For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)


Some things have changed a lot: three kids, two pets, and our first house come to mind. Some things haven’t: for example, our combined interests in Jane Austen, science, Star Trek, and fantasy novels. ;)

Happy anniversary to us! Here’s to year fifteen!

Isn’t it strange that this is the first Doctor Who book I’ve reviewed? The first I’ve ever read? Somehow I didn’t get to the books despite loving the show since it started up again in 2005. I meant to get to one in the last year or so, but didn’t know where to start.

So how did I choose this novel? The ebook was discounted at Barnes & Noble! I’m glad that was the case because it’s a great adventure with the Eleventh Doctor and the Ponds. (“Rory Williams Pond.” “Still not my name!”)

The setting of an Earth colony in the (multi-generational) process of terraforming a planet to be habitable (“Earth-esque,” as the Doctor says) was fascinating, as were the Ice Warriors, who also happen to come from our solar system. And the resolution to the conflict between these future human settlers and their opponents? Excellent! Very satisfying, and fitting with all that I’m used to seeing when I watch the TV show.

I will definitely be looking for more Doctor Who books from this point forward. Wonder if my library has some… :)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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Alex is working on staying awake more of the day, so we get to see his baby blues more often. He likes to sit in his chair looking around him, and gives us smiles now and then! His swing is helpful when he wants motion but the adults are otherwise occupied, and the playmat is a good friend when he’s in the mood to strengthen arm and leg muscles.

Evening is his fussy time, but compared to the level of noise his older brothers can produce, his cries are so quiet! He seems to be saying there’s nothing wrong with evening cuddles, so why do Mum and Dad keep putting him in bed when he falls asleep? And what’s so fun about sitting down when he can be held while Mum or Dad is walking around? He’s always in bed before midnight, though, and is good about getting back to sleep once he’s eaten overnight. It’s nice not to have to worry about a night owl when I’m a morning person…

So… I still want to see the movie, because movie trailers – even the short ones for TV – are slick and make everything look cool (except horror, which to me just looks creepy or revolting and not scary as it’s meant to do).

BUT, and here’s the gist of it: the book isn’t that great. The writing is okay, not the worst I’ve read yet also not the best. And I couldn’t decide whether I liked the main character or wanted to be in the mind of a different character. I think she was a little too selfish for my liking, yet even that can be developed well in the right author’s hands, I’m sure. Sometimes I would be cheering for her and her friends and family, then another chapter/scene would have me wondering what I was doing wasting my time reading it.

Also, and I should have had this first as a disclaimer, I don’t like dystopia as a genre. Lois Lowry is the only one who’s done it well enough to hook me for an entire book, indeed a full series. (Still looking forward to reading Son, which I finally have in my ebook collection.) I blame the movie previews for making me curious about Divergent in the first place, and a lapse in judgment for the fact that I actually went against my known dislike of the genre… I suppose it can be good to try something different to broaden my reading horizons. Unfortunately for this book and author, no broadening occurred, only a confirmation that I don’t do dystopia!

If I enjoy the movie, despite the book experience, I may read the second book. Or just wait for the next movie instead! I do have plenty of good things to read in the meantime, so it might make more sense that I stick to what I prefer…

My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Randomly generated from the jumble of Becca’s brain… ;)

- Frozen
- Frozen soundtrack (since I can’t sit down often to watch, I can get a kind of recap with the songs)
- Choosing a song playlist based on what song I hear on the local radio station. How this began: I can’t get great reception inside the house (or maybe I haven’t fiddled with the stereo antenna long enough to get beyond the point of frustration with the level of static) so I catch a little bit of a tune on the truck or car radio, then check our music collection for the song, if I like it. So far that’s led to The Corrs, Backstreet Boys, Ace of Base and Selena Gomez. :)
- My Nook e-reader for one-handed reading as Alex eats. Being able to change the font size also means I can let the reader sit beside me and just change the page with a finger-tap when I need to, almost no-handed reading!
- Homemade bread and baking.
- Spring sunshine!
- Spring rain. It means the snow is melting, which is totally cool with me. ;)

There, you have a cheater’s update post! A decent regular post should appear soon because Alex will be two months old next Wednesday. (Already?! “Tempus fugit,” indeed!)

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