Summer Reading

After graduating, my days have been spent catching up on blogs and reading. John believes I have not left the study mode. This might be true, but it is more than that. I have so many books I have not been able to read because I was reading other good books for my classes. Now is my time to catch up! These are books that I haveSummer Reading wanted to read for years, and books from classes I only had time to skim because of all the other homework I needed to do. Yes, there is a long list, and I am sure I will not get through all of them this summer. I have tried to get through the list for the last four summers, but the list just seems to grow. This means that I need to set my goal a little lower this year so I can at least feel that I have accomplished it. There are four of the must read books, and the ones that I will get through for sure.

Revelation of Love by Julian of Norwich translated by John Skinner: This book was given to me by a friend g years ago, and has been setting in my book shelf. I came across it while looking for summer reading, and felt this was the time to read it. Julian of Norwich was born in 1373. She is one of the Christian mystics, and has the honor of being the oldest known English author that was a woman. Her book is written in short chapters. This makes it perfect for a daily devotional. I am really enjoying it, and will post more about this book later.

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott: I love Anne Lamott, and it has been way too long since I have read one of her books. I read an article she wrote for a class last semester, and remembered how much I love her wit. I just had to read one of her books this summer, and since I have three of them on my book shelf I picked the one that looked the most interesting.

Hear and Knowing: Theological Reflections on Christianity in Africa by Mercy A. Oduyoye: I read one of her books for my Liberation Theology class last year, and this a book for my Global Christianity class. I fell in love with Oduyoye, and of the books by her I read last year this is the one that I felt I did not get as much time with as I would like, so I chose to reread it.

Church Refugees

Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why  people are DONE with Church but not Their Faith by Josh Packard, PH.D. and Ashleigh Hope: This book just came out June 1st. I just had to read it! I read everything that I can find on the “nones” or “church refugees”. It is one of my favorite things to study, and when I discovered this book I just had to read it. It went on my summer reading list for sure.

This is enough for now, and as I read these books I will post my thoughts about them. There are others that have been added to the list, but these are enough for right now.

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I know it has been some time since I have posted. I have been busy with school, work, and family. I am starting on the next stage of my journey, and thought it was about time for me to rejuvenate my blog. I will be using a new theme. The blog will be about my life. Here is an update on what has been going on with me while I was absent:

I will be attending PLTS in the fall. This will be my first year on the road to get my Master’s of Divinity (MDiv), and eventually becoming an ordained minister of the ELCA.

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This blog is dedicated to my friends and family who have been so supportive of me on my journey. They have been great at helping me out, and giving me the encouragement that I needed to make it this far.

My journey started with TCC where I got my Associate of Arts degree. Then I went on to PLU where I got a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religion and minoring in Greek and Anthropology. This has been a long journey, and is not over yet.

I will be completing the first year at PLTS online, so I will still be in Washington for another year.

Life is an adventure.

Creative Challenge

I have been thinking of gifts for my family, and it is hard to come up with just the right thing especially when you are making them your self. Most of my family but me have at least one tattoo, so I thought I would challenge myself to use their tattoo as inspiration for the gift that I make them.tatoo tatoo2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I challenge you to create something based on a tattoo. What tat will you use? What will you create? I have my first idea, and will show you it when I get it done.

Bathroom Window treatment

The old window
The old window

I did two other projects in the bathroom, and have not posted them yet, so I thought I would start with the window treatment that I did. I think it turned out really cool, and my youngest daughter said she loved it as well, so it must be cool.

This window made me think of those windows with bars on them, so I just had to do something about it. I thought that using the theme of bars on the windows but softer was a great idea, so I put a fence on the window.

Finished product
Finished product

 

Here is the final product, and I think it turned out great. I just love how it adds to the feel of the bathroom, and think it is unique and fun. I used the same fence that I used in my two projects in the kitchen, the Utensil Hanger and the Coffee Cup Holder. I also used the same painting technique as on the Bathroom Bench. It makes a nice addition to the bathroom, and with the paint looking the same it fits in nicely. Now all I need to do is paint, redo the counter, and get a new sink. (One project at at time.)

Here is how the painting went.

first coat
first coat
second coat
second coat
Third coat
Third coat
Sanded
Sanded

One tip I learned along time ago is to use pop tops on the back of picture to hang them with. This saves a trip to the store if you run out, or if like this project there is just no room for those little things with teeth. They were just too long, and I only had a small space on the back of the finished fence to attach something to hang it with.

Use pop tops as picture hangers
Use pop tops as picture hangers

 

What has been happening?

I just know you have been asking this question!! Well, maybe not. I will answer it for you anyway. 

I decided to play Plants vs Zombies again. The last time I played it was around 2006, and I totally loved it. It was so much fun playing it the second time around, but I go t absolutely nothing done for about a week.

Then we went to Idaho for a family reunion. That was a blast. I soaked in Burgdorf Hotsprings every day, and saw Warren, a ghost town.

Me with my sister.
Me with my sister.
My Aunt & Uncle
My Aunt & Uncle

Burgdorf Hotsprings At camp Love this picture

Warren ID
Warren ID
This is my Great Aunt Hattie's old house
This is my Great Aunt Hattie’s old house
I am glad I was not in the outhouse when it collapsed
I am glad I was not in the outhouse when it collapsed

That is a brief rundown of what has been happening. Now I need to get back to work fixing up this trailer so I can enjoy school.