this would include both reading and writing. as for the writing portion, my annual failed resolution is always about writing more things down on paper. thoughts, ideas, struggles, daily routines, to-do lists, funny things kids say (like an hour ago when asher saw me picking up pine needles from the floor and said, “look! christmas crumbs!” love it.), etc. then, like always, i end up with different journals and calendars and scraps of paper everywhere. my current system is a day planner with lots of space. everything from dr’s appointments to dates to travels to all to-do lists fit in this one book. i’ve been using it for a few months, and while there are a few too many blank weeks for my taste, it’s working better than anything else i’ve tried.
there is also another journal that is going to find it’s way into my daily-ish routine. a journal that keeps track of a large and significant portion of our lives but that doesn’t lend itself to discussion in a space like this. though our ministry/church experience is only 6+ years old there is so much we’ve learned, things we wish we were told in school (or at least given a heads-up on), struggles that tested relationships and faith, wonderful things seen and learned, and a bit of wackiness, too.
and finally, the book list. last year i thought i’d try 52 books in 52 weeks. i topped out at 34 books. when i went back and found lists from previous years, the tally was about the same. but regardless of whether or not i have a target number, i always always read more when i have a list of things i want to read. many of the books on the 2011 list are taken from last year’s and i’ll add as i go.
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael – Elisabeth Elliot
Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror – Michael Scheuer
Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School – Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Homeschool: An American History – Milton Gaither
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to Face With Modern-Day Slavery – E. Benjamin Skinner
Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God – John Frame
Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling – Andy Crouch
Counterfeit Gods – Tim Keller
Idols of the Heart – Elyse Fitzpatrick
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Home: A Novel – Marilynne Robinson
The Sherlockian – Graham Moore