Readings Lately.

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  We had a great time because Uncle Matt (Brandon’s brother) came in to town!  The guys had originally planning on golfing on Saturday, but due to crummy weather, they ended up spending most of the day watching football at the house.  I felt sorry that their game had to get cancelled, but selfishly, I enjoyed watching them hang out with Addie!

And speaking of hanging out with Addie, here’s a fun video that we shot on Saturday of her giggling up a storm!


Today I thought I’d share some of the books that I’ve been enjoying recently.  And if any of you have any book recommendations, I would love for you to share them!

1. The Power of His Presence


My mom sent me this daily devotional.  I really like it because each day has a short devotion that goes along with a passage of Scripture.  So I read the Scripture first, and then I read the devotional related to it.  The author also includes a small prayer that you can pray following the devotional.  I like the author’s style of writing, and it helps me dive into the Scripture on a daily basis!

2. Super Baby Food


I’m reading this book to help me as we transition in to solid foods.  I’m not following it exactly (This woman makes EVERYTHING from scratch.  I’m not that ambitious!), but it is interesting to read what foods she recommends at various ages.  I also like reading how she prepares and freezes her baby’s food.  Of course, before you go following any book like this, you need to check with your pediatrician.  But I do think she has a lot of good ideas!

3. The Meaning of Marriage


OK friends, this one, I highly recommend.  I have been reading it for my mentoring group (I’m in a group with 5 other young women, and we are mentored by a woman who has been with her husband for over 40 years.  We read a book a month, all on different topics related to marriage, faith, finances, etc.).  It is incredibly thought-provoking, convicting, and well written. 

It’s difficult for me to pick a part out of the book that I like the best to share with you, but here’s just one example: “Our culture says that feelings of love are the basis for actions of love.  And of course that can be true.  But it is truer to say that the actions of love can lead consistently to feelings of love.  Love between two people must not, in the end, be identified simply with emotion or merely with dutiful action.  Married love is a symbiotic, complex mixture of both.  Having said this, it is important to observe that of the two – emotion and action – it is the latter that we have the most control over.  It is the action of love that we can promise to maintain every day.” (pg. 103)

And on a lighter note …

4. The Sesame Street Treasury


So these books.  Where do I begin?  These were my books when I was little.  And I think we must have read them all about a hundred times.  Because now that I’m opening them for the first time in 25 years, I can still remember many of the stories! 

Each book “stars” a certain number and letter, so you see that number and letter throughout the stories in the book.  There are rhymes, recipes, and comics.  A sign language lesson is included in each book, as well as a Spanish lesson.  They are so fun, and I look forward to reading them many times with my own children in the future!

P.S. Out of curiosity, I actually found the collection on Amazon (in case anyone is interested), but it looks like you have to be careful because some of the sellers promise the whole set but only send you one book!

So that’s what I’ve been reading!  Please share your own book recommendations in the comment section!

Question for ya …

Read any good books lately?  Please share!

What did you do over the weekend?

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8 Responses to Readings Lately.

  1. Jan Petters

    Just a comment on the Sesame Street books. Your Grandmother and I purchased them at the grocery store. A new one was offered each week and you had to collect the set by going in each week to get that book. Was surprised to see them on Amazon as I never saw them sold as a set anywhere.


  2. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Other than my devotional, I’ve been terrible about reading lately. (See, I definitely DON’T do “everything”. ;) ) Love all these recommendations though! I’ve seen that Super Food Baby book… I wonder if my library has it?! I need to check it out!
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  3. Lauren

    I am on book 3 of Mortal Instruments. If you like/love/tolerate the Twilight series, this follows the same formula.
    I’ve also been reading an old Better Homes & Gardens (1970′s) how to preserve & can goods.
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  4. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I’ve been doing a womens bible study called Gideon. Its pretty good! I also just finished Maze Runner. It was good but it had its issues as well. I just saw my favorite pastor Matt Chandler wrote a new book so I’m excited to get started with that one!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I have a few friends who really enjoy Matt Chandler! I’ll have to check that out!

  5. Angelica

    Great blog! I am very impressed by the mentoring group. I wish I knew of one in Tampa. Did you form this group?

    • notsodomesticated

      Nooo I didn’t form it! My mentor, Regina, did. It’s called Titus 2. If you google Titus 2 Mentoring, she has a website that gives you information and resources if you know of anyone in your area who would be interested in mentoring a group of women. It’s been a really incredible experience for me! :)

  6. Corrie Anne

    I recently read the Tim Keller book on marriage — it was really good!! I also loved Bread & Wine by shauna niequist– have you read that? So good.
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