Friday, May 25, 2012

Playing Catch-up. Again.

(I couldn't help being a bit silly today.)

Yes, again I find myself looking at the date of my last blog post and thinking, "Really?  Sure doesn't seem that long since I last blogged."

And yet, it is.  So, here are some pictures from this past month.

Papa (my dad) hugging Nathaniel.
Yep.  8th-grade graduate.
Attending our local high school in the fall.

(what? a picture of me??)

 Anna loves graduation parties.
They're a great chance to catch up on her reading.

Speaking of reading, I've read several books over the past few months which I've not reviewed at all.  Since Christmas, really.  So here are a few:

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson is an interesting biography of America's ambassador, and his family, to Nazi Germany before World War II.  Really, there's more about his flamboyant daughter than about him.  She was rather wild, dating all sorts of men, including a probable KGB agent.  Again, interesting, but not what I would consider required reading.

In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson is a quick read.  He bases this entire book on two verses, 2 Samuel 23:20-21, which describes Benaiah, a valiant warrior who chased a lion into a pit, and despite the slippery snow, caught and killed it.  My dad wasn't impressed with this book, but I enjoyed it.  At the end of each chapter, Batterson includes points of review and application questions.

I know I'm slow to get on the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency bandwagon, but it's worth joining, even a bit late.  Why?  Because these books are delightful to read, and because I can read through them all so quickly.  There are 13 in the series now, and I don't have to wait for the next one to come out.  They're all right there on my library shelves.  These books are perfect summer reading - interesting, fun, but not stressful, suspenseful or otherwise keep-me-awake-at-night reading.  I highly recommend them.