So, I now have my 15 seconds of fame. I received a Vera Bradley e-reader sleeve (for my Amazon Kindle) for my birthday and VB invited me to write a review. I wrote it, and it's been approved. If you're totally bored and want to see it live, then click the link below to be taken directly to the e-reader sleeves on Vera's site. Then scroll down to the bottom and click the tab entitled, 'Reviews'. You will have to scroll for it and my screen name is: autumnsmom. http://www.verabradley.com/product/E-Reader-Sleeve/1001154/defaultColor/Buttercup/p/1001154.uts
If you're not quite that bored, but have a slight curiosity about my review, I copied it below :)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
You know I love holidays, and with Valentine's Day approaching, I'm already decorated and looking forward to it. While some people think Valentine's Day is just for people in love, we tend to make it a family day and spend it with the girls, sampling chocolates from pretty boxes adorned with ribbons and roses. I start the day by giving the girls gift bags filled with "happy's" and candy, and most years we have dinner, complete with candles, as a family. Of course Cory and I exchange some little something or other, but it's generally a low key holiday that we revel in all by ourselves. So, from me to you....."Happy Valentine's Day!"
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I selected a few of my favorite quotes by him. I hope you will read them, and let them sink in. I saved the best for last.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power, religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
It's nearly 10:30 at night on New Year's Day and Cory and I are checking out the internet when Autumn comes in toting a "Little Critter" book saying, "Mom, I can read this." And she proceeds to read a line to me. After reading the first line I asked her if she wanted to read anymore and she said yes. She wanted to continue reading, and after a few pages she said she wanted to finish the book. I was elated. If you know my struggles teaching Autumn to read, you will understand that tonight's UNPROMPTED reading was the best Christmas gift ever. It just might be the best gift I'll receive in 2011, and I'm good with that.
In true Autumn fashion, before coming downstairs, she was sitting in bed employing the reading skills she's learned thus far, and I think she surprised herself by being able to read some of the words. This encouraged her, and as a fiercely independent thinker who insists on tackling jobs on HER time schedule, she realized she could actually read.
Now, lest you think she came down and provided a flawless reading, I'll admit I did have to help her with some words, especially words that are 'sight' words, or words we haven't learned yet. But the point is, she's reading, and this home schooling mom is ecstatic. I've been praying the Lord would allow me to be patient with Autumn, and give her the motivation to begin reading. And I know it's not a coincidence that she's jumping into reading. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer.