What Are You Reading?

5 03 2009

Carrie asked me awhile back to blog on what I was reading. I was dreading this because I’m notorious for reading about 8 things at once…and never finishing anything!

Currently, I have, once again, a ton of things I’m reading. Here they are, in no particular order… (just the order I think of them, lol)

1. Child Health Guide: Holistic Pediatrics for Parents by Randall Neustaedter, OMD – our chiropractor lent me this when I asked her about some natural remedies for K’s asthma. It has been an amazing book and I will be purchasing it for ourselves with our next book order. I’m not as “crunchy” as some of my friends when it comes to medicine. We do give probitotics daily (and especially when the boys are on antibiotics). I think if K didn’t have asthma, I’d be more willing to go completely holistic. His asthma scares me though. I need to sit down with a holistic health care provider and share my concerns (I’ve been referred to a great one here in Raleigh, I just need to take the plunge) — If any readers have anything to share, PLEASE do!!

2. Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick – I’m reading this for small group. When we joined, they were on chapter 3. I’m still on chapter 1, haha. But the leaders’ had a baby and so the book is ‘on hold’ for a bit 🙂 It is incredible! (heavy, but incredible!) It’s all about keeping your focus on Christ in all that you do – this definitely keeps things in perspective as I’m home with the boys all day and I don’t feel like I’m doing much for the Kingdom.

3. Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood by Dr. William Sears – If you read our family blog, you can tell I haven’t gotten very far in this book, lol 🙂 — I will report more on this as I dive into it more. If it’s anything like his vaccine book, I will love it 🙂

4. The One-Minute Organizer: A to Z Storage Solutions: 500 Tips for Storing Every Item in Your Home by Donna Smallin – I love to organize, but, since having children, it’s fallen by the way side, I’m hoping this book will get me back on track

5. Cleaning Plain & Simple: A ready reference guide with hundreds of sparkling solutions to your everyday cleaning challenges by Donna Smallin – I nannied for a family one summer. The family had 4 kids & one day a week, the mom would take the kids and it was my job to clean the house (a very large, historic home) top to bottom (yes, they paid me very well, lol) The first few weeks, it would take nearly 8 hours as I figured out my plan. By the end of the summer, I would be done by lunch time (getting paid for a full day!) and then I’d drive out and join them for an afternoon of fun on the lake! lol – the mom was very organized in her cleaning (she told me she could get it done in 3-4 hours – I knew I was doing it right when I accomplished that goal, lol) & I strive for that one day in our own home (or … I may just hire some naive college student, LOL!)

6. Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training by Lou Priolo – The title says it all 🙂 This book came highly recommended in my Counseling Parents & Children class in Seminary and I’m so excited to finally be diving into it to train up our boys in a godly way.

7. I’m also reading from Matthew with a few ladies from my small group. We all have had a hard time lately getting our time in the Word so we all said, Let’s start in Matthew!”…so there we are!

Whew…there you have it! So….What are you reading???


Looking ahead

31 12 2008

I decided to share some of my goals for 2009. I’ve never been one to make ‘resolutions’ but, for some reason, I feel compelled this year to set some goals… I think it’ll be neat to come back to this post in 365 days and see ‘how’ I did…Feel free to hold me accountable…ahem…

*I need to up the ante on my quiet times. Since B’s birth, I’ve really been slacking in my time with the Lord. I feel I’m lucky if I breathe most days…deep down I know that if I take that time with Him, it’ll all go much smoother…

*I want to ‘green’ up our home more. We’ve made the switch to cloth diapers, slowly to cloth wipes and I’ve been re-evaluating (and experimenting) with our cleaning solutions. Growing up, recycling was a big deal in our home and I looked forward to it every week (I’m a nerd, lol) however, since getting married, we haven’t recycled once. As this past year drew on, that really started to bug me. Zach could care less, so it’s all on me…

*Go through the alphabet with K (a letter a week, or so) and really focus on teaching that to him (OK, so I’m missing teaching too! haha! I’m excited to break out my pre-school curriculum and start working with him!)

*Make sure Zach knows just how much I appreciate and adore him

*Be a better steward of our money, especially in regards to meals in our home

*This is more of a long term goal, but, I have to start sometime…but, look into becoming a doula. I was encouraged by our doula to do so. It was something I thought about as B’s birth drew near, but I wanted to see how his birth went. I knew if I had another c-section, there was no way I could attend births of other women and see them fulfill their dreams while I quite possibly would never experience that. Since it turned out way better than I could have ever imagined, it’s made me more of an advocate for natural birth, and VBACs. So…yeh 🙂

What about you, what are your goals, dreams, ‘resolutions’ for 2009?

Happy New Year!