Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Together on Tuesdays: 1

Annette @ This Simple Home and Dorie from These Grace Filled Days are hosting a meme for the summer months called Together on Tuesdays. I'm going to participate because, well, I know and like Annette very much! :) And because I think they've picked some fun topics to discuss over the course of the next few months, when we're all traveling and feeling a bit more laid back in the blog-o-sphere. (To learn more about Together on Tuesdays, click the title I just linked to and you'll see the list of topics to be discussed.) LINK UP your own post at This Simple Home.

Today is an introduction, of sorts. Apparently our job today is to introduce ourselves! So, without further ado . . .

Who am I? That's actually a hard question to answer in an online forum. But here is a little snippet, for any newbies:

I am a stay-at-home mom to three children, all under the age of five. I have two boys and one little girl. I refer to my children online as the "bookworms." Why? Well, because we love to read and Living Like a Narnian is an outgrowth of that love. My original "home" on the web is Reading to Know: book reviews from a Christian worldview. Reading is indeed my passion and I relate much of life through the books I read.

Favorite reads:

* The Mysterious Benedict Society (linked to review)
* any book by Lucy Maud Montgomery
* The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

Every July I host the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge. That's comin' right up and I invite you to join in! You can learn more about it by reading last year's introduction post. I hope you'll consider it.

Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge

I do blog most regularly at Reading to Know. Living Like a Narnian is an extension of every day life which flows out of thoughts and/or ideas from the books I've read. Are you getting the idea that I value books?! If these two sites were not enough, I also am a staff contributor at 5 Minutes for Books. I blog about books with a team of other women over there.

I recently celebrated seven years of marriage with my husband, Jonathan. That may seem like a small number, but we've packed a lot of big stuff into those seven years! Most recently, we were smoked out of house and home for a few months during the early part of this year. That was an adventure, to be sure! Here is a picture of us that was taken a few weeks ago, during a rare overnight getaway:

When I'm not reading (and blogging about it), I spend my time with my children and tending to home. I love to cook and bake. Our family has also planted our first garden this year! Most of the plants we are growing on our deck (for fear and threat of deer), but they are doing rather well. I've been using something called the EarthBox. (Ever heard of them? As a friend of mine likes to say, they are "a-MAZE-ing." They work wonders on plants.) Here's a picture of my snap peas, which exceeded the cage trellis I put in for them. They are mass producing these days, which is just fabulous! I love eating the fruits (or vegetables) of our own labor! It's an incredible feeling.

First and foremost though, I label myself a Christian, as Jesus Christ is Lord of my life. If I want you to know anything about me at all, it is that. It is the most important thing for you to know, as my belief and worldview will generally tell you all of the details of me which I have left out. I am not perfect and do not claim to be. I am a sinner in need of a savior. I am grateful to have been saved by grace and I purpose to follow Christ in all that I say and do. (Some days I succeed more than others, but I press on.) My favorite musical artist is Steven Curtis Chapman and this is my favorite song of his which reflects my own feelings on this topic.

And that, my friends, is a general snapshot of the things I like and care about. In the spirit of Together on Tuesdays, I'm now off to learn about some of you! Thank you for stopping by.


  1. I totally forgot about that happening today. I guess my post will be up tomorrow.......

    Loved learning more about you. I think I was actually at the same point when I had been married 7 years (we just celebrated 10 years, and my boys are 7 now).

  2. I think I pretty much knew all of this, except the exact number of years you were married, so I guess that means I've known you a while. :-D

  3. Oh, that's smart to keep your goodies up on the deck! I am wondering if our three blueberry bushes will be eaten by the birds. (We didn't protect...)

    We're slightly ahead of you in years...almost 9...but our kids match beautifully...now if only they could meet.

    You're sweet to give me the credit for linking up! :) Thanks!

  4. Your plants look wonderful! I may have to invest in some Earthboxes! :)

    I am VERY excited about Narnia month! I've been working hard to clear out my review books, so maybe I can finish up the series this year.

  5. Garden fresh vegetables are a favorite of mine, too. It is amazing the difference in taste! I just told my husband yesterday that I will be sad to have to buy lettuce again (our lettuce plants are almost all done until fall). Those earthboxes are fascinating. I have never heard of them, and your plants look fabulous. Definitely gonna keep them in mind for next year. Thanks for linking up, it is great to get to know you better. All credit for the topics should go to Annette - she thought of some great themes and I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead, as well.

  6. Very fun idea! It's interesting to see what people choose to tell about themselves in an introduction, isn't it?? :)

  7. I am very intrigued by the EarthBoxes, but am trying to remind myself that there's no such thing as a miracle garden (that will allow me to ignore it for two weeks when things get busy.)

    One of the things that forced me to conclude that an acreage is something I might want but shouldn't have is my failure at gardening. Almost every year, I start my container garden with great intentions--but then state shows up or I lose some sleep or whatnot and my plants die (or go to seed) before I've gotten back on the wagon.

  8. I am impressed by your garden. I have no threat of deer but I doubt a garden would survive my 4 kids. :)

  9. It's so nice to see a picture of you.

    The Earth boxes sound interesting. I'll have to look them up.