Day 1 (7.2)
Be Still With God
by Nancy B. Gibbs
Suddenly, it dawned on me that I was dog-tired.
It suddenly dawns on me that ... 我突然明白/意识到/恍然大悟……
dog-tired adj. 筋疲力尽的（这应该就是累成狗的形象表达了~哈哈~）
Day 2 (7.3)
Plant a Row for the Hunger
By Jeff Lowenfels
Out of the blue, I came up with an idea.
out of the blue 晴天霹雳地;出乎意外地;突然地[亦作 out of a clear (blue) sky]
Day 3 (7.4)
By Milt Garrett
This means when you walk onto the showroom floor you're not bombarded with what I refer to as "beyond eager" sales people.
If you bombard someone with something, you make them face a great deal of it. For example, if you bombard them with questions or criticism, you keep asking them a lot of questions or you keep criticizing them. 连珠炮似地提问; 不断批评
beyond help 无力帮助
beyond belief 难以置信
beyond comprehension 难以理解
It's beyond me why my daughter stole the money.
a success beyond one's expectations 出乎意料的成功
wise beyond his peers 比他的同龄人聪明
Day 4 (7.5)
Just One Wish
By Margaret E. Mark
Margie always look forward to the arrival of Christmas, and this year was no different as winter began to settle like a warm blanket around Colby Point.
winter began to settle like a warm blanket around Colby Point 这句话写得太美了，很有画面感~
Day 5 (7.6)
Working Christmas Day
By Victoria Schlintz
When it came to descriptions of their presenting problems, things got a little vague.
When it came to (+sth. / doing sth.)... 当提到……；就……而论
vague /veɪɡ/ adj. If something written or spoken is vague, it does not explain or express things clearly. 含糊的
Day 6 (7.8)
Light in the Window
By Eileen Goltz
Susan said she had just finished studying and was closing her drapes when she happened to glance across the courtyard of the quad and saw the candles shining in Ellie's window.
Drapes are long heavy curtains. (长且重的) 帘子 [美国英语]
quad /kwɒd/ 四方院子
Day 7 (7.10）
By Duane Shaw
The day's activities cease quickly after a yummy Christmas dinner and most of my ward mates slip off to sleep by seven or eight o'clock.
ward /wɔːd/ A ward is a room in a hospital which has beds for many people, often people who need similar treatment. 病房
slip off 匆忙脱去(衣帽等)
Day 8 (7.11)
By Linda Gabris
Mother's eyes were glued to the massive flare of red shimmering satin, dotted with twinkling sequin-centered black velvet stars.
If you say that someone is glued to something, you mean that they are giving it all their attention. 使全神贯注
Day 9 （7.12）
By Garth Gilchrist
That water baptism sounded mighty Good.
mighty adv. （口语）非常地
Day 10 (7.13)
Greatest of These
By Nanette Thorsen-Snipes
As my mind wandered back to the love Jonathan showed the little girl, a biblical verse came to me: "... these three remain: faith, hope and love."
sth. come to sb.
sth. occur to sb.
sth. dawn on sb.
Day 11 (7.15)
By Diana Golden
My teammates on the United States Disabled Ski Team used to tease me about the size of my chest, joking that my greatest handicap wasn't my missing leg but my missing cleavage. Little did they know how true that would become.
To tease someone means to laugh at them or make jokes about them in order to embarrass, annoy, or upset them. 嘲笑; 取笑
Day 12 (7.16)
By John Soennichsen
Maybe what this earth really needed was a few more unnamed canyons. Maybe there's some intrinsic value in knowing that some mountains will never be climbed, that a handful of jungles will remain unexplored.
intrinsic /ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk/ adj. If something has intrinsic value or intrinsic interest, it is valuable or interesting because of its basic nature or character, and not because of its connection with other things. 内在的; 本质的 [正式] [ADJ n]
Day 13 （7.17）
By Martine Klaasen
It was not until I picked it up that I realized that it was a diary.
It was only when I thought that I had lost my best friend that I realized that she was going to be around forever.
Day 14 （7.18）
By Betty Aboussie Ellis
Day 15 （7.19）
As a Man Soweth
By Mike Buetelle
Good deeds beget good results; and evil deeds beget bad results.
Day 16 （7.20）
Disaster on a Mountain
By Patricia Lorenz
At that moment something went through Ruth.
Day 17 （7.21）
By Linda Ballou
I suppose I will never know exactly what took place that morning. I like to think that the manatees included me in their celebration of a birth; that I was welcomed to meet the newest member of their tribe. But over time I have come to cherish the experience without questions.
Day 18 （7.22）
Remember, We're Raising Children, Not Flowers!
By Jack Canfield
This renowned scientist then remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn't need to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes were just opportunities for learning something new.
Day 19 （7.23）
Magic Snowball Time
By Colleen Madonna Flood Williams
My family carries on Papa's Magic. ... Think of us when the first snow flies ... as I think of my Papa and hope that someday my grandchildren will think of me.
Day 20 （7.24）
The Day I Become a Mom
By Linda Jones
I discovered that being a mom isn't only going to ballet, and tap and gym recitals, and attending every school concert and open house. It isn't keeping a spotless house and preparing perfect meals. It certainly isn't pretending things are normal when they are not. For me, being a mom started when I could laugh over spilled milk.
Day 21 （7.25）
The Gift of Music
By Brandon Lagana
I have never heard a guitar tuned like that before or since. He looked at me over his shoulder and nodded a thank-you before bringing his song to life on the guitar.
Day 22 （7.26）
A Change of Heart
By George Mapson
Christmas was approaching, and we were entitled to a twenty-five dollar Christmas fund for social services.
Day 23 （7.27）
By Cynthia Laughlin
I was no different from any other mother.