Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rich in Life, Book Club and Review



Rich in Years, Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life

by Johann Christoph Arnold

I read this book in paperback
 
My personal thoughts on this book: Often life happens and I stand frozen in place with an ache to give, to bring relief but I just do not know how.

Most recently this has been the case in regard to my mother and step father.  My mother has early onset Alzheimer's and is in a care facility because, due to her wandering, we did not know how to keep her safe.

After receiving the offer read this book in exchange for a review, I felt a tiny ray of hope.  And that hope as grown as I have read it!

The life stories, wisdom and encouragement really apply to all adulthood, but I find it all especially rich and helpful in this season of life with children still at home, a granddaughter to care for and ailing aging parents.

Most of the books and articles I was encouraged to read lacked the hope and light humor found in this book.  If you are finding yourself in the place of caring for aging parents, or facing the fact that you are an aging parent, I highly recommend Rich in Years.  I believe you will find encouragement, help and hope in it's pages.

Here is a link where you can find/purchase this book: Rich in Years

A favorite quote from the book: "The best way to deal with the mess we may have made of our lives, or the difficult burdens we may carry, is to accept God's grace as we face the future."

Rich in Years was provided to me by Handlebar Central in exchange for my honest review.
Linking with The Simple Woman's Book Club


Monday, February 17, 2014

Canvessing and Tagging

In the dark they break into houses, which they marked for themselves in the daytime.  They do not know the light.  Job 23:16


This verse jumped out to me one day and reminded me of an incident that recently happened, involving a young woman in our community.

The young woman had been shopping with her child in a local store when a tall man approached her.  As the story goes, the man complimented her and asked her if she was interested in buying .magazines.  He apparently showed a flyer and some "receipts" from other customers.  The young woman shared her name and address, and as the man wrote the info down, something prompted her to give a wrong phone number.

After the man wrote the info down, he offered the young woman a sticker to put on her front door, to alert other sales people.

As the young woman told me this story I was very alarmed and could hardly let her finish.  This sounded like canvassing and tagging!

The young woman quickly told me that she had a warning go off in her mind and she started backing away and getting out of the conversation as soon as possible.  She approached an employee of the store and asked if there were people selling magazines in the store.  Of course the employee said NO and took a description.

Very soon after hearing this story,  I sat my own daughters down and reminded them of the early childhood teaching, "don't take candy from strangers."  We spent a good deal time talking about information and how we can be friendly, personable, without letting a person past the most outer layer of who we are.  No one gets their last name, address, phone number unless they are welcomed into an inner circle of community.

I also reminded them that we do not take solicitations.  If we want something, we seek it out and get it.  Honestly, I do not take any offers at the front door, outside stores, or from any other sales person unless I initiated the contact.

PLEASE share this story.  I am not making it up, I sat face to face with the young woman as she told me the story within 48 hours of it happening. 

This was an alarming incident, and I am so glad the young woman shared it with me.

Goals for February 17-22

Last week I posted my goals for the week and found that it was much simpler than using the spiral notebook.  While the list was a little out of sight and out of mind at times, I wasn't carrying it around and continually adding to it.  That is something I had been doing that was adding to my frustration.  The list was never complete because I was adding to it and copying it every few days as the page became full!


Home Environment
Read 5 chapters of Love Does aloud. Read a picture book each day with my granddaughter.
Write a love note to Ben.
Clean the dresser top in our bedroom.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our daughters (day full of good food, fun movie in the evening)

Personal Growth
Finish memorizing Romans 12:1, 2, continue working on Ephesians 6:1-8
Walk 3 miles this week.  Start back up on crunches & pushups
Finish reading Undaunted, Say GoodBye to Survival Mode and Alone, Yet Not Alone.
Work on knitting project

Ministry Goals

Prepare and test Perfectly Unique lesson plans
Take 5 photographs & edit them
Email 2 encouraging messages, write & mail 3 cards of encouragement or gratitude

Household Business
Finish Gathering Tax Paperwork
Submit receipts to Health Savings Account
Find a replacement for my current INR testing site
Find & Download the driver for our printer to the new laptop, was able to use the cd to put the drivers on our new laptop with Windows 7.  But I now need to see if there is a driver download for Windows 8


Goals for February 17-22.


I refined the goals just a little.  During the fullness of the week I realized that reading aloud 5 chapters is a stretch, the same with the picture books.


Home Environment
Read 3 chapters of Love Does aloud. Read with my granddaughter.
Write a love note.
Clean all of the filters and drains

Personal Growth
Continue working on memorizing Ephesians 6:1-8
3 Days of Cardio.  Start back up on crunches,pushups
Read Rich in Years, Call of the Klondike, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter, and Where There Was No Church
Work on knitting project

Ministry Goals

Work on Perfectly Unique lesson series
Take 5 photographs, edit & process
Write 3 notes, emails of encouragement or gratitude

Household Business
Finish Gathering Tax Paperwork, submit to accountant
Scan in final receipts for HSA reimbursement
Find a replacement for my current INR testing site
Find printer driver for Windows 8

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Say GoodBye, and Restore

As a reader of Money Saving Mom, the blog by Crystal Paine for several years, I have been encouraged and challenged in my pursuit of a purposeful life.  It was a joy to receive Crystal's newest book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion For Life.

