Saturday, January 23, 2010

Male and Female

Morgan and I read Genesis 1:27 at the beginning of this week. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he them; male and female created he them." (In Moses 2:27, we get a slight clarification: "And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.") But the part I want to focus on in "male and female created he them."

One of the books I've been reading (in this case, rereading) this week is Dr. Laura's "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands." Now, I've heard all sorts of reactions to this book, but mine are almost completely positive. I first read the book when I was a newlywed and thought, "Well, duh. I know all this." It's been a really good experience reading the book again this week to remind and motivate myself to be a better wife. Dr. Laura brings out a very important point. Males and females are different and should act/be treated thus.

It discourages me to hear women talk of their husbands in degrading terms as happens all to often. Dr. Laura proclaims that if a woman will take responsibility and treat her husband well, like a man, he will respond like the good man he is (barring of course the exceptions of abuse, addiction and adultery). Let me encourage all wives to read/reread this book, even if you're a good wife. It won't hurt to hear man's praises sung, as well they should be. I found it inspiring and motivational even though I was thinking I was being a great wife. I found ways I could improve and make my husband happier which, in turn, makes me happier.

To happy marriage - we can do it!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A couple of giveaways...

Today seems to be the day for giveaways. Not by me. But I'll give you a chance by posting their blogs here.

First, Serene from Serene Designs is giving away either some really cute blocks or a fondue set. (You get to pick which you'd prefer.)

Second, The Pioneer Woman is giving away money to your charity of choice for Haitian disaster victims. She is donating 10 cents for everyone who comments to be a part of her drawing.

Check it out.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Just some silliness

So I've noticed that my eyes water more when I'm not wearing my glasses than when I am wearing them. Is it because my vision is blurry so my body is trying to do something to correct the blurriness? Or is it because usually my glasses are only off in the morning and eyes just water more in the morning?

This makes me laugh.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mona's Musings

To all you readers who are not familiar with Mona (or Ramona), she has a beautiful blog that she has just upgraded to be even more wonderful. I encourage you all to check her out.

Book Challenge Notification

My friend who helped me set up this book challenge and I decided to make a couple of changes for reasons I'm not going to share with you. (Mwa, ha, ha...)

#1 - Instead of 600 page book for the 25 points, it only needs to be 550 pages.

#2 - Children's books, in order to count for full points, need to be at least 100 pages long. For easy readers and such that are shorter than 100 pages, but longer than a picture book, we've decided that we'll give .5 points for each of those. So ten pictures books to get 1 point and two easy reader books to get 1 point. Make sense?

Oh, and one book counts for one category even if it could fit into multiple categories. No double-counting a book. (Not even if you read it twice!) :)

Come participate!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Crochet Clarification

Shannon - I hope this works. And makes sense.

Here's a closer up.

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Book Challenge

As recommended by my bishop, I have been thinking of New Year's Resolutions all week. I have set a few worthy goals in hopes of improving myself this year. I've been praying about it and hope they're the goals Heavenly Father wants me to set.

On a related subject, my friend and I participated in a book challenge last year where we read books to fulfill all sorts of different and sometimes difficult categories. This year, we were unable to find a reading challenge we liked, so we came up with one. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome. I know most people don't have the time or inclination to read like I do. You could always cut out the A - Z part of the challenge. Without further ado...

2010 Reading Challenge – First book to count for any category has to be a new book to you. Rereads only count after you’ve completed the category.

.10 Points (Meaning 1/10 of a point)

1) Picture books

.5 Points (Meaning 1/2 a point)

1) Easy reader books/children's books under 100 pages

5 Points

1) Author to match every letter of the alphabet (Last names, that is. And 5 points for every book.)
x. You get a free five points for x. 15 points if you actually find an author whose last name starts with x. :)
2) Retold fairy tale
3) A book written between 1951 and 2009
4) Throwaway category – Any book that doesn’t fit in any other category.

10 Points
1) A book you own you haven’t read yet
2) A book with a body of water in the title (river, ocean, lake…)
3) A book with a Title in the title (The Count of Monte Cristo)
4) A book with a plant in the title (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
5) A book set in a place you’ve wanted to visit/have visited
6) A book with a movie adaptation. Then watch the movie.
7) A book written between 1776 and 1850.
8) A book written between 1851 and 1900.
9) A book written between 1901 and 1950.
10) A book about war.

15 Points
1) A book from the London Times' Best Books of the Decade list. (Can look at either
2) A book about science
3) A book about American History
4) A book about language/writing
6) A book by a Goodreads author
7) A book written in 2010.

25 Points
1) A book with over 600 pages
2) A book you’ve been meaning to read for years (maybe have even started), but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet.
3) A book about a political figure/politics
4) A book written before 1776.

Perhaps I'll start updating you if I read particularly interesting or amazing books. No promises. I hate writing my opinions about books/movies down. My thoughts on such things change as I change... We'll see.