8/31/11

Book Review: The Corruptible

I have a fondness for mystery novels, especially the series kind. You know the ones where it is the same character in every book who solves the mystery but each book is a different mystery.  When I read the information about The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir and I saw the words “a Ray Quinn Mystery” I knew I needed to know more.  After reading the information from the publisher, I eagerly requested this book for review.

From the Publisher About This Book

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How much money would it take for you to betray the truth? Ex-homicide detective Ray Quinn never had glamorous thoughts of the life of a private investigator—but being cornered in a bathroom stall by the enraged philandering husband of a client? That’s something he could live without. Retired from homicide and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited. Stick to the job, keep impetuous sidekick Crevis alive, and spend quiet evenings with trusted pal Jim Beam, that’s about the best he can hope for.

As a new client emerges, Ray finds himself in an impossibly large boardroom holding a check with enough zeros to finally lift him from his financial pit. The job seems easy enough: find Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop turned security officer who’s taken off with sensitive corporate information. But few things are easy in Ray’s world, regardless of the amount of zeros in the check.

In what should be an open-and-shut case, Ray stumbles across Logan Ramsey in a seedy motel room. Only Ray wasn’t the first to find him. Now Logan’s dead, the client’s information is nowhere to be found, and Ray’s employer is less than forthcoming with the details. Suddenly the line between the good guys and bad guys isn’t so clear. With a foot in both worlds and an illuminating look at an unhappy ending that could well be his own, which will Ray choose?

My Take: Set in Orlando, Florida, The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir grips the reader with action from the very first sentence.  We find Ray Quinn, former homicide detective turned private investigator trapped in a bathroom stall while a rather large husband of a client hunts the PI who “ruined his marriage.”  I love the first line of the book.  “Dying on the toilet was not how I envisioned leaving this world.”  

I appreciated the offbeat humor that Mynheir displays in the character of Ray Quinn.  Ray’s been hurt.  Using humor is how he copes with life.  I also appreciate that Ray is real.  His character is 3 dimensional.  As the case unfolds, Ray must examine his own life choices. 

This Ray Quinn is the 2nd book in the series, but it stands alone.  Background information from the first book is cleverly woven throughout the story so that the reader is not left scratching his head wondering how Ray reached this point.  I intend to read the first book and if it is as well-written as The Corruptible, I will be reading more as they are published.

Some people may consider this to be a Christian novel because Pam, a friend of Ray’s is a Christian. I dislike books that are “preachy” or “in your face” with Christianity. This book is not like that. Ray is, at this point, not even sure if he believes in God.  The reader is privy to the struggles that Ray has with God and prayer.  Pam, the only overtly Christian character, *lives* out her faith in a way that impacts Ray but does not preach.   That is something else I appreciated about the book.  I didn’t feel like I was being preached at. 

Beware though that although I’ve mentioned humor, this is not a comedy and murder is not treated lightly.

I recommend this book to my husband because I know he enjoys a good mystery with a humorous twist.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys serial mystery books.

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.

8/24/11

A midlife crisis?

This past Friday night I did something I didn’t think I would ever do.   Last night I told my mother about it:

Me:  “I got a tattoo.”
Mom: (shock in her voice) “You got a tattoo?”
Me:  “It’s ok mom.. It’s a henna tattoo.  It’ll only last 2-3 weeks.”
Mom: (relief in her voice) “Oh, ok.  so what does it look like.”

I felt so YOUNG and so GIDDY.   I felt like a teenager again breaking the news to my mother about my hidden rebellious streak.  It felt good to feel like that.  (Hmm.. what does that say about me?)

I’m enjoying my henna tattoo and my girls love it.  Tailorbear wants to get one.  I’m not sure that I’m ready for my 12 year old to experiment yet but I will say this falls into the “you know you’re a homeschooler when” category:

You know you’re a homeschooler when your 12 year old describes the henna tattoo that she wants to get based on her studies of East Indian Culture and explains about how they use henna tattoos to prepare for their wedding.

Wanna see what it looks like?   I had BooBear take a picture.

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8/20/11

Read Aloud Challenge 8/18

Every Thursday, Debra over at Footprints in the Butter hosts a Read Aloud Challenge link up.   You can read about how it became a link up here   I’ve chosen to participate on Saturdays or whenever I can <grin>.

