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Hey Carmen, great summary! I love your posts on books. I got a few ideas of things to read from there in the past. I am also an avid reader always with my nose in a book.

I got a Kindle for Christmas and I love it! The first thing I did was download the final book of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay. I think it was on your website that I first heard of it. I got the other two from the library, but the waiting list is so long, it takes forever. So I bought it and don't regret it. Actually, I bought all three books so I can go back and reread them. Amazing series.

I am now reading something a friend recommended. I think you would like it. It's called Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It's set in the 1930's, characters are in a traveling circus.

I also read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which I might have seen here. Awesome!

Happy 2011!!


Revenge is an all time favorite, the award winning post still touches me, Dinner in our house was perfect and Smitty was the best comic relief of the year! Keep posting I need to keep reading. Happy New Year Carmen!


Happy New Year to you!


Happy New Year!


Happy New Year, Carmen!!! I keep coming back over and over for your honesty. I downloaded the kindle app on my phone because of you. It's not very big on the phone but man is it nice to get little snippets of reading in while waiting at basketball practice or bball games or during kids' school work or, or, or. Many blessings and progress to you in the new year!


Happy New Year!

Laura Horner

I loved it! I read all your posts, and it was fun to revisit some of them. Many of them touched me when they were written, several of them reassured me that I'm not as crazy as I'm sometimes sure I am, and all of them were just entertaining to read. Thank you for what must have been a labor-intense "blog year in review." I look forward to a good 2011 (my hubby got a GREAT job he's been wanting for a long time in Nov.), and your blog posts will be part of my internet routine. Lovin' it, Carmen!


Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for writing!


Your refreshing honesty about parenting a large family keeps me hopeful for our (someday)(please God!) large family.

I like you Carmen. Keep on keeping on.


I had managed to miss a few of those

A Simple Twist of Faith

Happy New Year, Carmen. Thank you for all your help as I started my blog. I wish I could go to Blissdom with you. Maybe next year!


I read them all and am looking forward to more in 2011. :)


Thank you for another year of touching stories, entertainment, information and friendship from afar. Another year of recipes, fabulous photos and vicarious travel. A year of tears and laughter, concern and relief.

Here's to you and yours in 2011, with many thanks for your inspiring writing, and my hope that the year brings you everything you wish for.

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution who rarely sleeps and loves coffee and happens to have six outstanding awesome, incredibly loud and opinionated kids who are always right no matter what. Her passions include Zumba, hiking, photography, homeless ministry, reading, cooking, and spending time at the beach as often as possible. She's a college student studying to be a social worker who works as a Barista. State of mind? Tired, y'all.