Sunday, May 12, 2024

Recent reads.

None Like Him: Ten Ways God Is Different From Us (And Why That's A Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

This was the first book I've read by Jen Wilkin, and wow was it good! It was so theologically deep and Biblically sound. I was simultaneously challenged and encouraged and felt like I gleaned a lot and was very thought provoking. I read a few pages a day as part of my morning devotion time, and this was a great book for that and I'd love to read another by her!

All Of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire by Rebecca Woolf- I mentioned in a previous book post that I read Rockabye, her first book published in 2008 about her getting pregnant with her first child four months into a relationship and then marrying him. I had heard her second came out, but wanted to read the first before reading this one, which was published in 2022. I had followed Rebecca's blog for years and years and enjoyed following her. They had four kids together, and her husband sadly was diagnosed suddenly with stage four pancreatic cancer in 2018 and died within four months of diagnosis. Their marriage had been rocky for some time, and she had wanted to leave him for years before his death. This book is about the months before he passed away and the several years following his death. It was interesting to read because I wanted to read it so badly after following her blog for so long, but it was intense. It was good in the fact that she wrote so honestly and vulnerably, but hard for me to read in that their marriage was sad and she dealt with the aftermath of his death in ways I would not want to, meaning that we have very different beliefs and life style choices. (It had a lot of language and sexual details- a word of caution.) I knew that she was not a Christian from following her blog, but this book was so deeply raw in ways her blog wasn't always. Not that you shouldn't be raw, but it was hard for me to read about her handling the death without the hope of Heaven.

All My Knotted Up Life: A Memoir by Beth Moore- I have never actually done a Beth Moore Bible study before, but have heard about them! I've definitely heard of Beth Moore and how she powerfully and boldly preaches about Jesus. I had heard many talking about this book and quickly added it to my reading list. I am so glad I read it, it was so good! I don't want to share details to give anything away, but it's a memoir about her life and it was so moving. I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about her.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Family circus fun.

Thankful for a fun family Saturday! All three girls had a soccer game, and then we headed to Sioux City (our closest bigger town) and did a little shopping at Old Navy and Scheels- got a few summer shorts, sandals, and Norah some softball pants. Then we headed to the circus and Fazoli's for supper! (We wanted Olive Garden, but it was Saturday night at 6:30 when the circus got done and we didn't want to wait that long, so we went to second option which was still fun!). 

The circus was great- very fun and entertaining! Grateful for a fun family day with my four favorites! :)

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Spring rec soccer and Norah's 3rd grade music program 2024.

Norah had her 3rd grade music program- she did great! It was fun to see what they have been learning this year. They did some fun songs, dances, and recorders. She wanted her hair curled- she looked so beautiful and grown up we thought! Way to go, Norah!

We got to have supper with Kley's grandma and parents Easter Sunday when we got back into town from Des Moines/Omaha- always nice to see her! It's a gift to live by some family! Wish we could live by all of them, but so thankful driving isn't too far and we get to see them pretty often.

Spring rec soccer has begun! Loving the warmer temps outside and staying lighter longer. All three were excited for it to start and did great the first night. Lucy and Ellory are team teal and Norah is team safety green. Go girls!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Easter 2024- Easter Sunday photos.

Happy Easter! Very thankful for my family, and most importantly of the best news of His death and resurrection and we can rest assured of our forgiveness and salvation!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Easter 2024- cousin egg hunts and baskets.

We had fun with cousins celebrating Easter and doing egg hunts and opening Easter baskets! 

Cousin egg hunt with the Schut side.

Murphy was so excited to find the egg with the big chocolate bunny coupon!

Getting some good treats!

Adult golden egg hunt- so fun! (I have three siblings- my parents hide four golden eggs with ranging amounts of cash inside. Fun to see everyone scramble and run around!)

Easter meal together.

We stopped in Omaha on Sunday for egg hunt and Easter baskets with cousins on the De Jong side!

Brett and Elizabeth.

Happy Easter! He is risen!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Easter 2024- Outdoor fun at Howell's.

We went to Howell's on Easter Saturday and had tons of fun outside! Love whole family photos!

Egg hunt.

Kley, you are the bubbles to my bath. ;)

My three cute bunnies!

Tub train ride!

Rose and Margo. 

Averie and Norah. 

Zack and Brooks.

Mom and Kayla.

Waving to cousins. 

Murphy, Dad, Jorie, and Keaton.

Zip line rides.

Ellory, our biggest animal lover, petting the calves. 

Trying out the slides.

Kley joined in too!

We love Grandpa and Grandma!