Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Review || A Table By the Window

This book was another one that I wasn't able to put down.  The author did a great job grabbing my attention and keeping it!
I enjoyed the plot line of the story, although I don't agree with the use of online dating services.  I loved the personality, attitude, and character of the main character, Julietta.  The author was able to write this book in a way that can relate to most readers, including the modern day happenings. There was a tiny bit of French and Italian history, romance, comedy, and intrigue.
 It was also interesting for me as I came across the different recipes that were in the book.  It made the book not only a source of enjoyment, but useful as well.
I was slightly disappointed as there was no glossary in the book, but both French and Italian were used throughout the book.  I was able to pick out some words, but there were points where I had to imagine what the conversation was saying.
For more information you can visit the author's blog here, you can also read the first chapter here

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

Update from Pictures

It seems like it's been forever since I really posted on here.  I've been doing the 30 day challenge, but that's about it.  It has been very busy here lately, but don't I always say that??  Here are some pictures of things I've been up to.  Not in order, lol!  

I started babysitting this little cutie, Chloie.  I watch her Monday-Friday every other week.  She keeps me on my toes!  

I've been "jumping the gun" on all things spring and warm.  I'm so done with winter.  I did these decorations, and more, quite a while back... while the temps were still like this:

I think it got even colder that night.  It has warmed up now.  It was in the 50's today! 

A month ago I got my wisdom teeth taken out.  That was quite an experience!  The pain wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be, but the side effects were worse than we all thought they would be.  It was rough for me, because I usually am not one to enjoy down time! 

In the state of my "druggedness" my darling brothers brought in these flowers.  *cue tears* they can be the sweetest things sometimes :)

We also made on final ski trip... in mid-March.  The skiing conditions were perfect, in March.  Welcome to Michigan.  

We went to Cabrafae in Cadillac, it's not my favorite place for skiing, but the view... well, the picture speaks for itself.  

I was also able to spend a couple of days babysitting this guy again!  Isn't he so grown up?!  He is getting around quite well now, and is prepping to be a big brother in October.  ~Insert excited squeals!~ 

Most recently of my adventures is a piano recital.  I had a lot of fun putting it all together and was thoroughly pleased with the work all my students put into it.  They did marvelous. 


Jean and Megan did "Take me Out to The Ball Game" for a duet, it was fun!


Colleen and Mrs. Shuster were gracious enough to play for us again!  


Kenna with her twin sister Cayla... Aren't they adorable?

Colleen and I always enjoy working on pieces together :)

My little group of five students, plus Colleen and Mrs. Shuster.  Everyone got together and had a card for me, plus a bouquet of flowers and a Daily Devotion book by Debbie Jenkins.  I don't have any pictures of it, but my old piano teacher was able to make it for the recital and played a piece at the end as well! 

I haven't been keeping up with "What I Wore" but I'll detail the outfit I wore for the recital and ya'll can click on the pictures for a close up :) 

Dress: American thrift Store?? (Alabama, I'm convinced that the further south you go, the better the thrift stores)... I think it was $10
Sweater: Goodwill
Shoes: local thrift store ~ $1.00
Necklace: Gift
Earrings: Glitter?? ~ $1.00

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What Do I Want || Writing Challenge

  • Sleep... haha, this week has been wacko! 
  • Wisdom and Patience... to get me through wacko weeks! 
  • Time... so my weeks aren't so wacko.  Time to clean more, practice more, create more, and do things with family and friends
  • A cricut
  • One more job... The Lord has been blessing our family with providing us all jobs.  I started a new babysitting job this week, thus the wacko week.  I'm praying for one more small job, tutoring or piano, etc.  
  • A car
  • A wonderful family in the future :) 
  • Warm weather... Spring... no more snow!

How is the weather in your area? Has spring arrived? 

Book Review: The Global War on Christians

  I was a little unsure about reading this book for a couple of reasons, the main one being that it is not something I am typically interested in.  In the end, it did turn out to be an interesting book with some points that I liked and, equally, parts that I didn't like.

As soon as I got into the book, I realized that the auther, John L Allen Jr, had done a tremendous amount of research on this topic.  I could tell he knew what he was talking about.  The only thing about his research was that I noticed a focus on certain religions.  There was very little about persecution on Baptists... it was focused on Catholics, Muslims, and other "evangelical" divisions.

