Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Books

January:
The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen
The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans
A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston
Open Your Bible

March:
An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Amish Novellas by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin
Slow Lane: The Beautiful Art of Slowing Down {!!}
The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

April:
Do Hard Things
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Lara Frantz
The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

May:
Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini
Devotions from the Front Porch
The Roman, The Twelve and The King by Jenny Cote {read aloud}
The Nesting Place by Myquillin Smith
Downton Abbey book
Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendal

June:
Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson
The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn
The Money Smart Family System by Steve and Annette Economides
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder {read aloud}
The House on Malcolm Street
Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan

July:
Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn
One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters {Gift Book} by Ann Voskamp
Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy
A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart
One Perfect Day by Laurianne Snelling
A Hope Beyond by Tracie Peterson and Judith Pella
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (read aloud)
A Promise for Tomorrow by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

August:
Simpler Times by Thomas Kinkade
Trailblazers: Five novels in one featuring William Tyndale, Gladys Aylward, Frederick Douglass, Nate Saint and Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth.
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
The Patch of Blue by Grace Livingston Hill

September:
The Bishop's Son by Kelly Irvin
The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini
Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini
A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

October:
The Cross-Country Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

November:
The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere
Living Simplicity by Courtney Steed {not out yet, I got to read an early version}
The Wind, the Road and the Way by Jenny Cote {read aloud}

December:
The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere
A la Mode: 120 Recipes in 60 Pairings by Scarbrough and Weinstein
Shepherd's Abiding by Jan Karon

What were your favorite books of 2016? Looking for good suggestions for my list this year!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Slow Day: Snippets















Sledding.
Sunrise.
Finishing a puzzle.
Going to see The Nutcracker
Mountains.
Park.
Date Night.
Boys traditional Chinese lunch.

* Not all from the same day - but a few slow moments from our week!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter Walk



One of my favorite holiday things to do is to get outside and look for nature goodies to use in a centerpiece or tablescape of some kind. We woke up to unexpected snow on Christmas morning which was such a delight! The wind was blowing strong, but David and I headed out for a brisk walk anyway and found some lovely ingredients for the table. I pulled an enamelware pan out of the cabinet in our rented house and arranged all our goodies! I had brought a vintage jello tin and froze cranberries in it to put a candle in during dinner. A simple pleasure!