I was missing in action here on the blog earlier this week as our daughters and I got to accompany my husband on a work-related trip to Asheville, NC.
We were blessed with beautiful weather! My husband and the girls went ziplining on Monday, then we visited the Biltmore House and Gardens on Tuesday.
I’m also excited that I was able to read a few more books this month! Here are the five that I read; only the first one was on my 2016 reading list.
- Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence. This book is all about preparing your teens to leave home. My favorite chapter dealt with helpful skills we can develop to communicate effectively with our teenagers. The authors also explained changes to look for and embrace, offered advice on preparing them to make decisions and build relationships, and how we transition into guiding and influencing our children instead of telling them exactly what to do.
- Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman. Emily reminds us to embrace the small, the ordinary, and the every day; see the beauty in simple moments; and set aside time to let our souls breathe.
- Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford. I’d read Rachel’s previous book, Hands Free Mama, but I have to say that I really prefer this book to the first one. I highlighted a number of passages (and already shared this quote). The nine habits she develops throughout the book are all key principles for developing a well-balanced life. I love the personal stories she uses to illustrate each of the habits, and I left the book with a new realization of the importance of relationships.
- Meet the New You by Elisa Pulliam. You can read my complete review of this book here.
- Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart. Okay, this fiction book is not as dramatic as the title sounds. It’s a small town mystery that I enjoyed reading while we were on our trip earlier this week. I hope to read the second one in the series soon.
Have you read any good books lately?