Though we did not read aloud every day this past week, we did get some things started.

mara . We did start reading Mara, Daughter of the Nile this week.  This is scheduled as a Reader (Read Alone or read by the student to himself) but we’ve decided to do it as a read aloud. (I posted about that in a previous Reading Challenge Post.).  Though targeted for Tailorbear, both BooBear and Turtlegirl are listening in as well.   They’ve both read the book on their own.  We do have to admonish Turtlegirl to not tell us any details.  I’ve not read the book before and this is Tailorbear’s first exposure as well.   Sometimes she or I would make a comment and we could clearly see Turtlegirl just dying to tell us key information to confirm or deny the comments.

We also started listening to the Focus on the Family Radio Theater Presentation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  We listened to that on the way to and from piano lessons.  Supergirl is especially enjoying this one!  She kept asking to listen to more of it at home but I’m saving it for *just* piano lesson driving.

We’re continuing to listen to The Last Battle from Ancient Faith Radio podcast Under the Grapevine.  (For links see my previous post here).   Over the last year or so we’ve listened to most of the others. 

We skipped reading from Dooryard Stories this week but we did continue to read aloud from Charlotte’s Web.  Supergirl is loving this book and the only reason we haven’t finished it yet is that I haven’t taken the time to sit down with her and read on a daily basis.  She carries this book all over the house and calls it the “Wilbur book”.  She brings it to me and asks me to please read 2 chapters of Wilbur. 

She’s doing a great job of telling back the story and I’m enjoying watching her comprehension skills increase.  She’s really starting to narrate.  Yes she needs a few prompts such as “then what happened”.  She loves telling Daddy about the story during dinner.

Maybe next week I’ll do an update on what the girls are reading to themselves along with a progress report of what we read aloud.

To join this week’s Read Aloud Link Up at Footprints in the Butter click here.

8/19/11

Five Question Friday 8/19

Five Question FridayIt’s time for Five Question Friday, hosted by Mama M at My Little Life.

1. Do you close the bathroom door when you are home alone? Nope.  At least not usually and (prepare yourself) I don’t always close it when I have company either!  But I have a valid reason.  I use the bathroom that can only be accessed through my bedroom. *IF* I use the “main” bathroom I tend to close the door whether there are others home or not.  That bathroom just feels more open and exposed and is positioned directly across from the window.  No one can see in but still I just feel better if that door is closed!

2. You have to walk around with a word on your forehead. That word describes you. One word. What is it? Striving.  I want be known as the woman who is striving to enter in at the narrow gate. I  want to be known as the woman who is striving to be more and more Christlike.

3. What store do you refuse to shop at and why? Well there is one store (and in particular one branch of that store) that I will *never* step foot in again.  In fact we have driven 20 miles OUT OF OUR WAY to avoid that store!  You can read about it in What Ever Happened to Honesty and Integrity. . 

4. If you participated in arranged marriages for your child(ren), who would you choose for your child(ren)? Hmm.  I don’t know.  I do love what my father said to my future in-laws when we introduced the parents to each other.  He said “We cannot choose who are children marry but if I could have chosen someone for my daughter, I would have chosen your son.”  Yes.. my father really liked my husband.   I want to be able to say that to my each of my daughters’ future in-laws.  So if I could find someone for my daughter I would choose someone who would be her strength where she is weak and who would love her and accept her for who she is and most importantly someone who strives to obey Jesus’s two summary commandments:  1) To Love God  and 2) To Love our neighbor as ourselves.

5. If you could pick how and when you would die, would you? I’d love to pick the how:  (peacefully in my sleep).  The when part?  No.  I don’t think I want to know when it is coming.  I’d like it be after my grandchildren are grown but before I am in incapable of caring for myself. I  do not want to be a burden on my family.   But I think I would be way too stressed out and worried if I knew *when* I would die even if I could pick the when part.

To read the responses or join Mama M’s linky click here.

8/18/11

I love my Crock Pot

This past Monday, I reminded myself how wonderful having a slow cooker can be.   I knew that I had a busy day and I knew I would not want to cook dinner after being gone all day.

