Another good kids book!

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Looking for a good book to read to your children? I just found one that I think you would enjoy and that is a good story for kids. The title of the book is God Gave Us Family and it’s by Lisa Tawn Bergren. She has become one of my favorite children’s authors, (well besides Mo Willems). This story follows a family of wolves and explains to the wolf pup about different types of families.

Covering adoption, lots of kids, one child, and many other types of families, this book makes things understandable for younger children. This book also covers the family that isn’t related to us as well as cousins and grandparents.

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Posted: July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

I have always tried to figure out how to have deep friendships and feel like my friends and I have that close relationship. It’s a hard thing to come by and sometimes, it feels like you are the only one trying.

When I saw “Known: Finding Deep Friendships in a Shallow World” by Dick and Ruth Foth, I thought that maybe this book would help me in my quest to have a deep relationship.

In this book, Dick starts each chapter with his personal insights. He talks about how as kids, we made friends just by playing with the other kids. Friendships happened during the play.  He goes on to say that as you go places and do things, try to do that with others and sometimes a few of those relationships will become friendships. After all, friends are those people who know who you are and still like you. Put simply, they are the person who is there. At the end of the chapter, Ruth adds her input. As an introvert, she has a different viewpoint than her extroverted husband. She wants to give her input to show that even the introverted can be happy with the friendships they have.

The book is divided into different sections. The first set of four is categorized as: Recognize What’s True About Life. The four topics are: The Great Alone, the Grand Design, What’s a Friend, and The Case for Conversation. The next set is: Story is the Soil from Which Friendship Grows. The topics in this set are God, the Storyteller, Man, the Storyteller, Your Starting Place, How to Read a Walking Book, and A Journal and a Velcro Ribbon. There are 3 more sets after that.

Honestly, I didn’t get past the first set of 4. I tried but life caught up to me and I just can’t seem to continue with this book. I have tried. It seemed good at the beginning, but as I read farther into the topics I realized that I wasn’t able to concentrate on what was being said. I like reading but I couldn’t stay focused. To me, it looked like the book could be good, and I would say to try it. I just couldn’t continue and ended up giving up around The Case for Conversation.

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God Gave Us Thankful Hearts

Posted: September 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

When I got the chance to pick my next book to review, I jumped at the chance to review, God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I read one of her other books and reviewed it as well. It was a really good book and I couldn’t wait to get this one. Let me say, this book didn’t disappoint. It was good and though I don’t have children just yet, I will be reading these books to my children if God chooses to bless us.

This children’s book revolves around a family of wolves. Little pup starts out being sad about the change in the season, but his mother starts talking to him about the good changes and why the season change is important. As the mom and son chat, the wolf cub starts to see what his mom is saying and they wander the woods as they continue. This is a great story that helps children deal with season changes and knowing how to be thankful for the times of change. It brings up the importance of things needing to change and how to remember there is good in the changes.

I have so much more about this book that I would like to say, but the there would be spoilers and I really want you all to want to pick up this book and read it. I know that I said that I would read it my kids when and if I have any, but I would read this book on my own as well. It’s just a great wholesome book by a really talented author.

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I live my life and am happy with how it is going so far. If something happens and feel compelled to help, I have been known to dig in my heels and push to get things done correctly, in my eyes at least. I have been called stubborn more than a few times. According to Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, I am a strong-willed woman. In her book, A Woman of Strength and Purpose, she talks about what makes a strong-willed woman and what is good and bad with that. When you have a strong-willed woman on your side and she is following God’s will, it’s quite the sight to behold. If you want to get something done, I would suggest that would be the person to call.

This book is written in an easy to follow voice, and though it’s taken me a bit of time to get through, it was a delight to read. I really learned a lot about the strong-willed woman and who she is and what she can accomplish when she is following the instructions that God has laid out for her. Well, I guess I should have said for us. If you are a strong-willed woman, this book is for you. In it, I found advice that can help anyone really, though some of it really makes you realize how good your strong-willed attitude can be.

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Life is Good

Posted: May 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hello to you my followers,

I do a lot of blog posts about book reviews and talking about events and what-not, but today I was thinking that maybe I would type and just see what happens when I just put my thoughts on here…

I found a new site. Its called Wattpad and it’s a place where you can share your stories and read stories by others. I like that the site makes it fairly easy to share something you have written and you can share it as an ebook instead of having to piece it together on a blog. I have started to add my story “A Long Ago Mystery” on the site. I have someone reading it, but they are anonymous and I think that is okay.  I wish they would add a comment so that I at least know if what I am writing is worth it.

I have been doing some updates since we, ready? bought a different house, and sold our previous house. Its not as small as the previous, which is why we actually bought it, well and the land that came with it is fantastic as well. I am enjoying the projects that come with having a house that needs some improvement. I am back to working on my sewing projects and scrapbooking as well. I just hope that I get some time to really be able to put some effort into these things since I want to make a wedding album for our wedding pictures, one that would be special so that our pictures are placed in the best possible light since that day was SUPER special!

