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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings

My dear blogging friend, Judy, over at A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings, hosts this meme every Wednesday. Simply list five things (or a prayer or any thoughts) for which you are truly thankful this week. Voicing my thanks helps put my life in perspective & realize that, no matter how bad things might be, there is still MUCH good surrounding me.

Well, it looks like my focus this week is on books & music...definitely two things I am VERY thankful for!

1) I am thankful for evening reading time w/ Casinodad. Now that he is on a regular work schedule, we've gotten into a nice routine. After the last of the munchkins go to bed, we also go up & read for a while. We've never been able to do this before & it makes for a relaxing end to a long day.

2) I'm thankful for books, especially the fact that I can have more than one going at time. I usually have at least two that I'm in the process of reading, as long as they are different genres. That way, I can pick up a novel if I need something light or educational/spiritual for something that requires more concentration.

3) Speaking of books, I'm thankful Judy's book, I Surrender, is now available. I am so excited for Judy & can't wait to order my copy!

4) I'm thankful for Robert & Robin Kochis, a Catholic couple who has put together a bunch of CDs of Catholic music. I have The Complete Rosary, in which he sings Marian hymns in between the decades of the Rosary & The Best of Robert & Robin Kochis, relaxing hymns which the munchkins listen to at bedtime.

5) I'm thankful for the beauty of Catholic music. I'm from the post-Vatican II generation, so I grew up w/ a lot of the more contemporary songs (Be Not Afraid, On Eagle's Wings, Like a Shepherd). But, at the same time, I love the beauty of the traditional hymns, too (Immaculate Mary, Come Holy Ghost, Crown Him with Many Crowns). The way I see it, I get the best of both worlds when it comes to Catholic music!


Kristen @ St Monica's Bridge said...

We love the Kochises too! I first heard of them in a Catholic book store I was in with my mother. They were singing David Haas "You are Mine," on a cd they were playing in the store which was the opening hymn at my mother's best friend's husband's funeral. As it turns out, the Kochises are from West Covina, CA which is where my mom's bff's husband was born and raised. God surely works in mysterious ways! My mom did not remember that's where Tim was born, but I did when the owner of the store happened to mention they were from West Covina. And I almost didn't go to the store with her that day.

Colleen said...

Oh gosh, I just love your list. Music and books rank up there for me! I used to only read one book at a time - in fact I insisted on it - but now I seem to have 2 or more going on at the same time too in the same way you do!
And I am excited for Judy as well!
AND I love nice evening routines like that. Great family time. God bless!

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

I am SO happy that you and your dear hubby are having special evening reading time together...that is SO nice:)
I love Catholic music too and will have to look for that new rosary CD...sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing your happy home with us!

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

And THANK YOU for sharing the mention/link to my book! That's VERY kind and generous of you:)

Eileen @ Ordained Praise said...

Glad to see your list this week! Books and music - Awesome! I wish I can make more time for these things but I'm a slow reader and have grading and such to do. For some reason, I tend to like complete quiet quite often. It might be my illness.