Sunday, June 23, 2013

Book Review: Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Dianna Wallis Taylor

Claudia has lived a very sheltered life all her childhood until one day when her world is completely turned upside down and she is taken to live in the Roman palace with the emperor.  Her whole life has been dictated to her by the rulers of Rome and she must either comply happily or face the harsh consequences. It seems as though finally something good is coming her way, when she is ordered to marry the handsome Lucius Pontius Pilate.
When he is ordered to govern in the territory of Judea, Claudia stands by and encourages her husband through some hard times trying to deal with the Jews and their strange laws. But when this new Rabbai comes into the picture, Claudia has to choose what to do about this mysterious man that haunts her dreams...

I really enjoyed this look into the history behind Pilate and his rule in Judea at the time of Christ. It was so interesting to see Christ and the crucifixion from a new perspective. The book really makes Bible times come alive. Although much of the story is speculation and obviously some fiction, it makes you think about what it was like at that time and I loved it!

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Aidan Turns 4

I have one very excited boy who is so excited to be four. He feels different - now he is so big and strong and brave because he's four :-) It's hard to wrap up his personality in a nut shell - it's so big. Everything is all the way with Aidan. Something is either the best in the world or the worst. If he likes someone, they are best friends and he will not stop talking, but if he decides he doesn't like someone, then he mind is made up and it's hard to change it!  He will be super excited and delighted (like when he got new shoes), or melodramatic and in agony (like now that the strap is broken on his shoe). Life is never dull - that's for sure! He loves hugs, tickles, and pretty much any time you spend with him :-)

I asked him what some of his favorite things are and here's what he had to say:

Favorite color: black
Favorite toy: My new laser
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese, yogurt and jelly and marshmallows and rolls and hot dogs and bananas and oranges and apples and sambos and what else? meatballs and marshmallows and mommy? that's all the things I like - some chocolate and hot chocolate and tea.
Fav video game: angry birds
Tv show: Bananas in Pjs, no no no Super Hero squad
Fav song: ABC
What do you want to be when you grow up: Make pizza with you mommy. I'm going to do every grown up thing, ok?

Here is the annual line up of birthday minute pics:

 Aidan James Harrison
June 2, 2009
3:07 pm

June 2, 2010
3:07 pm

June 2, 2011
3:07 pm

June 2, 2012
3:07 pm

 June 2, 2013
3:07 pm