The Thinks and the Places & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Have you guessed that I'm a Dr. Seuss fan?  I've done a fair amount of posts on his books and quotes... And guess what, here's another one!

And it's a two-for-one - a real BOGO if you will.


A letter to all the princesses

Monday, September 24, 2012

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There are just so many girls, of all ages, that need to hear this, every day. If you are a lucky princess who found her prince, be thankful. If you are still waiting, know your Father has a plan for you and stay hopeful. I know that this is something I could have read every day for many years to help me realize my Father has great plans for me as long I love Him first. 

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Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Fridays: Wide

Friday, September 21, 2012

Spend five minutes today and write - don't worry about what others might think as you write, just do it!  You'll feel better!

Five Minute Friday

So even as I read the prompt - Wide - my thoughts were consumed with so many emotions I didn't really know how to start. I mean wide should be like an ocean description, or a grassy field or something... at least that is my first image...

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Yet the idea of writing for five minutes on Wide just wasn't  happening in my head. and the deal is that we don't think too much about what we are going to write, right?

So I sat down to write.

Then the baby cried - 5 minutes on hold.

It is amazing how the feelings in life can be so wide, so encompassing. We, as responsible adults, know that we should not be rule by our emotions. That such behavior is childish.

And yet emotions become that wide, large part of our thoughts and words all day, every day.

Sure there are great emotions to get lost in - love, joy, hope.

And even the less fun ones have a purpose. I mean a fear of some spiders or poisonous snakes could safe lives!

Yet we know that any emotion that takes over all our thoughts and actions is not healthy. There needs to be a balance. And finding that balance is the hidden secret I think most people search their whole lives for.

What if that secret is right in front of us?

What if we are making the worse decision when we grit our teeth and just try harder?

What if the wide open arms of a Savior, standing silently beside us is that secret?

chick lit

Where We Belong

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Where We Belong
By Emily Giffin

I'll start this out by mentioning that Giffin tends to be a favorite of mine when I'm in the mood for light chick-lit stories. So if you are not into that, then this probably won't be of must interest to you - if however you enjoy relaxing with a book that makes you laugh, and sometimes cry because you can feel the emotions of the characters, then keep reading!

I had a special desire to read this book as it is the story of adoption - specifically how an adopted girl decides to find her biological parents when she turns 18.  (As an adopted child I tend to really enjoy these stories)  Kirby was adopted when she was only three days old - and has always felt like the black sheep of the family. As she struggles through her high school years she wonders if her "odd-ness" has anything to do with her birth parents. So she secretly goes to meet her biological mother.

Marian is a successful television sitcom writer and producer. She is living the high life in NYC. However the secret of her past still lingers in her thoughts - she gave her daughter up for adoption when she was just 18.

The story follows these two ladies as they discover their pasts and unveil the secrets that have been hidden over the past 18 years.

Sure the story is fairly predictable - hence the chick-lit category - but the characters are extremely interesting and engaging.

I really like how there was a fair amount of time spent with Kirby's adoptive family, since this is the family she considers to be her parents - a big point for adopted kids. Giffin also spends time developing Kirby's adoptive mother and does a fair job of showing her emotions as she stands by as her daughter searches for questions about where she came from.

My overall favorite line in the book is:
"I'm glad everything happened the way it did. I'm glad I got pregnant with you. I'm glad I had you. I'm glad you have a family who loves you. And most of all, I'm glad you're here now."  (286)
Marian tells Kirby this near the end of the book. I think those are important words because adopted kids never want to think of themselves as a mistake that was simply given away to erase the past. This book seems to follow idea - adoption is the chance for a child to be given a life with a family who deeply desires him or her and will provide the best life possible for that child.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick light read.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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John Burroughs Quote

Monday, September 17, 2012

To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk 
or an evening saunter, be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest
or a wildflower in the spring,
these are some of the rewards
of the simple life.
~~ John Burroughs

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American Sign Language

Sign Language ABC & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, September 13, 2012

One the best things about books for kids is that they often teach multiple lessons at one time. Of course when I can use them as a teaching tool with multiple purposes I love them even more.

