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Quote Collector #1 August 31, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:25 pm

My mom is da mom. She never had another life, like my dad, who was probably secretly a gung fu action hero spymaster assassin before he was a dad. She was always a mom—she was practically born that way—but that’s okay. (from Alvin-Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look)

I know this is the third time I’ve used this quote, but it’s the one I feel speaks the most to who I am at this stage in my life. I’m just a mom. I don’t remember ever having another life. Motherhood is just who I am. I thought for our anniversary week, I’d let you in on a little bit of who I am by sharing twenty random facts about me.

1. I live in a mid-sized west Texas town. I’ve lived here forever. My family has lived here forever. We don’t plan on moving ever. I genuinely feel sorry for people who have never tasted Bluebell ice cream or really good Mexican food. If you came here to visit and I really wanted you to understand about my town, I would take you to a high school football game.

2. Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book. My husband and I took a trip to Prince Edward Island on our first wedding anniversary so I could enjoy all of the beauties of the setting of that book. I hope to be able to take my children to the settings of their favorite books….unless they take place on other planets. Then I’ll have to get creative.

3. The thing I’m most afraid of is loss. But I’m also kind of afraid of birds.

4. The thing I’m most embarrassed about is that I didn’t go to college. Almost all of my best friends have masters degrees, PhDs or MDs. My husband has a degree in Biblical text. Someday I hope to get a degree in history.

5. My husband and I own a landscaping and irrigation business. It is extremely hard work to own a business.

6. I am a fledgling user of both Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace system and Marla Ciley’s Flylady system. I am a work in progress.

7. I have a really good memory for quotes both in books and movies. I can recall an appropriate quote from something I’ve seen or read for almost every conversation I’m in. I often refrain from doing this or intentionally fudge on a quote so people won’t think I’m a nerd. I’ll say, “I can’t remember the exact wording. It’s something like…” But I really can remember the exact wording. And I can quote an astonishing amount from FRIENDS and You’ve Got Mail.

8. When I was a teenager I thought I wanted to be a missionary when I grew up. I was going to go to Romania and work with orphans. I think I would really like to go with my children on short term mission trips someday.

9. My favorite sound is that of biting into a really crisp apple. I really like Pink Lady and Fugi apples, but Honey Crisp are the best, hands down.

10. Sometimes, like when my house is really messy, I fantasize about checking into a nice hotel just so I can rest in a clutter-free place where someone else makes the bed.

11. I love dasies and roses. All kinds of dasies, all colors of roses.

12. I started collecting baby names in pencil on the back page of my DayRunner when Jon asked me to marry him. Benjamin was one of the names I penciled in.

13. I actually crave the ocean. I miss it so much my chest hurts sometimes. My family always used to vacation at South Padre Island, but we haven’t been in seven or eight years now. I want to see Benjamin play in the surf, to teach him how to make a good sandcastle, to let him string shells on fishing line to make a necklace for me, to show him how to send his footprints to the other side of the world…

14. I am really good at making pies. I do not like to cook but I love to bake.

15. If I die young, I plan to have my organs donated. If I die old, I’d like for my body to be donated to a medical or physical therapy school. I think it’s just amazing that we have options like this in this century.

16. I do not own an ipod.

17. I want to be a children’s book author. When I was seven I wrote my first book, a pop-up book titled Wolves I Have Known.

18. Whenever I write overtly Christian blog posts, I fear people will stop reading because they do not share my faith. But it is so much a part of who I am that I cannot not include Christ in my posts. I hope the readers of this blog are never offended by this.

19. I love it when people comment on blog posts. Especially when strangers comment.

20. You can read more about me and my family on my personal blog though I do not update it very often.


Wonderful Ideas August 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:41 pm

I want to say that wonderful ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes you make a mistake, or break something, or lose a hat, and the next thing you know, you get a great idea. (from Max Makes A Million by Maira Kalman)

This week (Thursday) will mark one year of posting children’s book quotes on this blog. We have posted a quote for every day since September 2, 2009. I know of only about four quotes that have been posted more than once on this site and that makes me proud. When I began this blog, I wasn’t sure I could really find one for every day. I thought I knew there was a lot of wisdom out there in the realm of children’s literature, but I truly had no idea. Sometimes a line in the silliest of books will jump off the page and speak to something in my life. Sometimes, they’re not so much wise as just too fun not to share. I am constantly amazed at the brilliance of children’s book authors. I marvel at their ability to put things so simply, so charmingly. Increasingly, I think this this blog is a wonderful idea and I hope to keep it going for years and years.

