Sunday, February 15, 2009

Project 365 - Week 7

I'm pretty sure I have the best bloggy (and real-life) friends anywhere. Hands down. I cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of encouragment, all of the comments and emails and virtual hugs you sent my way. I have to say, I wrote that post mostly for myself...it was one of those things that I was compelled to do. It had been rattling around in my brain since the beginning of the year and wouldn't let up until I wrote it, so after ignoring it for 6 weeks, I gave in. And now I'm glad I did. So thank you. You have no idea how much it meant to me.

So, we went to church today. As a family. For the first time in 3 weeks.

I'm happy to say that I think we're almost back to normal.

And since the sermon today was on complaining - or rather, on not complaining - I'm not going to dwell on the last three weeks and instead just say I'm so very thankful for good health.

Our week has been pretty laid back. We had a very low-key Valentine's Day yesterday - the best part of the day was when my hubby, who was supposed to work all day, got off early and came home at noon. We spent the afternoon hanging out, watching Get Smart (very silly, but parts of it still cracked me up), and then grilling in the evening. Burgers for Ricardo, chicken for me and Savannah. But don't think that I didn't steal a bite of his burger....

So the week in pictures...


I'm going to be without my computer this week. Again. (Not complaining. Really. I just think that it's about time I get a computer of my own. I'm sure you, my fellow bloggy addicts, understand.)

So I'll be making another trip to the library, and y'all, I need some ideas. What books should I look for? What have you read lately that you could not put down? I plan on reading at least 6 or 7 this week, so help a girl out.

See you all next week!


29 comments:

Gretchen said...

Hey Jackie,

Glad you're on the mend and feeling heart better. I have a list of books in my side bar, and actually, I recommend them all. I just finished "This Side of Heaven", by Karen Kingsbury, though, and really liked it. It's heavy, but gooood. I'd never read her before. The book appears to be the 3rd in a series, but I didn't know that, and it didn't affect my enjoyment or understanding. I tend to lurve Lorna Landvik, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Gail Tsukiyama, too.

Smilingsal said...

Try Angela Hunt's series. I read and reviewed it on my book blog.

http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/

sara said...

love the pics! And I would say your daughter is very resourceful!!!

some of my favorite books: The Face by Angela Hunt, Heavenly man, shoo Fly Pie, Unchartered, Safely Home, Deadline

Hope that helps!!!

LuAnn said...

Your pictures are great. I always enjoy a good John Grisham. Playing for Pizza was one of my favorites he wrote

Rach@In His Hands said...

Super cute pics!!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

AWWW! Sweet pictures!

I agree bloggy friends are SO amazing! You've shown me that a time or two. :)

I love any thing by Karen Kingsbury, but you won't get much of anything else done if you choose one of hers - you just can't put them down. :) There's another one I just read and liked, but I can't remember the exact title and auther - so I'll get back to you on that one. I'm choosing to be lazy right now and not get up to check my bookshelf. I am all cozy on the chouch with my laptop - - Just trying to make you jealous there. :) 'Cause I'm nice like that.

Carla said...

Hey Jackie,
You are just so funny, sometimes I feel like you read my mind! Anyways about the book recommendations...have you ever read any books by Karen Kingsbury? If you like inspirational fiction I think you will really like her books. She has a lot that are series, so make sure you don't get one that's in the middle of the series. Anything that I have read from her I read in like 2 days and there hasn't been one book that I didn't like...that says a lot about an author. Anyways, don't worry I wont be offended if you don't like her! Just a suggestion :) Have a good week!
Carl

Carla said...

Okay so I spelled my name wrong...??? Carla :)

Carla said...

ok sorry for all the posts, but I posted mine before I read anybody else's...I guess you should read Karen Kingsbury :) HAHA

Elizabeth said...

Great pictures of your girl! She is very resourceful, and patient, when she sees something she wants.

I'm impressed with your not complaining. I may need a lesson or two b/c I've been complaining way too much lately.

I hope you have a good week without your computer. For reading, I would suggest Twilight b/c everyone seems to love it, but i haven't read it yet. I am reading The Red Tent and it is very interesting. Also, any fiction by Francine Rivers or Tracie Peterson. I like their Christian fiction better than some other authors. And if you've never read the Mitford series by Jan Karon, you must. They are my favorite of all time.

Nise' said...

Great collage of pictures! Everyone has given you great recommendations to read. If you like thrillers/suspense, try Brandilynn Collins, Colleen Coble, James Scott Bell and Steven James.

Maya's Musings said...

