Hidden Art Friday

It’s fall!  Well, technically not until Sunday, but my husband came home last week with a pumpkin spice latte, so I’m already in the mood.  I love how all sorts of pumpkin recipes are popping up on pinterest…my favorite pinterest discoveries from last year were these Gingerbread Pumpkin Waffles and these Pumpkin Scones.

Speaking of pinterest, I found Small steps, big picture that way this summer.  Christie had a great post last month, When a mom feels disconnected, with this totally convicting line: “I don’t think our kids keep us from God as much as we would like to think; they just manifest where we are with God in glaring, vivid color.”  That has been so true for me this week!

Today baby J turns 6 months old.  Her birth was my most eventful, by far, and I am so grateful for modern medicine and my very calm OB who delivered her safely.  I try to take pictures of my kids on monumental days for all of our out-of-state family…here’s an outtake from yesterday’s photo shoot.  My kids crack me up.

HAF J-bug

I finally finished my summer reading list this week!  I’m a firm believer in reading books before seeing the movie, so I was glad to have read Gatsby (which I somehow missed in high school when the rest of the world reads it) before seeing the movie with my book club this summer.  Dr Dobson had some helpful insights for my strong-willed two year old.  Witness was dense, but I totally understand why my mom thinks everyone should read it.  And I have a new appreciation for the level of Soviet espionage that went down in the 20th century!  I ploughed through Pickwick Papers just in time for my book group, only to find that none of the other women there had finished it.  Sigh.  And…once I got into The Count of Monte Cristo, I could not put it down!  Thanks to those who encouraged me to persevere.  My husband and kids didn’t get much face time with me last weekend as I read the scintillating last 200 pages.

After those three massive tomes this summer, I’m planning to do lighter reading this fall.  With CBS starting back up and homeschooling duties, I will probably just do my annual read-through of the complete works of Jane Austen (it’s not fall without the company of Marianne Dashwood and her passion for dead leaves!) and enjoy read-alouds with the kids.  We’re finishing Farmer Boy and have started Mary Poppins.

If our blog’s Chesterton references have piqued your interest in GK Chesterton, here’s a systematic reading plan through the American Chesterton Society.  (HT: Like Mother, Like Daughter)  If I get time for serious reading, it’s going to be some Chesterton!

Are your fall activities starting up?  What are you reading this fall?

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5 Responses to Hidden Art Friday

  1. Elsa says:

    I hope you’ll post more about Mary Poppins when you are done! I haven’t read it, but B. says it’s pretty creepy and that Mary Poppins is much witchier than Disney would suggest.

  2. Emily says:

    She’s definitely much grumpier than Julie Andrews!

  3. Sara (Kosik) says:

    Emily, what translation did you read of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’? I tried to pick it up a few years back and couldn’t find any version fluid enough to enjoy reading…the sentence structure seemed as clunky as trying to ride a bicycle with octagonal wheels.

    • Emily says:

      You know, it’s an ebook, so I actually don’t know the translator. I know what you mean about bad translations–they especially bug me in French novels, because I sometimes can see how the sentence would have worked in French but is awkward in English. Wouldn’t it be nice to just be able to read all the classics in their original language?! 🙂

  4. Christie says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning the post!

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