Melissa Rae Sullivan Erika Norma Senneff (making Hazel Rae!)
These two ladies are the two most important influences of my life. Since 1987 (Melissa's birth year) we have been together. They have been with me through the most important parts of my life: birth, divorce, remarriage, dogs, step-families, graduations, boyfriends, fiance's, weddings, weddings, and more wedding. Losing cousins, an aunt, grandparents and the greatest man to ever enter our lives. These daughters of mine have changed my life for the very best. They have taught me compassion, patience, loyalty, love, kindness, and generosity. As I watch them be wives to their wonderful husbands, it makes me feel proud and very humble. Proud, because I can't believe they came from me and I was lucky enough to raise them into the beauties they are. Humble, because I don't feel worthy that they are mine. That I raised theme alone for seven years, then for 15 years with the man of my dreams who loved them without judgement or measure. I love them so much. I'm very blessed. I adored them as babies. I giggled with them as small children. I cried with them as teenagers. I puff up with pride as I witness them as adults. I am just so very, very blessed. I love you Melissa Rae and Erika Norma.
I absolutely loved this book. Perhaps it is the Canadian-living-in-the-states self talking here, but it made me long for my home in Southern Alberta. Growing up, my father was the maintenance supervisor for the schools in the area. This included the school at two or three of the Hutterite colonies in the area. He would often take me with him on his visits to the colonies. I loved it there and was mesmerized by every nuance of the colony. The baking bread, the chickens roaming free, the homes, the smells, the polka-dots, the braids. I loved going with him. My mother made trips as well. We would often go to purchase eggs, knitted booties and slippers, pick up newly upholstered furniture, and chickens. Every time, we were invited into someone's home to sit down for a visit. Secretly, I wanted to BE a Hutterite just so I could twist my hair back and put on a handkerchief. This book was a trip home for me and I adored it. Mary Ann Kirby is a gifted writer who was able to capture growing up on the colony and later outside of the colony in a way I will not soon forget. I can't wait to make the drive to Canada this summer and visit a colony.
Reading Right Now...
The Alloy of Law: The fourth book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Something tells me it isn't going to have the same effect on me as the trilogy!
The Kitchen House
Just Finished Reading
Oh my goodness! I owe Jessica Romney a HUGE thank you for recommending this series. I was skeptical at first. But, am so glad I chose to give the Mistborn series a try. Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author. I am now open to a new genre...fantasy. This series though, had even more than fantasy. I felt some strong spiritual undertones throughout this particular (#3) book. I even got a little "misty" at the end. I loved these books. Thanks, Jessica. I owe you and will never question your recommendations again! :)
Also Just Finished Reading...
The author, Sue E. Peterson, is a friend of mine. She sent me this book shortly after the heartbreaking loss of my own husband. It had many wonderful points for me to consider as I read about death and making sense of a new/different life. I appreciated so much of what she said and the metaphors regarding "running" throughout the book. I've never read a book by an author I know (and know very well) personally. Nor, have I read a story based on a person I know and have had conversations with. It was an odd feeling in some respects. Reading different names for each character and each setting sort of messed with my brain a bit. Finally, I put that out of my mind and read with the purpose of gleaning insight about losing a spouse and recovery from grief. I have many turned down pages I'd like to revisit as a result. Thanks for the book, Sue!