May 2014 Recap

May 2014 RecapMay is usually one of my favorite months of the year (and yes, in part because it’s my birthday month), and this was another good month. Mostly nice weather let the kids play outside a ton, I feel like I’ve made progress on our church hunt, and we really got into a groove with homeschooling. Add in brief visit from grandma and some other family events, and it all combined to make me almost sad to see May go.

The Month in Stats

Books Read Last Month: 19
Books Read For The Year: 85

Things That Happened
  • I had a birthday, and it was much better than last year’s. All those first milestones after my brother died really were a lot harder than the next ones.
  • The kids started swimming lessons, to their delight.
  • Spring disappeared and we barreled straight on into summer. And so begins the 3 or 4 month stretch where I so wish we had a pool in our backyard.
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • The more hesitant child overcoming fears and jumping into the pool when told to do so by the teacher. Yay for being brave!
  • The less hesitant child not pausing at all but stepping right up and jumping away.
What’s Cooking
  • Lots of smoothies, because it’s hot and who wants to turn on the oven or stove?
  • My slow cooker comes to the rescue, because it’s hot and I don’t want to turn on the oven or stove.
  • Broccoli slaw. I love it and eat a ridiculous amount of it in summer.
What I’m Anticipating Next Month
  • My baby girl turns 3. I really will stop calling her my baby girl soon, like say in August, but until then she still is.
  • Vacation Bible School. a.k.a. the most glorious week of summer ever. To all VBS volunteers out there, I love you so much. Someday I hope to return the favor, but right now, for my sanity, I am instead going to glory in every single minute of those precious hours.
  • The space books I got for my son arriving – I’m hoping he loves them; he’s obsessed with the planets and solar-system right now, so I’m trying to encourage it and cater to it.
Books I Read

Asterisks mark ones I especially enjoyed. Links go to my review if I’ve posted one, Amazon if I haven’t yet.

  1. The Year of ShadowsThe Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand by Claire Legrand
    A slightly creepy Middle Grade book.
  2. * Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible by David Jeremiah
    Loved it: for each book it included a brief summary, and a key thought, verse, action, and prayer.
  3. Murder on the LinksMurder on the Links by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot series) by Agatha Christie
    I liked the previous Poirot book better.
  4. Insight’s Archaeology HandbookInsight's Archaeology Handbook by Insight for Living
    Fascinating if surface-level look at ten key archaeological finds related to Biblical history.
  5. Manage Your Day-to-DayManage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn Glei
    Meh. Nothing ground-breaking, although a few of the essays I really enjoyed.
  6. Something Other Than GodSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler by Jennifer Fulwiler
    Loved it, and was sad for it to end.
  7. Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes by Robin Robertson by Robin Robertson
    The wrong season in the year for me to be interested in many of these recipes. Too hot for stews, chilis, and soups.
  8. Strange GodsStrange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia by Elizabeth Scalia
    Good, but I liked the first part more than the last.
  9. Pies and Tarts with HeartPies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies by Dynise Balcavage by Dynise Balcavage
    Not that interesting to me; maybe because I’m not actually vegan?
  10. Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of GodStop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris by Joshua Harris
    Link goes to the reprinted and retitled version, but it’s the same book.
  11. How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling AuthorHow I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof
    Kind of what you might expect from a writing book by a writer like Evanovich.
  12. *The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson by Laurie Halse Anderson
    So good, yet so hard to read at times.
  13. Throne of GlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas by Sarah J. Maas
    Not that good, yet compelling enough to get me to read the next in the series.
  14. Summer Survival Guide by Jessica Fisher
    My favorite of my recent making-the-most-of-summer reads.
  15. In the Midst of LifeIn the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth by Jennifer Worth
    For fans of her Call the Midwife series, this one has less of her in it, and focuses on the end of life, not the beginning.
  16. Cezanne’s QuarryCezanne's Quarry: A Mystery by Barbara Corrado Pope by Barbara Pope
    Good but not great historical mystery. The time frame and setting were my favorite elements.
  17. Yielded CaptiveYielded Captive by Dalaina May by Dalaina May
    Read it in one day, which says something about it’s can’t-put-this-down nature.
  18. *His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with GodHis Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God by Janet Pope by Janet Pope
    Very inspiring and motivating, and it gave me a new idea for tackling longer scripture memory passages.
  19. Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading BooksLit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke by Tony Reinke
    Liked it well enough, and am glad I read it.

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  1. VBS is the best! I used to look forward to those hours more than Christmas.

    • They last longer anyway – a whole wonderful week!! I seriously want to fling myself at all those volunteers and profess my immense gratitude for the service they’re providing.

      I really do love being a stay-at-home mom in case it’s not sounding like it from those comments. But several days’ worth of break time from being “on” is so fantastic. 🙂

  2. I felt the same way, and my older two girls tell me that VBS was one of the highlights of their summers. They are 19 and 16 now, but they remember VBS fondly. A win-win situation for everyone, thanks to those wonderful volunteers!

    • I certainly hope my kids remain enthusiastic about VBS, because I hope to put them in it as long as they’re eligible. 🙂

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