Family Collage

Family Collage
Lots of Love in this Bunch!
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Week In Review!

Apologies for the lack in blogging lately. It's been one of those busy weeks in which the days have passed too quickly and the weekend has crept upon me.

The remedy I've found for such chaos? A book...a very good book!

It seems the more tumultuous my life becomes, the more I find comfort in reading or writing, hence the reason I stayed awake 'til midnight this week reading THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett.

One of my dearest friends, Tarah Olewski, loaned THE HELP to me a few weeks back, and now after finishing the page-turner, I understand her motivation for recommending it. Tarah knew I'd appreciate the brazen main characters, Skeeter, Minny, and Aibileen! Oh, just thinking of these characters now makes me want to start all over again. So Tarah, thank you so much for encouraging me to read this beautifully written story. Without a doubt, Stockett's debut novel has stirred every emotion possible, particularly those of true friendship and love for mankind.

Before leaving you today, I'd like to share some photos from another exciting week at the Minus household.

For me, there's an escape unimaginable in the written word. Just as the renowned Canadian laureate, Margaret Atwood, wrote in her poem, SPELLING, "a word after a word after a word is power." And after witnessing our twins, Carlie and Conner, read their very first book with 100% accuracy, I couldn't agree more with Ms. Atwood. A word after another is power!

Doing "homework" with her big brother and sisters, Courtney (in the middle chair) entertained us with her three-year-old version of MAX THE CAT.

No time for sleeping in this morning, Catie and the other cheerleaders travelled south to Bulldog Country for a fun-filled day of cheering for the midget football team!

Trae surprised our children by bringing home their favorite quarter horse from Sumter County. Conner did his best to ride Honeybun like a real cowboy and succeeded beyond epic proportions (note the toy pistol tucked beneath his belt).

During the past two months, Catie has taken riding lessons at an equestrian center in our area, and is now able to loap independently on Honeybun. Of course her love for riding horses has put a huge smile across her daddy's face. She is counting the days until SECRETARIAT, a movie based on the Triple Crown Winning horse, premieres next week on the big screen.

Catie enjoyed leading her sweet cousin, Madalyn, on Honeybun.

And just like her mommy, Courtney Erin is completely worn out from all the fun and excitement that this week had to offer! Zzz... Have a great weekend, everyone! Tory


  1. When Joel, our son, was 4 years old, we were in the car on the way home from kindergarten, and he asked me, "Daddy, how can I be really smart?"

    I blurted out, "You have to learn to love to read."

    That was a slow-motion experience for him until he was in the seventh grade and we discovered he was dyslexic. Through the help of a language retraining tutor, in 8 weeks he went from a second-grade to an 11th grade reading level. And today he's studying for his master's degree, and a voracious reader.

    Thanks for reminding your own children, as well as children of all ages, of the importance of reading. (Writing ain't too shabby, either!)

  2. What awesome pics Tory!! Glad I'm not the only one blogging at a snails pace these days:)

  3. Oh my gosh, loved those photos! Especially the last one.

  4. Hi, Andy! FYI...our dad's are roomates this week while visiting Branson w/ our church group? Can't wait to hear stories of this trip. Thanks for stopping by, and I love the story about your son. Knowledge is power!

    Oh, Lindsay...I was definitely a tortoise blogger during September! Hope to do better this month, though, so check back soon for updates on writing and the family.

    So glad you visited, Julie, and thanks for the sweet comment about Court! She's precious, isn't she?

  5. I finished reading The Help with my literary ladies group. Loved it! The pictures are way cute. What lovely children and readers too! :D

  6. Love of the photo of your daughter sleeping by the laptop. lol

  7. First hesc patient,what Neil Armstrong did for science,what Jackie Robinson did for racial tension and baseballis what TJ has done for the future of medicine