Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I'm Here . . .

I am here. I am still around. I've just been crazy busy! I feel as if I've been running behind my life, watching it wave through the rear window smiling mischievously at me as it speeds away. Not the best feeling in the world, when your four kids, your hubby, and your friends and other family are on board as this life hurtles down the road. So I've been devoting some time to catching up, tightening up the routine, and carving out time to breathe a little. Whether or not the weather wants to cooperate, I've had to devote some time to getting fall clothes out, re-stocking the pantry, planning some menus, getting my grocery lists in order, and sprucing up the house with seasonal candles and fall decor. I had to read a few good books. I had to do some research on homeschooling ideas. I had to crank up the homeschooling. And I had to buckle down and just ADJUST to the school-year routine, already.

I've got a couple posts brewing, including but certainly not limited to the following: bad haircuts and sermons, going back to what you know, and adoption updates. I've got a great poem to share, and some fun new recipes for fall. But tonight, I'll leave you with these book reviews. I haven't read for a long while, but with the football, baseball play-offs, and now the World Series, I've gotten the chance to sink my teeth into these treats. I think you'll like them!
  • Sweeping Up The Heart, by Dr. Paul W. Nisly - this is the story of Dr. Nisly's daughter's death and his grief and healing in the years that followed. My friend "Pups N' Horses" found it at a local second hand shop and thought I'd be interested. I was. VERY. I remember Janelle's death, out on Route 15, when I was just a sophomore at Messiah. I remember the family's grief, the whole community's sorrow. The book is beautiful in its honoring of his daughter and an earnest attempt to be honest and open about the grief and pain of her loss. It was incredibly moving and beautifully written.
  • The Color Of Water, by James McBride - a gorgeous tribute to the author's mother. I loved the way he unfolds what he learns about her and how he reconciles his perceptions with her life story along the way. It was, again, beautifully written and I found myself quite emotional during certain segments of the book. This is a book I could read a couple times and enjoy differently in each reading. And I may just search out additional books by the author.
  • The Boo Series, by Renee Gutteridge - a zany, funny and light-hearted set of three books about a small town in Indiana. From the name of the town (Skary) to the prominent theme of cats (black ones!), it's my only ode to the "season." I found myself chuckling out loud and that was a great thing for me after the previous two books! Plus, after HOURS of bad football games and endless nights of baseball, I appreciated the pleasant diversion these books provided.
My only complaint is that I'm almost done the third book and the World Series JUST started! Oh No!! All my mending is caught up and the only thing left for me to do is send The Boss to the other tv with basic cable so I can watch Breast Cancer movies on Lifetime. Like I need that emotional intensity right now! NOT. But I am here. I've been here - I've just been not HERE but I'm back. I think ;)

4 comments:

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm glad you found some time to post. I have had some bloggy thoughts ruminating in my head, but I haven't found the time to actually write them and do them any justice.

The Color of Water looks very interesting.

I think we definitely need the fall clothes today! I'm shivering!

Episode One said...

i'm so glad to hear from you...even if it is through the blogging world...i can understand your recent "craziness." i miss our conversations and jaunts on the circuit...we should catch up over coffee in one of those "breathing" moments you schedule for yourself.....i need some inspiration and insight right now, i think...this pcos is not bringing me down (i'm refusing to let it)...but there is a need for strength right now....miss you, love you and am praying for you...

Promises Fulfilled said...

I just have to say that I think that you are amazing - with all that you do and keeping a great routine and all. I love the way that you describe what you are doing/catching up on. I am still working on getting into a routine - it is not easy for me, but I am not giving up! I am definitely a work in progress!

CampHillGirl said...

Totally grasp the craziness. And I loved "The Color of Water", especially having grown up in Virginia. I was heartbreaking to hear the dilemnas of being Jewish and black in the south. Also, great insight to a really large family.