Well, I have more but I think that is all I am going to add for now! Keep smiling my friends as right now, life is good and we are all loved in our own unique ways!


Marriage has its ups and downs. If you want some good advice on how to make your marriage a little better, you should grab this book and read it. It’s a little hard to continue with it, but its got some great advice in it. For example, show your husband that he is your priority. He is worth it since you chose to marry him over all the other guys out there.

There are nine thoughts in this book, each one a wonderful word of advice for those who need help to make a stronger, better marriage. Each of the thoughts are easy to understand and really helped me to see our marriage in a different way.

This book was good and honest.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

“I received this book for free fromBlogging for Books for this review.”

So I was looking through the books that I could choose to read and this one kind of jumped out at me. I thought to myself I just got married in December. This book looks like something that could help me in the situation that I am currently in. Yeah, this is the book I want to read.

So I chose this book by Shaunti Feldhahn and waited patiently for it to arrive. When it showed up a few days later, I was surprised that it was a smaller book. I thought it would be regular best seller’s size, but this book was smaller than that. I flipped through it and wondered what treasures I would find in between the pages.

Let me say right now that I made a good choice for my book pick. This book was written so that its not too dry. I was able to actually read and enjoy what it had to say. I loved the tips that were offered. I wasn’t aware of the amount of guys that actually wanted the girl to grab their hand when they are walking, or just give them a sense they are there with a touch to the knee. It was eye-opening to some of the tips that were actually really small details that you don’t realize how much they truly mean to your spouse.

After reading this book, I have decided to try some of the stuff mentioned. The days that I remember the tips seem to be the better days between my spouse and I. I know that sometimes our moods make these small details kind of useless, but if its a good day and we employ some of these tips, our day seems to be better and we seem to have a closer relationship.

I actually have learned quite a bit from this book and wanted to show a bit about it in these links that I want you to take a look at… maybe they will give you enough interest that you will also want to try this book.

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World Book Night 2014, was April 23rd, and I enjoyed passing out my books! 

I received “Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.”

It was one of the books that I wanted to read but hadn’t picked up yet, so I requested to pass it out since that would make me read the book. It was a pretty decent read. Now I admit that I have only gotten half way through the book, but I am don’t usually read this genre. It’s basically about a british spy plane crashing. Two best friends were on the plane, one jumped out and the other was  the pilot that navigated the plane to land. There is a chance for survival for the friend that got caught by the French, if she would reveal wireless codes and secrets to help the other side with the war. 

I used the beautiful day to choose where I was going to pass out my books. I decided to go to a local park and try my luck there. I am not an extrovert by any means so this was a step out of my comfort zone. It was a lot of fun but I was so nervous about talking to random people, knowing that they could all turn me down and I may end up with all 20 books in my possession. 

I started out asking people if they wanted a free book. Most people weren’t quite sure what I was doing, they seemed very leary of my intentions. I explained the book and the organization and that made people relax and some even said that the book sounded good and accepted it. 

I handed out all 20, but my favorite person was the last couple that we stopped. My hubby and I were walking the park heading to the car when I spotted the couple and realized that I had one book left and they hadn’t been approached. When I finally approached, the wife talked about how cool and awesome it was to get a free book, and the husband asked if I worked at the library that was a few blocks away. I was glad to answer that I did work for that system, just a different branch. 

All in all, it was a perfect day!!

First I need to say that I usually try to stay away from the books about prophecy, but when I saw this one on my list, I thought that it looked worth checking into. I loved that I could get it before it actually went out on the market. With that being said, I wanted to share that I am having a tough time getting through this book. It is decent information and it is interesting to read. The problem that I think I am having is that its just a whole lot of truth at one time. I was looking forward to learning about how God is using the lives of his people to fulfill prophecy, but this book has to be read when you are in a specific mood. I find myself having to put the book down and digest the parts I read, before I can pick it up and start again with more truth and prophecy. I can’t seem to get to the end, but I do think it is worth a try even if it does take a little longer to wade through!

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This book is a wonderful read. The story starts with Adam. He is divorced and trying to figure out what went wrong in his marriage. He ends up finding a photo album of postcards at an estate sale that he is running. He feels an attachment to the postcards, so he hides them so no one knows they are there and then reads through them himself. He decides to contact someone that would know more about the couple who they belonged to. This story is told in different viewpoints and timeframes. I enjoyed the change in time and point of view. I felt like I was part of the story right from the beginning. Hank and Gabe truly were a love at first sight type of couple. They had found the way to keep a marriage alive, and not get tempted by divorce. Switching from Gabe’s point of view to Hank’s viewpoint in the future was a different way to tell the story. It kept me entertained and I believe that this story will definitely touch your heart.

 “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”