We're heading "home" to spend time with family, so I won't be posting for the next several days. I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas!
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A Lady of High Regard by Tracie PetersonActs Dispensationally Considered by C. R. Stam (I've read 1/3 of it.) Ever Afterby Karen Kingsbury Going Home by Wanda Brunstetter Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers Like Dandelion Dust by Karen KingsburyMission: Motherhood by Cathy Corle Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (This is a re-read.) Summer by Karen Kingsbury The Choice by Nicholas SparksThe Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
How did I do? As you can see, I didn’t finish all of the books on my original list. I had a little problem. I read 9 others books during this time period that weren’t on my list, and that doesn’t even begin to count all of the reading I do with my kids each day! When I get on the library’s waiting list for a particular book, it sometimes takes months for me to get it. Fortunately (or unfortunately for the books I was planning on reading for the challenge) a few books I signed up for arrived much earlier than expected, so I had to quickly get them read and returned to the library. Also, I have a good friend who gets a lot of wonderful books and shares them with me. I always read them right away and try to get them back to her before I forget that I have them.
Best book/Worst book The book I enjoyed the most from my fall list was The Five Love Languages of Children. I have read a slew of parenting books, and this one by far has helped me the most in terms of understanding what makes each of my children tick. I catch myself in situations on a daily basis with each child where I’m reminded of their particular “love language.” This book was such an eye-opener! I’m keeping it on my nightstand indefinitely and highly recommend it. The worst book I read this fall wasn’t even on my list. I started a book that I’d seen on tons of book lists. Since it was written by a secular author, I should have done a little research before I checked it out at the library. A few pages in, I felt that heaviness come over me, and I knew that it wasn’t a book that I should be reading. I closed the book and promptly returned it to the library. Ladies, we really must guard our eyes and minds! What did I learn from this challenge? As you can see by looking at my list, I read more fiction than non-fiction. Most of the other books I read that weren’t on my list were fiction, too. I think that I read fiction books as a way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Sometimes I don’t want to analyze what I’m reading, hence the neglect of non-fiction. Now, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with recreational reading; however, I do believe it’s wrong to let reading (or any other hobby) cause me to neglect my priorities—God, husband, children, home. Sometimes I am guilty in this area. I have recently scheduled more time into my day for Bible reading, which is the most important reading any of us will ever do. That has cut down some on my other reading, but God’s word is life-changing and vital in my daily walk with Him. I plan on finishing up my list in the next few weeks. I’ll just carry the unread books over to the next challenge.
He's smiling--really, he is.
Dewey is a 5 year old pure blooded English bulldog. These dogs are expensive around here (you know--the GEORGIA BULLDOGS) and usually sell for $1,000-$2,000. Dewey has been "fixed", and we have adopted him from a doggie foster family. He didn't cost us anything, unless you count the zillion pounds of dog food we had to buy. Did I mention he weighs 90 pounds? I'm not kidding. He's going on a diet!
Dewey is just hilarious! He is very smart and acts like he knows exactly what you're saying to him. When he eats, he sounds like a dinosaur; or at least what I think a dinosaur would sound like. If he hears the word "treat" he comes running to catch it. I think he swallows it whole. And the snoring! I have always been happy that I married a man who doesn't snore. Well, you can hear Dewey snoring all the way across the house!
Although Dewey is house trained, the plan is for him to be an outside dog. We have a large fenced dog run with a big dog house just perfect for him. It's in the 30's here at night right now, so Mr. C wants Dewey to stay inside until the weather warms up. He's actually very well-behaved and loving, so I don't mind him being inside.
Buddy the schnauzer and Sassy the cat are not sure what has invaded their home. Buddy has been barking at Dewey all day, and Sassy just peeks at him from time to time. I think that if we put Buddy and Dewey outside together for a couple of hours Buddy will get over his anxiety. Dewey is very friendly to Buddy and Sassy. Hopefully they'll adjust in the next few days.