Why I blog? (part 1)

I started It’s Just Me with Goodnight, Amy! on January 31, 2006 to give my friend Amy something to read!

What was going on in my life at that time… Matt and I had been married for 6 years and had moved 3 times already. I wasn’t teaching math in high school anymore. I was raising our kids – Abbye who was 2 years old and Hannah who was 8 months. Also, in about 8 months I would find out I was pregnant with Eva. (I knew I was pregnant by The Smell of Coffee =))

Anyway, I blogged pretty regularly through 2006, was spotty in 2007, none in 2008, once in 2009, and then decided to restart in December of 2010 with Do I want to restart?.

Through the years I’ve used this blog as many things… I’ve used it to remind the Blessings Book Club about which book we were reading. I’ve shared some good deals, free stuff or contests I’ve ran across. I’ve also written tougher stuff like A Sin is a Sin, Yes?, Does Everything in My Life Have to be Planned!, and I miss my grandma!.

Entertainment Updates have been a constant. I included what I was reading, listening to, watching, and playing. These are usually written like Feb. 2, 2006 – Entertainment Update,  April 28, 2006 – Entertainment Update or April 3, 2011 – Entertainment Update, but sometimes I was more specific, as in Pride & Prejudice, To End All Wars, and You’ll be amazed!.

A blog wouldn’t be a blog without stuff about what I was learning, going through or thinking about. Some of these include Let’s Live a Life with NO Regrets!!, The Cure for Anxiety, Immediately, What I Learned Today…, My Purpose?, So Much To Do & So Little Time!, What a Wonderful Day!, They say “Don’t cry over spilled milk”…, and Good Times as a Mommy!

I also included things I wanted to share like quotes, songs, other people’s blog posts. One of my favorites is Do you wake up TO your kids or FOR your kids?. Some other examples are Deal with death again and again…, In the Garden with Adam and Eve (Beat Poetry), and Kyle Wyley. I posted The correct quote of Blaise Pascal because I found out I had posted an assumed but incorrect quote earlier. The incorrect quote was getting so much traffic that I thought I should correct it, but people keep going to the wrong one!

I’m a mom so of course I’ll include a few blogs about the kids – Hallelujah!, A Rite of Passage?!, What Makes Me Smile?, Abbye’s Poem, and Dance Recital Tomorrow. Actually, after looking back through my blog, I was surprised that there weren’t more of these.

I posted about things I’m involved in or I’ve joined, like I’m Joining Post-A-Week for 2011, Trying BookSneeze, What’s in the Bible Street Team, and Sponsoring Children.

Lastly, I’ve also included silly stuff like Eye Twitching, Not nerdy, but definitely not hip., Yummy!, What is your Perfect Major?, and of course Organizing Your Snacks!.

But what now?…

Tyndale Contest

FREE BOOKS – CHECK IT OUT!! Also, check out their book club enewsletter…

In honor of Tyndale launching its new book club enewsletter they’re running a 30 day giveaway on their website. The Book Club Hub Newsletter will be an email newsletter geared towards people who are in or are running book clubs. It will feature suggestions, discussion guides and great ideas for your book clubs. You can see a preview by clicking here.

To enter the giveaway you just need to visit the contest page and click on the book you’d like to sign up to win. You can even go back and sign up for both books. Each day is a new giveaway so you can return to the site each day and try to win. Every few days the books change, so check back!

FREE BOOKS – CHECK IT OUT!!

Blessings Book Club

Remember, fellow readers that we are meeting tommorrow morning to discuss Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis.  Our next book, picked by Corinna, will be Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury.

This is from Karen Kingsbury’s website about this book.  “It’s the emotional story of an adoptive couple that tragically learns that the birth mother who gave up her son four years earlier has changed her mind. A forged signature on the paperwork makes it seem possible that they will lose their son, Joey, maybe forever. Like Dandelion Dust is the story of a mother’s passion, and the lengths a couple is willing to go to, all for the love of a child. This is the book that spurred my songwriting efforts with the lead singer of the country hit group, Lonestar. I’m not sure when the song will release, but the book is a very emotional journey! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!”

Blessings Book Club

Just a quick reminder to any members of our book club.  We decided to take a break for the summer, but we’re starting back up.  The meetings will remain on the third Friday of each month.  So, we are meeting tomorrow (Friday) at 10:00 am at my house.  The book we will start reading is Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis.  I’m looking forward to seeing you!!

A Myth Retold

Pride & Prejudice

(Nicole, I know you will be interested in this!) I finally watched the newest version of Pride & Prejudice.  You know how children try to scoot closer to the TV?!  Well, that child was me tonight, literally!  I wanted to be a part of the story.  It was beautiful!  I thought they did an excellent job.  I love a great story!!  =)

Also, I previously mentioned I was reading several books at once, which is not a norm for me.  Well, I finished The Gifted by Terri Blackstock, which I highly recommend.  It’s a small book, so it won’t take you very long to read.  However, it is very powerful.  I would like to quote the author concerning why she wrote this book, “I wanted to show what could happen if we each used our gifts as God intended.  What might that look like in the church?  And how would it change us to see God working through those gifts, using every part of the Body of Christ, to minister to a hurting world?”

Now to a totally different book topic…I finished Potty Training 1-2-3 by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo.  Hopefully, it will give me some guidance during this interesting “season” with Abbye.  (It’s a season, right Jami?!)  I borrowed our Blessings Book Club book, Waking the Dead by John Eldredge, from Corinna this last Tuesday.   Then I had it finish by Friday morning.  It was rushed, but I had to finish it before book club, which was Friday morning at 10:00!  It wasn’t a book that was easy to rush through.  A good fiction book will draw you in, and you have to finish it.  However, a nonfiction book, especially one like Waking the Dead, is so full of nuggets that need to be pondered.  Instead I quickly jotted down page numbers so that I could go back later.  I now can return to the book I started first, The Most Important Place on Earth by Robert Wolgemuth.  However, our next book for book club, Enjoying God by S. J. Hill, should be arriving any day!

(Perhaps this year Matt will give me a certificate for a full day or two of being locked in my room with several books!  I do love to read!  And there are so many books that interest me…from fiction to nonfiction…from the classics to the newest!)