Monday, January 6, 2020

Books Matt Read {2019}

1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
3. The Whole 30: The Thirty Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
4. Love that Lasts by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke
5. Twelve Lies that hold America Captive and the Truth that sets us free by Jonathan P. Walton
6. It's Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
7. The Color of Time by Dan Jones
8. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
10. Panzer Battles by Major General F.W. von Mellenthin
11. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
12. The Auto-Immune Solution by Amy Myers 
13. Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey
14. Point Man by Steve Farrar
15. The Third Option by Miles McPherson
16. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
17. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Books I Read {2019}

1. The Better Mom Devotional by Ruth Schwenk
2. You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfield
3. Homebody By Joanna Gaines
4. Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith
5. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
6. Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt
7. Where Hope Begins by Katherine West
8. Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh
9. The Way of The Warrior by Erwin McManus
10. Dangerous Prayers: 50 Powerful Prayers That Changed the World
11. Finding Holy in the Suburbs by Ashley Hales
12. Brave Love by Lisa Leonard 
13. 10 Choices Successful Couples Make by Dr. Ron Welch
14. Love Where You Live by Shauna Pilgreen
15. Hope Heals by Jay and Katherine Wolf
16. Marriage that Works by Chip Ingram
17. Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers by Margaret Feinberg
18. God's Word for Mothers
19. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
20. The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile
21. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
22. Learning To Speak God from Scratch by Jonathan Merritt
23. The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart
24. Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury
25. The Memory House by Rachel Hauck
26. Breaking the Power of Negative Words by Mary C. Bush
27. Misfit Table by Tiffany Kilgore
28. The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center
29. Autumn Brides by Kathryn Springer, Katie Ganshert, Beth K. Vogt
30. Love that Lasts by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke
31. To Have and To Hold by Betsy St. Amant, Becky Wade, Katie Ganshert
32. Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
33. Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
34.  Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig
35. Winter Brides by Denise Hunter, Deborah Raney and Betsy St. Amant
36. It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
37. Loving My Actual Neighbor by Alexandra Kuykendall
38. Teaching from Rest by Sarah McKenzie
39. Verity by Lisa T. Bergren
40. Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
41. The Lost Husband by Katherine Center
42. Get Lucky by Katherine Center
43. I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) by Sarah Steward Holland and Beth Silvers
44. What's Next? by Chris Hodges
45. The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
46. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (read aloud with boys)
47. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (read aloud with boys)
48. The Next Right Thing by Emily Freeman
49. It's A Love Story by Lincee Ray
50. Powerful Prayers for Your Son by Rob and Joanna Teigen
51. On True Happiness
52. Laughter is the Spice of Life by Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Shelia Walsh, Thelma Wells
53. Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (read aloud with boys)
54. The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett (read aloud with boys)
55. Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
56. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
57. The Women Who Met Jesus by Dorothy Valcarcel
58. When You Need To Move a Mountain by Linda Evans Shepherd
59. Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer
60. The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
61. Shame Off You by Denise Pass
62. Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker
63. The Daniel Detox by Don Colbert, MD
64. Gone Fishing, A novel in Verse (read aloud with Mason)
65. It's Not Supposed to be this Way by Lysa Terkeurst
66. The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
67. Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner by Wendy Blight
68. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
69. Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse (read aloud with Mason and Maddox)
70. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
71. Hope in The Dark by Craig Groeschel
72. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
73. The Auto-Immune Solution by Amy Myers
74. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
75. The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
76. Roomies by Christina Lauren
77. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 
78. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown {read aloud with Mason and Maddox)
79. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures: The Japanese Ninja Surpise by Jeff Brown {read aloud with Mason and Maddox}
80. Love Lives Here by Maria Goff
81. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
82. How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
83. The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels
84. Forged Through Fire by Mark D. McDonough, MD
85. The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin
86. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #1: The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Jeff Brown
87. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
88. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
89. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
90. Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller
91. How Many Times do I have to Tell You by Rachael Carman
92. Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
93. Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer
94. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
95. What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
96. Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
97. The Third Option by Miles McPherson
98. Strong Brave Loved by Holley Gerth
99. Just Mercy By Bryan Stevenson
100. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey
101. Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
102. When Kids Ask Hard Questions
103. An Amish Christmas Kitchen by Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd

Lastly, I finished reading the entire Bible in 2019! I believe I'm most proud of reading this book.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

We started our Thanksgiving with breakfast and parade viewing with Grandmom and Granddad. I asked to snap a couple of family pictures at the beginning. Mason wasn't happy about that. 

Granddad helped! 😂❤️😂❤️

There we go! ❤️

Grandmom and Granddad had chairs set up for optimal viewing. ❤️

Our breakfast was fantastic! Grandmom outdid herself per usual. We contributed muffins and juice. 

When it was time for some group pictures, Matt got a bit silly. 

Now, there we go! 

My favorite snap. 

He said something silly, I'm sure. 

Sneaky boy...





I just can't with all of those pictures. So much love. 

Pure relaxation...

A bit of coffee milk. 😊

Before we left, we helped to get the Christmas decorations out of the attic. 

When we got home, our ornaments were dry and ready to be put on the tree. 

We spent the rest of the day relaxing, watching football and such. We decided to go look at lights just before bed. It was a good day. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Nashville from Matt's Camera

Before we headed out for our full family day, we snapped a few pictures. 

These are the best! 

We had planned for getting a whole cousin group picture but when the timing was right for Matt, it wasn't great otherwise so we just scratched that idea. Oh well, it happens. 
We finished out with a couple of cute cousin pictures. ❤️ 

Nashville Trip {November 2019} {Part 2}

On Saturday morning, Mason woke up with this EPIC hair! 

We had breakfast at Anne and Ben's house before heading to Spring Hill to Matt's sister's house! 

OH! I forgot about the play doh time after breakfast. Aunt Anne hooked the boys up with play doh and cookie cutters. Fun was had. 

We spent the remainder of the day at Holly and Mitch's house. Much cousin time. Yummy food and good visits. 

Maddox LOVES Betsy! 

Further proof of above statement. 

Matt, Maddox, two cousins and myself went on a walk. It was chilly but worth it. 

It ended with this silliness. 

Our meal was delicious and we all ended stuffed. Uncle Mitch let the boys break the wishbone. They loved that! 


Then game time! 

Yeah, Matt and Mason did not demonstrate humility in their winning. 😉


Everyone together! ❤️❤️❤️

Oh my goodness. I cannot handle. 

Time for good-byes! 

That evening, we watched a bit of a movie and relaxed. Anne and I returned from Target to see these brothers in full on game mode. It was cute although I'm sure Matt would prefer I use another word. 😂

Our last little Nashville adventure was the boys getting to try on Uncle Ben's hockey gear. ❤️❤️❤️

Thanks, Canters, for a great Sibsgiving and to Anne and Ben for hosting us so well!