Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 Reading List

1. Life Support by Robert Whitlow
2. Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow
3.  It's Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
4. Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis
5. The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis
6. Alibis in Arkansas by Christine Lynxwiler, Jan Reynolds, and Sandy Gaskin
7. Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr
8. Life is Short by Jen Arnold & Bill Klein
9. The Trial by Robert Whitlow
10. Blessed Blessed Blessed by Missy Robertson
11. The Storekeeper's Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter
12. The Quilter's Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter
13. The Bishop's Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter
14. Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
15. The Chase by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky
16.  The English Son by Wanda Brunstetter
17. The Stubborn Father by Wanda Brunstetter
18. The Betrayed Fiancee by Wanda Brunstetter
19. Think Big by Jen Arnold & Bill Klein
20. Young and Beardless by John Luke Robertson
21. The Missing Will by Wanda Brunstetter
22. Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson
23. False Pretenses by Kathy Herman
24. Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman
25. Relentless Pursuit by Kathy Herman
26. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
27. Wagered Hearts by Robin Lee Hatcher
28. The Divided Family by Wanda Brunstetter
29. Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl
30. Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl
31. Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl
32. Mathematical Mindsets by Joan Boaler
33. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling & John Tiffany
34. The Selfless Act by Wanda Brunstetter
35. One Perfect Springs by Irene Hannon
36. Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
37. Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
38. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
39.  The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
40. The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
41. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
42. The Pinballs by Betsy Byars
43. The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
44. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
45. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
46. Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly
47. Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick
48. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines
49. Night Road by Kristin Hannah
50. On Christmas Eve by Ann M. Martin
51. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
52. The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio
53. Pluto: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio
54. Shingaling: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio
55. A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury
56. Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
57.Talking as Fast as I Can y Lauren Graham
58. America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
59. A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Favorites: End of Year Review


The older I get the faster the years seem to pass by me.

As cliche as it is to say seems like only yesterday I was saying goodbye to 2015.

2016 has been good to Andrew and me.  

It's been a year of healing, growth, and of finding contentment in our wait.

I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite memories from each month in 2016.

JANUARY...My favorite thing about January is always celebrating our anniversary.  This year we celebrated with mani/pedis and it could not have been more perfect.  

Visiting the trumpeter swans is always a January favorite.  This year we got to share the experience with my parents.

FEBRUARY... Sleepovers with my favorite twins is always my favorite.

We enjoyed a weekend in Branson filled with shopping and golfing.

And I said goodbye to braces.  Straight teeth are definitely a favorite.

MARCH...My favorite thing about March is our family competition for March Madness.  One of these days I'm going to win it all!  Maybe 2017 will be my year.

APRIL... April brings with it Andrew's birthday and the Masters.  Our Masters' Porch party/Andrew and Cody's birthday celebration is easily my favorite April memory.

MAY...May was a good month.  We made the decision to pursue IUI...maybe 2017 will be the year we actually get to do an IUI.

We spent a fun weekend in Memphis where I got to see one of my favorite singers in concert.

And we celebrated Mikey and Ellie's first birthday.

Our Americana Porch Party is always a favorite...

JUNE...Aww..summer break...always a favorite.

Lots of time on the lake to eat and soak up the sun.

Time with these three is always a favorite of mine.

JULY...Our week long getaway to the Carolinas was our favorite for this month.  

 That apple pie ice cream in a waffle cone was Andrew's favorite.  He is still talking about it.

Enjoying a few days with some of our favorite people.

AUGUST...Back to school.

This is my favorite area in my classroom.

My favorite flavor of shake, salted caramel, made a come back for 1/2 price shakes.

SEPTEMBER...We celebrated my birthday with two of my very favorite things - Gus's fried chicken and Adam Levine. 

Loved my Daddy/Daughter movie date to see Greater which quickly became one of my favorite movies.

OCTOBER...Hosting a family movie night, lunch cruise, and climbing Sugarloaf was a ton of fun.

NOVEMBER...We celebrated Thanksgiving with our families.

And had a fun photoshoot.  This is one of my favorite pictures from our session.

DECEMBER...Oh my!  I think everything about December is my favorite.  

A weekend with my babies so we could do our annual Christmas craft.

An amazing winter vacation.

Celebrating Christmas with our families.