Books Read in April 2016

In spite of the crazy month of April, I managed to read A LOT. This is because I was able to take advantage of the many snippets of wait time that I had, especially while Andrew was a soccer practice and CCD or waiting to hear about Michael.

Books Read in April 2016

Image by publicdomainpictures (2013) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman. Good book! It is a part of a series of books that includes Plain Pursuit.

Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman. I think I liked this even better than Plain Paradise! I got both of these books from the library and I am so glad that I did.

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid. There are some good points to this story but, sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book that much. I gave the book two (2) stars in my review which you can read here.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I have been wanting to read this book for a while and finally got a chance! It was pretty good. You can read my review of the book here.

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber. This is a sweet book. I really enjoyed this story.

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia. I read this with Andrew. It was one of his history books but we would up reading it for pleasure, too. It is a good book!

The Secret by Beverly Lewis. I used to be a fan of her books but now I just find them a little over the top. I just couldn’t get into this book and wound up just turning the pages to get it done.

Salad Recipes: Super foods Kale. It was free so I snagged a copy because I keep hearing how good kale is. I’ve used it in a few smoothie recipes but this book also has recipes for salads and main dishes that I want to try.

Fast and Easy Clean Eating Cookbook by Heather Choate. This book as some good looking recipes that I want to try. The tone of the book is a little dry and repetitive but there are good suggestions on going organic on a budget, and how to easily incorporate clean eating into your diet.

For Mercie’s Sake by Sharon Srock. In some ways, this book is very sad but also inspiring.

How to Say No: 10 Steps to Saying No by Matthew Lewis Browne. This book was okay. There was a lot of repetition but there were some snippets of takeaways.

Looking at this list, I have a little bit of a theme: Amish love-inspired novels and cookbooks. LOL! What have you been reading lately? Do share in the comments!

As for May, I don’t have any specific book planned, and I doubt I will read as much as I did this month!, but I do want to try and read at least a few books. We will see what happens. 🙂

***********************

Tweetable: Books Worth Reading!

Goals for 2016

Like many others, I have spend some time last week reflecting on how I did with my 2015 goals and planning for the new year. I didn’t do too bad with my goals last year; however, finishing up school sucked up most of my time and energy that most of the goals were put aside. Thankfully, I graduated in May (with high honors!) and took a much needed break.

One big thing that I was able to do was self-publish a prayer journal, Catholic Prayer Journal for Women. It was quite a learning experience and I plan to do more (see below).

Goals for 2016

Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

In any case, for 2016, I am streamlining my goal setting and keeping them (hopefully!) short and actionable. Here they are:

Marriage Goals

  • Have a date night with Michael at least once a month
  • Read one book on marriage per month
  • Write Michael a love note at least once a month

Motherhood Goals

  • Read at least one book to Andrew per month (Now that he is reading so well on his own, this is falling by the wayside and I don’t want to let that happen anymore.)
  • Write Andrew a love note at least once per month (hat tip to Crystal Paine for the idea)

Personal Goals

  • Exercise/stretch at least 3 times per week
  • Do one bible study a month

Business Goals

  • Officially launch my self-publishing company
  • Create/Write one journal or book per month
  • Write 3 blog posts per week
  • Do daily “Mercy Moment” Periscope, Monday through Friday (more on that soon)

Financial Goals

  • Save at least $10 per month
  • Create a monthly budget with Michael and stick with it!

That’s it. My biggest goal is to be consistent in following these goals! On Wednesday, I will share my three words for 2016. Now its your turn. What are your goals for 2016? I’d love to know so please do share in the comments!

************

Tweetable: Goals for 2016

Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

I know I am putting this out extra early since it isn’t even Christmas yet; however, I am starting my yearly blogging break starting next week and I didn’t want to wait until January to put this up.

Thus, without further ado, here it goes:

Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

Image by SorbyPhoto (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Saints and Feasts

January 1:  Mary, Mother of God (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

January 1: First Friday Devotions (optional)

January 2:  Sts. Basil & Gregory, priest (obligatory)

January 2: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

January 3: Epiphany observed in United States (solemnity)

January 4: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (obligatory memorial)

January 5: St. John Neumann, bishop (obligatory memorial)

January 6: Official feast day for Epiphany  (Solemnity)

January 6: St Andre Bessette, religious (optional memorial)

January 7: St. Raymond of Pennafort, religious (optional memorial)

January 10: Baptism of the Lord (feast)

January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, religious (optional memorial)

January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Fabian, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Sebastian, martyr (optional memorial)

January 21: St. Agnes, martyrs, virgin and martyr (obligatory memorial)

January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (United States)

January 23: St. Vincent of Zaragossa, deacon and martyr (optional memorial)

January 23: St. Marianne Cope, Virgin (optional memorial)

 January 25: Conversion of Saint Paul (feast)

January 26: Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops (obligatory memorial)

January 27: St. Angela Merici, religious (optional memorial)

January 28: St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Childhood of Jesus.

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

**********

Tweetable: Saints and Feasts in January 2016