Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Top 5 Reasons I Love My Kindle

1. I love to read it while nursing my son.  I can hold it and turn pages with just one hand. He's also ten months old and very interested in anything I'm holding. So if he reaches for my Kindle he won't rip any pages.
2. If I'm going on vacation I can easily take more than one book.  It doesn't take up a bunch of room in my bag.
3. I'm not always in the mood to read so games are nice to have on my Kindle too. I like to get them for free through Amazon.
4. I never pay for books. I find them for free on Amazon or through our library's ebook database called Overdrive. And even with checking them out through Overdrive there aren't any late fees.  The book simply gets checked in automatically.
5. Kindle can sync with any device that you have the Kindle app on. For example: I have my Kindle and then I have the Kindle app on my tablet and phone. So, I can read this book pretty much anywhere! I even  have an actual copy of While We're Far Apart by my bed! Syncing is nice for those people that can only read one book at a time. (I usuallly have two or three started at the same time, yikes!)

 A secret tip: I can keep Overdrive books checked out indefinitely.  Simply get the book checked out onto your Kindle and turn the WiFi off.  It will stay on your device until you turn your WiFi back on and it syncs with your account.

I might not have the latest Kindle but I love it for what it can do. My first love is still good old paper books.  There's just something about holding a book and turning the pages.
What do you think about eReaders?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rainbow Book Shelf

Just because I work at the library doesn't mean my book shelf at home is in alphabetical and Dewey decimal order. I happen to think this way of organizing looks pretty darn cool. I don't need to keep all of my series together in number order either.
If I had enough books I would do the right side of the window book shelves in rainbow too. But the books on the right ended up being the black, white and brown books, my library books, my recipe books and Levi's children books.
Please, please, please pardon the mess! Yes we live in this house and I'm not all about portraying a picture perfect home. (because around here that definitely doesn't exist.)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I love being a Mom

I am so blessed to be a mom!
This is the first year I got to celebrate Mothers' Day.
My wonderful husband got me a card that Levi "signed" and a heart necklace with his birthstone in it.
 Levi and me out in front of our house.
He's 9 1/2 months old.
 My happy baby boy!
 First time in a swing! 
He's thinking "Not too sure about this..."
 I love his eyes in this one.
 I just love this face!
My hubby and me
Happy belated Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? -My Son Loves Books!

Have you ever tickled a tiger? Have you ever poked a penguin? Have you ever nudged a hedgehog?

These are all lines from the book Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger by Betsy E. Snyder. My son loves this cute and colorful touch and feel book. He’s even figuring out how to use his little fingers to turn the pages, and we’ve read it many times. I’m sure there are lots of other moms that can quote a book just from reading it over and over.

My son is only nine months old, so one thing about this book that appeals to him is the fact that it is touch and feel. The tiger has a furry tummy. The walrus has fishing line for whiskers. And the ostrich has fluffy feathers. I feel that these sensory spots on the pages help foster my son’s interest in books. Hopefully, this will turn in to a love of reading as he gets older!

Tuning into my son’s desire to touch every furry patch or Velcro spot, I quickly put on hold all of the "touch and feel” books that the Library owns. Ok, so maybe not ALL of them since there are 93 juvenile “touch and feel” books in the MCPL catalog. Listed below are a few of his favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Board Book by Eric Carle

Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? by Betsy E. Snyder

Dinosaurs by Ticktock Media

Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Lift-the-Flap Play Book by Stella Baggott

Usborne Touchy-Feely Cars by Fiona Watt

The library offers books for every stage of your child’s life: durable board books for babies, picture books full of wonderful illustrations, easy chapter books, and everything in between. I look forward to seeing my son grow up and enjoy all of the books the library has to offer!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Beth Moore Bible Study- Jesus the One and Only

Beth Moore Bible studies remind me of my college days. That's because in our college group at church us ladies would do these studies together. They were such a blessing. I always looked forward to getting together, watching the videos and having some heartfelt, meaningful conversations.

 So, I dug out this study- Jesus the One and Only. It is one that we didn't do in college. I can't even remember where I got this workbook but it's been sitting on my shelf for over 5 years! Time for a good study- the Lord knows my heart needs this. 
Does anyone else ever get in a rut? I have a pretty consistent quiet time- where I read a little from the Bible and journal my thoughts and prayers to God. But sometimes a good, deep study is what I need. And I'm loving it so far!
See the big box? With the yellow paper on it? Yeah, my library is awesome! They got this for me outside of our library system. It's the videos that go along with the workbook. 
On VHS! But that's ok, because I do have a VHS player.
The only problem with getting the videos from the library? This item is a two week loan. Her study is 11 weeks! Oh well, I shall watch all the videos ahead of time and continue the workbook for the next 11 weeks.

My morning devotion spot- Hot cup of coffee, comfy couch and a napping baby.
Right now we are studying Elisabeth and Mary and their stories of having John and Jesus. So sweet!
Has anyone else ever done a Beth Moore Bible study? The Lord sure has blessed her with the ability to teach women the Word of God. Thank you Beth!

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