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As the year draws to a close, there are so many things that I am thankful for:

1. My family. Of course. When you are faced with difficult times (relatively speaking, of course) there are few things that you can count on. I am blessed to be able to say that my family is together and that we are one. We don’t always get along, but we always stand together.

2. My faith. It truly is a gift from God. Sometimes, I hear myself tell people things (like, “Well, I’m just trusting God for that. If this is where He wants us, then this is where He’ll keep us. If not, then I don’t want to be here anyway.”) and I think, that was the Holy Spirit speaking and I praise You, Lord, for those words. Make them as true in my heart as they were in my mouth!

3. My freedom. I just can’t think – the thoughts don’t make it all the way through my brain – how some people live in this world. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I’m jealous of them. If I didn’t have the freedom that I have here in this nation, would I rely more on God than on myself? And yet, I am so thankful for the freedom to gather with my children, the windows uncovered, broad daylight, to study the Bible. I’m thankful that I can raise my children to love God, without fearing the persecution of man every single moment of every single day.

4. My provision. God takes care of us. Plain and simple. He takes care of us.

I am also looking forward to the new year. I am not making resolutions. I’m not even really setting aside goals that I will forget in the next two months (those of you who’ve kept up on my blog for a couple of years know what I’m talking about). I am, however, aiming for a few things. If I get anywhere near any of them, I will be thrilled with the year, come December 31, 2011.

1. Study the Bible. Not just read it, and not the whole thing. Study the Bible, book by book. I’m in Colossians now, and I want to move on and finish Daniel. Not sure what else after that, maybe Ephesians.

2. Make a quilt for Mr. Nutt. Ssshhh. It is going to be a log cabin lap quilt made out of patriotic fabrics. Along with this, finish F2’s quilt. I was blessed by a good friend who quilted it for me, now I just need to get the binding finished up (the hand-sewing part). It should only take a day or two, if I would just sit down and do it! I also have a quilt that I started quilting on (I was going to try to sell it to gather up money for school books) but was very disappointed in my quilting. I need to finish it up and give it, I think, to F7.

3. Scrapbook Project 52 at eNKay’s blog. I like the idea of having themes for each week, as opposed to just taking pictures on the fly and getting the same stuff over and over. I also love that at the end of the year, I’ll have a 52 page album that I can print off or have printed at Shutterfly that embodies the year 2011.

4. Become more active both with the local pregnancy resource center and maternity home. I will hopefully be going through the peer-mentor training at the pregnancy center and I have already been teaching basic infant care classes at the maternity home. I am so excited about both of these opportunities!

5. School with the kids. Yep, just keep plugging away. Get it done every day and mark down what we’ve done. I love Donna Young’s site for her record-keeping files. She really is amazing.

I think that’s probably enough to keep me busy for the year!

Be blessed as 2010 closes and be safe as we enter 2011. May God’s grace abound in your life, and may you truly know His love.

What are you thankful for this year? Any plans, goals, ambitions, resolutions? Are you good at maintaining these, or do you utterly fail like me?

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

I recently chose Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest (The Knights of Arrethtrae) by Chuck Black to review for the Blogging for Books program through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing. My 14 yo, F2, is a medieval nut and I thought this series of books, along with the accompanying Kingdom Series, might be a good fit.

This book is an allegorical tale of pride and the fall from it. I was a little surprised, as I didn’t realize the story was allegory until I started the book. This threw me off a little, but the allegory was fairly sound (although too many times, I found myself replacing sword fighting tournaments with football games in my mind). As a female reader, I felt the characterizations were too terse and flat, but the action moved along quickly. Conversations are kept to a minimum and humor is nearly non-existent.

The ideas presented in the book are worthy: pride is destructive and can throw you off the course of your true mission, disobedience brings painful results, our only hope is found in the Lord. The presentation of the ideas left a little to be desired on this mom’s part, although I think the target audience (tween and teen boys) might not find fault with the lack of character depth and terse writing.

All in all, I have no problem with my son reading Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest, but I won’t go out of my way to make sure he has the others in this series. Three stars.

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