Ah–it was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I laughed out loud so many times!
I saw this delightful new book in the Sophia Institute Press catalog a few weeks ago, and when it F-I-N-A-L-L-Y came in the mail I devoured it in one night (about 2.5 hours of non-stop reading).
Cari Donaldson is currently a mother of six, a convert from nothing (with somewhat vague new-ageish leanings) to Catholicism. As she tells the story of her growing faith, she tells the story of her growing family and the fun and adventures of raising those children. She has lived in several areas of the country, as her husband’s job has transferred them to various different regions, and I found her contrasting experiences of Tennessee and Connecticut both interesting and chilling. But her humor always saves the day, even in the hostile “mission territory” of New England. I really did laugh out loud, a lot, while reading. This is unusual for me. Mrs. Donaldson’s writing style is simply delightful, and the anecdotes she relates seem larger than life–just wait till you read the story about her pre-school-aged daughter explaining the facts of life to all and sundry while out trick-or-treating one Hallowe’en!
If you’re looking for a humorous yet serious love story–the love story of a woman and God, His Church, and the husband and children He has given her–you’ll be glad you read this book. (Oh, and if you give a mouse a cookie–once you’ve read it you’ll probably want to visit Cari Donaldson’s blog and perhaps even follow her on Twitter…) Enjoy!