My local library had a book sale this week, Thursday through Sunday. I went with Elli, Sophia, Heidi, and Bethany on Thursday and basically let the older three roam the kids section and pick out whatever books they wanted. I ended up with two big paper grocery bags full of books and it was about $20. Some of my great finds were several R.C. Sproul books (including the Holiness of God), several C. S. Lewis books, a book by Timothy Keller, a brand new copy of The Peacemaker by Ken Sande (Chris is teaching a Sunday School class on this book so I picked it up for him to give out to someone in the class who may want it) and others. They had lots of readers as well, so I got Sophia stocked up on some new books since she was getting worn out with the ones we had. Elli found a book about caring for Cheetahs, Heidi managed to find two Pooh Bear books, and Bethany found a Boynton book. All in all, great finds.
The library sale day on Sunday was a bag sale, all that could fit in a bag for $3... so I went back. Just to check everything over again when I could take a little more time with Chris watching the girls. I found The Reason for God (Keller), a few more Sproul books, a book containing two Bible studies by Bonhoeffer, a biography about D.L. Moody... and several more that I'm not remembering at the moment. Since I had a few in my bag, I decided to try to fill it up. Lots more readers for Sophia, another Pooh Bear book for Heidi, and then I found several classic kids books that I am really excited about (for Sophia in a few years), including a Betsy-Tacy book, Where the Red Fern Grows (to torture me), a Madeleine L'Engle book, several Roald Dahl books... I had a blast.
I will be going to the library book sale every time they have one. Highly Recommend. Five Stars.
Sophia lately has taken to writing out some of her prayers, and songs, in a Precious Moments Bible story book. It's just too sweet. Some pictures below.
Also yesterday, Heidi apparently found my camera, There were about 80 pictures that I deleted (some several more that I kept) of nothing, blurs, the table, Sophia's body (no head pictured)...
And what a contrast for Minnesota from last Sunday to this Sunday. Church was canceled last Sunday due to weather, which I think has maybe happened once or twice in the past almost 10 years. The snow fall was crazy. But then yesterday, it was a beautiful 60 degree day outside. I think they are all happy to see the snow melting (especially since last week Bethany gave Pooh Bear a little bit of a white washing in the snow right in front of Heidi, who was not amused). The girls spent a lot of time outside making mud pies and playing with each other; Heidi finally got the hang of "pumping" down for the swing. I sat outside on the deck and watched them while I was reading my Space Trilogy (C.S. Lewis). Chris, being a good and faithful man, was downstairs painting the room in the basement (we used the paint sprayer; I ended up taping off the ceiling, which involved taping plastic to the edge and then out about a foot or two into the room and taping again so there was a nice border around the ceiling... kind of a pain but the sprayer works so well). That room is now finished with wall repairs and paint; we'll be able to get the ceiling fan in this week and start on tiling too.
We did run into a problem with the drain in our basement; under the laundry sink our drain outside is apparently running very slowly. We may have to call over Roto Rooter to get it fixed soon, and I'm hoping it is nothing too big and expensive. When we saw water all over the laundry room floor I may or may not have been secretly, a tiny bit, hoping it was time to replace the washer. (Not that I want to spend the monies... but... you know.)
This week is the week I travel to Utah with Erica. I am going to be saying "Goodbye" to my Utah, because who knows if I will make it out there again, but I am really looking forward to visiting the old spots and seeing my parents! We leave Wednesday night and are gone for a couple of days, some good daddy-daughter bonding time!
|And prayer, Thanks for Mom and Dad and lakes Amen|
|Bethany in church on Sunday, sitting in a rocker, reading to a dolly and feeding it her drink|
|This picture, and the ones below, are a smattering of example of the pictures Heidi took|