The KING’S Christmas List by Eldon Johnson

(For this review I received this book for free through

I thought this book was a great book about giving. I know that it is a Christmas book but I really think that it could be an all year round book on giving. This book uses a little girl named Emma and her dog Shu-Shu who go on an adventure to go to the King’s Birthday party. Along the way they meet people who are in need who they help out. I loved how at the end of the book that there were suggestion as to how to give. This book also shows how kids that they don’t have to be a certain age to give. That there are things all around them that they can give to others in need. It doesn’t have to be anything but just something that you already have that maybe you don’t need anymore or have more of.  My 4 year daughter loved that it was a little girl in the story. I also think that it helped her relate to the story more.  I think this is a book that we will remain on our book shelves not just all year round but for many years to come.  I hope that it shows my kids how to give to others  on a daily basis and not just at certain times of the year.


So here we are in 2011! A new adventure awaits this year! This year I have decided to just pick a word to use for now. No scripture yet but I am sure that when the time is right there will be one. If you haven’t figured it out this years word is


Something I don’t see to have a lot of. This year due to school, work, and family Christopher and I have decided to say no to a lot of things that we would normal say yes too. This year we will be focusing on getting through school, work, and being a family. This means that we are saying no to lots of things. Like I will not be working in the nursery  at church starting after April. This is because I feel that I will need that time to either be studying or spend time with Christopher and the kids. We are slowing things down.

So if you ask for the next 18 months and we say not it isn’t personal we are just getting through this short term important life changing part of life.

I want to find time in the mess of chaos to work out on a regular schedule, have a hour a week to just me, nope I don’t get that right now and have time with Jesus everyday. This means no school work, no husband or kids, and no house work. Just me doing what I want to do.

So this is what this year is about margin.

How about you? What are you working for in 2011?