I found that the book was, for the most part, over my head.  I did not find it grabbing my attention at all.  Also, there was one point during one of the illustrations were the author included a cuss word.

*Personal disclaimer;  I do not agree with everything about this author, or the information in the book.  As my usual readers know, I do not agree with the ideas presented by Catholics, and hold to a Baptist viewpoint.

For more information about the book you can click HERE, and for more about the author, click HERE

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How Do I Envision My Life To Be || Writing Challenge

Oh this is my favorite. I love to dream about the future and what my life will be like. Sometimes my mom says I do it a little too much :) 
For the future, I'd envision myself to be married with a lot of kids. Like, seriously, a lot! I want 12, but we'll see how that goes. :) I definitely want to homeschool my children, and as much as I'm able, continue teaching piano as well. 
I've never been "called" to be anything in particular (i.e. A pastor's wife, etc.) but I do envision myself as a pastor's wife. I also have a small desire to have a couple of small farm yard animals (particularly, sheep and goats) but again, we'll see how that goes. 
Most importantly, I see myself desiring to serve God the best I can. 

What are some of your dreams for the future? 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Something I Would Never Get Tired of Doing || Writing Challenge

•Going to church. There are many reasons I love going to church. Some of them spiritual, some of them not so spiritual, haha. Today was a little rough after the surgery but it was definitely worth it when I was able to lead two girls to The Lord. I love working with Colleen teaching the girls' Sunday school class. I love spending time with Arlie and Bailey and Kiley. We had a grand time while everyone was on their buses this morning. 
• playing the piano. I'm sure everyone knows this! Haha :)
• painting my nails and drinking coffee. Random, right? I just had to throw that in with this picture :)
•pinteresting. It's the bomb. 
•making friends. Love each and every one of my friends :) 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What Made My Day Special || Writing Challenge

Hmmm... Well, yesterday my brothers bought me flowers to cheer up my little recoup area. It was very sweet :) 
Today I'm feeling well. It's nice to spend a day just relaxing and getting caught up on my sleep. Tomorrow, Lord Willing, I'll be able to go to church and then spend the rest of the afternoon sleeping, lol! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Goals For Next Month || Writing Challenge

• recover quickly! I had wisdom teeth removed this morning and am feeling a little off!  I'm hoping to be back on track by Sunday :)
• spring cleaning. Spend at least an hour a day deep cleaning in different rooms. 
• clean out my closet. Switch out my winter clothes for spring and summer. Hopefully the weather permits!  It was over 40 degrees today, but I didn't get to enjoy it much! 
• meet this little guy:
This is Jesse's baby boy, Timothey Shuster. He was born yesterday morning :) 
• finish planning and have an epic recital on April 1st. 
• go skiing one more time. 
• find an Easter outfit :) ( this one will probably go into April too ) 

What are some goals you have? What are some things you do to get ready for spring?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Most Memorable Vacation || Writing Challenge

Ah, this...I'd have to say that I have two of them. 
• 2010 Iowa. Went to Iowa with Colleen and her sister, Kindra to take Kindra to college. It was supposed to be a basic trip, but lo and behold just after crossing into Iowa our car breaks down. Anyway, it was quite an eventful trip :) 
• 2012 Alabama. Visiting the Carsons for a week. It was my first time visiting them after they moved in 2010. We had a great time together and my return trip was equally eventful. It was my first time flying alone and on the way back my first flight was delayed leading to missing my second flight. So I spent the night in Atlanta. Yeah, kinda interesting.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

Something I've Never Done That Most People Have || Writing Challenge

I am going to finish this challenge, someday... Eventually. Lol! 
This one was hard because I wanted it to apply to my readers. There are a lot of things that people have done that I've never done, but not necessarily my readers. 
•surgeries/broken bones... Until next week!! I am getting two of my wisdom teeth taken out, a minor undertaken, but the first nonetheless. 
•the ability to run easily. Just not my thing :/ 
•learn a second instrument (or language for that matter) I really want to learn the flute! As for the languages, I took Spanish and French in high school but I never was able to get much out of it. I know a little bit in both languages plus ASL :) 
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