*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for March was Hope for the Weary Mom by Brooke McGlothlin.
These are the books I read this month:
4 Moms of 35 Kids: Answer your Parenting Questions by Deputy Headmistress, Kim Coghlan, Kimberly Rivera, and Connie Hughes--Written in question/answer style, 4 Moms work through several parenting issues that we all face, whether raising large or small families. Issues range from sibbling squabbles to talking about sex to managing chores. Although I do agree with all their answers, having 4 different Christian perspectives gives me a great jumping off place in praying about and finding our own place as a family. Great book, loaded with info.
Love Times Three by Joe, Alina, Vicki, and Valerie Darger--Ok, so I confess. This is the second polygamy book I've read in three months. When my library had both, I couldn't help myself. Curiousity got the better of me. The Dargers, a generational polygamy family, stepped forward to share their story when they realized the world had a twisted view of their lifestyle. Feeling the fanatics always made the press, they started speaking out in hopes that the world would begin to see their lives as very "normal." The majority of the book is written by the women with Joe's voice scattered in. Interestingly, their voices all sounded similar. There was a lot idyllic language used in describing their lifestyle. Only Valerie, who was in a previous polygamous marriage, speaks with her own destinctive heartache and resolve. Through it all their devotion to family and their children shines through and the presents an interesting, although incomplete, look into their world.
Becoming Fearless: My Ongoing Journey of Learning to Trust God by Michelle Aguilar--As Season Six Winner of the Biggest Loser, Aguilar is no newbie when it comes to be in the public eye. But it was her personal life, full of it's ups and downs, that deepened her character and made her into a Fearless woman. Aguilar's life has not been one without its heartaches, but it has been one that continues to inspire long after her weightloss journey. If you're looking for a how-to book, this is not it. But if you are looking to be challenged in your perspective of God, this is a great book to add to your list.
Our suggested reading for March was Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thatcher and Brooke McGlothlin-- Are you weary, worn-out, exhausted with motherhood? Yeah, me too. Motherhood is exhausting. But Thatcher and McGlothlin's book is full of hope. Not the kind of hope that comes from creating a better home organization binder or streamlining your schedule. But the kind of hope that comes from truly believing that God will meet you in your mess. The chapter that reached me deepest was remembering that all moms struggle and yet we all feel alone. One of the greatest tools for combating loneliness is being honest with each other about where we're at. This is a great read for any mom, but especially those of us that are willing to be honest about where we are and find hope in our mess.
So what are your bookmarks this month?
Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Hope for a Weary Mom.
Don't forget to come back April 26th as we discuss Frugal Living: How to Save Money and Not Feel Like You're Broke by Jamie Walker.
So we missed another one and this is one that I really wanted to follow through on. And one I will be going back to int the future. The hospital can be a lonely place and whatever we can do to help out a little, I want my kids and I to be involved. So we will be doing this, just not right now.
I think that's been one of the hardest lessons for me as a mom. No matter how noble the cause, I just can't do it all. And I hate that. There is so much of the world for my kids to see and be involved in. I just don't ever want them to forget to look out for everyone else around them.
But moving on. I really hope you've had a chance to complete this last challenge and you're ready for this one. This one keeps us a little closer to home and those we know best: our neighbors. This week's challenge is to find a way to serve your neighbor. Dinner, trash morning, running an errand, mowing their lawn... How creative can you be? Here's your chance to step out your own front door and bless your immediate community. Best of luck!
If you follow Creative2xmom on Facebook, I posted this weekend that our laptop took a dive last Friday (the 16th). Since then I've been doing what I can on my husband's IPad. But the IPad is severely limited in my abilities to edit, add photos, and so many other things I usually do in my blogging. So over the next couple of weeks, things will be looking different around here as I ask for your patience. Whenever I get a chance, I'll be posting and adding as I can. :-). Thanks!
I love the newness of Spring and the freshness of the turning season. As I have been shopping the last couple of weeks, it's been fun to see the pastels and fresh Spring colors popping up. And do a little shopping for the kids' Easter baskets. I'll be sharing those later this month. But while we're all busy in our lives, here are a few ideas to get your creativity going.
