Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Halfway There!

This weekend I finished my 25th book for the year, which means that I am officially half-way through my 2012 Book Challenge.  In fact since the year isn't half done yet I am ahead of schedule!  Yay!
Here are the books I've read so far this year.  I have quite a list of books to still read so I know that I'll make a lot of progress.  Happy Reading!  As always I love book recommendations!

50 Book Challenge 2012

1.  Little Black Dress: A Novel by Susan McBride
2.  Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
3. The Printmaker's Daughter: A Novel by Katherine Govier
4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Designated Fat Girl: A Memoir by Jennifer Joyner
6. A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness
7. If I stay by Gayle Forman
8. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
9. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
10. Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found by Sophie Blackall
11. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
12. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
13. Soul Cravings by Erwin Raphael McManus
14. The House at Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons
15. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
16. The Poisoned House: A Ghost Story by Michael Ford
17. A Trail of Ink: The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Starr
18. Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Starr
19. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
20. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
21. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
22. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
23. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
24. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
25. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 

Monday, May 21, 2012

$8 of fun

Friday I went to visit a friends garage sale, it just so happened that there were other garage sales going on in her neighborhood as well. As I cruised slowly by something caught my eye - a boys 2-4 age bike with training wheels.

I hadn't planned on getting Little Goat E a bike of that size.  I thought we might make due with our scooter and tricycle until he was older.  (Man do I have a spoiled kid).  However, he has been asking for a bike since the older kids at daycare have gotten theirs out this spring.

So I stopped to look.

$8 later I had a bike just the right size for Little Goat.

It was the best $8 I've ever spent.  Not only did Little Goat take to the bike like a fish to water, but it has been a great tool to teach about road safety and things too.  And he loves it.  So much.

Seriously.  The boy is in love.

And it is so much fun to watch.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Love is a contact sport

He runs to the opposite wall, takes a deep breath and runs toward me at a full tilt leaping into my lap.  His heels dig into my thighs and his claws rake my neck (seriously can you ever cut them enough?)  The other kids are sitting nicely in their parents laps during music class.  Mine uses my back like a climbing wall, tumbling over my head in a fit of giggles.  "Gentle," I try to say.  He giggles some more and begins to tickle me.  (Seriously, the CLAWS?!)

Then it begins again.  The climbing, tackling, running full tilt love from my boy.  He isn't acting out, he isn't seeking to hurt, is love is just expressed best in a whole body sort of way.  The tackles are ways of showing his closeness.

With the other mother's he runs up to them and stops short, not crossing the imaginary boundaries of their "otherness."  With me my lap is the safe zone in a game of tag and he wants to get there as fast as he can.  I am the safe zone.  My arms, his protection.

My scratches are battle scars, but also love marks - physical signs of his real love for me.  They hurt yes, but won't the pain of him refusing to hug me as a teenager hurt more?  For now I am the physical manifestation of love and he is mine.  And sometimes it means bruises.

He doesn't know his own strength, and sometimes I underestimate it.  But his love, his fierce, feisty, physical love?  I don't doubt that for a second.

But still I call out, "gently, gently" and wince at the pressure points his heels find.   I watch him and wonder at his energy, his power, and I know that his love is my inertia, just has I am his.

Love is a contact sport for my son, and I refuse to be just a spectator.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Identity

I've been thinking about how to blog here now that all my weight loss stuff is over at PriorFatGirl (Have you been reading my posts? - you can find them here!)  One thing I want to keep doing is writing and practicing my voice and sharing my thoughts so it is important for me to maintain this space, but sometimes I'm at a loss of what to say since Weight Loss is such an all encompassing thing right now.  So today I'm going to participate in something called 5-minute Friday.  It is a link up and the goal is to write for 5 minutes on the topic or word of the day.  Just 5 minutes with no backtracking, editing, or over-thinking.  And I think that is perfect for me right now.  So here you go.  The topic: Identity.


I always have wondered about this word, mostly because my identity always seems to be in flux.  I like so many diverse things that I fit easily into so many groups (when I can get over my introvertedness that is), but the reality is that I always wondered if that meant that I was too easily influenced by others.  When I get down to the core of my identity, what is there?

I'm a mother, and a wife, and a Children's Ministry director.  I'm a geek. I'm a bookworm.  I'm becoming an avid exerciser (?!).  Are those ME?  Are they the essence of who I am?

The reality is both and then some.  I am all those things but they do not contain all that I am.  I am bigger than labels and adjectives and nouns.  I am Elizabeth, child of God, created in his image and reborn in the waters of baptism.  I am chosen and accepted just as I am - no labels or definitions necessary.  Just as I am.  Me, in all my diversity and undefined edges.  Me, in all my brokenness and shame.  Me, in all my joys and sorrows, in all my love.  I am Me - accepted and loved and declared to be enough, just as I am.


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Friday, May 04, 2012


Boy, having two blogs, a 3 yr old, a full time job and a weight loss routine is hard!  Sorry I haven't posted here this week.  I'm still figuring out my voice over at PriorFatGirl and have had a hard time separating anything in my life from trying to lose weight right now.  Sometimes things are just so big that they sort of sneak into everyday life.  But I do have some things to share and a giveaway coming up next week.  It is a BIG one!

But I feel like I owe the blog some air time and some updates, so here you go.

Mr. Goat Update:  Mr. Goat continues to do well after surgery.  He went in for a weigh in on Wed and had lost 18lbs over the last 9 days!  Wow.  He also got bumped up from all liquids to soft foods which makes him infinitely happier.  His energy is returning and he's been at work at least a half day every day this week.  He's doing so well and I continue to be impressed with his dedication and resilience!  I am so proud of him.

Little Goat Update:  Little Goat is handling things like a champ.  He's been a bit mommy-clingy lately but that is to be expected with the surgery.  He's very gentle with Mr. Goat and he's been slowly becoming a better listener and helper around the house.  He's still very 3 which means he can be very stubborn, but he's doing well.  He graduated out of parent/child swimming and loves his new class.  He also loves his music class - especially playing the finger cymbals.

Me:  Weight loss is going well.  You can see my latest weigh in results over here!  We are in a great time of year for me.  The school year activities are coming to a close and we are gearing up for the summer activities - including VBS!  I love VBS even though it seems very daunting at this stage of the game.  There are some fun summer family things too - including a great big family wedding that I'm looking forward to.  Things are looking up on many levels.

Oh, and Mr. Goat and I went out last night to see Weird Al.  He's such a good show - so funny!  It was a great night out with my incredible shrinking man!

So that's what's up with me lately, what's up with you?