This week I want to celebrate with you. I confess that my curiosity has gotten the best of me and I just can’t stand not knowing who you are. Who is reading this? I track the stats, so I know it’s not just the handful of you who have posted comments. I am prepared to bribe you into commenting by offering a give away this week. This is your teaser warning to keep reading for the rest of the week.

Here’s what will happen this week: I will continue to post quotes daily. Additionally, on Tuesday and Wednesday  I will tell you a little about myself and Shanna so you can get to know us better. Thursday I will offer a chance to win one of two prizes if you comment on the post. Friday night I will track the stats from the week. If we reach a certain magic number of views that I have in my head, I will add a third prize to the give-away. Saturday I will announce the two (or three!) winners chosen by a randomizer.

Thanks for reading. Please, send your friends this way!


Never Entirely Separate August 29, 2010

Filed under: Young Adult — Shanna @ 11:11 pm

And because we have known each other, we can never be entirely separated. (from Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle)

I can’t add anything to this quote today that won’t be a little on the blubbery side (I actually started my journey to Boston today).  So I’m just going to let it speak for itself.  But, you know.


A Firm Foothold August 28, 2010

Filed under: Young Adult — Shanna @ 10:32 pm

I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.  (from The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein)

Since I’m leaving for Boston tomorrow, I’ve been spending much of this week savoring my home town.  I’ve eaten at all of my favorite local restaurants, I’ve enjoyed time with friends and family, and I’ve enjoyed riding my horses.  And it has been wonderful!  I’ve loved every minute of the time I’ve spent soaking up this place that is safe and comfortable, and now I feel fortified as I wander far from home.  I’m glad that this place has been my home for so long.  I’m glad to have a firm foothold in the world.


No matter where August 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:20 pm

Look up at this starry sky. We are like those shining stars, Ruby. We will be under this same sky, no matter where we are. You remember that. (from Love, Ruby Lavendar by Deborah Wiles)

For Shanna, who is moving to Boston. There are some Texans who will miss you a lot. But I have determined not to write a melodramatic post that will cause our readers to roll their eyes while we both dry ours.


Awaker August 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:29 pm

One mosquito can keep me “awaker” than a bad conscience. (from Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery)

I have a mosquito bite on my middle toe, the little piggy who had roast beef. I am very awake. I am quite annoyed.

But then, I remember someone telling me once to be grateful for the little pains and itches that remind us we are alive. So I am trying to be thankful, if not for mosquitoes, for life and the feeling of it.


Didn’t quite trust

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 12:00 am


Mrs. Lynde looked as if she didn’t quite trust foreordination. (from Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery)


Nothing moves faster August 24, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 9:27 pm

Once they started crawling, his father said that all heck broke loose, because nothing moves faster than a tiny, determined toddler heading toward a breakable or swallowable object. (from Mudshark by Gary Paulsen)

Glass, pennies, antacids, razor blades, a bottle of black ink, dry-erase markers, lipstick. These are the things my toddler is attracted to. He seems to have a sixth sense that tells him when one of these things is left within his reach. And now that he is a proficient climber, everything is within his reach.


The Cool Thing August 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:03 pm

The cool thing about Mudshark was that he not only had information, he knew how to use it.

(from Mudshark by Gary Paulsen)


Deadlines August 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 5:15 pm

Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face. (from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan)

In exactly one week, I will be in a big moving truck with my dad and my dog on my way to the next chapter of my life in Boston. One week. One. That means that I have about five and a half days to finish sorting and packing. One week to finish saying goodbye to everyone that I love, including my horses. I’ve known this deadline was looming for a while now, but suddenly it feels much more real.