Two Books

I finished The Help on Monday night, and The Book of Tomorrow on Tuesday night.  I have been a reading machine.

I had been looking forward to reading The Help for months, and when the book finally showed up on my doorstep, I started reading right away.  It was a really good story and I look forward to seeing the movie adaptation.  It certainly made me think deeply about the way life was just a few decades ago.  Our society has come a long way in regards to race relations, but as a friend of my mom’s said, we still have a ways to go.  I’m grateful for this book and the truth that it tells; I hope that it has caused others to take a good look at the way they feel about the differences—or similarities—of people who are “different”.  We are all just people, created and dearly loved by God.

The Book of Tomorrow was one that I just grabbed on a whim at the library and finished in less than one day.  It’s the story of Tamara, a sixteen year old, who is forced to leave her home and life as she knew it after her father’s suicide.  She and her mother move in with her aunt and uncle in the Irish countryside, where she discovers a diary that has every next day’s entry.  With the help of the diary, she discovers some family secrets, and moves past the shallow and selfish girl that she once was, to a less selfish, more giving young lady.

I’ll be honest, I usually hate books written about teenagers, from the perspective of said teenager (i.e. Twilight), but I really enjoyed this one.  I was on the edge of my seat near the end, and I really could not have guessed the ending if I tried.  While I could have done without the profanity, there wasn’t a great deal of it, and it was really well written.  Definitely a good read!

Feeling Crafty?

Apple picking in the boonies of North Georgia 🙂

Last month while visiting with my friend Stefanie in Athens, we went into a cute little vintage shop downtown.  In this cute little vintage shop they had lots of vintage items (duh!) as well as some products made by local artists and crafters.  One of these crafts that caught my eye was a jewelry board.  They were selling it for $20 and I told Stefanie, “I could totally do that for less than $20!”.  So last week I took my happy little self to Lowe’s and bought the supplies.

  1. Can of spraypaint ($6ish)
  2. Picture frame (from Goodwill $1.99)
  3. Wire ($6ish)
While working on my little craft, I found a use for the extra N-95 mask I was given during my fit test.

Amanda, don't look at how badly it fits 😉

So here’s how it went

I spray painted the frame light blue

I had a hard time finding a good spot to spray paint, because when I tried the grass, bugs kept finding their way onto the frame and into the paint, and I didn’t have enough cardboard to make a large enough space to use on the porch, so I ended up using the “treehouse” portion of the swingset.  Now it just has blue paint all over the floor.

I let it dry for a few hours before trying to put the wire in for the backing, but the wire refused to lay flat, so I had to lay books on it for a few days in an attempt to flatten it.  I took no pictures during my wire working moments—I was too busy getting beat up by it.  Seriously, I have cuts all over my arms and hands, and a serious gash on one of my fingers.

In the end, it looked like this!

Ta-da!

I’m excited to finally have a place to display most of my jewelry in an organized way.  Sometimes I forget that I have certain items when I don’t see them everyday, so hopefully now I’ll remember them all!  I’m not a brilliant photographer, so it looks a lot better in person; I can’t wait to get our bathroom walls painted so that I can hang it up!

Drumroll, please!

*Update* Something was wrong with the video… it should be fixed now 🙂

And the winner is……

Yay!!!!!  I will mail the book out to you tomorrow.  Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway; I wish I had enough copies for everyone!  Maybe WaterBrook will send me two copies of my next book, too? 😉

Acts 4:32

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

A few short weeks ago, our house looked like this

Now, it looks like this

So much better!

Getting our house painted ended up happening much sooner than I expected, we had originally planned to do it ourselves over Andrew’s Christmas break, but because someone we knew needed work, it ended up getting done this month.  It also took longer than I thought, but it is done now and I think it looks great!  We are definitely done with home improvement projects (and expenses) for now though!

Some Quotes

I couldn’t fit these quotes in my review of Raised Right, but I still wanted to share them with you… so here are some of my favorites!

We can make political the things that are political, and make spiritual the things that are spiritual.  Sin and pain are spiritual—we treat them in a spiritual way.  Pray for the sinner.  Speak to the sinner.  Try to win the businessman from his greed and give him something else to live for.  Love the sinner—and not from behind a barricade but face to face.  But when injustice, robbery, and inequity are not just individual but institutional, it’s time to take a political stand.  The government can’t cure sin or heal pain; it can stop robbery and create laws that treat the poor justly.  And it’s our role to demand that our leaders do so… ‘Woe to those who prey on the widows and rob the fatherless. (p 210-211)

And another

Jesus didn’t say, ‘People who speak out against war will inherit the earth’; He said people who embody, in their character and soul, this strange and alien value of meekness will inherit the earth.  He didn’t say ‘Blessed are those who refuse to fight’ but blessed are those who make peace.  He didn’t say ‘Blessed are those who don’t kill’ but blessed are those who show mercy.  He didn’t call us simply to oppose positions that are wrong but to embody values that are heavenly… To be a peacemaker is to take up residence in no man’s land and become the person who ministers to the bleeding and wounded left behind, cultivates and inhabits the broken land.(p 108, 109)