Thursday, January 31, 2013

Monthly Wrap Up :: January

Oh my goodness! It's been an ever moving month. Is it really already 1/12 of a way through 2013!?! I am just now remembering to write 2013 every time I write down the date. We started off New Years in VA, traveled again to DC for the March for Life, contracted one illness, braved some bitter cold to be found in Northern NY, celebrated two birthdays (LegenDaddy + Blaise), added several Feast Days to our annual calendar of observations, and all around started 2013 off with a bang.

From Our Bookshelf

Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser and illustrated by Benji Davies

I think this is probably our most frequently read book from January. A silly tale of a very confused railroad driver, who is trying to cheer up Grandma Bett, but who doesn't really understand that you don't have to take the whole kit and caboodle. Instead of bringing milk along to make Grandma happier, he instead loads up the cows onto his train. A fun story encouraging kindness and looking out for others.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and illustrated by Joe Bluhm

I'd seen this book several times at the library before I decided to go ahead and check it out. The art is what truly fascinated me, and from the title, I assumed (rightly so) for it to be a somewhat fantastical book. The story tells of Morris Lessmore, of course, and of his journey in writing his life tale. He becomes friends with books, and when it is time for his story to end, the new story that he has written with his life reaches out to a little girl in order to guide her through the magical world of books. Dom was thoroughly entertained by this one, and I was impressed with the new-ness of the story. It's much different than most children's stories, and it encourages more reading, which is never a bad thing. 

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

This one is a rediscovered classic for us. I found a used giant board book copy and purchased it for B for his birthday. It's been so fun to have him learn to follow the raised spider web throughout each page as well as to point out the spider and fly that reoccur. A perfect toddler book to introduce animal sounds with Eric Carle's ever lovable art.

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell

My husband purchased this book for me as a birthday present after hearing the author speak on EWTN, and the idea of Catholic feminism combined with a spiritual relationship of the saints who have gone before us reminded him of things I'd said over this past year. He was perfectly right, and it was a brilliant personal memoir of Colleen's life as she journeyed through life's ups and downs: shaking herself from the meaninglessness of a shallow college lifestyle, meeting her husband, standing alongside her father as he battled illness, and struggling herself with infertility. While learning Colleen's story, you also are introduced to her "sisters," 6 woman saints who helped her through stages in her life. These saints include: Teresa of Ávila, Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. Brilliantly written, this book definitely shares a part of Colleen's soul. I felt I was a part of her life and the added bonus of learning more about these strong women re-cemented in my mind and heart the importance of true womanly traits and the beauty of a courageous call to true feminism. 

In January, the Top Read Post of the Month was How to Help Comfort a Teething Baby, a post from July 2012

The Top New Read Post of the Month was Liquid Laundry Soap :: DIY.

I'd love to hear what you are interested in reading about... more Green Living? More DIY/How to? More Reading and books? More Mama stuff? Let me know! I am revamping several things on TwoOsPlusMore, so look for changes in the month to come. My goal is to have a completely new look by March. 

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