Recently I've been enjoying Sign Language ABC a Sesame Street book with Linda Bove as I teach my youngest sign language and review the alphabet with my preschooler. It is a two-in-one story time, and both of my boys think it's the best book ever!

Sesame Street Sign Language ABC with Linda Bove (Pictureback(R))
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The book shows the signs for each letter of the alphabet, one letter at a time. Each letter also has at least three additional signs to help reinforce the letter.

Sure it's a simple easy little read, but such a wonderful tool!


And now it's time for another book hop!   I can't wait to see what you all have to share!

Please link up any and all posts related to reading, or books. I love to hear about all kinds of books from baby's first book, to grandma's reading lists.

Also if you could grab a button, or link back that would be great.

Get ready - hop!

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Irish blessing

Irish Blessing

Monday, September 10, 2012

These things I warmly wish for you;
Someone to love,
Some work to do,
A bit o' sun, a bit o' cheer,
And a guardian angel always near.

~~ Irish Blessing

Pictures of Ireland: Green Tunnel
© Copyright Hauke Steinberg
Just a little something that makes me smile when I hear it - hope you enjoy it this week!

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Graceful

Friday, September 07, 2012

I love Fridays! It's great to know the whole weekend stretches out in front of me waiting for fun. Friday also means I will push myself to write for five minutes without worry about being right or perfect or even correct. I am just going to write and let it be.

Five Minute Friday


Yeah, that's not really what I felt like as I pulled my super bag filled with my notebooks and such on my shoulder, followed by the diaper bag - filled with all the stuff a baby might possibly need for two full hours - I mean that's a lot of stuff right?

Then with my shoulders loaded with bags, I open the door and am greeted with "yeahs!" and ga-gas. My oldest crawling under the car seat to scramble out the door and I reach, in a very not so graceful move, to unbuckle the baby from his car seat - all the while those bags are on my shoulder - the just in case bags.

We rush in - the kids get settled in their classrooms and I move towards the large room filled with women - all smiling, all talking pleasantly with each other. They all look put together - hair done, clothes matching and accessorized. Others have those gorgeous outfits that look like they belong in the store display windows, complete with purse and shoes.

Suddenly I feel like I should have tried to find a better outfit this morning. Something that didn't scream, "I'm a mama to two energetic boys who don't allow me more than 30 minutes to shower, dress and prepare for the day." But too late now - besides I remembered to put in earrings today, huge bonus - the thought, crazy as it is, gives me a tiny boost of confidence, and I take a deep breath.

Then I walked into the room, put on my smile and think nice things - hoping that I come across graceful just like them. Thinking, they probably had a moment just like mine...


To Read or Not to Read: Filled with the Spirit

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Alright, so this has been a long time coming, this post. I have yet to read a book (since starting this blog) that I really had an issue with. You know what I mean right? A book that does not sit well with you, you don’t agree with it, you start to wonder why you are reading it. In the past I would have stopped reading it, but now I thought maybe I would be doing  a disservice to this community if I didn’t put up with a book that I didn’t agree with.
My thoughts are that maybe someone else has already read this book, and she understands it and can explain to me that I didn’t read it right, and what I missed. I can admit I am wrong sometimes! Or I will be helping someone else who isn’t sure about this book – I mean if someone had told me this book wasn’t great I wouldn’t have read it.
So here’s the first not super flattering review – please don’t take offense as these are my personal opinions.

Filled with the Spirit: Understanding God’s Power in Your Life
By Joyce Meyer
I picked up this book as part of my search for more information on the Gifts of the Spirit. I am sad to say that this book did not sit well with me. I really wanted to stop reading, but at the same time I feel that if this blog were full of positive reviews I wouldn’t be true to myself. I mean if I were talking to girlfriends I would say when I came across a book that I completely disagreed with – right?

So here are some reasons that this book didn’t jive with me.

