This and That, December 11, 2017

Things were a little quiet on the blog here recently because we’ve been busy, busy, busy.

Colonoscopy, Oh Yeah!

I finally got to schedule and have my colonoscopy.  I know colonoscopies are not that exciting for most people, but I was overjoyed to finally get this done!  Because my dad died of colon cancer in his late 30s, I should have a colonoscopy every five years.  (I had my first one at 29.)  It had been 6.5 years, and I was getting really anxious to get it done.  The last thing I want to do is wait too long for my colonoscopy and find out I have cancer.  So, I had the colonoscopy on Tuesday, and everything went perfectly.  Even better, they didn’t find any polyps.  Yay!

Cookies Galore

The girls had to bake 8 dozen cookies to sell as a fund raiser for their American Heritage Girls troop.  Making the cookies, bagging them, and labeling the ingredients took the better part of a day.  But we had fun.

Therapy

Two of my kids started private speech therapy last week, and also, our child with autism started occupational therapy.  I’m very grateful that these providers come to our house.  That is a little less running for us.

Christmas Presents

My mom flew into town last weekend, but she came with a cold, so she was out of commission for a few days.  Then, I took a day or two to rebound from my colonoscopy, and then it was time to bake cookies with the girls.

However, I used the end of the week to organize all of the Christmas presents that we have so far and make a list of what we still need to get.  (Every year, my husband and I save all of our wrapping for December 24th, and it’s so.not.fun., so this year my goal is to finish much earlier.)

Decluttering

Also, I started decluttering our house.  This year has been so busy and chaotic that the house seriously needs to be decluttered.  My goal is to take one hour every day to declutter.  I think most of it should be done by the time my mom leaves at this pace.

How is your holiday season going?

The Delusion by Laura Gallier: A Book Review

Imagine if you took a drink from a well in the woods of your land because a man you do not know was there and kept pestering you to drink the water.  When you look down at the well, it is dry, but when the man pulls up the bucket, it’s full of clear water.  Once you take a drink, you get a serious stomach cramp and think you might die.

Surprisingly, you make it through the night, but when you wake up, your reality is completely different.  Almost all the people you know and love have shackles and chains on.  They have shackles around their necks and cords coming out of their heads.  When you look closer, you see their vices written on the cords, and the names of those who have impacted their lives and added a chain to their being.

As if all of that is not bad enough, you start seeing beings that you name Creepers.  Creepers are hideous beings that attach to human beings’ chains and feed on their vices.  So, if a person is feeling down, worthless, and hopeless, a Creeper with “Suicide” written on him attaches to that human and whispers to the person all the reasons why they should commit suicide.

Such is the world that Owen Edmond’s wakes up to after he drinks the water in Laura Gallier’s new book, The Delusion.  For a long time, he worries that he is psychotic.  However, he finds some good things in his new reality.  There are some humans that he calls “Lights”, who do not have shackles and cords; instead, they emanate a light that repels the Creepers.  In addition, Owen finds beings doing good, who he calls Watchmen.

Within this new reality, Owen sets out to save the ones he loves from destruction.  It’s certainly not an easy task.

My Thoughts on This Book

I’m normally not a fan of this kind of book, but I really liked The Delusion.  Not only was it an interesting story, but it made me realize how easily are thoughts, especially our negative thoughts, can shape us and drive our behavior.

In addition, if we have faith, we can overcome much more than we realize.  I plan to have my 13 year old read this now that I’ve finished.  There is much to be learned here about the power of your thoughts.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.

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