Simultaneous Reading Adventures

I have a problem. Or maybe it’s a gift. I don’t know. But I do this every once and awhile. I’m reading four books at once!

1. Last week, I started reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp. I took advantage of an opportunity to head to B&N alone (glorious!) and bought this book. It’s one I’ve been meaning to read, and definitely want to get through before Sophie hits the independent stage (around 18 mo. from what I hear). Anyway, I’m learning a lot about toddlers, their thought processes, language development, and emotional development and attachment. It’s a great resource, and I know this one will be a reference for me for years to come.

2. Lori lent me The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. I’ve been wanting to read it, especially after seeing how worn and beat up her copy is. Actually, she had to buy a second copy to lend out because hers is so near and dear to her. It’s all about how this generation of kids growing up right now are the first generation to grow up without the significant influence of nature. Kids today are completely plugged in, and Richard Louv describes what he calls “nature deficit disorder”. Totally interesting. I’m not too far into this one, and I suspect this one will take me the longest to get through, but that’s ok. It’s one of those books that you absorb.

3. As if I needed something else to read, I was struck by the library bug this week. I got a truckload of books for Sophie, but for me I picked up Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. A gal from my book club recommended it, and I’m really getting into it. It’s a novel, ghost story, and I don’t know what else yet, but I really like it so far.

4. Also from the library, I got Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. I started it and it’s really interesting, but I don’t think I’ll make it all the way through. I plan to skim this one a lot, and probably skip whole chapters. What I’ve read so far is interesting though, just a lot of information. I love McDonalds though, so I don’t want to be turned off for life!

To top it off, I need to get crackin on this month’s read for book club. Ahhh!

Sophie is 1!

One year ago, we started on a journey.

She was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

A lot can change in a year. I had no idea what I was in for. No idea of the night wakings, or the way her cry would pierce my heart and I’d do anything to make her happy. No idea that someone so tiny could change a life in such a BIG way. No idea how much I could love someone. No idea that someone so beautiful could be mine!

She grew and changed. Learned to hold her head up, roll over, babble and coo, smile, laugh, crawl, and pull up to standing. Soon she’ll be walking on her own. She’s incredible-a miracle.

Sometimes it blows my mind to think that Kevin and I are responsible for this little life. It’s up to us to guide her and teach her to love Jesus, be a good friend, always help others, and to make good choices. But having her with us has become second nature. When we’re alone, just the two of us, it sometimes feels like someone is missing.

Happy Birthday Sophie Joy!


Some of you may know this about me. Others may not. But here’s my confession for the world to read: I am a complete and total blog follower. To the max. My blogger reader tells me that I am currently following 65 blogs. That’s a lot! So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you!

My interests cover a wide range of topics and blog styles, so I’ll try to incorporate a variety for you. Hopefully, you’ll find something new!

API Speaks (Attachment Parenting)

Dispatches from the Island (Jorge Garia’s personal blog)

Enjoying the Small Things (parenting blog with gorgeous photography)

The Lost Diary (detailed run down of each episode of LOST)

Mckmama (parenting/photography/Christianity)

Adorkable Recipes (from Melanie!)

A Year of Crockpotting

lori-for when I’m feeling contemplative

lori times five- both artsy and contemplative

There’s more. LotsĀ  more. This is just a sampling. Enjoy!