That’s what we did today … diddley. We took a family vote this morning about attending a water ski show. Only one person gave it a thumbs up. (Sorry, Ben.) Instead, I started my morning on the back deck, drinking coffee in my jammies … until 11! It was awesome! I don’t think my boys dressed until 2 or after. It was truly a day of R, R, & R … rest, relaxation, and reading.

Mike read “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. He’ll finish it in the next hour or so and I’ll let him report on it.

Kadi finished reading “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks and is now making her way through “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. I’ll let her report later too.

I read Julie Klassen’s debut novel, “Lady of Milkweed Manor.” It released in January and I had every intention of reading it sooner. I met Julie at a speaking engagement on December 1st and she sent me an early copy of the book. It was fabulous!!! In fact, the first person to post a comment here saying they want the book will get it! I have to tell you though, you will cry! Seriously cry. I think it was a bit of divine intervention that I read it this week. If you recall, the first night of our staycation we had a wonderful monarch butterfly experience. If you know about monarchs then you probably know that they eat milkweed. There are several butterfly references and beautiful imagery with the butterflies and milkweed. Near the end of the book, there were even two quotes from Journey North, the site I recommended in my original post of the staycation.

Here’s the backcover copy of Lady of Milkweed Manor

Even a proper vicar’s daughter can make a mistake … and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall. To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face-to-face with a suitor from her past-a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love. But netiher can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

That’s all for today ~ More adventure tomorrow!