Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Flat Line?

Or no...? 

I was reading a blog post about their blog stats "flat lining".  As I was reading their post I thought: "my blog stats are probably flat lining". But, fortunately they weren't. So... Thank you readers. 

Four months... Not that long, but a lot has happened. Hopefully my motivation will remain to do individual posts about all the happenings. I've also had some ideas for new posts... New "what I wore" pictures... Etcetera. 

It's been an awesome summer with lots of memories. 
We spent the 4th at my grandparents cottage. 
Camp was fun as usual. One of our teens got saved and lots of decisions were made :)  
The highlight of my summer was my annual trip to Alabama. We had so much fun! 
I started babysitting again. I watch Gunner every week, he's three months old. It's been so much fun watching him grow and develop :) I also watch Chloie every other week. She is almost 3 years old.  
Our church has been growing. Throughout this Fall we're having different missionaries and evangelists come. This is the Tulabots who are native missionaries to the Philippines. We had a great time meeting them and learning about their ministries. 

In line with our church growth, we had one new member today :) Joshua Dean Shuster Jr. Was born early this morning. We are all excited and happy for Josh and Colleen and Arlie :) 

What was your favorite summer memory? 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review -- Fearless

Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.
When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”
Long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—he was a fun-loving country boy from Hot Springs, Arkansas, whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a
promise to his parents.
But after high school, Adam fell in with the wrong crowd, and his family watched as his appetite for risk dragged him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail. Battling his inner demons on a last-chance road to redemption, Adam had one goal: to become the best of the best—a U.S. Navy SEAL.
An absorbing chronicle of heroism and humanity, Fearless presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior who would enter a village with weapons in hand to hunt terrorists, only to come back the next day with an armload of shoes and meals for local children. It is a deeply personal, revealing glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood that also shows how these elite operators live out the rest of their lives, away from danger, as husbands, fathers, and friends.
Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.
Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as fearless.


This was the first book of its kind that I've ever read.  I definitely enjoyed the new experience and there were points I couldn't put it down.

  • Great insight into a military family's life
  • Helped me appreciate the sacrifices our service men make.
  • Kept your attention
  • Needed some intense censoring.  Some of the pictures were indecent and it was sprinkled with cuss words through each chapter.
You can read more about the book HERE.

I received this book for free fromBlogging for Books for this review." 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review: Seasons of Tomorrow

As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.
More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.
Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams? 


I really enjoyed this book.  It took a while to get into because it is the fourth book in a series I haven't read, but will be soon.  Once I got about halfway through, I couldn't put it down.  One aspect that I really enjoyed was the real view she gave into an Amish lifestyle.  

You can read more about the book here

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

Sunday, June 8, 2014

This Week....

So true... But I love VBS, it's one of my favorite weeks of the year.  This year was especially epic.  We changed our usual three days to five days this year.  This was partly due to the fact that we had three extra helpers this year.  Pastor recruited the help of the Heartland VBS North team.  They did a great job helping with the kids.  

Clay, Step, and Jed. 

A hot, tired boy! 

The older guys were quite competitive on the jousting arena :)  

They had to pass the hula hoops from one person to the next without letting go of hands.

I was glad to have my piano students come for one evening. 

Setting up the inflatables.  

Mrs. Shem and Mrs. Ham boarding the ark.  Pastor did a great job building an ark in the auditorium.  We had skits all week, but I didn't get any pictures of it because I was working backstage.  

Little Timmey :) 

A final game before dismissing for the week.  

Over all, we had a great week.  There were around 24 people saved, one of which was a father that came with his kids.  We ended the week with a final service.  As it was starting, Jed was leading the kids in some songs and stopped and said "Ok, who wants to have another week"  All the kids loved the idea, but the workers were ready for a break :)  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

 In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance.  
Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?

What I Liked:
  • The Author's style: She grabbed my attention continually
  • The plot line: I was always wondering what was going to happen next. 
  • The continuation of the story: I liked that it continued after many points that it could of ended.  The author was able to wrap up every point of wonder and there were many surprises at the end of the book
What I didn't Like:
  • The Intimacy: There were many points that the author got into details that were inappropriate and unnecessary.  This would not be a book that I would recommend to others, especially younger girls, due solely to this point.  
  • There were only a few points where I would be bored with the storyline and skip over the page.  

You can read about the author here: Lori Benton, Author

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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Hospital Visit

This afternoon in between church services we took a trip to the hospital to meet my nephew Kyle James Covey.  His parents went to the hospital yesterday morning, and he was born that afternoon at 35 weeks.  Being a little bit premature he had a few problems, but through out the night everything started balancing out.  There are still some respiratory issues, but he is doing very well.  He was born 5 lbs. 11 oz. and 17 1/2 inches long.  My tiny little guy!
Uncle Luke was the lucky first one to meet him! 

I enjoyed my time cuddling with the guy and got a mixture of of pouty faces and smiles! 

Kyle's big brother holding him. 

He was so very tiny, especially compared to the big babies I've been around recently!

"Oma" (oo'mah) getting a good look at her grandson. 

Big sister

His feet against my mom's thumb

Uncle Dakota

Uncle Hunter.  It was sweet to see my baby brother holding his nephew.  Kyle is my mom's first grandchild, our first nephew.  

Saying goodbye to "baby dot" as they call him! 

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