Much to Enjoy

Reading List for 2010 January 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mabfaerie @ 7:37 am


Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
Last Child In the Woods by Richard Louv 
It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey

The Minds of Boys by Michael Gurian

The Purpose of Boys by Michael Gurian

Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax [just loved his book Boys Adrift]

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better by John Holt

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated? By Alfie Kohn

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Henry Cloud

The Mom Factor by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Enough by Adam Hamilton


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Little French Girl Anne Douglas Sedgwick

Hotel on Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

My Antonia – Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

The Good Earth – Pearl Buck

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Voyagers’ Stone by Kraske

Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume

Airman By Eoin Colfer

Author Louisa May Alcott: Little Women [re-reading], Little Men, Jo’s Boys, Eight Cousins, An Old-Fashioned Girl, and The Inheritance.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamerlain

The Four Seasons by Mary Alice Monroe

Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards

Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry

Dogwood by Chris Fabry

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Sophie Kinsella

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

Also like to re-read books by John Steinbeck: The Pearl, East of Eden, Sweet Thursday, and Grapes of Wrath.

Finally read aloud to the boys Robin Hood.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Evelina by Frances Burney



Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
Triangular Road: A Memoir by Paule Marshall
Chewing the Cud by Dick King-Smith

Little Women: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen

Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Stones Into School by Greg Mortenson [loved Three Cups of Tea]

Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller [probably to be followed by a re-reading of all Ayn Rand’s books]

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

John Adams by John McCullough and also by John McCullough: Truman and Morning on Horseback.

There is No Me Without You by Melissa Faye Greene

U.S. Grant by Joan Waugh

Easy Company Soldier by Don Malarkey

Beyond Band of Brothers by Dick Winters

Woodrow Wilson by John Milton Cooper Jr.

Horse Soldier by Dough Stanton

King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher

Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Soldier’s Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb

With the Lightnings by David Drake

Glory Road by Robert Heinlein

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Otherness by David Brin

The Robin Hood series by Stephen Lawhead [Hood, Scarlet and Tuck]

Empire and Hidden Empire books by Orson Scott Card


Walt Whitman

Langston Hughes

Robert Frost

Kahlil Gibran

Anna Akhmatova

William Blake


Thoughts on having a baby November 10, 2009

Filed under: Baby,Family — mabfaerie @ 8:11 am

It has been very interesting to have the boys as old as they are: seven and five years old because they understand so much and yet they don’t about pregnancy and the upcoming baby addition to our family.

They are very concern that I eat and do what is good for the baby.  No over doing the desserts Mom as that isn’t good for the baby. 

They have their opinions on names.  Solomon likes Olivia for a girl [no idea where he got that one] and Arthur for a boy [King Arthur and the Round Table story obviously and another “king” name].  Cyrus likes Rosabelle for a girl [I just don’t know how to explain that the baby is a person and not a cow] and doesn’t have a name for a boy but likes Arthur when Solomon mentioned it.

They flipflop on whether they want a girl or a boy and know they’ll be able to go with me to the ultrasound appointment to find out though it is hard to wait [around 20 week mark and I am 9 weeks along right now].

Solomon was wondering how the baby was born.  Cyrus thought the baby was cut out which I explained that some moms have c-sections to deliver their babies but I haven’t done that yet.  Then Solomon wondered if the baby came out the “bottom”?  To which I replied, “If you mean the butt then no the baby doesn’t come out that way.”  So I give a brief lesson in boy verses girl parts and that my part can accomodate babies coming out.  It seems to satisfy them for now. 

They are very interested in “watching the baby develop” in the womb.  They love to see the ticker that I have over on the right side of this blog with the picture of the baby this week and a note of what is going on right now.  I am hoping to take them to OMSI soon to show them the pregnancy/fetus development exhibit they have there.  All this has led Solomon to take a higher interest in the body which is good because it could be nice to have a son in the medical profession when grown up.


Filed under: Ramblings — mabfaerie @ 7:57 am

I got the flu after the boys and went to the ER because I got dehydrated.  While I was there I started on antibotics for another issue and the antibotics just wiped me out which is why I haven’t been posting.  I got all the side effects, couldn’t drive or do much of anything since I had zero energy.  I am so fortunate that the boys did the best they could without mom being around so much and enjoyed the best they could of no school for a week.  My brother Steven who lives with us has been a wonderful help- nice to know that even though we fought when we were younger, that we could become supportive friends when we’re adults.  We have been blessed with meals from my wonderful support group that is growing in numbers of friends.  I am truly blessed that even when I am down, others will come in to help care for us.  Thank you for your kindness!


A special announcement October 11, 2009

Filed under: Family — mabfaerie @ 9:28 am


We’re happy to announce that we’re expecting an addition to our family.  I am pregnant and feeling good so far but it is early still.  D is slowly wrapping his mind around the idea, it is hard when you’re in an alternate reality [Iraq] to fully know and appreciate what is happening here in the states.  The boys kind of get it but since we have been trying for so long that they sort of lost their excitement but I am sure they will be overjoyed about being wonderful brothers to a wee one.  I am due in June and as I know more, I’ll share the details…


October 5, 2009

Filed under: Cyrus,Ramblings — mabfaerie @ 12:58 pm



Cyrus swinging on the swing as we wait for Solomon to get out of school.

Both Cyrus and Solomon are doing well at their new school in Kindergarten [Cyrus goes half days] and 1st grade.  I am finally getting used to the new schedule and enjoying the time to get some things done and the afternoons with Cyrus.


October 1, 2009

Filed under: Portland Living,Snapshots — mabfaerie @ 3:45 pm


Been raining off and on today with a little chill to the air- I think Fall has arrived and we should all celebrate with some soup!



Filed under: Quote — mabfaerie @ 2:03 pm

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” –Robert A. Heinlein


Words to live by…