I have to confess that I do not use my slow cooker/ crock pot appliance thing nearly as much as I could/should.  Once upon a time I had a 6 week rotating menu plan that was mostly crock pot cooking.   So many recipes called for cream of something soup and we stopped using cream of something soup in a can.  I could never get the home made version to work as well.  

Back to Monday.   I decided to make “Chicken Spaghetti”.  We hadn’t had that for a very long time.  It’s my simple version of chicken cacciatore but I stopped calling it that because I tired of my husband’s well worn joke “But I don’t want to catch a Tori.  I already caught a Tess”.  Yes for awhile I would answer, “Fine.  We’re having Chicken Cacciatess for dinner.”

I don’t have a real recipe for you and I don’t have any pictures but here’s what I did:

I threw 2 very large chicken breasts (boneless and skinless) into the crock pot.  I added one can of spaghetti sauce (this time I used Hunt’s Garlic Herb.. I think the cans are about 26 oz).   I added one large can (about 28 oz) tomato sauce.  One can (net wt 4oz) slicked mushrooms and some sliced black olives.   Cooked about 8 hours (give or take) on low.   My chicken breasts were frozen so when they were cooked I used my kitchen shears to chunk them up. I served it over (cooked of course) spaghetti noodles with a salad and some garlic bread.

It was so nice to walk in the door after a long (but wonderful day) to smell dinner already cooking itself.  I was so tired.  My feet hurt.  My children were tired.  If not for the beloved crock pot, I’m sure we would have ended up with cereal for dinner.

I am now inspired to see what other crock pot recipes and ideas I can resurrect to include in my new 6 week rotating menu plan that I am creating.

Do you have a favorite Crock Pot recipe?  I’d love some more ideas.  Especially ideas that do NOT use cream of something soups.

8/14/11

Read Aloud Challenge week of 8/11

On the one hand this was a pretty good read aloud week for us.  On the other hand, we didn’t read aloud as much as I planned or wanted.

We did switch some things up a bit. I’ve stopped reading aloud The Golden Goblet.   Tailorbear is now reading that one on her own.  I’ve read it aloud before so I have mixed feelings.   Why? Because I was getting into the book and I’ll have to add it to my reading pile for myself!  I think having her read it as a read alone is a good choice though. 

So instead of The Golden Goblet,  I’ll be reading Mara, Daughter of the Nile aloud to Tailorbear.   I marathink this is one that Turtlegirl and maybe BooBear will listen to as well.  Both of them have read the book but neither of them have had it read to them.   In Sonlight’s World History in Dept part 1 program this book is a reader, but even in the Instructor Guide it states that you may want to substitute or switch the reader and read aloud books.  Considering that I have never read Mara, I think it will be a very good idea to read this one aloud giving Tailorbear and I more opportunities to discuss the book.

We did start listening to The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.  We’ve already read aloud or listened to the other books in the series except The Magician’s Nephew.  We’ll tackle that one last.  We’re listening to Chrissi Hart read aloud from her podcast series Under the Grapevine.which is broadcast on Ancient Faith Radio.  You can access the Chronicles of Narnia series here.

I did not read to Supergirl at all this week.  This coming week will be very busy but hopefully we’ll get some time to read. 

Debra at Footprints in the Butter hosts a weekly Read Aloud Challenge.  You can read my past posts here..  You can read about Debra’s Challenge here..  To join in this week’s challenge click here.

8/12/11

Tears, Surprises, and More Tears

A couple of days ago I woke up from a nightmare with this panicked thought:  What is today’s date?   I breathed a sigh of relief as I realized the “dreaded anniversary date” had already passed.  I assume some subconscious awareness of the date triggered the dream.

What was the dream about?  Well there were doctors, and military people and hospitals and lots of paperwork for transfers and consent forms.  I remember vividly sitting at a desk flipping through the paperwork and asking about the consent form.  Did we sign it?  Where was it?  Did the consent form signed at the first hospital transfer to the second?

August is a bittersweet month for me. In August we celebrate the birth of our Twins, Supergirl and Turtlegirl and we celebrate Honeybear’s birthday.  But that week of birthdays.(yes the twins were born just 8 days before Honeybear’s 26th birthday.) is also the anniversary of the beginning of the worst time of life.  

