Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
and this isn't saying i love him more than the others. ohhhh. no. no. no.
they are each endearing to me.
i just am able to truly take many singular moments and turn them into years of joy, thanks to my God and His goodness.
and showing him new things to do. like fishing wearing mismatched boots. that kills me. just kills me.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
even if the shoes don't match and are on the wrong feet. the fish don't care.
the sister, trying to see what she can get with her little net
hm. not sure if he was just tired. feeling left out. or faking out the fish.
you can't see it, but the fish is there on the grass somewhere.
last night's fishing trip was fun for all.
i sure wanted to stay home and relax but knew it would be
a great time to get some pics.
and the good news is i have even more fishing photographs to share tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
next year, i will provide small favors if i have a table. i loved the theme of our table...it was an eclectic mix of Parisian, birds, and vintage. it was nice to hear lovely comments about the little, extra touches. i used some scrapbooking supplies as a last minute addition- such as the little white feathers, the cameo buttons, and the miniature flashcards that said, mother, sister, friends, etc. lisa had ribbon ties for the chairs, tags, crochet doilies, and a few other things for me to use, bless her heart!
hope you enjoyed this little taste of tea!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
what does God promise?
is it different than when the apostles walked the earth?
does he speak with a silent but strong voice, or show a message of promise another way?
is it a dream?
a spoken word from someone else?
the tug at your heart?
what you spent your devotional time studying?
how can you be sure?
how are God's promises shown in the Bible?
well, some are written in RED.
others, in examples such as Rahab or Abraham.
the new testament speaks of what we receive from the Lord.
the HOLY SPIRIT....God's love eternally....
what are YOUR thoughts on God's promises?
do they stand in your mind as something you can grasp or do you feel they are always staying ahead of you where you cannot take hold of them?
believe that God's promises are true, and GOOD.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I had the most wonderful opportunity to review a book published by Zondervan called The Scent of Water, by Naomi Zacharias. The author gives you the geography of the world as she travels and meets various peoples in some heartwrenching situations, as well as giving you the geography of her heart, and how she has lost and learned, felt pain and gain. I loved her writing style. She is skilled at using literature, myths, and fairytales to bring about her points so we may understand her better, and this world we live in. I was impressed at her vulnerability in sharing these stories. For within these stories, she shared her own faults, fears, failures and HOPES as well.
I have a heart for people of other cultures other than my own, and reading this book gave me more knowledge of what to pray for, a better insight of the world's needs, and lessons on God's heart as well. Zacharias makes a plea to women, to people, to know how important God's plan is for her. She makes a statement that humanity needs human touch. She, in turn, gave that human touch in form of a book to us, after various peoples "touched" her in her life experiences. I think that is a treasure chest FULL of answered prayers, hopes, dreams, longings, and more. I am very thankful to have seen bits of her life, of other people who hung on to the hand of God when it was not easy, through this well-written book.
I think EVERY Christian woman should take this book of their library shelf and let its messages inspire! I was given this book free in return for a review. All opinions are my own.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Kim Vogel Sawyer has put out yet another delightful read. And as a homeschool mom, this book caught my eye as I read the summary. Sawyer's sweet character, Edythe, begins her first teaching assignment in Nebraska. The folks of this town are not prepared for her "outlandish" teaching methods. As an eclectic-style homeschooler, I understand her desire to reach children where they are so her story touched my heart a bit. I like to share the joys of learning with my children in different, unexpected ways. Just like Edtythe. However, so far, I have not had to deal with outspoken people, or get a threat to be fired from my job.
As far as her students go, however, they love their new teacher, especially two small boys. Their father is, of course, going to be interested in this new teacher of their's as well! But Edythe enjoys her freedom, as much as she has had of it- she has responsibilities but in fact, she she's such freedom in her teaching. Will she let go of that to listen to her heart? Will the townspeople allow to reach out to her students in the way she desires? I invite you to enjoy this pleasant, sweet read if you appreciate a good historical Christian romance!
I received this complimentary copy in return for a review from Bethany House.
Kathryn Cushman is clearly not afraid to approach a difficult subject in many circles- vaccinations. I have always felt that the decision to vaccinate is such a deep personal choice, and have no strong feelings either way. That said, reading this book was hard for me. I felt the anguish of Grace. The judgement she faced from her family, friends, and more was crushing. Her little boy was put in a position she made for him. Cushman also portrayed the anguish of parents on the other side- the pain of losing a child, of having one ill....from someone else's personal choice- heartbreaking. I personaly have seen a bit of this situation a few years back with friends, within a church, and it definitely pitted one sister in Christ against another Sister. Heartbreaking.
I value the Christian fiction that shows the tough side of life. The raw. The reality. The pain. The glow of hope, that may begin a bit dim, but grows with each passing page because of faith in the Lord. I feel that Cushman wrote a telling story. One that perhaps showed how second chances and standing strong in your beliefs can help you in your life's journey. I hope that those who have read this book gain insight on how to overcome personal prejudices and judgement when it comes to things such as vaccinations.
I believe this is a great book to add to your reading list! I received this book free from Bethany House and am not required to write a positive review.
Mine Is The Night, by Liz Curtis Higgs
I've always enjoyed reading historical fiction, with a little bit of romance, and a unique alliteration to the Bible, especially the story of Ruth? GENIUS! I absolutely loved this book. It is on my shelf of favorites! I loved every detail, every piece, every character. Higgs has a gift of bringing history to life, and teaching us not only through her own words but bringing us along our own spiritual journey as well.
The main character, Elizabeth Kerr, whose name reminded me of a classic hollywood star, ended up in a situation no woman would envy- widowed, a name almost all destroyed, with barely anything of comfort of her own. However, her desire to maintain her relationship with her mother in law, Marjory, allowed her to gain so much more than she every imagained. A true love. A true, deeper faith. Higgs intrigued me with her pen-style, and how she blended details and facts of the story of Ruth into her own work. It had details I didn't expect and I appreciate that from any author.
I have to admit, I hadn't appreciated the novel that preceeded this one. But this was such an appropriate sequal to Here Burns My Candle, and I recommend it to anyone who wishes to read a well crafted story. I received this book free from Waterbrook Press, publishing company, for this review, and I am not required to write a positive review.