird this summer.  So I went on Amazon and picked out the prettiest copy.  The pages are all antiquish looking, which Mike doesn’t quite get, but I love it!  Can’t wait to dive in.

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6) Pedicures with Mom 🙂

7) Going swimming at whatever time of day I like (as opposed to early morning or evening).

8) Gardening (I am not as committed yet as I need to be, but I think I will get there.)

9) Strawberry Picking (this is an upcoming event)

10) Getting ready for JuJu Bug.  I simply cannot wait to meet her!  Partly because I would like to breathe again, partly because I am just so excited to see, hold and love our little girlie!  3 weeks til full term, 6 til due date!  I really hope they fly by…

Fact #1: I am done working

Fact #2: Our cable is gone, at least for the foreseeable future (thanks to Comcast and their lack of good customer service)

Fact #3: I have many books I want to read.

Fact #4: the combination of Fact #2 and Fact #3 make for an overall good scenario (no matter how mad I am at Comcast right now).

Books I am currently reading:
Jeremiah Burroughs’ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
Milton Vincent’s A Gospel Primer
Robert Middlekauff’s The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution
Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts

Books Mike and I are currently reading:
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

Books I want to read this summer:
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin’s Halsey’s Typhoon
Jane Austen’s Emma

Books Mike and I want to read this summer:
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield

I intend to post favorite quotes or passages I find under the “To Read” tab. 

And currently oatmeal scones are beckoning me to come bake them…so I must be off.  What’s on your summer reading list?

Read this in my devotion this morning.  Such an encouraging reminder!

Gotta love Milton Vincent’s A Gospel Primer!

Well, my camera is currently out of commission, so all the pictures I was going to post from recent events are not available at this time 🙂 It should be fixed shortly.
So, in the meantime, I thought I’d write about a book that I’m reading and am in absolute awe over. It is not an understatement to say that it is changing my entire perspective on contentment.
It’s called The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

I’m about 45 pages in, and it’s 228 pages total, and I’m wondering how on earth he can possibly improve on all he’s said about contentment already! That’s how good it is!
Traci lent it to me a while ago, and I’m going to have to go out and buy my own copy. I keep going to underline stuff and then realize “this isn’t my book!!! drop the pen!!!” So I’m just going to have to get my own.
Whether you are in a place of relative contentment or not right now, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! 🙂 I’m convinced that whether I’m in a season of trial or in a season of blessing, it is beneficial for me to study contentment. That way, either it will help me through a present storm, or prepare me to face a future one. It is never an obsolete study.
I will leave you with a quote, though it was so hard to choose! I hope it stirs your heart to pursue contentment on an even deeper level than you thought possible, or maybe than you thought you needed!

“Philippians 4:7,9: And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.’ The peace of God shall keep your hearts…The peace of God shall keep you, and the God of peace shall be with you. Here is what I would observe from this text, that the peace of God is not enough to a gracious heart except it may have the God of peace. A carnal heart could be satisfied if he might but have outward peace, though it is not the peace of God; peace in the state, and his trading, would satisfy him. But mark how a godly heart goes beyond carnal. All outward peace is not enough; I must have the peace of God. But suppose you have the peace of God, will that not quiet you? No, I must have the God of peace…That is, I must enjoy that God who gives me the peace; I must have the Cause as well as the effect. I must see from whence my peace comes, and enjoy the fountain of my peace, as well as the stream of my peace. And so in other mercies: have I health from God? I must have the God of my health to be my portion, or else I am not satisfied. It is not life, but the God of my life; it is not riches, but the God of those riches, that I must have, the God of my preservation, as well as my preservation. A gracious heart is not satisfied without this: to have the God of mercy, as well as the mercy.”

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