The Sunday Salon – March 30, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 8:13 p.m., Saturday evening. Watching Dirty Harry with Dad.

Thankful for: Nineteen years of marriage! Tomorrow, Kevin and I celebrate our 19th anniversary. As anyone who has been married for long knows, a good marriage is a blessed thing, and is equal parts blissful, infuriating, instructive, comforting, and refining. I truly believe that God has used marriage to refine and change me more than any other thing in my life, with parenting coming in a close second. I am eternally grateful for every single year, the fantastic and the difficult, because they all add up to a pretty beautiful picture.

Secondly, I am thankful for generosity. We had two fund-raisers for RFKC today, and while we don’t have the total raised at our little one here in Chewelah, the bigger one up in Colville brought in over $5000. The speaker did a fantastic job telling stories from camp, stories of how one week can make a difference in the life of a child in the foster care system. Last year, there were over 200 camps, 190 of which occurred across the United States. Not only did the camps provide a safe place for the kids to spend a week of fun, but out of those camps, nearly 60 foster children were adopted into permanent homes. This is a cause I am continually grateful to be involved with. I hope you don’t get tired of hearing me gush about it, because I imagine I’m going to be pretty excited about it from now until later this summer. 🙂

Reading: Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, and Circle of Flight by John Marsden

Recently finished reading: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

Listening to: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Watching: Last Sunday, we watched The Wolverine – Jonathan’s pick – for Family Movie Night. I enjoyed it, but thought the ending dragged on a bit too long. It made me very excited to see X-Men: Days of Future Past this summer. We’ve also been enjoying a new series called Growing Up Fisher – nice to find a comedy that we can watch as a family. Tonight is Josiah’s pick: Gravity. I took him to see it in the theater, and he can’t wait to share it with his brothers and dad.

Blogging recently:
~ Mini-reviews: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
~ Book Review: Going Over by Beth Kephart

Have you watched any good movies lately? Read any good books? Are you making any fun plans for the summer?

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21 Responses to The Sunday Salon – March 30, 2014

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! You’re listening to some great books. I read the Gabaldons, not listened – I think they would take forever to listen to! LOL But it might be fun with the Scottish accents. I’m really looking forward to the tv series this summer.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rhapsodyinbooks – If you are ever in the mood for a really long audiobook listen, you should reread one of the Outlander books via audio. The narrator, Davina Porter, is THE single best narrator I’ve ever heard.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! We are going to celebrate our 22nd this summer, so I know that these are not easy years, but overall are very much a blessing. Sometimes he is the only one that keeps me sane (and sometimes he is the one that makes me insane!). I haven’t gotten much reading done lately because I’m currently involved in a TV-watching binge (Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Walking Dead). But Emma and I did see Divergent, which was OK…at least worth seeing. And I am hoping that my son and I will get out today to see The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I love binge-watching, though I haven’t had time to do that in a long, long time.

  3. My wife and I will be celebrating 18 years later this year. You’ve got us beat by one. Congratulations! 🙂

    What is RFKC?

    Movies: Rush. Books: The Art of Happiness comes out the winner for this month. Love Gravity, by the way. Hope you enjoy it a second time. Summer? We’re just trying to get to spring here, thank you very much. 😉 Beyond the summer, though, we do have plans for the wedding of my wife’s sister to her long-time boyfriend in October. That’s pretty much the extent of our big plans for this year.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – RFKC stands for Royal Family Kids Camp. It is a one-week camp for kids in the foster care system. My dad has been co-director of our county’s camp for the past four years, and this year I joined as board secretary and drama director. We’re busy getting ready for this summer’s camp, which is the week of June 16th.

  4. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    Congrats on 19 years! And I too am excited for X-Men; I love the films already out and am excited for more.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – me, too! I like that those are movies that I and my boys all love.

  5. irene says:

    Congratulation on your anniversary, imagine if God wasn’t in our marriages with us, we’d have a little more trouble than we do usually. Thank God indeed. I love the X Men, having boys has spoiled me for Chick flicks, I can’t seem to go to the movies with my sisters, they just don’t understand Wolverine, or love him like I do. Have a good week.

  6. julie
    Twitter: aprilmom00
    says:

    congrats on celebrating 19 years 🙂 I am not quite there yet but close . I adore the dream thieves . I also adore the xmen movies and I agree that the last movie dragged.

  7. Susan says:

    Happy Anniversary! 19 is a nice long time! I’m interested to hear if you end up liking The Blind Assassin novel by Atwood. I havent read that one yet, but wonder if it’s worth it. thanks.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Susan – I will admit that The Blind Assassin is slow going so far. Hoping it grabs me soon.

  8. Michelle says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you guys get a chance to celebrate it sans kids.

    I’m curious. Are you STILL an Outlander fan or are you like me and just continuing the series because you need closure?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – I’m still a fan. 🙂 I know they drag on, but there’s something about her detailed writing (and Davina Porter’s narration) that pulls me right in, and it’s like I’m living there. I wonder if I would still be a fan, though, if I hadn’t discovered Porter’s audio editions?

      • Michelle says:

        I have no idea. I’ve listened to all of the books but the first one. She is the only reason why I’ve continued with them. I don’t think I would have gotten to this point had I had the print books.

  9. Kailana says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    Congratulations on 19 years! It is an achievement to be together and happy for so long. Jason and I will celebrate 16 today and I don’t take even one day for granted.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Stacy – congratulations on your own anniversary! That’s awesome. 🙂