Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The Time Traveler's Wife is an infection that pleasantly invades your system and refuses to let go of the imagination even after you turn the last of its 518 pages and move on to the next book on your shelf.
It's the kind of word-of-mouth book that readers cheerfully spread, like a benign virus, to anyone around them willing to lose themselves in a hopelessly romantic story, forsaking most other obligations like work, family and personal hygiene.
Yes, The Time Traveler's Wife is that good.
And, yes, I'm a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic who's been known to openly weep at the end of Jane Austen movies, but I'm here to tell you that this chunky book is designed to please everyone in the room -- swooners and cynics alike. It's a love story concealed inside a suspense novel wrapped in a thin veneer of science fiction.
Grab a copy of The Time Traveler's Wife and throw yourself headlong into their story. It's time well spent. This is a highly recommended read.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
I absolutely loved this book and it came at such a pivotal time in my life. I’ve never been one for romance books. As a child/young adult I was into the classics. The closest I got to romance novels was “The Scarlet Letter.” As I get older, and more in love with my husband and my family, I have become a sucker for a good romance novel. The Time Traveler's Wife is unlike any romance you’ll ever read! This book leaves Edward and Bella (from the Twilight series) in the dust. After finishing this spectacular book, I’ve spent some time reflecting on love, and my own life. I feel like love shines like a sun. Sometimes visible and sometimes invisible. But it is always here. For me the most important thing in life is to live in love. The journey into love is the biggest adventure possible. It questions everything. It shakes everything. As a guide, it teaches us to meet ourselves. Love is like an inner fire - the more I surrender, the more it shows itself. Although sometimes strong resistances in me do not want to let go: fear and hate, greed and longing, self-pity and pride, comfort and routine. Love accepts my struggles - with love. It is always present: in my conflicts, my desperation, my aggression, my inattention. Love sings the song of love without a pause, and without choice. Wherever I am, wherever I go, it is already there. Love is concerned about me, but it is free of all worry. It contains all the time of our world. No matter what I do, at some point I have to meet it.
What can be stronger than love?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
What is Roseola?
Roseola is a viral illness in young children, most commonly affecting those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. Stockton had several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever broke.
The high fever ended abruptly, and at about the same time a pinkish-red flat or raised rash appeared on his trunk and spread over his body. The rash's spots blanch (turn white) when you touch them, and individual spots have a lighter "halo" around them. By the second day the rash spread to his neck and face.
Who gets it?
Almost all cases of roseola occur in children before their third birthdays. The peak age is between 6 and 15 months. Healthy babies are born with protective antibodies from their mothers, but these begin to disappear when the baby is 4 to 6 months old. By 15 months, most babies have protective antibodies that they have made themselves. These will last a lifetime.
Fewer than half of children ever get roseola. Nevertheless, almost all children have had HHV-6 infections by age 3. For the majority, who never get the rash, the HHV-6 infection usually causes a fever, perhaps with other symptoms. It is a common cause of baby’s first fever.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
My grandfather use to write little love poems to my grandma. It is so cute to hear all the old things he use to do to, as he said, "romance her." Below is one of the poems that he shared with us during their 65th wedding anniversary dinner. I thought it appropriate to begin this group of pictures of their family then and now, because they did have a full house!!
My Queen of Hearts
by: Wilson Thomas
The game of life seems stacked at times,
Like a well marked deck.
But with a full house,
And you, my queen of hearts,
It’s all worth it, by Heck!