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The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker

In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong.When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle's sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. She is the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals--in both worlds--before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.

I am a big Ted Dekker fan, and became a fan when I read the Circle Series. So when I heard Ted was writing more books in the Circle world, I could not wait to go back. And Dekker did not dissappoint. The only thing I don't like about this book is that I have to wait until October to get the second half of the story. Dekker is a master world builder and write interesting a complex characters. And Dekker masterfully weaves truth through a…

Lately

Some random photos of life lately. 
Mataya's preschool had an end of the year party and she got a pretty rainbow on her face.  The rhubarb plant in the garden is doing quite well this year. Mataya used this leaf as an umbrella...
 And she could also use it as a shirt.
 Gideon and I went to a park one day while the others were in school. He was fond of the tunnel.

 The older two had fun with clothespins at Oma's house the other day.

Summer is here on the Island and we are loving it!

Father's Day 2018

Wilbert got some lovely and thoughtful things for Father's Day this year. Mataya went all out making things at school and a card at home.  She filled out this questionnaire about Wilbert as well. She knows him pretty well.
 And Joash made this cool card at school. He was especially proud of the pocket and the $5 bill he made that fit in the pocket.

A Little Weekend Recap

I will admit, we are often home bodies. We all like to be home, in our normal space and routine. But sometimes we need to get out of the house and take in some fun things on the Island. This weekend, Joash, Mataya and I went to Reading Street, an event put on by Reading Town PEI. It was supposed to outside, but rain moved it inside.   They had a great variety of activities for the kids, different authors reading and lots of free things. We were all pretty excited about the free books we got.  It was a fun event and I hope that we can take in some more of these things in the future.
 And Joash has been doing jobs around the house since February to earn money to buy a Lego set he wanted. Well, Saturday was the day he finally had enough money, so we stopped by Toys R Us to pick up the lego set. He was very excited about it!
It was a nice change of pace for a weekend for us.

May 2018 Books

I managed to get in 15 books this month. I am not really sure how I added 5 more than usual, but a few were rather short and a few were impossible to put down. And there were a few that I sped read because I just wanted to get through them, so there were a few duds in the mix.

But the top three would be:
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - This is by far the best book I have read all year. I loved it!
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman- A unique book written from the perspective of a teenager with mental illness. Very interesting and very eye opening.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence - A fun book, that deals with some pretty heavy topics.




Mataya's 5th Birthday!

We had a great time celebrating Mataya's birthday yesterday. 
It took her a bit to decide what she wanted on her cake. First is was a bunny, then a flower and then she finally settled on a bunny with some flowers by it.
 She declared it perfect, so that was great!


Here she is with a few of her gifts. A few requests were her own flashlight (not pictured), bunny slippers, activity books with stickers and the biggest one was "slide on shoes."
After cake and presents Mataya said with pure joy, "This was the best birthday ever!"

Mataya - 5 year old interview

What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple What is your favorite toy? Bunny What is your favorite food? Mac and Cheese What is your favorite tv show? Busytown Mysteries What is your favorite outfit? My flower shirt and leggings What is your favorite game? Sequence What is your favorite animal? Bunnies What is your favorite song? My Lighthouse What is your favorite book? Ones with bunnies Who is your best friend? Marielle and Lily What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump on the trampoline What is your favorite drink?milk What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Snowball (her bunny) What do you want for dinner on your birthday? grilled cheese, jello and chocolate milk What do you want to be when you grow up? A mom

Mother's Day 2018

Can I just say I love Mother's Day gifts from school. We had a great day together and I definitely felt the love of everyone!
Mataya made me a cute card and her teachers helped her put her fingerprints on it and make a bookmark that is a picture of herself.

She also made a portrait of me.

And she filled out this questionnaire about me. I am so glad she think I am so young!

And Joash made me a nice card with origami tulips.  And inside it said "Thanks for helping me grow."
I hope you all had a great day celebrating moms!

The Golden Vial by Thomas Locke

When a hidden evil threatens to destroy the realm, a young orphan, untested and untrained, could mean the difference between victory and total defeat.
Vulnerable and weakened by grief after a terrible loss, Hyam has been struck by a mysterious illness that threatens to claim his life. Seeking to help Hyam and restore the realm, Queen Shona travels to Hyam's remote hometown to find answers and offer aid.

Dally has always had abilities far beyond those of a normal human--far-seeing and magic come naturally to her. Before the arrival of Shona and her army, Dally had always kept her abilities secret. But with an ancient evil bearing down on her village and the fate of the realm hanging in the balance, the orphaned servant girl steps forward to do what no one else can. Will the battle claim more than Dally is willing to give?

