Archives For Book Ponderings

For some reason, bloggers enjoy passing awards around to each other. I’ve received several blog awards from my new bloggy friends and decided to put them all together into one post. Here’s how it works: 1. I tell you about the bloggers who gave me the awards. 2. I reveal seven random pieces of trivia about myself. 3. I pass the award on to fifteen other sites.

Part I: These are the bloggers who gave me my Stylish Blogger Awards.

Amy at Walking in His Grace. Amy is a young mother who is working on building a Christian home with her hubby, Joshua.
Janet at Nana’s Sweeties or Life is Beautiful. Janet writes about her adventures with her husband Mike, two sons, and eight grandkids.
Tara at Undeserving Grace. Tara is a wife and mother who describes herself as a Christian trying to find her best to give God each day because He deserves nothing less.

Kait and Katy

And my young friend Kait. Kait (pictured on the left) has a personal blog called Reviews by Jane. And she blogs with her best friend Katy at Book Ponderings. Kait is a Christian homeschooled teen, the oldest of 7 kids, and all her siblings are boys. However, her mom is expecting a baby in a few weeks. So the whole family is hoping baby #8 will be a girl. She and Katy review books and share glimpses of their lives on their sites. (Katy is also a homeschooler and 3rd eldest of 10 kids.) They’re also co-authoring a novel together.

A few months back, two other blogging buddies passed awards to me, but I didn’t make posts at that time. So belated thanks to Emily of Scribbles from Emily and Amber of Seasons of Humility. I’ve featured their blogs in the past but wanted to mention them again today.

Part II: Seven random pieces of trivia about myself.

1. During my first year teaching at a Christian high school in the suburbs of Chicago, I existed on boxed Macaroni and Cheese for the better part of a year. Our salaries were small, I was far from home, and times were tough. But I loved my students and enjoyed every minute of it! However, I couldn’t eat the boxed stuff for years after that.

These girls are not us!

2. When my sisters and I were living at home,we invented games to pass the time while we did our chores. We played one of our favorites while doing dishes. One would sing a song and stop on a certain word. The next player had to sing a line of another song that began with that exact word. It was fun–try it!

3. When I was in junior high, I read almost every fiction book in the young adult section of our town’s library and moved on to the Harlequin romances they kept on the shelves.

Harlequin’s were much different back then–sweet and clean. One of my favorite authors was Betty Neels. Many of her books took place in Holland and starred un-thin, non-perfect-looking heroines who did noble things with their lives like nursing people back to health or sacrificing to raise a relative’s children. And they always seemed to marry doctors . . . I really wanted to go to Holland!

4. I grew up in the historic town of Kinderhook, New York, birthplace of our 8th President Martin Van Buren. Most etymologists agree that the expression OK originated with his political campaign and stood for Old Kinderhook. So you have one of your most common expressions because of my home town!

5. I graduated from the Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie, New York. (Yes, I have a diploma from a school named after a fictional character.) Washington Irving hung out with various people in the Valatie/Kinderhook area–including Martin Van Buren. Our school was named for his famous story, and our mascot was the Rider. On the wall of our auditorium were silhouettes of Ichabod Crane riding a horse on one side and the headless horseman chasing him on the other.

6. War movies are my guilty pleasure. I don’t mind if they’re bloody, as long as the heroes are noble. And it is kind of cool when things explode. I grew up watching John Wayne movies on Saturday afternoons with my dad. My favorites were The Green Berets and The Sands of Iwo Jima. Even today, I watch Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan every time they’re on the History Channel.  (Note: Some folks I know have purported to be war movie fans based on their love of Pearl Harbor. Seriously? That is a chick flick–not a true war movie!)

7. I remember exactly where I was when the US Hockey team won the 1980 Olympics of Lake Placid, NY. I was in the stands at a basketball game at my college. The announcer stopped the game to tell us the news, and we all cheered. Have you seen the movie version of their story–Miracle? It’s a great one!

Part III: Some sweet bloggers whose sites I enjoy. There’s not room here to describe each blog in detail. Feel free to come back when you have more time so you can pop in on a site or two. (And if you’re one of the bloggers below, please don’t link back to me. That’s not why I’m mentioning you!)

  1. Julia at Dark Glass Ponderings
  2. Laura Frantz at
  3. Lydia at The Overweight Bookshelf
  4. Esther at Laugh With Us Blog
  5. Alisa at Faith Imagined
  6. Patty Ann at Pitterle Postings
  7. Kerri at Living with Chronic Illness
  8. Tara at Living in Taradise
  9. Anne at Open Book Girls
  10. Cammie at Flutterbys and Frogs
  11. Erika at Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints
  12. Dorie at These Grace Filled Days
  13. Anne at Our Family on Mission
  14. Viviene at Journey of a Woman
  15. Kelly at Kelly’s Korner

If you’ve read this far, congratulations on making it through this long, long post!