Meyer’s major point was that the gift of tongues is still a gift that every one receives from the Spirit. All we have to do is ask for it. Now mind you, I believe that the gift of tongues might have a great use, but I don’t agree with her reasoning (she says we need a special language to pray to God so Satan won’t hear (p 121) which I have never heard before, and can’t find in scripture). My thoughts on the gift of tongues are that the Spirit will use this power when God needs to touch someone and His servant doesn’t speak the same language – meaning the language is one that used vernacularly – like Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese. Meyer tells us that she received the language of Latin. Last time I checked there isn’t a country that speaks Latin and only Latin. Why would such a language bring any glory to His Kingdom?

Now if this was just an issue with a difference of opinion no biggie, the book has some nice little lines about turning to God during life’s struggles and enjoying the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However the next reason is why I felt I needed to write this post.

I do not agree with the way Meyer treated her Biblical quotes. She gives tons of scripture as she discusses the gift of tongues, but she also uses brackets and parenthesis to change words and add in extra words so that the scripture would better fit her point. My faith is based on the concept that the Bible is God’s word and it is perfect and infallible. So there is no need to adding extra words into scripture. But I do not think it is alright to tweak scripture to make your own point.

Sure as humans we are prone to misunderstanding, and that is where discussion of scripture comes in as we try to completely understand the intricacies of God’s word, but we don’t have to add anything as we do this. I believe that is part of the gifts of the Holy Spirit – the knowledge of believers to grasp all the points God made in His Word.

Here is a sample of this addition/change to scripture:

From Meyer – page 56:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [divinely suggest] dreams.
Yes, and on My menservants also and on My maidservants in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels and predicting future events pertaining especially to God’s kingdom].
And I will show wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth beneath…   (Acts 2:17-19)
From NIV
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
        (Acts 2:17-19 NIV)
Notice that in the quote from Filled with the Spirit there is no mention of which version of the Bible was used. If you look at the copyright page five different version were mentioned as being used - the Amplified is credited with most... which might be the root of my issue...

Now please understand I don’t mean to tear down Joyce Meyer at all as a person, I might just not have the clarity to truly understand this book yet. Or she could have been misled when she wrote this book. Or the Lord has put us on such different paths we won’t truly understand the other’s views while in this skin. I just disagreed so much with the points in this book and felt I had to be honest on here. So please no hate comments. Like I said in the beginning if you have read this book and it hit you as great, please share with me what I might have missed.

Bill Cosby

Labor Day Quote

Monday, September 03, 2012

There is no labor a person does
that is undignified;
if they do it right.

~~ Bill Cosby

Carol Burnett described what
labor pains feel like.
She said, "Take your bottom lip
and pull it over your head."

~~ Bill Cosby

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Hope you smiled while reading these.

Feature Blog

September Feature

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I enjoyed having a feature blog during the month of August that I decided to have another for September!

For the month of September I'd like to feature a favorite of mine -- Ladies Holiday.


I love checking out the fun posts they put up every day because it never fails that I end up smiling halfway through it. Their posts are full of fun tips, or ideas for mamas and women in general. I highly recommend checking them out sometime to get an extra smile in (I hear that smiling helps to keep you looking younger longer...)

I also love stopping by Ladies Holiday because they have a fun book hop on the first Wednesday of the month- I know this shouldn't surprise you, I have admitted too many times now I'm a book fanatic.

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Here's a little something from my friends over at Ladies Holiday:
Ladies Holiday ( is modern women's lifestyle blog with a retro flair. Our multi-author blog covers everything from parenting and the home to personal growth and fashion. If you're looking for food check out our sister site Aliment ( 

Each day you will find new and original posts along with our weekly Photo Friday Linky-Party and our monthly features including "Ladies in the Know" - a mini-interview with remarkable women, Mommy Moments - real life stories from moms about the good, the bad and the funny and the first Wednesday of the month we host Book Worm Wednesday Book Link Up! Please visit and check out our twitter ( and Pinterest (


Here are a couple of current favorites from Ladies Holiday, if you want to check them out. 
Thanks everyone for this little break from my routine - although with a little luck this might be a new monthly thing... interested?  Also I look forward to hearing what you think about this favorite of mine! 

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