I am certain that I read the first book in this series, Emissary. But, I think I missed the second book. However, even with that gap in the series, this book was sti…

April Books

Another great month of reading for me. I see to be on a role of 10 books a month. My top three of this month would be:
Kindred - Time traveling and possibly changing history. Very interesting.
Exit West - Taking a look at refugees in a different way.
The One and Only Ivan - A great middle grade read with a gorilla narrator.


Gideon's 2nd Birthday

We had a great time celebrating Gideon's birthday last week. He was able to blow out his candles by himself. I made him a cake with a turtle on it because he really likes turtles.  Gideon (and the animals he got for his birthday) really like his cake!
 He also like the digger and truck puzzle he received from Grandpa and Grandma.
 And in the nice weather last week, Joash showed Gideon how to use his bubble mower.
Gideon also got a new swimsuit and beach toys from Opa and Oma that we are saving for the beach this summer!

Gideon - 2 Years Old

M(om): Gideon! You are 2 years old today! How are you doing?

G(ideon): I am good. But everyone keeps singing all of the time and asking my how old I am and then getting really excited when I say 2. I really don't quite know what is going on, but so far, I like it.

M: It is a big day! What has been new in you life?

G: Well, I still love tractors and playing with them. I also really like all of my vehicles and my animals. They are fun to play with. And books are starting to become interesting.
M: I am enjoying the fact that you sometimes want to read and look at books now. What things are you looking forward to this year?

G: Now that it is not so cold, I love being outside. It is so fun to walk around, play in the sandbox and even bounce a bit on the trampoline.
M: I am enjoying the warmer weather, too. How is eating a sleeping going?

G: I do still like to eat, but sometimes I just don't want to eat everything you have given me, even if I like it the last time we at. I think I…

The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr

In the third book of The Dark Water Saga by Patrick Carr, the kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, frantic to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the reckless into its shadow, creating a growing army that can see in the dark and fight like the gifted. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an ancient enemy and find an answer far worse and more unimaginable than they had feared.  But while they seek to understand their past and peril, danger stalks the cities of the north striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil search for answers, the Vigil is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. They must discover a path to keep their land safe or risk losing the world.
Having read the first two books in this series, I was eager t…

March Books

Here are the books I read for March. It was a very diverse reading month for me, but so fun. Top three would be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, and I really enjoyed Lab Girl by Hope Jahren as well. It was a fun, informative non-fiction for something different.

Gideon - 23 Months

M(om): Gideon, how are you today?

G(ideon): I am great mom! I am feeling silly. Shall I do some silly things?

M: You have been doing lots of silly things lately, like making silly faces, sliding backwards and trying to spin around on your head.

G: I like to make you laugh, Mom.
 M: And you do a good job of that Gideon. What else is new?

G: Well, I have lots more words and you are understanding what I want more often. Just the other day I said ,"Vrmm, boots, Giddy, go," and you knew I wanted to ride on the tractor with Dad.

M: It was a very nice first sentence you did there. What else are you enjoying?
G: I like to look at books and magazines, especially those with tractors and bales in them. I also really like playing with my tractors and bales and feeding some of my animals. And I like to drive around cars and trucks too. There are so many fun things to do!

M: There certainly are and I love seeing you explore new things every day. I love you, Gideon!

G: I love you too, Mo…

School Spirit Days

It is that time of year again for school spirit days. Mataya had crazy hair day on Tuesday. We went for the braided look.

Today was Flannel Friday at Joash's school. I really had to document this day because I convinced Joash to wear jeans to school!

February Books

It was another great month of reading. Though I will admit the Olympics took up some of my normal reading time. I love the Olympics and watching all the different athletes and sport. Even curling...Top three reads for the month would be Glass Houses by Louise Penny, Left Neglected  by Lisa Genova and What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty.

Gideon - 22 Months

M(om): Gideon, can you believe it! Another month has passed. You are 22 months now!

G(ideon): I know. I am getting to be very big. I would like to do things by myself now. Can I please walk in a parking lot now?

M: Ah...no.  You are too small for that yet. What other things do you like to do by yourself?






G: I really like to undress myself. And pour my own drink. And get in my chair by myself. But I really don't like to feed myself so much. Who has time to sit at the table for a meal when there are so many other fun things to do?

M: I know. You are certainly growing up. What else is new?




G: I have lots of new words, so it is really nice that you guys are starting to understand some of the things I am saying. I also have my favorite books. And I love to play with the tractors and bales. That was so nice of Joash to show me how to farm in the house.

M: It certainly was. We all love you, Gideon!

What's Going On?

So I have been really bad at blogging lately. Anyway, here are some highlights from the last little bit.




And the biggest news is that Joash's other front tooth fell out. He was pretty excited about this and now has a pretty big hole in his mouth.