Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm Loving . . .  that we have a nice, long, three day weekend to look forward too!  We'll be spending on day in Indianapolis with my brother Jeff and his family for my nephew, Brandon's, open house! 

I'm loving . . ..  that today is my Mom's birthday :-)  Happy Birthday Mom!!!!  My mom is wonderful - she bends over backwards for her kids (I would be one of them hahaha) and she adores her grand children!! 

I'm loving . . . Frozen Yogurt.  We have always been Ice Cream eaters so, a few weeks ago, I picked up a container of Frozen Yogurt.  We were both a little skeptical but, now, we love it plus it is about half of the fat/calories of Ice Cream.  We don't feel nearly as bad for eating our treat!

I'm loving . . . . that I'm getting more and more caught up on scrapbooking.  I'm to the point that I'm proof reading digital pages I had done through 2010.  I plan on having that  done by this weekend so I can start doing the rest of 2010. The hardest part is that I can't print all of the pages from 2009-2010 I have  done all at once!  I'll print little by little until I get them all done :-)

I'm loving . .. the treadm . .i . . l . . l  ok, that's a lie LOLOLOL

I'm loving . . . that 5 friends had their babies in the last week equally 1 boy and 5 girls.  (Yes, one set of twin girls is included!!)

I'm loving . . . . that we have been able to enjoy the outside a little (but I am not enjoying getting eaten alive by mosquito's!!)

What are you loving this week?

What I'm Reading

 The three books above, The Power of a Positive Mom, Reshaping it All, and  Ministry of Motherhood are all books I'm using along with my daily Bible Reading.  I read the assigned chapter from Ministry of Motherhood on Monday's and Tuesday.  You can print the reading schedule from the Good Morning Girls website.  It includes daily Bible reading using the S.O.A.P method as well as reading from this Ministry of Motherhood.  Than, on Wednesday and Thursday, I read from The Power of a Positive Mom.  This allows me the time to actually look up all of the scripture mentioned at the end of each chapter and focus for a whole week on the "challenge" that is given as well.  Finally, on Friday and Saturday I read from Reshaping it All which for me, helps me focus on some areas of discipline.  I'm enjoying all three of these books very much.
 I just started reading this book on Sunday.  So far I like how she includes a "rest stop" at the end of each chapter with lots and lots of practical ideas, suggestions, and recommendations.  She encourages you to pray for specific things to pop out to you as you read so that you find the nuggets that really fit your own life - you don't have to do it all, just find the ideas that really fit your life.  I'm looking forward to reading further in this book.
I finished this book this week and am 100% impressed with it.  When I picked it up, I thought the focus would be on figuring out what my husband is really thinking but, the author pulls a fast one - she really taught me how to understand how I react, interact, and impact the men in my life.  This book is not totally focused  on marriage but talks about any relationships you may have with men - your father, brothers, friends, or even your boss - because if you can understand just a little how they are different than women, you will have much more success in your everyday dealings with them.  The author gave a two week challenge to try and tell your husband (or other important male in your life) daily the things you see as strengths; don't point out the nit-picky things that bother you but really focus on those things that made you love him in the first place.  This is not an easy challenge - one, I've found it hard to not sound totally cheesy (i.e. I think your arms are really muscley. hahaha) and two, to actually dot his on a daily basis.  Try it - it will not only make your man feel loved and respected, it will change your view of him when you are always trying to think of good, positive things to say!   The book does include a little study guide at the back - I did not use that at this time but it would be something good to do if you don't currently have a study going on.  This is a book I will be keeping on my shelf to re-read some time down the road! 

So, what are you reading right now?