Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Photo-a-day Challenge Link-up Page

The July photo-a-day challenge starts today!

If you are planning on participating in this challenge with me, feel free to copy the picture of the themes, save it to your computer, post it on your page, etc.

As a review: 
The rules are very simple. Take a photo each day that matches the theme of the day. Please keep your photos family friendly.

There are different ways you can post your challenge photos: post your day's photo each day, wait and post a whole week at a time, or wait until the end of the month and post them all at once.

You can blog your photos, put them on instagram, upload them to an online photo album, or any other place where photos can be posted.

This link-up will stay open all month long. You can link-up as many Photo-a-day Challenge posts as you have. Only family friendly photos, please!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Photo-a-day Challenge

If you've been to my blog recently, you might have noticed the picture in the top of my sidebar. It's been a while since I've done a photo-a-day challenge and I've chosen to host one in July. You are welcome to join in the challenge with me! 


*Look at the theme for each day and take a photograph that matches that theme. Get creative! 

*There are different ways you can post your challenge photos: post your day's photo each day, wait and post a whole week at a time, or wait until the end of the month and post them all at once. 

*You can blog your photos, put them on instagram, upload them to an open photo bucket album, etc. 

*I'll have a link-up on the first day of the challenge where you can link up all your pictures. You can link up as many photo challenge posts as you want! I do ask that you please keep all posts and blogs G-rated.

Want to join us?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sisters Book Challenge: A Year Down Yonder

Book 2
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

I started this book on a Sunday night and I think by Monday I was finished. It was an easy to read book plus the story was one that got you interested. 

The story is about Mary Alice who goes to stay with her grandmother in a small Illinois town during the Great Depression. Her Grandma Dowdel is quite the character and Mary Alice is a little afraid of her. Soon after she arrives, she starts having many exciting adventures. What started out as a time for Mary Alice to endure, turned into a wonderful experience she will never forget.

After loving this book I want to read the other book Richard Peck wrote about Mary Alice and her grandma, A Long Way from Chicago.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Love Letters {Book Review}

Life has been really busy lately and I haven't read that many books this year. So I could review Beverly Lewis's new book for my blog, I made sure I took the time to read it.
** I was given a copy of The Love Letters by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review of the book. 

The Love Letters is a story was about Marlena, a young Amish woman who goes to live with her grandmother for the summer. Soon after she arrives, she gets the news that she must care for her wayward sister's baby after a serious car accident. On the adjacent farm lives Small Jay, a young handicapped boy, who finds a confused stranger out on the road. He befriends the Englisher to the chagrin of his Old Order Amish father. 

I love how Beverly Lewis intertwines more than one story in each book. She expertly connects the storylines to create a lovely story that engages the reader. It was an easy book to read. Sometimes the story seemed to be predictable but at other times, there were twists that kept things interesting. While this book wasn't my favorite of hers, it was well worth taking the time to read. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

What's Been Going On...

I'm officially a CNA!

I graduated in April then I took my Geriatric Nursing Assistant exam and passed that as well.

We visited my far-away nieces and nephews.

And their mommy and daddy, too. I love these little folks!

I've been working.

Work at Chick-fil-A is going great! I'm also starting a new part time job this week doing home health care which I'm excited about! 

I got new glasses.

I started wearing glasses in January. A week or two ago I found a coupon in my email for 30% at (I reviewed a pair of fashion glasses from their company several years ago.) I found a nice pair of prescription glasses and got them inexpensively. They are a different color from my other pair and it will be nice to switch back and forth between the two. 

I've been reading. 

My haven't done as much reading this year as I would have liked to but I've been so busy. Right now I'm reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. 

I'll be sharing another book review or two on my blog in the next few weeks. One is a book from Bethany House Publishers, the other is a Sisters Book Challenge book I read in January and forgot to review. Oops! 

So, what has been going on in your life?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Quick Update and A Book Review

When I wrote my last post on March 3, I didn't think it would be April 18 before posting anything else. Life has been very, very busy!! I started college in March. I'm working to get my CNA. The course is 6 1/2 weeks total which means a lot of work to do in a short time! Studying took up quite a lot of my time. When I wasn't in school or studying, I was either working at Chick-fil-A or spending time with family and friends. 

School will be over next week! I've also had fewer hours at work so hopefully I'll be posting a little bit more often again. 

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In all the busyness, I did have time to do a little bit of reading. Bethany House Publishers sent me a copy of Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan's newest book Where Trust Lies in exchange for an honest review on my blog.

Cover Art
This book is the continuation to the story told in their previous book, Where Courage Calls. Beth Thatcher returns to her home in Toronto after teaching for a year in Coal Valley. After living out west with not a lot of luxuries, Beth has a hard time adjusting to city life again. Soon after her arrival, her mother and sisters announce plans for a family holiday on a steamship. Beth would rather stay at home but feels like she should spend time with her family since she hasn't been able to spend time with them for the past year.

Because this book starts where the first one ended, it felt like I was already involved in the story when I started. It was really easy to read and the story was engaging. As with all books by the Okes, everything was clean and there were no uncomfortable scenes in the book. It probably wasn't my favorite of her books. I think I liked the first book in this series better. It could be because the setting of Coal Valley was more intriguing than a cruise ship?  Either way it was still well written and worth taking the time to read. 

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Hopefully, the time between posts will be shorter this time!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sisters Book Challenge: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Book 1
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Several years ago, I read a couple of books by Elizabeth George Speare: Calico Captive and The Bronze Bow. Both were excellent books and I really enjoyed reading them. I was interested in reading more from the author but I was a little leery of the title of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I thought it might delve into witchcraft and I didn't want to read about that. When Kristin put that book on the challenge list this year, I decided to give it a try. The book turned out to be wonderful! Even though the title suggests otherwise, this book has nothing to do with witchcraft. 

The story is about a girl who arrives in colonial Connecticut to live with family. Kit struggles to fit in to the rugged lifestyle after moving from Barbados. The people of the town are suspicious of Kit because of her past and the different customs she's brought with her. The only place she feels at ease is in the meadows where she befriends a Quaker woman named Hannah. Hannah is an outcast herself and is known by the town as the Witch of Blackbird Pond because her faith differs from the rest of the townspeople who are Puritans.

Elizabeth George Speare is an excellent author and really engages the reader in the story. Her books are well worth taking the time to read!