14 years ago this week we lived in limbo.  Supergirl needed to be medically transported to the United States for surgery.  We’d already been transported from one German hospital to another American Military Hospital and we were already supposed to have transferred from Germany to United States but Supergirl wasn’t stable enough to fly. The dream brought back all of the memories and negative emotions.  I thought: I’ll blog about this on *my* blog.  And then the tears came and I realized that I could NOT, even now, talk about it.  (and yes, as I type this my eyes are getting watery)  So I let myself have a little cry and decided NOT to blog that day.

So later that morning the doorbell rang.  It was the mailman.  There on my doorstep was a huge box.   It was addressed to me.  It came from the midwest.  I wasn’t expecting a review crew product and even though we were in birthday season this wasn’t from a grandparent or aunt or uncle with late/early presents.

Taped to the box was a letter.  It began with Dear Tess and Family.  It went on to say that this box was filled with goodies for my four girls and maybe even something for me.   It was box of love sent anonymously by a former crew mate. 

I followed the instructions and divided up the goodies into 4 gift bags (This angel from the crew had included tissue paper and gift bags!!!) and in the late afternoon I passed them out.

The box was a beautiful wonderful surprise that moved me to tears.   My children were thrilled.  The dress will be perfect for Christmas and fits Supergirl perfectly.  Turtlegirl loves the faux fur vest.   I love Pampered Chef and I was thrilled to see napkins and bamboo cooking spoons.   The napkins will be perfect for dressing up our Thanksgiving table and to use in the fall.  Such pretty fall colors!

So I sit here again getting all teary eyed thinking about that box again.  Somewhere in the midwest someone was thinking of me.  She was thinking of my girls.  She said that “God’s fingerprint was all over the process” of getting that box to me.  I am thankful that God laid it on her heart and that she responded.  I wish I could thank her personally but she didn’t give me her name. 

So a day that started out with my heart hurting over past memories ended with my heart overflowing with gratitude for a stranger.

8/9/11

Book Review: Life Everlasting

From the Publisher:
Life Everlasting Though Alexia's client's life no longer hangs in the balance, eternal questions linger.

The music stopped, the room emptied, and Baxter Richardson opened his eyes for the first time in months. He should have died from his involuntary plunge off a cliff. But he's alive, and mortal danger remains. Familiar enemies stalk him. New ones hover close at hand.

Meanwhile, haunted by accusing apparitions and the tightening dragnet of criminal investigation, Baxter's wife, Rena, is losing her patience. And quite possibly her mind.

Caught in the middle of it all is Alexia Lindale, a lawyer forced to find her way through deceptive alliances, uncertain romances, and courtroom intrigue. It's a struggle of life, death . . . and life everlasting.

My Take:  I thought this book was a series like other lawyer/detective books where the main characters are the same but each book is a separate case and can stand alone. This book is actually a sequel and picks up where Life Support leaves off.  I have not yet read Life Support. I do think Life Everlasting can stand on its own because I had no trouble following the story. The author, Robert Whitlow, brings in enough background information that the reader has some understanding of how the characters reached this point.

I found the storyline engaging.  Mr. Whitlow’s style of hinting drew me into the story so that I kept reading to get answers to my questions?  Who was telling the truth?  What really happened on the cliff?   I enjoyed the story and the characters, though some of the Christian theology was “too much” for me.  I believe in the power of prayer and I believe in miracles but this seemed “hokey”.

I confess that as much as I enjoyed reading the book, the ending did not satisfy me.   I found myself with more unanswered questions.  Though I have checked, I have been unable to find a sequel to Life Everlasting.   I am left wondering if my questions will ever be answered.   If you don’t like filling in the answers for yourself, you may want to hold off reading this book until Mr. Whitlow writes another book in this series.  If, however, you enjoy not having everything neatly tied up for you, this is a good book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

8/8/11

Goal Planning Monday 8/8

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Before I set goals for this week, I want to touch base with how I did last week.  Here’s my blog post from last week Goal Planning Monday 8/1  Here’s what I did for my last week goals:
Goals 1-4 were Reading Aloud related goals.  I posted a Reading Aloud Challenge post for Footprints in the Butter and you can read that here.

Goal # 5.  Was to finish writing and schedule to post the two book reviews I started.  One review posted.  You can read it here.

Goal #6.  To spend a minimum of 10 minutes daily working on the mountains of paper clutter.  I did fairly well with this.  Decluttering not done but I made dent and it made cleaning for dinner guests easier. 

