Since I haven’t finished a book since my last review, it feels like a long time without blogging. Here’s what’s happening right now:

- Reading Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch (one of my reading program prizes, yay!)

- Continually expecting to see Alex’s first tooth, but it’s being stubborn. ;)

- Tim’s got a few loose teeth! :)

- I’ve been making my own iced tea lately. Two bags of decaf tea, sometimes a bit of vanilla syrup for sweetener, a bit of hot water and then top up the jug with cold water before chilling. Yum!

- Also eating lots of salad. :)

- TV via Netflix: Chuck (Season 4), Video Game High School (just finished!), Call the Midwife (Season 2), Cracked (Season 1), Dance Academy (Season 1) and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Season 2). We get our money’s worth, don’t we? (The kids like it too for the cartoons.)

This was a fun book with a daydreaming main character I loved. And the author worked sign language into the tale, making it even more cool than your average story about a girl wanting her own horse. ;)

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #17

Another good read from Mackall! I liked the main character, the horses (again) and the whole family. Good plot, great resolution and I want more!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #16

O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

This was really good teen fiction. I’ve always liked horses, so I was with Winnie the whole way in wanting to rescue Wild Thing. She was a great character, easy to like, and so was the horse! :) The plot was realistic as well and the minor characters quite interesting. I could definitely see myself happily reading more in the series!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #15

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

I enjoyed this novel, with its emotional ups and downs. The characters were great, especially the son. Some of the baseball content was over my head, but not enough to detract from the plot and my connection with the main character – I really wanted to follow him on the journey. I’m glad I picked this book!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #14

The plot for this book sounds like it could be good, but I was thrown off by the choice of writing style. First-person point of view works when the author sticks with just one character, but short chapters where each is from a different character, all are first-person and the narrative jumps all over the place in time as well? It was just a mess. I couldn’t fall for the characters and unfortunately, didn’t care what happened to them.

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #13

This post is a little overdue, partly because Alex has been a bit needy lately. Tonight I could see why: his first tooth is going to appear soon! Hooray!

Alex is working on sitting on his own. So far he supports himself with his hands in front of himself, so he’s almost doubled over but not quite falling to one side. ;) Hopefully sitting in a high chair now and then (at this point, to play with toys) will help him with this milestone. I also don’t mind providing a bit of support while sitting with him on the floor or outside in the grass. It’s fun and relaxing to break up a day of “getting things done.”

He’s also getting much more comfortable on his stomach and I hope he’ll soon be showing signs of crawling. He can already move around on his back by kicking and squirming around, so the days of the babe staying in the exact place I left him are fast disappearing!

I’ve been hearing more laughter from him in the past few days and he loves to babble as well, when he’s not simply observing the other members of the family (all terribly fascinating to him) and smiling at their attention toward him.

Favourite toys of late include a “counting caterpillar,” colourful plastic rings (presumably for teething) and a firefly that goes with the car seat and stroller so there’s play on the go.

This ebook was sent to me free for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I’m always excited when it’s time for a new Susan May Warren book, especially one that involves Deep Haven. Warren manages to create realistic characters with good plots. I loved the whole journey with Grace and Max. I was also thrilled to have one book include both Deep Haven and Hawaii for setting! ;)

I can’t wait till the next book in the series!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #12

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