Status Update: May


That’s the number of times I’ve seen May 7th.

Say what you want about Facebook, but it is AWESOME on one’s birthday. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of my “Happy Birthday” messages. Several of the messages were thoughtful and helped make me feel special.

As I sit at the school table working on photos and watching Abbey do her math assignment, I feel incredibly blessed. Glad. Happy. We didn’t do anything out-of-the-ordinary; just a normal day. But it was a good day.

All I wanted was to spend the day with my people. I didn’t want anything special…just to be home and together.

I remember birthdays when I wanted anything for my birthday except to spend it with Karl and the kids. More than anything, I wanted to spend the day alone. Quiet and ponderous. I wanted Karl’s gift to be to come home from work so that I could go for a walk or go to the book store or just have a few hours to write, to do nothing and be nobody’s need. My how things have changed. Is this alteration a product of age? Or is it a product of having older children?

The reason’s not important; I’ll take it.

Finished reading…Melanie Shankle’s, Sparkly Green Earrings. It is free via Kindle right now, so I figured, why not? Lord knows I’ve read worse free books. I had not bought it because I was afraid that the book would only be recycled blog posts. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had not read any of it previously. Plus, Melanie really is hilarious. I laughed hard — so hard that my cheeks forced my eyes closed. I had to stop reading for laughter, which was annoying.

And let’s not mention how chubby my cheeks must have gotten over the years in order for them to force my eyes closed when I’m having a good laugh. Perhaps, in addition to a return to blogging, this year will see a return to exercise.

Reading…the only other books I’m reading are school-related, and I don’t want to blog about them.

Anticipating…the end our school year. Just 13 days left. Summer break, here we come! What’s something fun I can add to my summer reading list?

Geocaching…in old cemeteries. I am learning quite a bit of local history. Today, we visited the largest existing slave cemetery in Alabama. Some of the dates go back to 1819, the year Alabama became a state. You can see some of the pictures on my flickr feed. Despite there being residents nearby, no one is taking care of this cemetery. Not that it’s their responsibility, but it seems like someone would want to look after the site in order to preserve it.

Leave your summer reading recommendations in the comments!




8 Comments on “Status Update: May

  1. Happy Birthday, Leslie! Praying your full of His goodness as He meets you with every turn.


  2. I hope you enjoyed a happy birthday, friend! And I too downloaded Melanie’s book (free is free, amiright?) and have thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters already. After recently finishing a very sad novel (beautifully written but incredibly sad) I need a laugh or two or three…


    • Thank you, Lisa! I did enjoy a happy birthday. It’s a fast-paced quick read. You’ll enjoy it.


    • I missed the freebie on that one. What book did you just finish, Lisa?

      Leslie, have you read any Kate Morton? I’ve read a couple of her books and I really liked them.


      • I haven’t read Kate Morton, but I will. Right after I read Hannah Coulter. The praise for this book has put it at number one on my list of books to read next. 🙂


  3. Happy belated birthday! I’m glad it was so pleasant. I think you’re changed desires are probably a combination of the two things you mentioned; I’m glad it was so sweet. I’m reading a book from the library right now by Peter Mayle. I found some of his books at the library. They’re some novels, but the one I’m reading now is called A Year in Provence, and it’s a reflection of he and his wife’s first year living in south France after moving there from England. It’s pretty fun and a fun way to learn about French culture.


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