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The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr

In the third book of The Dark Water Saga by Patrick Carr, the kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, frantic to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the reckless into its shadow, creating a growing army that can see in the dark and fight like the gifted. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an ancient enemy and find an answer far worse and more unimaginable than they had feared.  But while they seek to understand their past and peril, danger stalks the cities of the north striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil search for answers, the Vigil is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. They must discover a path to keep their land safe or risk losing the world.
Having read the first two books in this series, I was eager t…

March Books

Here are the books I read for March. It was a very diverse reading month for me, but so fun. Top three would be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, and I really enjoyed Lab Girl by Hope Jahren as well. It was a fun, informative non-fiction for something different.

Gideon - 23 Months

M(om): Gideon, how are you today?

G(ideon): I am great mom! I am feeling silly. Shall I do some silly things?

M: You have been doing lots of silly things lately, like making silly faces, sliding backwards and trying to spin around on your head.

G: I like to make you laugh, Mom.
 M: And you do a good job of that Gideon. What else is new?

G: Well, I have lots more words and you are understanding what I want more often. Just the other day I said ,"Vrmm, boots, Giddy, go," and you knew I wanted to ride on the tractor with Dad.

M: It was a very nice first sentence you did there. What else are you enjoying?
G: I like to look at books and magazines, especially those with tractors and bales in them. I also really like playing with my tractors and bales and feeding some of my animals. And I like to drive around cars and trucks too. There are so many fun things to do!

M: There certainly are and I love seeing you explore new things every day. I love you, Gideon!

G: I love you too, Mo…

School Spirit Days

It is that time of year again for school spirit days. Mataya had crazy hair day on Tuesday. We went for the braided look.

Today was Flannel Friday at Joash's school. I really had to document this day because I convinced Joash to wear jeans to school!

February Books

It was another great month of reading. Though I will admit the Olympics took up some of my normal reading time. I love the Olympics and watching all the different athletes and sport. Even curling...Top three reads for the month would be Glass Houses by Louise Penny, Left Neglected  by Lisa Genova and What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty.

Gideon - 22 Months

M(om): Gideon, can you believe it! Another month has passed. You are 22 months now!

G(ideon): I know. I am getting to be very big. I would like to do things by myself now. Can I please walk in a parking lot now?

M: Ah...no.  You are too small for that yet. What other things do you like to do by yourself?






G: I really like to undress myself. And pour my own drink. And get in my chair by myself. But I really don't like to feed myself so much. Who has time to sit at the table for a meal when there are so many other fun things to do?

M: I know. You are certainly growing up. What else is new?




G: I have lots of new words, so it is really nice that you guys are starting to understand some of the things I am saying. I also have my favorite books. And I love to play with the tractors and bales. That was so nice of Joash to show me how to farm in the house.

M: It certainly was. We all love you, Gideon!

What's Going On?

So I have been really bad at blogging lately. Anyway, here are some highlights from the last little bit.




And the biggest news is that Joash's other front tooth fell out. He was pretty excited about this and now has a pretty big hole in his mouth.

January Books

I just remembered I never posted my January books. Well here they are! Top three would be Big Little Lies  by Liane Moriarty, Free of Me by Shannon Hodde Miller and a tie with A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines and Tiger Lillie by Lisa Samon. Both of those were rereads for me and books that I really like.

Gideon - 21 Months

M(om): Hi Gideon, How are you?

G(ideon): I am a pretty good, Mom. But I have a cold. And what is this? Only one picture of me for my 21 month interview? Seriously? This third child thing stinks.

M: I am sorry, but you are in you super cute milk and cookie pj's that say "Dream Team." They make me smile every time. But we have been pretty under the weather around here, so not a lot of pictures have been taken. But what is new for you?

G: I am starting to say more things that you understand. And I love to pretend play with my tractor, cars, the pretend kitchen food. And my most favorite thing to do right now is empty out the kitchen drawers I can reach and open.

M: I know. It is not one of my most favorite activities of yours, but sometimes it keeps you very busy for a bit while I am trying to get something done. It is hard to believe you are 21 months already. 2 will be here before we know it.

Christmas 2017

Well, we are nearing the end of Christmas break. And overall we had a pretty great Christmas. Gideon got sick during the night on Christmas Eve, so I didn't make it to church on Christmas Day. But, no one else got sick, so it was okay and we still enjoyed Christmas together and with extended family.
The kids decorated a gingerbread house before Christmas  We also Skyped with my parents on the Saturday before Christmas and the kids opened the gifts from Grandpa and Grandma. They really enjoyed the craft kits they recieved and spent the rest of the day working hard on them.

 New PJ's from Great Grandma!
 We did a lunch of appetizers and finger foods on Christmas day.
 Gideon really got the whole idea of gift opening down.
 We a nice afternoon of opening and then playing with gifts.
 On New Year's Eve, we celebrated Christmas with the Talen family that was here.
 Joash had to run around the house 5 times before he could open one of his gifts.
 Reina made this really nice puz…

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

In the city of Chicago in 1892, the rules for Victorian women are strict, their roles limited. But sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian ladies. Their love of adventure and their desire to use their God-given talents has brought them to the Sinai Desert--and into a sandstorm. 

Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a street urchin who is learning to be their ladies' maid, the two women are on a quest to find an important biblical manuscript. As the journey becomes more dangerous and uncertain, the four travelers sift through memories of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the circumstances that brought them to this time and place.

I have read a few of Lynn Austin's novels and I really enjoyed this one. I loved the setting as I am a bit familiar with Chicago and its history. I also liked the strong female characters that were searching for their calling. It hit me right now as I am searching a bit for my …

Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller

Our me-centered culture affects every area of our lives--our relationships, calling, self-image, even our faith--and it negatively impacts each one. The self-focused life robs our joy, shrinks our souls, and is the reason we get stuck in insecurity.

In Free of Me, Sharon Hodde Miller invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision--one that restores our freedom and inspires us to live for more. Drawing from personal experience and Scriptural insight, Sharon helps readers understand how self-focus sabotages seven areas of our lives, and learn four practical steps for focusing on God and others.

I just read this book as the start of this new year and I couldn't think of a more fitting way to begin the year. This book was a great reminder of how to turn our like a focus away from ourselves and turn it to the place it really belongs, God. I appreciated her relatable personal stories and practical tools to help me focus on God. It is a book I think I will be reading regularly to help kee…

The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

The House on Foster Hill by Jamie …

December Books

Here are my books for December. Top three are Peace Like a River, Little Broken Things and Flight of Dreams. I also highly recommend Caroline, but only if you were a die hard Little House fan like me. Otherwise, I don't think it would have the same impact.