Reading List for 2010

I have been inspired by MoneySavingMom and FishMama’s blog posts about their reading goals for this year. I love to read, but in the busy day-to-day life of mothering two small boys I tend to push reading to the back burner. This year with some prioritizing and better scheduling, I am setting some reading goals for myself. I am aiming a bit high, and know that I may not finish all twenty-two books on my list….but I certainly am praying the Lord will allow me to.

This is my reading list for the year :

January: “Love and Respect”

February: “Memories of Sanfields” and “For God and His People”

March: “Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” and “The Coupon Mom’s Guide to cutting your grocery bills in half”

April: “Women’s Ministry in the Local Church” and “Praise Her in the Gates”

May: “The Fruit of Her Hands” and “Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

June: “Escape” and “Treasuring God in our Traditions”

July:”Becoming A Woman Who Pleases God” and “Survivor: A Women’s Search for Peace”

August: “Lee: A Life of Virtue” and “Heaven at Home”

September: “Feminine Appeal” and “Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl”

October: “Stepping Heavenward” and “Spiritual Mothering”

November: “The Truth of the Cross” and “The True Woman”

December: “On This Day in Christian History

I also do enjoy reading christian fiction at times. There are some days I like to read something that doesn’t require me to think and consider but is purely for enjoyment. I am sure that there will be some fiction sprinkled in here and there during the year as the fancy strikes me. But my main focus will be to try and accomplish this list. I have linked each book title to Amazon so you can see exactly what book it is and purchase it for yourself if you desire. I am quite excited about this list of books!

At the end of each month I plan to let you know if I was able to finish the books for that month and write a short review for each book.

Do you have a reading goal for this year? Be sure to share in the comments. If you are blogging about your reading goals, please leave a link to your post in the comments also. It would be great to encourage one another through the year!

 Now get off the computer and go read a book! 🙂


Hudson Turns Two!

Our sweet little Hudson turned two years old on Friday! He is such a fun little boy and brings such joy to our family. I am so thankful that two years ago God added him to our family.  We celebrated with my family and enjoyed seeing Hudson enjoy his day.

Could this kid be any cuter?! 🙂

Pasta E Fagioli


1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained

1 cup carrots, chopped

1/2 large red onion

2 celery stalks, sliced

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed

2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with their juice

1 (16.5 ounce) jar pasta sauce

4 cups beef broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

1/2 cup dry pasta

Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)

Use 6 quart slow cooker. Put meat into the stoneware. Add the carrots, onion, and celery. Add the beans, tomatoes, and pasta sauce. Pour in the beef broth. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and Tabasco sauce. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. When the vegetables are tender, stir in 1/2 cup dry pasta. Cover and cook for another house on low, or until pasta is al dente. It will swell quite a bit. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese.

* I used my 4.5 quart slow cooker. It was very full, but still worked just fine. This is supposed to be similar to Olive Garden’s. I wouldn’t say it was a perfect replica, but it certainly was delicious. This is going on my list of favorite crock pot soups.

Charles Spurgeon on the homemaker

“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.” – Charles Spurgeon

Does God hate Haiti?

“Does God hate Haiti? God hates sin, and will punish both individual sinners and nations. But that means that every individual and every nation will be found guilty when measured by the standard of God’s perfect righteousness. God does hate sin, but if God merely hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts — there would be no hope.” – Dr. Albert Mohler

Take a few minutes to read his full article here.

Vegi’s Coming Right Up!

Often I struggle to come up with new and interesting ideas for serving vegetables with our meals rather than just serving canned green beans or corn.  There is a great post over at Life As Mom  with a yummy looking broccoli recipe and links to many more vegi dishes. I think I just added “serve more interesting vegetable dishes” to my list of New Years goals! 🙂

What are you having for dinner tonight?

This yummy Tuna Casserole is what’s for dinner at our house tonight.  I have made this once before and we are certianly looking forward to the repeat tonight. It’s simple, frugal, and uses ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

A Great Christmas

I think one of my new year’s resolutions should have been to blog more often!  I do whole heartedly intend to get back to blogging more often…but I can’t promise the more essential things in life won’t push it back to the bottom of the “to do”  list.

We had a wonderful holiday and hope you do also. Christmas Eve we celebrated with Katie and  Aaron.  Then Christmas Day we spent just our family of  four snuggled in our warm house enjoying a sweet and wonderful day together. It was such fun this year to watch the boys open their gifts and enjoy themselves. We spent the day relaxing and enjoying having nothing to do but simply be together.

Isaac eagerly waiting to open gifts on Christmas morning.

New books!

This little boy LOVES Hot Wheel cars!

The big "suprise" for Isaac was a guitar. He was beyond happy about this gift!

Hudson was a pro this year at gift opening. No help needed!


The monday after Christmas we left for Michigan and Ohio to spend time with our families. We had a great trip, but those pictures will have to wait for another day…