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 […]

A Winter Reading List

Hello from the frozen tundra that is Kansas City. Our fireplace is getting a workout, I’m drinking at least one cup of hot chocolate a day, and I’m spending a lot of my spare time with my covers piled high and reading, reading, reading. Here are my winter-themed book suggestions. I’d love to hear yours. […]

An Affair with a House

I am in love with houses (as I imagine many of you are), which is why the title of Bunny Williams’ book, An Affair with a House, got my attention. I first checked it out from the library and pored over it, and then went ahead and bought my own copy. I viewed it as an investment; it’s such […]

A Fall House Walk Through Oak Park, IL

One of the things I wanted to do on our recent trip to Chicago was visit Oak Park, a village ten miles west of downtown Chicago that happens to be where the home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright are located. It’s also the birth place of Ernest Hemingway, and the Hemingway home, the Wright […]

What Are You Reading?

Are you a reader? I’m hoping that at least some of you are because from the time I was first making plans for Creating This Life I knew I wanted to include posts about books and reading. I have a few new books on my night stand that I picked up last Friday when I took […]