It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Note: This post – about a very surreal moment at the end of several very surreal days in my life – was originally published on The Family CEO. It took place two years ago today, and I’m reposting it here as a #TBT. So, funny story. A year ago this week, Lindsey and I were […]

Book Giveaway Winner

Happy Monday! Just popping in to let you know that Tricia was the winner of the Elin Hilderbrand book giveaway from last week. I used the Random Number Generator to select her comment from the comments left. Congrats, Tricia! And thanks to all who entered and who read Creating This Life. I appreciate all of […]

Summer Reading Book Giveaway: The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

When I pre-ordered The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand this summer, her publisher sent me a free copy of The Castaways as well. I’ve already read The Castaways, but it’s one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books, so initially I thought I would dive in and read it again. Instead I’m giving it away here to someone who […]

July Book Report: Quick Reviews of What I’ve Been Reading

Each month Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy gives quick reviews of what she’s been reading and invites others to do the same and link up with her. Here are the books that have been keeping me up past my bedtime. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline This was my book club’s book for June and […]

On Being in a Book Club

Our book club began in a grade school parking lot. A few of us who had pickup duty began talking about it, we each invited a couple of others, and the club was born in this most casual of ways. It stuck, too. Unlike clubs that seem to work on paper but don’t in real life […]

Lake Weekend

Last weekend Tom and I took Grant and seven of his high school friends to the Lake of the Ozarks for his birthday. Lindsey went too, brave soul. We stayed in two trailers owned by Tom’s mom: boys in one; Tom, Lindsey and me in the other. This is the fourth year we’ve done this. Can I tell […]

Book Report: Quick Reviews of What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been immersed in all things books lately. For starters, I’ve taken advantage of two of the many author events that Kansas City’s great independent book store, Rainy Day Books, puts on each year. Last month, Lindsey and I went to hear Jen Lancaster talk about her new book I Regret Nothing (review below) at a RDB event. And last week, […]

Playing with Books and a To-Read Shelf

Last summer (or was it two summers ago…just checked…two summers ago) I volunteered for an afternoon at my library’s used book sale. The sale was being held in the lower level of a now defunct mall. The same mall where my Aunt Susan once bought me a personalized Christmas ornament at a Hallmark store. The […]

Can You Name Ten Books That Have Affected You in Some Way?

Late last summer there was a post going around Facebook that asked you to pick ten books that had stayed with you or had an effect on you in some way, and then tag ten friends to do the same. Lists + books are just the kind of nerdy thing I love, so I was excited when […]

What I’m Reading

I just finished a book that was chosen for my book club by my friend, Janelle, and I wanted to tell you about it. It’s called Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza, and it’s her story of not only surviving the Rwandan holocaust, but how she found God in the midst of it. Normally I shy […]