my 2008 favorite books

I belong to and I really like it. Put simply, it's a place to record what I read and see what a few friends are reading too. I used write notes about good books in a notebook. Now I don't have to do the notebook thing. I just record my thoughts or notes from the book on my goodreads site. Much easier to refer back to. You'll see that my reviews usually aren't real reviews. They are simply my notes about the book. From the books I read in 2008, these are my favorite. Drumroll please... The Shack by William P. Young Read my notes from this amazing book here. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert Read my gleanings here. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible by A.J.... Read more →

2008 reflections

"Every day that you do the right thing is one day closer to the results you want." Jeff on My Super Charged Life I love this time of year. I love reflecting on the past year and the new year. I love assessing personal progress and ascertaining weaknesses, (as if those aren't easy to see). In 2007 I discovered that growth is made by taking baby steps -- that every step in the right direction is indeed a step in the right direction. This was a revelation to me. I thought to be successful I had to be totally successful. I never saw moving in the right direction as valuable if I didn't fully reach the goal. That's all changed. If I've made progress I'm happy. The more progress the happier. But even a little progress is enough to be thankful. Here were my goals for 2008 and my progress:... Read more →

2008 most memorable moments

A few weeks ago someone posed the question what my three most memorable moments in 2008. This was my answer. 1) Becoming a Canadian citizen 2) Crossing the finish line for my first gold medal in dragon boating. 3) My grandson’s face when he got off the plane when he and my daughter came to visit. I would have felt very blessed by any one of these things. Experiencing all three helped create an exceptionally good year. Labels: 2008, photos Read more →

a delightful morning alone

(Rachael and Lucy, 2004, Pembina River) My morning has been nothing short of delightful. I have basked in the quiet solitude. I just refilled my coffee mug (for the fourth time) and have enjoyed reading my Bible, praying, and writing a few letters. I wish I had more mornings just like this one. I cannot remember the last time I had the house to myself for this length of time. I lit a candle to remind me of God's peace and presence in my life (and, of course, I enjoy the scent too). Since Tuesday I've been bemoaning my recent 10-cent raise. My performance review was "very good" yet I only got a 10-cent raise. I take comfort in Psalm 37. In His grace, God gave me direction and peace this morning. I'm so thankful to have a God that delights in every detail of my life. (Psalm 37:23) My... Read more →