Thursday, January 7, 2010

And so the craziness begins

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n our church, children are baptized at 8 years old. This is a huge milestone in a child's life, and one that family and friends come to celebrate and show their support. Our oldest son (child #2) recently celebrated his 8th birthday and will be baptized this Saturday afternoon. The actual baptism will be held at the church, but following the baptism we will host a luncheon for the family and friends that attend. We are so excited for our son and for the chance to gather with family and friends, but with five children...a house gets pretty messy...and quickly!

Trying to stay on top of the mess can be a daunting, and almost impossible challenge. Just keeping up with the basics like dishes laundry and a quick surface clean can take more hours than I have in a day so when it comes to deep cleaning, the job requires a lot of time and effort! With guests coming this weekend (and some arriving from out of town to stay with us as early as Thursday) it is time to hit the ground running for a deep clean (or at least a sorta deep clean...). If you don't see posts in the next couple of days, please know it is because of the mad cleaning going on around here! Look for photos of our cute son all dressed up in his cute suit and with family and friends this weekend!

Wish me luck!

5 Cities that Ruled the World

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5 Cities that Ruled the World introduces us to the history and reign of the cities of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London and New York City. Author Douglas Wilson uses a unique religious point of view to explain and document how each city came to rule; why each was successful in it's vie for power; and, excluding New York, the cause of their fall from power.

I truly enjoyed reading a history book written from a Christian perspective. Through our years of schooling, we usually cover history from a purely worldly perspective, which often seemed to me to be lacking in depth. While I always enjoyed reading about the history of our world, it was often hard to connect my beliefs with the history. This book helps to make that connection.

I highly recommend this book to history buffs and regular Joes (like me) alike.

I did have an episode of self discovery while reading this book, though. I discovered that while I can blaze through a work of fiction in a matter of hours or days, non-fiction has to be read in bits and pieces. It seems that I cannot sit for hours at a time, engrossed as I usually am with a novel. Having said that, I truly enjoyed this book, and I know that my husband is glad that I have finally finished this book so he can take his turn with it.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy of this book for review. No other compensation was provided. Purchases made through links to Amazon will result in compensation.

An Era is Ending

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The day has come that I have dreaded for a long time. I knew that it was coming...but I was hoping that we would hold out just a little bit longer. But alas, today it happened. #5 figured out how to climb out of his crib...Thus ending regular naps, easy bed times and babyhood in general. He is a full fledged toddler now, and will be moved to his big boy bed (luckily we have the lower bunk of a bunk-bed ready for him).

Baby's new bed:

It's an end of an era. Time is marching on and my baby really is growing up! Then again, this puts me one step closer to being completely diaper free, and that will be heavenly, indeed.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year, New Site!

I know that yesterday was supposed to be the site launch for my new site, but 2010 decided to surprise my family with a stomach flu! So, I am a day late, but here it is: Sticky Fingerprints! I so excited to be able to share this new blog with you and hope that you will all follow me as I start this new adventure. Here is what you can expect to find on Sticky Fingerprints:

-Random thoughts…yep, you will get to know me better
-Some of the craziness of day to day life in a family of seven
-Activities and recipes to share with your family
-Product reviews. I want to help you find great products for your family!
-Giveaways! I will be working hard to find opportunities to have fun giveaways for my readers!

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