I have found some really good Christian authors lately. Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock are great. Karen Kingsbury and Harry Kraus M.D. are also great, have fun!! I read all the time.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I think I mentioned The Glass Castle to you already, but I was so intrigued by that book. My all time favorite is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Have you read those???

Erin K. said...

The pictures of Savannah waiting for the cupcakes and sitting up on the counter (with her "steps") totally look like something Kaitlyn would/will do. :-)

All the authors I would suggest have already been mentioned. This reminds me that I need to get the library sometime soon... I hope you enjoy all of your reading!

Jenn said...

I'd have to agree with everybody else that Karen Kingsbury has some great books to read. I like historical fiction, so I would vote for Gilbert Morris' series the house of Winslow. It starts at the time period of the pilgrims and goes on up from their. They have a little romance thrown in so I am now hooked on them. Another good historical/fictional series is Bodie Thoene's The Zion Covenant. This series deals with WWII. Looks like you will have lots to choose from!

{Jodie} said...

The Shack. Read the Shack.

ttm said...

I LOVE how resourceful Savannah is! She's a go getter! And she is exercising such restraint watching the cupcakes, I love it!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I got Get Smart from Blockbuster.com and we LOST IT. GRRR!!!!! Need to deal with that...

Yes, you need your own computer. :) I know they are expensive, tho. A friend of mine told her hubby when they had their baby that she'd happily stay home but she wanted a computer.

Books. OUTLANDER. I might have mentioned it a time or two. :)

Lois Lane II said...

Hubby just bought Ted Dekker's Black/White/Red series and is LOVING it. He said he can't put it down.

One of my recent favs was Carolyn Jessop's "Escape." It's pretty good, too.

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

Savannah is so adorable! I love the car picture!

Books. Well, if you have not picked them up yet read the AD Chronicles by Brock & Bodie Thoene. They are a fictional telling of the people you read about in the Bible. SOOOO good and a great way to look at the stories in the Bible in a different way. Of course if you have not read all of Karen Kingsbury she is a must read as well.

I don't have any books in the house right now and I really need to pick some up this week. My mom is our church librarian so if it is Christian Fiction & I want it I can pretty much get it! Gotta love it!

Kellie said...

Have a good bloggy break! You'll be missed!

And I am so glad you asked for book ideas...I needed some too!

Amanda said...

can you send your car-washing crew to my house...seriously! :) actually...send some car-washing worthy weather while you are at it! :) i am so going to have to read through the book recommendations you've received. a recent one i stumbled across at the library is by brandilyn collins...the bradleyville series..."color the sidewalk for me" is the first one. they are good Christian fiction...not cheesy...real...enjoyable (as in i couldn't put it down).

thanks for your sweet comments on my announcement. we are thrilled...and thankful to God for His faithfulness after the miscarriage this fall. and, i didn't comment on your last post...but it was so touching...so real...and i am praying as you continue on this journey.

Rachel said...

Your pics are really good - I love the way you always put them together!

I'm on an Angela Hunt kick right now. She's wonderful!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I love your pictures...Read Healing Waters by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn Happy reading:)

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

I'm reading The Mark Of The Lion series Book 1 right now. It was a little hard to get into (almost gave up) but so glad I stuck with it!

Heather of the EO said...

I love bloggy friends too. Great pics of course. I'm so behind on doing this 365 thing. ugh...

I hope you found just the right books and are devouring them as we speak.

Aspiemom said...

That was so sweet of your neighbor. I love that shot of Savannah standing and staring at the cupcake! All of the pics are great!

Glad you are feeling better.

Maya lists my top 4 favorite Christian author's. Dee Henderson is my favorite. Can NOT put hers down. Right now I'm reading a Gilbert Morris series someone from church lent me. I read all of his about 20 years ago, but altho the names are familiar it's like I don't remember the story-line. Lori Wick, Angela Hunt, Colleen Coble, Tim LaHaye, Debbie Rainey...mercy, I've read all of theirs!

Non-Christian...I love Michael Palmer & Ivy somebody-or-other. Sorry, can't remember her last name! Finder, also, is good.

Colored With Memories said...

good to hear from you...love your pics!

back to "normal"? what's that??? ;)

happy reading...wish i had some ideas for you...be sure to let us know what you liked!

MoziEsmé said...

Hope your computer break went well! You really do need your own! :)

I love those pics, by the way. What a great stair case. And leaving a sticker on the bowl - ttttsk...

I'm way behind and just read your previous post. Thanks for sharing from the heart. That letter from the future would be so helpful to me, too!