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Intense, challenging, dark, complex, intriguing, different.. that's the words I would use to describe my latest book club selection.
In a way, I loved it.
In another way, it disturbed me.
The entire thing is written from a 5 year old boy's perspective and this is no ordinary kid.
There is beauty in the way he views the world, his world. I found myself laying awake at night hearing the phrases from the first chapters repeating themselves over and over in my head.
There was one section of it that had me in such complete suspense I had to remind myself to relax my muscles and breathe!
I enjoyed the journey I was on as I read and felt the author was simply brilliant in her delivery.
Overall I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something beyond the norm to read to challenge the mind and broaden perspectives.
This is a book you will not soon forget.

THE slide

My son.. a 7 year old.. went down the slide..

umm.. let me try that again..


We went to Whitewater Bay yesterday for a day of fun with friends and the very first thing the little new-by wanted to do was go down the biggest, scariest slide at the whole park -the one you couldn't PAY his momma to do!

It looks like this --->

The Whitewater Bay website describes it like this --->Mega-Wedgie Challenge the 277-foot long speed slide that features a breathtaking 64-foot free fall into the cool water below.

So what do you suppose did he say when he stood up at the bottom of that crazy thing?

"WHOOO!! I'm gonna go ride the green one now!"

Which is described like this --->Acapulco Cliff Dive
Hold on to your heart as you race down this monster, high-speed “free-fall” slide.

Oh, Heaven help me.

The Diva however, is like her Momma.. a little bit of excitement goes a long way :)

Joy over Happiness

Life is not fleeting moments of happiness and scattered sorrows.. it has to mean so much more than that.
When is the last time you felt happy, like really happy? Can you figure out what it was about that moment that gave you that feeling?
Is happiness our goal? How do we get there? How do we stay there?
I believe that feeling is an emotion that stems from our amount of contentment with our lives.
If this is true then happiness is always within our own hands.
We blame others because we believe our happiness depends on events, outcomes, and the world around us. When things are easy, when things are going well.. then we are "happy."
But the true test of a person is finding that happiness amidst pain.. when everything is going wrong. It's being content when you don't get your way. It's knowing that God is in control all along and no matter what happens God is never surprised.
Happiness may be fleeting.. but the JOY of the Lord is our strength!

The Paris Wife

Based on Ernest Hemingway himself, this book is written as a fictional memoir of sorts of his first wife, his true love, Hadley.
It is an interesting story with sad, desperate tones and lots of ups and downs. I found it rather depressing in that beautiful tragic love story kind of way.
I am looking forward to the movie though I'm not sure that it can do the book justice. The author's descriptions and portrayal of emotions really drew me in to the story and it has such depth. I'm afraid will be lost on the big screen. We shall see. It will be fun to gather up my book club gals to go see it anyway!
Even though I hated Hemingway as I turned the pages, it did create a desire in me to read all of his works. I checked Kindle prices however, and they are rather inflated due to the attention this book has gotten I'm sure. Perhaps I will visit the library instead. What an ancient idea, right.

A fave quote from my fave show :)

In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.. at least that's what they say. He created the birds of the air and the beasts of the field, and he looked at his creation and he saw that it was good. And then God created man.. and it's been downhill ever since.

The story goes on to say that God created man in his own image.. but there's not much proof of that. After all God made the sun, and the moon, and the stars.. and all man makes is trouble.

And when man finds himself in trouble, which is most of time, he turns to something bigger than himself.. to love or fate or religion.. to make sense of it all..

Doctors know more about the human body now than at any other point in our history. But the miracle of life itself, why people live and die.. why they hurt, or get hurt is still a mystery.

We want to know the reason, the secret, the answer at the back of the book.. because the thought of our being all alone down here is just too much for us to bear.

But at the end o…

the world called Friendship

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly
not born until they arrive.
- Anais Nin

This quote doesn't seem like that big of deal but I was contemplating it recently. I am amazed at how much my social circle has grown in the past 5 years. I've heard that you can't have too many friends, but is this true? Some people say that you can't be friends with everyone or you won't be a friend to anyone. Maybe this is true? How do you balance that?

As new people are added to my life, I feel my world grow a little larger. I have found that these new people don't always "mesh" with my personality necessarily. Some aren't the type who I would seek out a relationship with but maybe we are put together by chance.. by circumstances.. by mutual friends. In my experience, these are the people who lead me to grow the most.. who I learn a lot from. More people definitely complicates things, but it also enriches your life in ways that you may not even realize.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

If you want a quick, easy read, this is the book for you. You can actually watch the short movie on youtube now, but I felt the book was better. A German soldier's son is the narrator of this heart-wrenching tale. This was a book club selection that I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own but I'm glad I did. Great book and worth the small amount of time it takes to read it.

Momma-Jakey day

Since the Firefighter is at the station and the Diva is at a birthday bash, I get to spend some Q.T. with the Superhero. So far we've fought back tears together after dropping sister off, returned home to snuggle on the couch, played with his Barrel of Monkeys (in which he made up all new games with), watched several episodes of Power Rangers and had our special mutual favorite lunch - tomato soup & grill-cheeses (which of course his is a boy-cheese he says :) Now we've cleaned up the kitchen and settled back in our covers on the couch to rewatch The Neverending Story. Though I have a lot of chores to do, I plan to thoroughly enjoy this special day with my son. He's been calling this "a special Momma-Jakey day" which just melts my heart of course.. as does pretty much everything he says and does. There's something so special about the mother-son relationship isn't there?

Shaving down.. a long day

Spent the day in the city again. Up at the crack of dawn and 2 hours on the road, the 4 of us, in time to get the Firefighter to his mma gym for his private lessons and the morning class. After we dropped him off the kids & I enjoyed breakfast at I-Hop and then headed to Target. We got our "shoppin-britches" on and found birthday gifts for five friends. We had fun pouring through the toy isles contemplating what each friend might like to receive. I found a row of classic toys and was lost in nostalgia for a bit. The original toy phone with its opening eyes and rotary dial, the sock monkey, the toy piano, the wind up radio that played Farmer in the Dell as little pictures floated across the screen.. they all brought back memories of my childhood. I also found Squinkies, erasers, journals, push-lead pencils, etc to fill my Treasure Chest for my classroom as well as cute little animal clocks and a magnetic calendar set for centers. I bought an adorable Corduroy bear for stu…

Just the Beginning

This is a secluded little area a few miles outside of town. The kids are standing where we just dug up a huge tree. I drove this crazy backhoe thing.. and then I quickly went back to trimming branches from firewood and  piling it up. We definitely have enough to last all winter now. We spent a few hours hard at work today out on this beautiful little stretch of land that we are happy to call our own. And then we spent the afternoon relaxing at the water park! :) It was a great day.

Not ready to leave..

The decision has been made. I do feel at peace with it now. Just another biggie on the list lately. Isn't it funny how those kinds of options come in waves? Maybe it's just to remind me that I chose this. This is what I want. I'll need to try to remember that when I'm right in the thick of it. Why do we choose the hard things? For me, it's what I feel God's purpose in my life really is. I try to be obedient. But it's also what my heart wanted. I know God brings people into our lives for a reason. I don't feel like it's time to let them go just yet. Maybe one day things will change, but when you feel so at home in a place, it's hard to imagine that you'll ever leave.