Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The publisher describes it this way: "Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make."
It explores some really important topics including family devotion, community care, love vs. duty, finding love, finding purpose, and mercy. And it includes a lot of Amish vocabulary, so I was grateful for the dictionary in the back of the book. All of the "lessons" are beautifully woven though Chapman's light-hearted fictional tale.
I would recommend this book for any female reader age 15+.
I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
The publisher describes it this way: "Upon her grandmother's death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure. A quilt, a secret message, a dog, and a possible treasure make for an unforgettable Christmas!Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the "treasure map," they're determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren't enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt. A quilt, a secret message, a dog, and a possible treasure make for an unforgettable Christmas!What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?"
Monday, December 02, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I took these monkeys hiking two hilly miles today. The little ones got a little tired, so we started a game to end the whining. It was the ABC nature game. We went through the alphabet, and thought of one thing in nature that started with each letter. It was the perfect activity to distract them and help the hiking trip go faster. And it was a gorgeous day!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
If you like Grisham novels, you are going to like Critical Reaction by Todd Johnson. It took me 15-20 pages to get hooked on the story, but once I was hooked, I didn't want to put it down. Johnson's second novel is a hit!
After an explosion in an abandoned nuclear test facility, a father-daughter lawyer team takes on the case to protect one of the victims. Readers drawn to mystery/fiction/legal drama will want to read this book. High suspense with lots of twists and turns and good character development.
I would highly recommend this book to readers 16+, and perhaps younger, if they are drawn to legal books or nuclear fiction.
I received this book free from Bethany/Baker Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
“May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore. - St. Patrick”
If ever I needed God's strength, wisdom and protection, it is now. Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done. It demands my all, yet I know I never really have enough to give. I'm utterly dependent on God to provide me with the stamina, smarts, courage, grace, and joy to live out this mission. And he loves it when we are totally dependent on him! So God, we ask you to fill us up!