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13 Good Reads for 2013

13 Good Reads for 2013

I love getting a good book recommendation, it’s like a gift that keeps unwrapping itself within each page.  Once Brad bought me my Kindle {just the basic cheap, easy on your eyes one} I reclaimed my reading groove after kids. Reading is my selfish unwind time that I sneak into my busy days.  A 1/2 a chapter at the end of a bath, a 1/4 of a chapter while the boys are occupied, or a few pages before I crash for the night…

And I LOVE my reading aloud time with the boys. We’ve been slowly working through our 65 Read Aloud Books for Boys list.  So far we’ve completed The Indian in the Cupboard, The Tale of Despereaux, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

I also love hearing what’s on your “to-read” lists, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing mine as well.

Here are some books that I plan on reading in 2013 – hopefully I’ll read even more (especially fiction since I haven’t added any yet to that category)!!!

Parenting Reads for 2013

give them grace - elyse m. fitzpatrick and jessica thompson  simplicity parenting - kim john payne wild things - stephen james and david thomas

  • Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson  “Being good” isn’t what we really want for our kids – we want to lavish them in the grace of the gospel…
  • Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne This book has been recommended several times and seems to be a message that I want to implement even more…
  • Wild Things by Stephen James and David Thomas I had the opportunity to hear David Thomas speak at DotMom in Birmingham, and look forward to reading more of his insight on parenting boys within these pages…


Home Reads for 2013

artisian bread in five minutes a day - jeff hertzberg and zoe fancois the reluctant entertainer - sandy coughlin the good life for less - amy clark


Faith Reads for 2013

follow me - david platt multiply - francis chan interrupted - jen hatmaker

  • Follow Me by David Platt This book will be released next month and it looks like it will be powerful…
  • Multiply by Francis Chan I look forward to digging into this read on the contagious chain of discipleship…
  • Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker I read 7 : An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker in 2012 which was both convicting and compelling, and I think this will be as well…


Kids Read Alouds for 2013

the intevention of hugo cabret - brian selznick thoughts to make your heart sing - sally lloyd-jones the mouse and the motorcycle - beverly clearly

So that’s 12 books I’d like to check off my to-read list in 2013…now YOU are responsible for picking out #13…or 14, 15, 16, etc. =)  I’d love a few recommendations from your own Must-Read Lists!

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5 Ways I Plan on Keeping My Fitness Goals in 2013

5 Ways to Keep Fitness Goals in 2013

{Let’s hope in December I’m nodding my head reading through these, feeling healthier, stronger, and more confident than my 2012 self. }

I haven’t been through several years of consistently working out like my mentor and inspiration, who happens to be my husband.  However, I’ve been at the gym a little longer than the New Year’s folks who are packing the gyms with eager enthusiasm.

Here is how developing a healthier lifestyle is working for me personally. These are attainable goals that I hope influence our family as a whole to be healthier in 2013.

1. View your fitness goals as a lifestyle change, not just by numbers.

I’m not looking to lose 10 pounds this month, to run a marathon, or work out 2 hours a day 7 days a week.   Being healthier is something I want to maintain for life, not just to meet a goal. I want to be able to run with my kids, even in my forties or later. I want to be the 60 year old lady sweating on the treadmill, and feeling great.  I’ve watched this motivate Brad, and it’s been a huge influence on me as well.  Before his weight loss he struggled to play with the boys on the floor, and got winded so easily.  It’s absolutely amazing how big of a difference it has made in his parenting style!

2. Be realistic. Start small.

I cannot tell you how much lowering my expectations to be achievable has helped me in my own fitness success thus far.  I had to start SMALL.  I mean really small.  I used to get so discouraged by people that could jump on the treadmill without any training and run 2 miles.  My body has been through a lot in the past few years, and this was in no way achievable for me.  I started by running in minute increments, and I’m just now working my way up to running for 20 minutes without stopping to walk. {Told you I was a weenie.} Do what you can and push yourself further each time. “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” – Jon Acuff

3. Don’t go at it alone.

Find a buddy, an online group, a personal trainer, or some sort of accountability system, so that you can’t give up without a fight.  Get your family involved if possible. My husband is my greatest ally.  His mentor is our neighbor Scot.

Our boys LOVE “working out” right now, and I think it’s because we’ve made it a priority. You have a huge influence on the physical well being of your family!  {I’m also part of a Facebook accountability group called BURN that I’d be happy to invite you in if you are interested! Just hit me up in the comment section.}

4. Find an App that helps encourage your goals.

Perhaps its MyFitnessPal that helps you track what you are eating, or the Nike+ app that tracks your time and distance via GPS, or Fleetly if you are the competitive type. I use C25K for my running days. {Here’s some of the fitness apps available. } And a good Pandora station can make your workout!

5. Stop with the lousy excuses.

No more, “but I don’t have the equipment”, or “I’m too old for that”, or my personal favorite “I don’t FEEL like working out today”. There will be things that hold you back.  You get sick, you miss a day at the gym, you gave in to the office cookie plate… don’t let these things be come your quitting day.  Even when you don’t feel like working out, just try it – even if you have to quit midway.  You might be pleasantly surprised that you feel BETTER after working out.

“Start Where You Are. Do What You Can. Use What You Have.” – Arthur Ashe

Start Where You Are Quote Arthur Ashe

What fitness goals do you have for 2013?  How are you committing to keeping them?

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Fresh. Calm. New.

He makes all things beautiful and new

It has been a beautiful break from the speed of life, these past couple of weeks. I do love new years and fresh starts. 

Brad and I got to spend a few days away from our noisemakers… I mean darling children for a few days to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  It was beautifully refreshing.  The blizzard was a true gift, forcing Brad and I to have an entire day together snowed in with no where to go, no responsibilities, and no plans to wreck. 

It was an invaluable time for us to evaluate our marriage and family life, and renew our commitment for hopefully decades to come. 

We are desperately seeking for calmness in 2013 – Calm responses to our children, calm attitudes when stress arises, calm hearts that are in communion with our Father.

Will I fail?  Miserably and frequently. But His grace unlike snow doesn’t melt away.    Like the fresh fallen snow, He makes all things new and beautiful. 

Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

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