Some Pictures and Some Books

A fantastical mushroom we grew from a kit, as part of our summer school mycology curriculum.
A fantastical mushroom we grew from a kit, as part of our summer school mycology curriculum.
Sheep!  This fella regularly gets his head stuck in the fence.  Crazy sheep.
Sheep! This fella regularly gets his head stuck in the fence. Crazy sheep.
Country ham time again!  I'd write up a full post about it, but basically, we unwrapped them, washed them, and hung them back up without the paper this time.
Country ham time again! I’d write up a full post about it, but basically, we unwrapped them, washed them, and hung them back up without the paper this time.
Here's Brenna holding up the moldy version.  Smells really good, though, no matter how gross it appears!
Here’s Brenna holding up the moldy version. Smells really good, though, no matter how gross it appears!

So how have you been? I’d tell you I’m still swamped here, but you already know that, so we’ll dispense with that formality. πŸ™‚ Actually, though, I’ve read two books recently (like in the past two weeks) that I’d like to recommend. Somehow, I’ve ended up on a blogger-turned-author kick. Anyway, the first is Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom, by Lisa-Jo Baker. I don’t read very many motherhood books anymore that really speak to me, because I’m pretty far down the road, but this one did. I was thinking, as I read it, how we become mothers all over again with each new child. It’s not something that happens to us just once, but an ongoing journey, through which we continue to grow and evolve. And I liked that her role model for motherhood was someone who was in love with her children. πŸ™‚

The second is Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It, by Jennifer Fulwiler. Before I start, you should know that I don’t read her blog. I don’t really like her blog, so I was not expecting to like this book. (I really don’t know why I purchased it.) A lot of it, though, reminded me of my own journey into the Church, and I was delighted to learn that she, too, had been baptized as an infant. I really believe that was an important factor in my own coming to Catholicism. And I cried at the end, as I cry whenever someone new is brought into the fold, whether an adult at the Easter Vigil Mass, or an infant on an ordinary Sunday afternoon. So. I don’t like her blog, but I very much enjoyed her book, and intend to recommend it to my older children. I think it would be nice to read as they’re thinking about Confirmation.

I read another blogger book in early May that I didn’t mention, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, by Myquillan Smith. Never read her blog, either, and, after checking it out after the fact, never will. I loved the book, though, and it got my creative juices flowing. I hung pictures on the wall! And I’ve settled on what I want to do in our bedroom, as soon as I get Davey to knock down a weird cubby taking up all the space. πŸ™‚ So that makes three books, not two.

I may not have much blogging time, but I can read and knit.

Since I’m on a roll, how about a fourth?Β  We’re almost done reading aloud The Mysterious Benedict Society. Highly enjoyable, though at 500 pages, it’s a long read-aloud. The older girls were supposed to go to youth group at church last night, and they almost backed out so they wouldn’t miss the story. Megan tells me that when they got there 15 minutes early, they stopped the car just long enough to ascertain that the doors were still locked, before speeding home and rushing into the house to discover, with happy sighs, that we hadn’t begun story hour yet.

We’ve got a happy little life here.

Now, I’m going to go change my sheets. That hasn’t been done in an embarrassingly long time. πŸ˜‰

7 Comment

  1. Beckie R. says:

    I thought she was holding a bowl she made of clay, not a mushroom! If you gild the edges and somehow shellack it, it would make a beautiful addition to any side table! I thought you ate all of your sheep? Is that yours or a neighbor’s?

    Love you lots!

    1. Ours! The girls are showing sheep at the fair this year and so needed some specimens to work with. We’ll eat them afterwards. πŸ™‚ And isn’t that mushroom incredible?

  2. We just finished listening to that book and we all enjoyed it. In fact, the next one in the series was at the library, but Tony made us promise to wait till he gets back from Normandy before we begin. Fortunately we got several other audio books for the car to tide us over.

    In the house, I just finished reading Pinky Pye to them. Another book loved by all.

    1. Let me know what you think of the second book, please. Brenna never read any more because she didn’t want the first one to be spoiled, and I read the reviews on Amazon and have mixed feelings myself. I might check it out and read it on my own before offering it for general use. πŸ™‚ Pinky Pye… I’ll have to look for that one, too!

      1. I haven’t read the reviews, but I’ll be sure to let you know what we think. Oh, and ‘Ginger Pye’ is the first book but you can read them in any order! One is about a dog, the other, a cat, both adopted by the Pye family.

    2. Beckie R. says:

      I just came across Ginger Pye in the library…we didn’t get it out this time (we have some other read-alouds in our pile to get through first), but it sounded really cute!

      1. Oh! We’ve read Ginger Pye! Very cute story, and I didn’t know there was a sequel. πŸ™‚

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