Friday, December 30, 2005

Just in case you were wondering...

I'll be back blogging soon I hope. I just don't have much to say right now. I think being sick is taking a huge toll on me. Or maybe emotional stress isn't allowing me to get better? At any rate, I can't think of a single thing to say. Not one. At least not one that isn't whiny....
Well, maybe one. Tonight we're going to our friends Phil and Betsy's. Some of you know Phil is our small group leader. Anyway, the plan is for the girls to watch Shadowlands and the guys are gonna go to a Blackhawks games (hockey.) That's the plan. But now I hear Betsy is having trouble locating Shadowlands. Bummer. I'm sure we'll still have a good time whatever we do - or as much as one can when they still are sick and grouchy. ;)
And tomorrow Dana - who is back from Michigan - woo hoo! - is coming over and we're just gonna hang. Maybe do a movie, play games, talk, ya know, girl stuff. And tho I am sick, I am really looking forward to that. Dana can always make me feel better. I am so blessed to have a friend like her!
Christmas was good. My hubby got me a NIV/the Message parallel Bible. And one of those alarm clock/am fm radio/ speaker thingies for my IPOD. Obviously I don't have a clue what it's really called. But it is awesome and now my IPOD is much more functional here at home.
I got him The Ransomed Heart, a devotional book by John Eldredge. He is really enjoying it. He doesn't read a lot, it's just not his thing. I did good last year to get him to read Adventures in Missing the Point, and then he read it twice.....
Knowing he won't sit for long periods of time to read, I got him Velvet Elvis on CD several weeks ago. He loved it. Raved about it, and talks about it all the time. Striking while the iron is hot, I ordered Blue like Jazz on CD as well as A Generous Orthodoxy(abridged, but better than nothing!) He travels about 50 minutes to work daily and this is when he listens to the CD's. So we see how he does with those. Maybe he'll get more curious and this reading thing will just sneak up on him someday.
Oh, and if I didn't tell you, Carissa got one of the two female leads in the winter play, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. She is so excited, but obviously it will be a lot of work. Her friend Rachelle got the other female lead. (Mike and Julie you may remember her from SHINE) If anyone is interested the play is February 17th - 19th. Just let me know!
Oh, and I'm so excited - I went to the bookstore and bought three new books. I bought another book by Mark Buchanan called The Holy Wild:Trusting in the Character of God because I loved his book Your God is Too Safe. I also bought Richard Fosters Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, as well as The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Willard. I still have several others by my bed - like Soul Survivor which I'm currently reading, What's So Amazing About Grace, a couple McManus books; Seizing Your Divine Moment: Dare to Live a Life of Adventure and Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul; Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God; Eldredge's Captivating, a couple CS Lewis books, Grenz's Theology for the Community of God, and Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Peterson. I'm anxiously awaiting the new McLaren book, as well as the new Donald Miller book. Oh, I also have The Sacred Way by Tony Jones and The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Curtis/Eldredge. So I'm all ready to brew a pot of tea and snuggle under a blanket on a cold wintry night and enjoy a good book. I'll let you know how it goes.
Well, that was a lot of nothing to say. Not my typical blog fare, but hey, I'm throwing you a bone here....
Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and a safe and fun time no matter how you choose to celebrate!

5 comments:

Darla said...

wow... we have a lot of the same reading taste... i looked on your profile, and i've read velvet elvis, girls meets god, messy spirituality, blue like jazz, searching for God knows what...

just started anne lamott, plan b two days ago and almost finished... she's a piece of work... i really like it. i told my friend, i guess she's the only one that can use the f-bomb and God or Jesus in the same paragraph... i could never recommend it to my mom or many of my friends... they would freak. finished divine conspiracy a while back but could re-read it forever... as well as christ plays - that is one amazing book... seems like him and willard are on the same page. do you like mcmanus?? i couldn't get into his stuff, but know a lot of people who like him... he seems too safe for me. anyway... gaston (dion pugil) has recommended a lot of books which i'm reading through also, chaim potok's books, life of pi... i don't know how i read with three kids... i do it whenever i get the chance... i think it's what keeps me sane! also, congrats on your daughter getting the part... how fun. i hope my daughters will be involved in drama - they sure know how to do it at home! ;) ha ha have a great new years!!

Call Me Ishmael said...

Mr. McLaren has inspired several New Year's resolution that I've made for 2006, and which I share at http://thatisnotmyblog.blogspot.com.

Twyla said...

Wow. What a fantastic reading list!! I've read several, enough to get excited about jotting down the rest on my "to read" list. Thanks! A post about books that inspire is rich indeed.

May this be a year of More for you.

anne said...

Karen, thanks for sharing your list of books, and congratulations to Carissa! I understand the call of the stage, and hope she keeps following her passion. I am sorry to hear that you're still sick, though. I hope your New Year's Eve with Dana was wonderful, and that 2006 is a remarkable year for you.
xo Anne

Christine said...

I'm just starting "Captivating", thanks to my coworker, who heard I haven't been able to get my little hands on a copy, so she got the one out of her town library for me! It's an intriguing book, so far.