Big news!

So, look what happened at the lake on Sunday:
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We are having a wedding on December 12th. Ack!

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Six in Six

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JoAnn at Lakeside Musing recently posted this meme (she got it from The Book Jotter) and I thought it would be a fun way to talk about the books I’ve been reading this year, especially since I’m not maintaining a list of books read in 2015 on my blog. I am keeping track on Goodreads, though – can’t completely give up obsessively tracking my reading stats. :) Let me know if you play along.

Six new-to-me authors:
Jessica Knoll
Michelle Hodkin
Graeme Simsion
Matthew Quick
Ayn Rand
Daniel Keys Moran

Six tried-and-true authors:
M.C. Beaton
Stephen King
Mira Grant
Gayle Forman
Maggie Stiefvater
C.S. Lewis

Six newer novels:
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Six books that took me by the hand and led me into the past:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Six books I was disappointed with:
Her by Harriet Lane
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Six books that I plan to read during the second half of 2015:
The Mask by Taylor Stevens
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye
Forever by Pete Hamill

Let me know if you play along!

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Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

I know, I know, I said I was done with this whole blogging thing. But now that I’ve settled into my new job and camp is over and graduation is over, etc – I’m finding myself with a little more time. And I miss it! I miss all of you (any of you who are still out there!) and telling you what’s going on with my life. I still read your blogs, but it’s just not quite the same. I thought that if I was going to switch my blog to just an occasional personal post once in a while, then I needed a new blog name, and a new layout, and…… But why? If I want to just pop in here once in a while and tell you about the fantastic books I’ve been reading, or something exciting that’s happening to one of the kids, I can do that, right? Who’s going to tell me I can’t?

So, here’s a bullet-point list of what’s been going on in our family’s lives lately:

~ Me: I LOVE my new job. I mean, I love it. I knew that it was a job I would be good at (I was an administrative assistant before I became a stay-at-home mom), but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy being back in the work force. It’s really nice to have something away from the house, even if it’s only twelve hours a week.

Camp was last week, and it was super-fantastic. We had the most kids ever – 26 foster kids. The weather was nice and sunny for the first time in five years. We didn’t have any major catastrophes – everything ran smoothly. Dad and I are already talking about some things to do next year to make it even better. There is something so completely satisfying about working with other people to do something good. We had thirteen churches involved, all different denominations. It seems that often we only see the divisions between us, but all it takes is doing something out of no other motivation than love to strip those things away. It is the best kind of high.

I am still dealing with a few health issues. Finally got my thyroid meds up to the right dose, I think, but I was still having some issues. So doc ordered a pulse oximeter for me to wear overnight. Turns down I stop breathing a lot while I sleep, and my oxygen saturation goes way, way down quite often. Down to 65% at one point. So I’m on night-time oxygen right now until we can get a full sleep study to see if I need a CPAP. Ugh.

~ Kevin: He had a Crohn’s flare-up after 19 years in remission. Sigh. Not fun. Waiting on an appointment for a colonoscopy to find out if the meds are taking care of it or if he possibly needs surgery to fix the scar tissue around the old resection from 26 years ago. This would not be unexpected, but the missed work time will about kill us, as he has no paid sick time at his job. Trying not to freak out about it.

~ Kids: Natalie graduated! Woo hoo! My baby girl now has her high school diploma and a two-year AS degree in Business. She will start her Pharmacy Tech program fall quarter, and will graduate with her AS in that by December of 2016. Oh, and she might be getting married next year. Gah!

Boys are doing well. Noah’s working his butt off and has a thousand dollars saved toward his car. All of the boys are loving summer break, especially now that camp is over and they can actually relax. On the 11th, I meet my sister in George, Washington (yes, that’s a place) to pick up my nephew, Peter, who is Josiah’s best friend. He’ll be spending two weeks with us, and Josiah is so excited he’s beside himself.

Let’s see, what else can I tell you? How about the best books I’ve read so far this year? It feels weird not to be writing reviews, but I have absolutely LOVED having more reading time. Here are my faves from the first half of 2015:

Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier – a reread via audio
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom – also a reread via audio
Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – audio
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – audio
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – audio
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – audio
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – reread via audio
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – a reread – I read it aloud to Josiah

We’ve also watched some great movies so far this year. Some of my favorites are MacFarland, USA, The Imitation Game, This Is Where I Leave You, Interstellar, Jurassic World, and Big Hero 6.

So, there you have it – the first half of our 2015 in a nutshell. I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer so far. I may pop in again soon – or it may be a while. Who knows? If you’re still reading, thank you. :) If you have time, leave a comment and let me know what’s going on with you, and tell me about any books I need to add to my to-read list.

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