Dpp 2013 :: December 30th :: ER Fun & 2013 Reads


Our children seem to have a radar getting bad injuries on Sunday nights, after 6pm.

Urgent Care is closed.

Doctor’s offices are  closed.

And thus, the ER is the only option.

Coupled with the highest co-pay.

This time it was Alex that had a weird injury—

I had taken the trash bag out of the can in preparation for Monday’s trash pick up.

He had run toward the bag to put some dinner leftovers inside and a can lid collided with his toe.

Cue:  blood, tears & parental confusion.

After some TLC in the ER, 2 stitches & Cinderella in the exam room, Alex was much better.


One of his favorite Christmas gifts was a hospital LEGO set from his aunt, uncle and cousin.

And well…..it seems a little prophetic that is was the current centerpiece on our dining room table!

So we have had lots of LEGO building, laying around and trying to force him to take it easy today.

Auntie Elena comes for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day—-so it’s time to rest up and prepare!



I also decided to document the books I read this year.  I know I’ve missed some for sure, but it was fun to look back and remember the ways I was stretched and grew through the amazing words and ideas of others.

On “Simple Living”:

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth

Obsessive Consumption by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Living More with Less (not pictured) by Doris Janzen Longacre

Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp

Young House Love by John and Sherry Petersik

Kate Spade:  New York Things We Love (“simple living” because it was about looking at expensive things in a library book vs. buying them!) by Kate Spade New York and Deborah Lloyd


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

A Million Little Ways:  Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live  by Emily Freeman

Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

Carry On, Warrior.  Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton

A Homemade Year by Jerusalem Greer

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

The In Between by Jeff Goins

Jesus, Feminist (not pictured) by Sarah Bessey


Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh & Asha Dornfest

Some of the “Kid” Read Aloud Favorites:

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Charlotte’s Web (plus Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan), by E.B. White

The Secret Garden (not pictured) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Every book by Beverly Cleary

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


Sparkly, Green Earrings:  Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

Lit by Mary Karr


A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman


Bread & Wine:  A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Dinner:  A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

and….lots of magazines!

Hoping to read a LOT in 2014.

Looking forward to:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Stitches by Anne Lamott

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

Pastrix by Nadia Boltz-Weber

Talking Taboo by Erin Lane (and lots of other amazing ladies!!)

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

And still to come out this year…

Found:  A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett (!!!!!!!!!!!)

Notes from a Blue Bike:  The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker


6 thoughts on “Dpp 2013 :: December 30th :: ER Fun & 2013 Reads

  1. Had to smile…our reading choices are so similar! I just started Stitches last night. And highly recommend Gone Girl — a fun read (and escape) for sure. Happy New Year!

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