7.  To get back to reading more books *for me*.  I finished a book that I had started on the Nook and I went to the bookmobile and picked up three more books.  I’m in a “brain candy easy read” mood so the books I’ve chosen are light and fun rather than deep and intellectual. 

I liked setting goals last week so I’m going to set some goals again this week:

Goal #1  Assist Supergirl with writing her birthday thank you’s and encourage TurtleGirl to write hers.

Goal #2 Continue with my  Reading Aloud goals

Goal #3 Make time to sit down with BooBear and finalize some plans for some of her electives

Goal#4 Have a mom/daughter date at Starbucks with Turtlegirl

Goal#5  Create a get organized plan and maybe even blog about it

Goal#6  Blog about school plans

I think I should stop there.  I could keep making goals and I have lots and lots of things on my to do list but it is unreasonable to expect that I would accomplish all those things in one week.  Just thinking about all of them overwhelms me and paralyzes me.   Better to focus on a few things and get them done rather than being paralyzed and get NOTHING done.

Goal Planning Monday is hosted by Mama Manuscripts.

8/7/11

Read Aloud Challenge for 8/4

Last week I didn’t really do a read aloud challenge but I did make a list of goals that were mostly reading related.  You can read about those goals here.   I did link that post to Debra’s Read Aloud Challenge over at Footprints in the Butter.

So this week we did actually get back to some reading aloud!  We had set aside In Search of the Source which I was reading to TailorBear and Dooryard Stories.  I posted about these two books in a reading challenge post from last May!  You can read that one here.  I did read aloud from both of these books this week.  Dooryard Stories is the ebook that I had been reading to Supergirl when her sisters were having piano lessons.  We had an unplanned break from piano for the month of July.  We’re back to piano and so we’re back to Dooryard Stories.

We also decided to start back with some of our school studies.  The weather had not been summer like for most of June or July.   So that means for Tailbear starting Sonlight Core 6 (now called Core G, I think?) and for Supergirl Sonlight’s Core 1 (now called Core B.. maybe?).

Golden Goblet

That means we started the Golden Goblet for Tailorbear.  This is my third time reading through the book aloud.  Though the first time I don’t think we ever finished.  The chapters are quite long and I kept getting interrupted.  We didn’t own the book and eventually we give up and sent the book back to the library.  The second time, though we were able to finish it and we loved it.   I had purchased the book so we were able to read it at our own pace.  The girls still call the book the “interrupt book”.   Knowing that the chapters are so long we decided to start the read aloud *before* starting the history or readers part of the World History Core.  We’re taking two “reading sessions” to finish each chapter.  We’ve completed two chapters now I think?

Supergirl has been very very excited to get started on her Sonlight Core.  Since I’m trying to combine these two World History prcharlwebograms we did start the history part as well as the reader.   So we started Charlotte’s Web recently.  She’s so cute bringing me the book and asking me to please “read more about Wilbur.”   I have been pleasantly surprised at how much she is retaining and how well she can narrate back the events of the chapter.  She really enjoys telling Daddy what Wilbur has been up to each day.

I did read to either Tailorbear or Supergirl nearly every week day this past week.   I didn’t, however, read aloud to the girls as group.  We did make a plan though.   We’ll be listening to The Last Battle from the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.  On piano day we’ll listen to the Focus on the Family Radio Drama presentation of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.   At least that’s the plan.  

Come join us over at Footprints in the Butter.  You can read this week’s challenge here.

8/5/11

Five Question Friday (8/5)

I haven’t participated in a Five Question Friday in months and months and well a really long time.  I decided to take a look at this week’s questions and decided I could do these.  

1. Do you have siblings and are you close with them?  Yes, I have siblings.   Am I close to them?  Certainly not geographically.  And no not really, but they’re blood and I love them.   I’m just really lousy at being a sister.

2. Would you rather be slightly UNDER weight or slightly OVER weight? Hmmm, tough question.  I think I’d go for slightly overweight.  Maybe I’m just settling since I am more than slightly overweight but if I choose slightly overweight then I don’t have to lose quite so much as I would if I were to be slightly underweight.