Babies and Toddlers:
--Large Color Crayons
Older Toddlers and Preschoolers:
--Small Watering Can and Garden Tools
--Playdough --Moon Sand
In our search to be purposeful in loving others, our last assignment was to bless someone monetarily. Through prayers and lots of keeping my eyes and ears open, I felt the need to reach out to a new mom. She's a first time mom and many of us can remember what it was like in that first year, getting our bearings and trying to figure out who we are in this new role. So I just wanted to bless her and remind her that she's not alone. While I was out this past week, I picked up a $5 starbucks gift card and a card congratulating her on her new addition to the family. We wrote a short message and then popped it in the mail. I hope it brightened her day.
What about you? Where you able to bless someone this week?
This next challenge we're busting out and take it to the streets. During the next two weeks, we're going to the hospital to leave change at the vending machines. We live in a very small community with a pretty small hospital. So we're going to leave some change taped to the soda and vending machines. I think this will be a great opportunity to open up a variety of conversations and I really look forward to doing this with the kids.
Will you join us in an Intentional Act of Kindness this week?
I've been thinking a lot about how to make Easter meaningful to my children this year. They're getting older and I want to make sure the deeper Easter meaning doesn't get lost in the rush for chocolate. But making things meaningful times and forethought. So here I am planning.
We've been making lots of cross and flower crafts. And I'm planning the menu to include Resurrection Rolls as part of our Easter breakfast. While we're at it, it's time to pull out the Easter eggs and make our Resurrection Eggs. Resurrection Eggs are a twelve day countdown to Easter using symbols and verses that recap the significance of the holiday. It's a great activity for hands-on learning as the kids can touch, taste, and smell each symbol hiding in the Easter eggs.
With that in mind, these are the symbols and verses included in our Resurrection Eggs:
Verse: So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" (John 12:12-13)
Symbol: Sample of perfume
Verse: For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. (Matt. 26:12)
Verse: As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it into pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying "Take it, for this is my body." (Mark 14:22)
Symbol: Small flowers
Verse: Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told the disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." (Matt 26:36)
Symbol: 3 dimes
Verse: Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. (Matt 27:3)
Symbol: Gold pipe cleaner crown
Verse: So Pilate asked Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus replied, "You have said it." (Luke 23:3)
Symbol: 3 nails
Verse: Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. (Mark 15:24)
Verse: They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing. (Psalm 22:18)
Symbol: Sponge soaked in vinegar
Verse: Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said, "I am thirsty." A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, He said, "It is finished. Then he bowed His head and released His spirit. (John 19:28-30)
Symbol: Linen cloth
Verse: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud (cloth) and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:57-60) Day Eleven Symbol: Rock Verse: (And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men (Matthew 28:2-4) Day Twelve Symbol: Empty Verse: (But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. come, see the place where He lay." (Matthew 28:5-6)
A couple of nights ago, I was looking for a quick and frugal craft to keep Lydia busy while I made dinner. Since Easter's coming up so quickly, we decided we were going to do some Do-A-Dot art. These crosses are a great way to focus on the season. And you probably already have all the materials around your house.
We took some plain white cardstock and made a cross with two pieces of masking tape. You really need cardstock to withstand the tape. But just raid your scrapbook supply and you're good.
Then take out the Do-A-Dot markers and go at it. I helped her see that she needed to go around the cross thoroughly and she took it from there. After she finished, we let the paint dry before removing the tape. The tape was mommy's project as I really had to take it slowly.
But didn't it come out so pretty? Frugal and meaningful... now that's my kind of craft.
I can hardly believe that Easter is coming up so quickly. Spring is ready to bust out where we live and we just feel the freshness of a new year around us. Well, Mommy's still trying to figure out how it's become 2013, but the kids and I definately have Spring Fever.
As Easter is coming, I wanted to share with you a new tradition we started last year and that's Resurrection Rolls. These were a fun treat to go with breakfast last year and a great reminder why we celebrate. Here's what you'll need:
Cinnamon/ Sugar Mix
Lydia's going to be my model today
Roll your marshmallow in the melted butter.
Show your child how the white represents how
pure Christ was.
Then roll it in some cinnamon.
Explain to your child that this represents the
spices that Jesus was anointed with at his burial.