A List Maker's Life: April 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury

Drunk Driving, 
and Restoration...

These are all key themes in Karen Kingsbury's  Forever Faithful Series (Book 1), Waiting for Morning.
The book's main character, Hannah Ryan, is the mother of two girls and wife to a doting husband.  Her life seems perfect until the night her family is struck by a drunken driver.  With the death of her husband and oldest daughter, Hannah is torn by rage.  Her faith is tested to the limits.  She must learn to forgive and to discover God's mercies, which are new every morning.

Waiting for Morning is an incredibly emotional text! Once the tragedy hits (very early on in the story) you will not want to put the book down until you know there is some sort of healing for Hannah Ryan – which makes this a quick read.

While this story is fiction the circumstances and emotions are very true to life. Kingsbury is known for making her characters seem like your next door neighbor, your sister, or your best friend.  It is likely that as you read about Hannah Ryan you will hurt for her as if you really know her. It is just as likely that you know someone who has lived a similar tragedy.

Each chapter of the book is prefaced by a verse from the Book of Lametations.  The verses mirror Hannah's journey to healing and set the tone for each new chapter.  I enjoyed this detail.

I appreciate that Kingsbury does not shy away from writing about sadness, anger, hurt, and tradegy in the Christian life. This book is not exception. We know that being a Christ follower does not give us a free ticket to avoid all pain.  Sometimes I find it obnoxious when Christian authors spin things to be overly perfect and warm fuzzy.  I also recognize that while Kingsbury brings restoration to the events she writes about in her books, the outcomes aren't always as predictable as the reader may assume.
I would recommend Waiting for Morning. The story is another great reminder for all of us to Make the Most of Every Moment.

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Both the paperback version and the digital copy of this book were sent to me at no cost, in exchange for an honest review, by the Blogging for Books program from Waterbrook MultnomanPublishing Group. For more info about this book, or to learn about Karen Kingsbury and her other titles, check out her Author Bio page.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dear Mothers,

In the fall of 2008 I had just delivered our third child, my sweet Gibson.  When I read this post about a father seeking to encourage his wife, the mother of three little ones as well, I was moved to participate. I wrote that mama, a sister-friend I have never met, a heart felt letter from my trench to hers. After sending off my words of encouragement I thought little about that letter again. Although, I did look forward to one day reading the hundreds of other letters that were sent her way.  

This winter I was contacted with a request to share my letter in a published collection, Mother Letters. So much has changed since that original letter was written.  There have been many tears and so many messes, but also been great victories.

This artful collection of words and photos includes encouragement from some of my favorite writers: Ann Voskamp, Stephanie Precourt, Arianne, and Robin.  It is also filled with wonder, laughter, camaraderie, life, love, heart break and joy. To order your copy of the Mother Letters e-book find more information here

Be reminded that none of us are alone in our adventures in Motherhood. 
 It is a gift to be one small piece of this beautiful woven cloth.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Alive, Allelujah

{light and love}

{hard boiled and hidden}

 {delicious and delightful}

{bright and blessed}

{glorious and green}

 {purple and pastel}

 {hippity and hoppity}

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Linked up to You Capture: Easter

Friday, April 6, 2012

Peep Pops

As if Peeps are not sugary enough, we decided to roll them in some more sugar and turn them into  ridiculously sweet treats.

 We melted down a bag of white chocolate chips with a dash of olive oil to make the mixture smooth.

{didn't you know that bunnies hatch out of eggs too?}

After we added the sticks the Peep Pop shells needed to harden up before being arranged in their grass basket.

There you have it...
an Easter treat that will fit right in at the kids' table.

While I think they turned out cute, even my sweet tooth shivers when I look at these!
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Disclaimer: Believe it or not, the kids and I invented this idea on our own, but now I am going to head over to search Pinterest and likely find that we aren't the first to dip our Peeps in piles of sugar.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Grace in the Garden

The word grace trips me up.  

Picturing a lovely dancer light on her feet
A butterfly against the blue skies
Effortless, perfectly timed motion
So lovely. So good. 
So graceful.

It's difficult to fit those images into my picture
So clumsy. So ugly. So unfit.

Yes, tripped up.

is sufficient 
a gift given to refine even my most un-charming moments
power made perfect in my weakness  

To brings beauty, even where there is very little elegance.
To grow something new right there in the dirtiest, most rock hard place.
In the garden. On the cross.  From the tomb.

 So Grace full.

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In celebration of Holy Week the kids and I assembled our own visual reminder of His grace with this Grace Garden.  For more information about this hands on Easter activity read here.