Children

The Riddles of Hillgate

Monday, September 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of reading a new book for young readers (maybe around 12ish?).  The Riddles of Hillgate is a fun mystery full of mystery and ghosts.  The mother/daughter team takes you through many riddles in the book that kept me interested. 

riddles
It's fairly quick paced and a super easy read.  I would recommend this fun book to any young reader (or young at heart reader) looking for some mystery and ghosts stories this Halloween season!  

Children

The Princelings of the East

Friday, September 27, 2013

I've got another kids book, only this isn't my typical kids book, this is a chapter book, that I would recommend for boys around age 10 probably.

The Princelings of the East is an interesting tale that mixes times and blurs what we know as reality as we follow the princelings into a new world entirely. You see Fred and George are full of surprises and find themselves in more adventures than they could have ever imagined.


Fiction

My Own Mr Darcy: A Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A while back I previewed a book that I was looking forward to, and now that it is out, I want to share it with all of you!  

My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White, is a perfect chick-lit type fiction. This book has a steady pace that allows for readers to disappear into Elizabeth's world easily.  If you are the type of reader who loves clean romantic stories, you will want to get your hands on this one. I personally enjoyed every single page of this book and flew through it in a matter of days.  


My Own Tour

Five Minute Fridays

A Short Reprieve

Friday, September 20, 2013

I can think of no better way to return to this space after a few weeks of feeling under the weather, than with a Five Minute Friday exercise.

I'd love for you to join!  Stop by Lisa-Jo's and check it out.

She:

She walked in to the same coffee shop as last week, placing her bag full of books, notebooks, pens, down on the larger table, before making her way to the counter. She was acutely aware that for the next three hours she would be the girl she was years ago - before getting married, before becoming a mom - not a fake her, just the stripped down version of who she now is.

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A Chance to be Salt & Light

Monday, September 09, 2013

Daily I finish my day worn out - I've spent the whole day caring for my family to the best of my abilities.  I should feel satisfied by that fact, if not joyful over it.  However, there are many days when I feel a little sad because I wasn't serving anyone outside of my family. I have written on how I do feel that moms have their first "mission" field in the house, and I do still believe that.

There is just a feeling that maybe I should have done something else! Do you know what I mean?

And then a group of ladies I study with went over Matthew 5:13-16

    "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
And of course the follow up is how do we, as moms, as bloggers, act like salt?  Light?

Feature Blog

September Feature

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I know others share this thought, but where did summer fly off to? I can't believe it's Semptember already, with fall so quickly upon us, it always surprises me when the cooler weather sets in.

I might have neglected August when it came to featuring a blog, but I was just too into enjoying summer still.  But now that school has started back up it's easier to jump back into a routine, so I'm sharing a newer favorite of mine this month, I hope you can find a moment to check out Alyssa's new blog, Sunrise Avenue! If you do, make sure you say hi.


Sunrise Avenue


giveaway

An Interview with Stacey Thacker {Giveaway}

Friday, September 06, 2013

In case you missed it, I shared a book this week that I absolutely love, Being Ok With Where You Are by Stacey Thacker.  (Want to see my review? It's over here.)  I had the amazing priveldge of being there as Stacey worked through this amazing book and have been blessed to have a tiny Q&A with her this week.

You see, this book was great, but Stacey is such a delightful person, she is truly insightful and encouraging, so I wanted to share a little more about her as well. I kept it short, as I know we are all very busy.

Being Ok With Where You Are  An Interview {Reading List}

Non-fiction

Dear Wife: Letters from a Help Meet

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

There are some books I read that do not actually impact me simply because my life hasn't traveled anywhere near the writer's path.  However, that doesn't mean that reading such books are a waste of time.

Books give glimpses into other's lives and in seeing these lives that are different from mine my empathy grows.  My ability to truly listen to others and feel their pain grows. And for that reason I want to recommend a brand new ebook that my blogging sister has recently published. (Do not get me wrong, there have been days when life is hard, and I believe the lies of these emotions, but while I was reading this book I was not in that spot...)

Misty has put together a book that is full of letters she has written to wives who are struggling - struggling in many different areas, so there is something inside this one for every wife, at least at some point in her marriage.

Dear Wife...  Book Review {Reading List}

Guest post

Realizing What My Responsibility Truly Is

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Motherhood is full of responsibilities. In fact that could very well be the biggest understatement I've ever thought!  The second you realize you are in charge of someone else's life your focus changes, and all of your previous responsibilities seem tiny, right?

Suddenly you're life is full of caring for that little human being. And of course your brain jumps forward at lightning speed trying to reach the next hurdle and prepare before you actually reach it.  This little brain game is what can suddenly make motherhood overwhelming, at least for me.  You see, I would start to worry over events that hadn't happened, and likely wouldn't happy simply because if they did happen I'd be responsible!

Non-fiction

It is enough to be okay

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Every single day we compare our lives to others.  This isn't a new phenomenon, as the phrase "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" is not new!  However with social media taking up every free second for so many people, the chances to see glimpses of the other side of the fence have greatly increased.  As those glimpses increase the times when we are not pleased with our patch of grass increase.  It is a vicious cycle, one that needs tons of encouragement to walk away from.

I am in desperate need for such encouragement - what about you?

Being OK with Where You Are - Book Review {Reading List}


Every day I have to literally tell myself just because a friend of mine posted a picture of her kiddos on facebook where in the background is an immaculate house, and her kids are in the foreground looking adorable after they returned from a four mile hike, or three hour trip to the zoo that it is just one little picture, a snapshot of her life. That yes in that one picture it appears that her life is perfect, and as a result I'm feeling like mine is failure.  I have to tell myself that is not the case - she is probably clinging onto one part of her day that was perfect so that the rest of the mess of the day fades away... Do you know what I'm saying?

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