It is interesting how the book arrived in the mail shortly before the weekend away my husband had planned for me and him.  At that time I was definitely operating in survival mode, and that time away was deeply needed.

Like some of what the author suggests in chapters 1 (Stop Trying to Do It All) and 9 (Sometimes It Is About You) that get away gave my husband and I time to decompress, reconnect and have some great "unplugged" time away from kids and to do lists.

The book is broke down into 10 chapters that repeat and expand on the wisdom Crystal has shared on her blog over the years.  She extends grace to the reader and encourages the reader to extend grace to herself.  We can't do it all, and we can live a rich purposeful life, wherever we find ourselves on this life journey.

Much of what I found in the book has been said on MoneySavingMom.com over the years, but it is a great resource to have that wisdom and encouragement gathered into print.  This is a book that will go on the reference shelf in our family library.

The publisher, Nelson Books has provided mewith a complimentary copy of this book  through BookLook Bloggers

Friday, February 14, 2014

This Moment

A weekend get away planned by my Beloved.  He snapped this picture while we climbed around some rocks near The Falls.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Made On Skin Care Giveaway

Hello!

Our family learned of  Hard Lotion a few years ago from Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers.  This product has very few ingredients, is simple to use and to even make in your own kitchen.  All of the ladies in our home have dry skin, some just the simple dry skin of winter in a dry climate, others mild to severe excema.  Bee Silk Hard Lotion is soothing and healing in each case.  Some of us do not like the basic scent of the product, which is why we purchased the supplies to make it ourselves.  We prefer it with lavender.

Today I saw on facebook that....

Hard Lotion is giving away 5, yes 5, BeeSilk Gift Packs on Valentines.  Go here to enter.

If you are not familiar with Hard Lotion, this is a great way to learn about and try it out.  If you already know how wonderful this product is, this is a great way to add to or replenish your supply.

I hope you win :)





Monday, February 10, 2014

This Day, February 11, 2014



FOR TODAY
Outside my window…another foggy frosty morning.  I sure am looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather forecasted for later in the week



I am thinking…how the teaching we received this past weekend at our marriage retreat applies to all the relationships in our home

I am thankful…for my husband.  For the strong arm he put around me, that felt like a shelter, during what used to be a very difficult topic for me

In the kitchen…the remnants of the weekend's untouched food, as we were all absent or busy

I am going…to (in)RL 2014, or at least registered and planning to.  I got so nervous after registering and finding a local meet up, that I clicked off the page before joining the meetup!

I am wondering…where our family is going to end up as this season comes to a close.  My beloved has worked away from home, renting homes and apartments where my name isn’t on the lease, for several years.  This weekend we were asked to “put a stake in the ground” for our marriage.  My stake in the ground was named “under the same roof”.

I am reading…Say Good Bye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine, Undaunted by Christine Caine, The Art of Marriage by Family Life Ministries,Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs,and  Love Does by Bob Goff

I am hoping… That the lessons I learned this weekend on hospitality, kindness and service take root in my heart and in the hearts of my children

I am looking forward to…Co-op classes! And Valentine’s Day.  I have a different menu planned from our traditional one and am looking for a movie to watch that deviates from the same one for the last 10 years (Lady and the Tramp).  Any suggestions for a good chick flick that is clean and pure?

Around the house…quiet as my daughters work on their school lessons.  And tidiness.  The 2 who were home all weekend while the rest of us were away cleaned several rooms!

A favorite quote for today…”To be able to look forward to a lifelong, thriving marriage, you must have a clear understanding of the gospel.  Without it, you cannot see God, yourself, or your marriage for what they truly are.  The gospel is the fountain of a thriving marriage.”  Dave Harvey, from When Sinners Say “I Do

A picture from this weekend...


linking with other daybookers

Goals for February 11-15

Seeking balance between margin and productivity has been more like a pendulum swing.  So I've taken the outline of Money Saving Mom's weekly goal list and made a list of my own, putting into the list a couple of refreshing "love to do" activities.

Home Environment
Read 5 chapters of Love Does aloud. Read a picture book each day with my granddaughter.
Write a love note to Ben.
Clean the dresser top in our bedroom.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our daughters (day full of good food, fun movie in the evening)

Personal Growth
Finish memorizing Romans 12:1, 2, continue working on Ephesians 6:1-8
Walk 3 miles this week.  Start back up on crunches & pushups
Finish reading Undaunted, Say GoodBye to Survival Mode and Alone, Yet Not Alone.
Work on fingerless gloves

Ministry Goals

Prepare and test Perfectly Unique lesson plans
Take 5 photographs & edit them
Email 2 encouraging messages, write & mail 3 cards of encouragement or gratitude

Household Business
Finish Gathering Tax Paperwork
Submit receipts to Health Savings Account
Find a replacement for my current INR testing site
Find & Download the driver for our printer to the new laptop

This is just a test, to see if posting my goals where I can see them, but not having the spiral notebook in my purse or on my desk all the time, helps me to keep an atmosphere of "balance".