3 books

I'm reading 3 books right now and I can't stop myself. The first one, a book that I started last week beside the pool at my in-laws, is called Love as a Way of Life. It is my honest opinion that everyone in the whole wide world should read this book. The second one, which almost made me fall off the elliptical tonight because I was sobbing, is called Road Map to Holland. I'm guessing that if you're reading this blog you might have already read the book. So I'm a little behind. The third one, The Year My Son and I Were Born, is my least favorite of the three so far. But it's growing on me. : )

I feel like I'm coming alive again. Like I'm coming out of the slump. You see, I've been in a bit of a funk lately. Someone hurt my feelings a while back and I have had a hard time shaking it. Unfortunately it was someone from the Down Syndrome community, as silly as that sounds. It doesn't feel great when anyone hurts your feelings but somehow this one really kicked my butt. I'm not unrealistic, I know we're not all going to be best friends just because we share the common bond of a kid with an extra chromosome but I think that we should at least be kind to one another. And respectful. But that didn't happen. I haven't spoken about this to anyone except my oldest sister. And I don't intend to. I wrote e-mails to two of my friends telling them what this person said to me. I deleted them before I hit the send button. It's not worth it. I'm not going to perpetuate the drama. And this is the last I'll talk about it. I'm finally over it. And I'm glad. I have to see her next weekend and I'm hoping that I will handle the situation with grace. That's the goal. I'm disappointed in myself for letting this situation affect me so much but I did. Now it's over. And it's time to move on. Thank God for new beginnings.

Now on to the books. I'm actually going to blog about Love as a Way of Life as I read it. I'll let you know in the blog title so that if you don't care to read my little book review you can skip over it. (Please don't, though.) Here is a list of the chapters:

Seven keys to transforming every aspect of your life:

Kindness- discovering the joy of helping others
Patience- accepting the imperfections of others
Forgiveness- finding freedom over the grip of anger
Courtesy- treating others as friends
Humility- stepping down so someone else can step up
Generosity- giving yourself to others
Honesty- revealing who you really are

I can't wait to read it- I skimmed over it while floating in my in-laws' pool but I intend to really read it. I have my highlighter ready. : )

In other news, I had the best day today. Lila and I were alone together all day and we had so much fun.

Hugs to you and yours~



  1. Oh man, WTF happened?! Seriously, I hate that you have been going through this! I actually have been in a bit of a funk, poor me mood lately. See you Thursday!

  2. Looking forward to your book reviews and getting the book. You've not led me astray yet on your recommendations, and I'm enjoying them but I just can't keep up with you! So glad you had a good day and enjoyed Lila time.

  3. Looking forward to hearing more about this book. I have read Roadmap to Holland and The Year my son and I were born. Road map to Holland saved me. I read it while I ws pregnant and also when in NICU at christmas time(depressing time) and it really helped me out. I do need a trip to chapters, so I will look for the other book
    Sending love your ways and hoping better days ahead for you. ps. Lila is a beauty:)

  4. Linda, I've written emails and letters that I've never sent, too. Sometimes, there's healing in just getting it out on paper -- and then hitting the delete button.

    Praying for you this morning -- that God heals each of those emotional wounds. Wounds inflicted by friends hurt the worst, don't they?

  5. sorry you got hurt by some one. Happy you are feeling better now. I look forward to hearing more about your book you are reading.

  6. I'm sorry that you were hurt so badly from someone's not-so-nice comment :( It's good to finally have some 'peace' about it and be able to move on I'm sure, and not let it ruin your mood.

  7. Linda - Ugh! I am so sorry. I find it really, really hard to recognize that I am not going to get along with everyone, even if their kid has designer genes. I think the beauty is when you can get together with a group of people, have different views and ideas and recognize that what works for others is great for them and what works for you is great for you. Kind of convoluted, but you know what I mean, right?