3. What's your favorite State Fair food to splurge on? Growing up and attending the Minnesota State Fair, I would have to say the little Tom Thumb doughnuts.  I love those mini donuts.  Those aren’t really an option at my current State Fair.   Must have’s for us are the Onion Blossom and those Russian meat and cheese filled bread things that I can *never* remember how to pronounce let alone spell. 

4. What are your thoughts on your kid(s) going to school in a few weeks? Well as a homeschooling family, my kids are not “going” to school so this question doesn’t really apply to us in that sense.   And as far starting school?  Well we have started.  Sort of.  We’ve been having a lousy summer so we started doing school on yucky days so that we can take off any Sunny day that we want in September/October. 

5. Pool or Ocean? Ocean.  I love the ocean!  A pool is acceptable but I love the ocean.  Swimming in the ocean isn’t the same as a pool but oh how I love the ocean!  Growing up in Minnesota we had lots of lakes and that was ok until I experienced the ocean.  Now I’d choose ocean over lake in a heart beat.  Lakes are beautiful and I enjoy them but nothing compares to the ocean.

Five Question Friday is hosted by Mama M at My Little Life

8/4/11

Book Review: Marvels of Creation: Breathtaking Birds

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A few weeks ago I received the book Breathtaking Birds (part of the Marvels of Creation series) from New Leaf Press.  This book is the perfect size for children to hold and look at themselves. (It’s 8 X 8 • Casebound • 80 pages)  Supergirl has carried it all around the house and flipped through it over and over again.  I’m pretty sure she’s taken it to bed with her as well. It’s the gorgeous full color photographs of the birds that have  captured her attention.     100_3110

The book begins with an introduction and ends with a section on Intelligent Design.  In between the reader learns about 30 different birds. 

Each bird has a two page spread.  The left hand page is a full page photo of the bird.   The right hand page contains several paragraphs of engaging text.  Also included on the right hand page is a short “Fact Box”.

I love this book!  I love flipping through the pages and seeing the photos.  There is just enough information in the text to satisfy my Supergirl and yet on the other hand it merely whets my appetite and inspires me to want to learn more about these amazing creatures.  Though we’ve been just reading through the book for fun, I plan on using it as part of our science program while studying birds and flying creatures!

Disclaimer:   I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.

8/1/11

Goal Planning Monday—Aug 1st

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I’ve stumbled across a new-to-me Blog Meme called Goal Planning Monday.  I thought I would give this a try this week.  Goal Planning Monday is hosted by Mama Manuscripts.

So what are my goals for this week? (Oh.. Bunny Rabbit Trail.. how cool is that I’m setting goals on a Monday that just *happens* to be the first Monday in a new month?  Oh that makes me so happy!!) I could make a gazillion goals but then I’d feel like a failure when I didn’t accomplish anything at all!

Starting tomorrow (that would be Tuesday.. oh hey another bunny trail.. Granny’s birthday… she’d be um… 98… Memory Eternal Grandma Julia) I will:

1. Read to TailorBear everyday.  There I said it.  This has been an *unspoken* or er um unwritten goal of mine for the entire summer.  I didn’t read to her today but I handed a her a book to read to herself and she’s nearly finished it.

2. Read to Supergirl everyday.  see above.  No I’m not making a goal to read individually to each of my four girls.  But I do have specific books and stories that are geared for these two individually.  ALL may listen in but they are target specific <grin>

3. To Read Aloud or listen to something with ALL the girls a minimum of 3 times this week.   I have so many great books to read aloud to the girls and a dear friend has loaned us the Chronicles of Narnia Radio series from Focus on the Family.

4. To participate this week in the Read Aloud Challenge hosted by Footprints in the Butter.   My participation has been spotty this summer.

5.  To finish writing and schedule to post the two book reviews I started.  I have two blog posts started for two books that I finished reading but I haven’t finished the review.   I don’t know that I want to *publish* them both this week but I want them polished and scheduled.

6.  To spend a minimum of 10 minutes daily working on the mountains of paper clutter.  This one I did actually do today! 

7.  To get back to reading more books *for me*.    I want to see where I am at with my reading challenges and I’d like to get back to reading some of the books I’ve started and set aside because of lack of time.

I think I could keep going and list more goals but I think I’ll stick with these mostly book related goals for this week.   If you’d like to participate in Goal Planning Monday.  HERE is this week’s post!