May 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.
- 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.
- The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand
A slightly creepy Middle Grade book.
- * 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.
- Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
I liked the previous Poirot book better.
- Insight’s Archaeology Handbook by Insight for Living
Fascinating if surface-level look at ten key archaeological finds related to Biblical history.
- Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn Glei
Meh. Nothing ground-breaking, although a few of the essays I really enjoyed.
- Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler
Loved it, and was sad for it to end.
- Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker 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.
- Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia
Good, but I liked the first part more than the last.
- Pies and Tarts with Heart by Dynise Balcavage
Not that interesting to me; maybe because I’m not actually vegan?
- Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris
Link goes to the reprinted and retitled version, but it’s the same book.
- How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof
Kind of what you might expect from a writing book by a writer like Evanovich.
- *The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
So good, yet so hard to read at times.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Not that good, yet compelling enough to get me to read the next in the series.
- Summer Survival Guide by Jessica Fisher
My favorite of my recent making-the-most-of-summer reads.
- In the Midst of Life 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.
- Cezanne’s Quarry by Barbara Pope
Good but not great historical mystery. The time frame and setting were my favorite elements.
- Yielded Captive by Dalaina May
Read it in one day, which says something about it’s can’t-put-this-down nature.
- *His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God by Janet Pope
Very inspiring and motivating, and it gave me a new idea for tackling longer scripture memory passages.
- Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke
Liked it well enough, and am glad I read it.
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