Thursday, September 30, 2010

Little B(aby)vO


Yesterday, we got to see little Baby vanOosten moving around - though, not so much moving around as sleeping and kicking my bladder. We also found out that the little one is a little man. I guess we're just following the trend of our friends (and family) of eldest child being a boy?

Monday, September 27, 2010

What I did Last Week

This past week was a very busy one at work - I did about 13 hours of overtime - half of which was to sell books at Mr Samuel T Martin's book signings. Some evidence that I was indeed there:

Professor Emeritus and Author Hugh Cook shares a review of Sam's newly published book (above).
Sam answers questions from the crowd (bel0w).

Monday, September 20, 2010

From the Redeemer Chaplain:

Redeemer student Amber Applegate left "her earthly tent" at 10 pm Saturday to be with the Lord. We're deeply grieved that such a beautiful, young life has ended so soon, while also thankful that her suffering was not prolonged. She is now with the One who declared "I am the resurrection and the life."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Last winter, a young Redeemer woman was diagnosed with leukemia. After a successful bone marrow transplant from her sister, she seemed to be on the mend as the cancer started to go into remission. Earlier this summer, it was back with a vengeance and she spent much of her time in an induced coma to allow her body to use all of its strength to fight back. This week, her condition has deteriorated to the point where her family made the difficult decision to take her off of her respirator yesterday afternoon. They say that no news is good news, and as of yet we have not received another update from our university chaplain. Please keep this young woman and her family in your prayers, as well as her former dormmates who are going about the business of keeping up with their day to day school work in the midst of this.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Another Renkema Miracle Child

A few weeks ago, we all gathered in Orono to celebrate the baptism of my tiny newest little nephew, Isaac Aaron Renkema. It was a particularly joyful event to attend because of the circumstances of his birth - 13 weeks premature. Yesterday, little Isaac turned 4 months, and is a healthy and beautiful child. We're so pleased to have him as part of the family!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Suggestions for Book Clubs

I'm cleaning up the livingroom right now and came across a handout from a CLEAR event at Redeemer on Bookclubs. I don't want to lose this list, but neither do I want to keep this paper around. So, here's the list, for you as much as for me.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Small Island by Andrea Levy
The Factory Voice by Jeanette Lynes
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrow
October by Richard B Wright
Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
A Reading Diary: A Year of Favourite Books by Alberto Manguel
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Suite Francais by Irene Nemerovsky
Unfinished Desires by Gail Goodwin
The White Tiger by A. Adiga
The Emmigrants by W.G. Sebald
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Peace Like a River by Lief Enger
The Day the Falls Stood Still by C.M. Buchanan
Little Bee by Richard Cleave
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
The Tontine by T. Costain
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Outlander by Gil Adamson
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
City of Thieves by David Benioff
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Power of One by Bryce Courtney
Run by Ann Pachett
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner
Middlemarch by George Eliot
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koeslter
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Say You Are One Of Them by Uwem Akpan
Home and Gilead by Marilyn Robinson
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
Going Home - Jesus and Buddha as Brothers by Thich Nhat Hanh
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre
Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole
No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Consequences by Penelope Lively
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
White Banners by Lloyd C. Douglas
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Good to a Fault by Makina Endicott
Born Twice by Giuseppe Pontiggia