Things have been pretty quiet here at Naked on the Tundra this month.  While I intended to post more often, it just didn’t happen and it’s not looking good for the rest of the month either!

As you know, I’ve done a lot purging over the last year, and that included some of my favorite books.  Several of the books are a perfect read for January and since I truly appreciate all of you who read the blog regularly and share your comments on the site and on FaceBook, I’m doing a giveaway.

The first book is a book of inspirational quotes by Zig Ziglar.  I’ve been known to write quotes on index cards and put them around the house to keep me motivated and this book is filled with gems!

Zig Ziglar Inspiration

Next is a very entertaining book by Joel Salatin – perfect if you’re trying to figure out what food you need to buy!

Joel Salatin Book

This best selling book by Rick Warren is a great way to start the new year with a healthier lifestyle!

Daniel Plan

Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz wrote these best selling books on understanding the way our bodies work and how to stay healthy, young, and fit.  Two of these are audio books, which are great for those long cross town commutes!

You Books

This sweet little book by Lee Ann Womack includes a CD of the song I Hope You Dance.

I Hope You Dance

Lastly, if you’re struggling financially or would like to make better financial decisions, this book and workbook by Dave Ramsey will help you get back on track and live a life of Financial Peace!

Total Money Makeover

If you are interested in any of these books, please post a comment and let me know why this is the perfect book for you for 2016.  I will keep your comments private, so please include your mailing address.  If I have multiple requests, I will draw a random name to select the winner.  Please respond by December 27th so I can get your books to you before the New Year!


Hannah has been hanging out at a farm while I’m hanging out with the grandkids, which means I haven’t been getting my usual daily walk in.  Today I had the opportunity to do a much different exercise regimen.  It went something like this:

Does everyone have their helmet on?  Okay, turn right when you get to the bottom of the driveway, no, other way, yup, keep going.  Hey buddy, can you go in front of me instead of behind?  It really hurts when you run over my leg like that. I know you’re sorry, it’s okay.

Look, a cement truck!  Yes, let’s watch it for a while.  It’s mixing up all the cement, isn’t it?  It’s just like the ones on Mighty Machines, you’re right!  Okay, we’re going to cross the street so we don’t go where they are trying to put the cement.  I know, it’s not the spot we normally cross, but it’s okay, I will watch for cars and you’ll be fine.

Maybe it would be better not to run over sticks with your bike.  I know you like smashing them.  Pick your feet up, sweetie, it’s hard for me to push you when they’re dragging.  Okay, every body stop when you get to the green signs, okay?  Yeah, look at those giant candy canes – they would be delicious if they were real!

Hey, buddy, can you get that stick out from your wheel?  That’s probably why you’re having so much trouble getting going.  Yes, that is a garbage truck!  Sure, we can stay here and watch them for a while.  Yeah, garbage is smelly, isn’t it?  And the truck is loud!

Go left, no left, yup, that’s right.  Keep going.  No, the sidewalk doesn’t end, we’re just going to go all the way around the circle.  Oops, part of your helmut fell off, that’s okay, how about if I just carry it for you?  Pick your feet up, sweetie.  There you go.

It is pretty cold and windy, isn’t it?  Sure, we can have hot cocoa for lunch.  You don’t want to go home yet?  Okay, we can keep going.  Hey, there’s that garbage truck again – right, they are picking up the trash on the other side of the street now, aren’t they?  Sure, you can ring your bell to say hi.  Yeah, go ahead and wave to the guys. 

Okay, we’re in the home stretch – keep pedaling.  I’m right behind you. Keep going up the hill, you can do it!  Okay, put your bikes and helmets away.  Sure, I can push you on the swings for a while. 

You don’t want to be in the baby swing?  Well, your brothers are already on the other swings.  Oh, what a nice big brother, thank you for letting your sister have your swing. I know, I can’t push as high as Gaga does.  Okay, I think it’s time to go inside and have some lunch (and take a nap so I can collapse).  Yes, that was a really fun time, maybe we can do it again tomorrow. 

Whew – not sure exactly how many calories I burned in those thirty minutes, but I was certainly worn out by the time we got home.  I’m counting my blessings, though – it’s rare that you can take a bike ride around the neighborhood in Michigan on December 11th and I am grateful to have had this time with my grandkids.


Shhhhhh, she’s sleeping. 

  Adah Arlene Kirsch

These are the moments that are etched into my memory from the last twenty-four hours. 

The look on a Mother’s face as she works through the pain to bring her baby in the world – exhaustion mixed with determination and a dash of fear brought on by not knowing exactly what’s going to happen next.

The baby’s first breath after being pushed and squeezed from it’s warm, watery, familiar home – feeling the sensation of gravity for the first time, being completely helpless and vulnerable.

The tears of joy from a Mother whose hard work has resulted in the miracle that is now wriggling on her chest.

The cries that stop when the baby snuggles up and hears Mom’s voice singing a familiar song, the comfort of her smell and touch. 

The baby, so tiny, wrapped in a blanket and snuggled in Daddy’s strong arms, with pure love raining down.

The big brother who introduces himself and his siblings and wants to take her on a tour around the house to show her everything.

Big Brother

The big sister who sees the baby’s outstretched arms and immediately wraps her in a tender embrace.  The same sister who cries when the baby cries and asks if she’s okay.


There are an abundance of blessings in this home today – along with some significant sleep deprivation! God is so good, and I thank him for bringing Adah safely into this world.