It’s another week down in 2017! I am so surprised at how fast this year has went by. I’m rushing around trying to figure out what I still have to buy for the kids for Christmas and trying to settle in a new therapy routine. Which honestly may change again. Here’s some advice I’m needing. Do you remember when Arie was let go from therapy rather suddenly? Well, after she was let go, I found her another clinic to go to and she’s been going there for the last 3-4 weeks. During that time, staff changes at the old clinic occurred and Arie has the opportunity to go back to work with her old therapist. There’s more to this story but I’d be reluctant to get into it here. If you want to see the password protected post regarding this, feel free to message me for the link and password.
It’s a lot to think about. Arie would love to go back but I also feel terrible about being wishy-washy. Though going back would save me an additional 40 minutes a week in driving time and $20 of gas. So, what would you do?
Moving along to bookish things, I read almost everything that I set out to read last week. Though, I feel short by one day. I’ll be finished with Serafina and the Twisted Staff today when I should have finished it yesterday. Still, once I finish that book today, I’ll be set on the blog through November 1st. Remember though, I’m usually writing blogs for a month ahead so I still feel like I’m crunched on time! You all have to keep me accountable on this. I need to get back ahead because of the inevitable Christmas rush!
So, let’s see what was on the blog this week!
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**My daughter liked this book but I felt that it needed a place to attach a dry-erase marker. Kids are impatient little things and without a provided marker, this is just a recipe for disaster. My daughter picked up a sharpie and started to use it! Yes, I know it was probably poor parenting to give her the book and assume she knew to use her box of dry-erase but hey…I was trying to cook supper and clean house! Luckily, I saw what she was doing and stopped her in the nick of time.
**I’ve always liked Beverly Lewis but I didn’t care for her last two books. However, this one was great. Maybe I am biased since one of the main characters shares a name with my daughter. Whatever the case may be, I really enjoyed this book. This book was more about friendship and forgiveness than romance. A theme which felt like a breath of fresh air for the genre.
**A Christmas book that didn’t rely heavily on romance! YES! This book was different. Both books focused on older ladies, one middle-aged, the other in her eighties. This was a nice change of pace. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a Christmas novella that wasn’t romance!
This is a novella I’ve read once before! It’s a bit predictable but since the romance has a back story—it didn’t feel forced. You can find this novella in the collection called An Amish Second Christmas. It’s a nice wintery read.
**This one is just adorable. My daughter loved it! It has fun counting rythym to it that younger children will appreciate. And the illustrations are just too stinkin’ cute!
The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis
Picturing Heaven by Randy Alcorn (Author) and Lizzie Preston (illustrator)
The Character Builder’s Bible
The Adventurers Guild
Draw 50 Sea Creatures
Goals for this Week
Since I’m finishing Serafina today, I won’t include it as my goal this week. I’ll cheat this time and consider it for last. Here are the books I hope to read this week.
**A complimentary copy of this book was provided by The Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.