This post is way overdue! The book was a quick read, but I’ve had a hard time getting productive with my computer time since finishing it. Sorry for the delay, everyone!

This ebook was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I always look forward to Jan Watson’s writing and I wasn’t disappointed with this book. She places interesting characters in believable settings and I enjoy the journey with them. I can’t wait for the next one! :)

I haven’t blogged as much as I want lately. Supposed to be living up to the word “loquacious” in this blog’s title, yet there isn’t much verbosity here. ;)

Here’s a sort of update with reasons for my blogging absence, perhaps some excuses too and other activities that fill my days:

– Baby! Alex has had a cold in the past week, so that makes him ask for more attention, and his daytime sleep has been shortened, possibly due to congestion. His nights have just gotten better, though, so maybe we’re turning a corner. Oh, and there was the matter of four new teeth in September too!

– Future Learn. I’ve been taking free courses on various subjects, starting with “Literature of the English Country House.” This is fun but the more courses that catch my eye, the less time I have for other pursuits online!

– Older kids at home for a loooong summer. ;) School started late this year, but they’re now both going for full days. I’m using some of the freed-up time to organise and some to entertain Alex since his brothers aren’t around for that purpose!

– Exercise. I’ve been walking more since school began, a bit faster paced on my own even as I push a stroller. (I have a second-hand Zooper that I love! Bit too bulky for taking in the car, though, so there’s still a slim folding model in the vehicle.)

I’m hoping to add Mother Goose at the library to this list, and visits to StrongStart at the school (a free playgroup designed to get kids used to the classroom setting). Those will be Alex’s social activities, provided the timing works out around whatever nap schedule he wishes to set. ;)

Oh, and there’s always reading, too. I have a review to post very soon for Tyndale and then I’ll pick another book from them. In the meantime, I’ve started a Doctor Who book (with the Ponds!) and do have a couple print books waiting that I should get to if I can manage to get away from the more convenient e-reader…

Don’t forget that November is National Novel Writing Month as well. My brain is pondering what to work on for the challenge, which I enjoy doing each year.

Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Alex worked on four teeth last month, and learned to crawl on his belly! He seems close to discovering how to use his knees for this particular activity. He’s also sitting reliably and just outgrew his first car seat. :)

He loves to eat finger foods, wave with one hand and babble. (Usually “da-da” or a variation.) I’ve been (slowly) working on uploading photos, so check them out in his album.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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Messy Beautiful Love is on sale tomorrow. Hooray! And we have to celebrate with a giveaway, don’t we? :)

Comment on this post to be entered to win one copy of this new book. One winner will be chosen this Friday (Sept. 19) and then a book will come in the mail from HarperCollins. (Yay for snail mail packages!)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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This ebook was provided by the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Reading this book was like talking honestly over tea (no coffee, thank you very much) with the author. It was easy to read in that sense, though the subject matter wasn’t light and fluffy. I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter to see what relationship lesson she would share, some I knew from experience and some I have yet to work through.

I really think I needed to read this book. I needed to hear that marriage takes work and grace, that it’s both messy and beautiful to love your spouse enough to stay committed to your wedding vows. I think every wife could use that message, on good days as well as bad.

I’m looking forward to Darlene’s other books and keeping up with her blog (The Time-Warp Wife) as well.

It’s amazing how much development happens in just months. Alex can now move around in a circle while on his stomach and push himself backwards too, so he’ll probably figure out forward movement soon. He sits up well on his own, which works out nicely since he’s almost outgrown his infant car seat and will need to sit in shopping carts regularly.

He didn’t appear to enjoy solid food at first, but like his older brother Tim, he showed more interest once it was time for finger food. Now he gets small pieces of many of the things we’re eating at our meals.

His bottom middle teeth came in mid-August and we’re waiting for the top two to show. Sleep has been more predictable with cooler nights and the break in teething. Sometimes daytime sleep is postponed in favour of being with family, but he catches up later. Still waiting for the elusive “sleeping through the night,” which might only mean a 5-hour stretch at his age…

Favourite toys include a counting caterpillar, teething toys, Duplo blocks and soft rattles.

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