Monday, June 22, 2009

A Quick Hello...

Good morning from beautiful Colorado!

It's great to wake up, look out my window and see the mountains! It was great to wake up last week and sit on my dad's deck overlooking Beaver Lake, and I love Arkansas, but Colorado feels like home to me. And we all know there's no place like home!

My trip last week was good. I was glad I was able to spend some time with my dad. But it was also a hard trip and I felt a heaviness the entire time I was there. My dad really isn't doing well and I returned home emotionally spent. I'm still processing my trip. Maybe I'll be able to share some of that soon. If you've been praying for him, please continue. He can certainly use your prayers!

So, while I was in AR last week I read three books. 

I finished this one (and I don't know if I'll ever hike again!), I laughed my way through this one (seriously ya'll, it was f-u-n-n-y!), and I sobbed through the second half of this one. I am a big library girl and I rarely buy books but I picked that last one up to read on my flight(s) home. I had to literally close the book to keep from sobbing on the plane (and scaring my seatmates) a couple of times. It was very good. I recommend it, but I also recommend you keep tissues handy. (Of course, it's very likely that the week with my dad heavily influenced my tears).

I now find myself in need of something new to read. It MUST be something light and fluffy with no mention of the dreaded "c" word, the "c" word being cancer. Any suggestions??? I'm not picky about books but I generally avoid non-fiction. (And I feel weird saying that having read three non-fiction books last week.)

I'd love to stay and chat  (and get caught up on all of your blogs this morning) but I'm off to hang with some kiddos at Crocodile Dock. I think it's going to be super fun! 

21 comments:

Tree Frog Creations... said...

Our VBS was Crocodile Dock also!! Reagan learned so much! "Fear Not!" :-)
I have a copy of Same Kind of Different As Me on my nightstand right now but haven't started it yet!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Meredith. How many times do I have to recommend Outlander to you?!!!!!

Glad it was a good trip and I know exactly what you mean about being home. See you soon(ish)!!

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

The Yada Yada Prayer Group series is good comfort reading. Anything by Miss Read or Mitford books. Those are all favorites when I need a comfort read. :)

Lauren Kelly said...

Thinking of you and praying for you, Mere :)

Mary @ Simple Things said...

I took my son and a friend to the pool on Saturday and read most of Nora Ephron's book there. It is so funny!

I wish I had some funny books to recommend but I'm a big drama girl. My favorite summer read is Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons. It isn't all laughs but it's a great story.

Jennifer said...

I love the Sisterchick series by Robin Jones Gunn. Always a good read & not sappy!

Praying for you & your family, my friend.

Amber said...

Girl,
I'm no help in the book department, because I've been scoping the shelves for something good here lately, too.

Glad that you had your week with your daddy. I'm praying for you and your family.

Have fun at VBS. Crocodile Dock is loads of fun!!

Elizabeth said...

I also bought The Same Kind of Different as Me for my trips, but I still haven't opened it. I just had this feeling that it would be a tough book to read and process through, so I've put it off. Now I'm glad I did, but I'm still anxious to read it. Everyone raves about it.

Your daddy is in my prayers.

Tiffani said...

you really got some reading in! good for you! I know this was a tough trip emotionally and mentally for you...praying for God to show Himself to you in a very special way!

Glad you're home!

Judy said...

I love the Yada Yada Prayer Group Series. Light reading, but thought provoking

Gretchen said...

I happen to be commenting with my pigtails and Crocodile Dock t-shirt and bracelet which says, "watch for God". See? Soul sisters. :)

Also scoping your comments for reading material. :)

Sending hugs and prayers for you to catch your breath and of course praying for your dad.

*carrie* said...

Thinking of you, friend!

Kellie said...

So glad you said hello!

I am glad that you are back at home with your familia.

I'm going to be praying for you as you jump from one busy week into another!

OhioFamOf4 said...

We had Crocodile Dock last week and a little bit ago I just heard my 5-year-old little guy shout "God is with us!" Have fun with Jacques, Chadder and the rest.

Hope you are feeling better about your dad soon. I don't read things with the "c" word, either. I think about it enough without extra help. Will definitely say prayers for him.

Holly said...

Praying for your Daddy, Mer.

I liked "Freefall" by Kristen Heitzmann...

Holly said...

Also, Sophie's Heart and Bamboo and Lace by Lori Wick is good.

Gina said...

I liked Same Kind Of Different As Me. A lot- but I do think that being emotionally spent had a lot to do with your crying jags. It was touching, but I didn't find it to be that dramatic.

Our kids are hanging out at the Crocodile Dock this year, too. Have fun.

Michele said...

Praying for your Dad. I was just thinking about him the other day and wondering how he was doing. Praying for you too. Wish I could help you out with something to read . . . I've been so busy . . . and I want to read SOOO badly . . . but, I'm afraid the next time I pick a book up I will have forgotten how to read it . . . it's been so long.

Becky said...

I'm glad you got to spend time w/your Dad. We will continue to pray for him and your family.

Crocodile Dock looks fun! I miss doing the Group VBS.....they are just awesome!

I'm reading the twilight series and I'm not sure what I think about them...at least she is a good writer. Reclaiming Nick is the 1st in a triology by Susan May Warren. She is a christian fiction author and I love anything about cowboys and ranching! I also like Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her books are light romantic fluff and I laugh often.

Carpoolqueen said...

I just read Home to Holly Springs, which is a companion to the Mitford Series.

LOVED it.

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

Same Kind of Different as me. I KNOW, right?

I just read My Heart Remembers, by Kim Vogel Sawyer--best novel I've read in a good long time.