Monday, August 27, 2012



It feels like it's been a while since I've had a genuine post and really I'm not sure this one is going to be all that in depth.  But I just would like to ask for some prayers so that I can sort out all that is in my head.  I think sometimes I feel like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she has to save the world, yet again. But really I shouldn't.  I need to give it all to God, because people can be difficult, family can be difficult, children can be difficult but God sees us through it all.  So if you could pray for me that I would remember to give my worries and anxieties to God instead of carrying them on my shoulders that would be great.

Sometimes I tell myself it is the plight of myself the theoretician.  I think way too much.  Or in the words of Relient K "I was thinking, over thinking, that there are just to many scenarios to analyze..."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

100 books

I saw this recently on another CathSorority member's blog and I thought I would take the challenge and attempt to read more books off the 100 books to read before you die list.  I read The Handmaid's Tale because of it.  It was interesting, though not at all a favorite.  But I could see because it reflects the culture of the 80's why it would be on there.

So here is the list. The italicized ones I've read.  Which is 32 of them.  I have a lot more reading to do.  Do you recommend any for me that I have not read yet?  Thanks. :)

100.        On the Road by Jack Kerouac
 99.        Atonement by Ian McEwan
 98.         The Color Purple by Alice Walker
 97.         Animal Farm by George Orwell
 96.         Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk
 95.         The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
 94.         The Lost Valentine (The Last Valentine) by James Michael Pratt
 93.         The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour
 92.         Angels Everywhere by Debbie Macomber
 91.         The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 90.         Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
 89.         Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
 88.         The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 87.         The Divide by Nicholas Evans
 86.         Lolita by Vladimir Nabokor
 85.         Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
 84.         The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
 83.         Walden by Henry David Thoreau
 82.         Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
 81.         The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan
 80.         The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
 79.         The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
 78.         The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
 77.         Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
 76.         Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackerey
 75.         Paradise Lost by John Milton
 74.         A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
 73.         Persuasion by Jane Austen
 72.         The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 71.         Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
 70.         Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
 69.         Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
68.         Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
 67.         Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
 66.         Watership Down by Richard Adams
 65.         Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
 64.         The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
 63.         The Hobbitt by JRR  Tolkien
 62.         The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
 61.         Charlotte’s Web by E B White
 60.         Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
 59.         David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
 58.         Life of PI by Yann Martel
 57.         One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 56.         Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
 55.         Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
 54.         Pride Runs Deep by R. Cameron Cook
 53.         The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
 52.         Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado
 51.         Dracula by Bram Stoker
 50.         Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
 49.         How the West Was Won by Louis L’Amour
 48.         Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
 47.         Winds of War by Herman Wouk
 46.         Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 45.         Bleak House by Charles Dickens
 44.         The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 43.         A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
 42.         Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
 41.         Grimm’s Fairy Tales
 40.         To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 39.         The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
 38.         Middlemarch by George Eliot
 37.         Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
 36.         Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 35.         Ulysses by James Joyce
 34.         Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour
 33.         Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
 32.         The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
 31.         The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
 30.         Complete Works of Shakespeare
 29.         Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
 28.         Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
 27.         Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
 26.         Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
 25.         Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
 24.         Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
 23.         Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
 22.         Moby Dick by Herman Melville
 21.         The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 20.         Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
 19.         Anna Karenia by Leo Tolstoy
 18.         Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
 17.         Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
 16.         The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
 15.         The Fairie Queen by Edmund Spencer
 14.         The Odyssey by Homer
 13.         Aesop’s Fables
 12.         The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11.          The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
 10.         1984 by George Orwell
  9.          The Shack by William Paul Young
  8.          War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  7.          Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
  6.          Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  5.          The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  4.          Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3.          Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2.          The Bible – King James Version  or NIV
  1.          Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Thursday, August 16, 2012

post vacation status.

We are back from vacation.  It was a wild ride with an ER visit, non-sleeping babies, and just trying to have everyone get along in a house full 11 adults and 4 children in different stages of life.

Since then this week has been crazy on its own with challenges.  Ben has been hard core entering into 2 and a half that comes with setting boundaries and setting rules for himself, at least this is how he is entering into it.  A lot of tantrums and freak outs are happening with it so it makes for an interesting day.

Currently I wish we could get back into the nap schedule groove, but somehow its just not happening this week and we have only had 1 coordinated nap all week! I think this makes for odd night sleeping too, and of this I am not a fan.  I just don't function well in the middle of the night.

So this is where we are. Praying and hoping to get through each day.  I am so thankful to be surrounded by good friends and family that are supportive and lend a hand when I need it.  I definitely am blessed there, but honestly God knows me and knows that I need it and probably couldn't do it any other way.

"Do not seek an easy life, seek to be a strong person."