Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Review

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

My Thoughts:

I have to say that I had a hard time putting this novel down. Thanks to a day that was schedule free I was able to read it from cover to cover in a few hours. The plot and characters grabbed my attention from the first page. What a heartfelt novel that digs into your heart.

I love that this author steps out of the box of the typical Amish Fiction writer. In this particular book she deals with physical abuse, anger, and deep grief. Also, the love of family, friends, and community and the healing we can bring if we can forgive one another no matter how much we hurt.

The characters are very realistic and likable. A very emotional journey for all the characters that was truly complex stories of each character that lost a loved one. Shelley weaved the different characters together and their unique situations in a way that was heartfelt. I can’t wait for the next novel in this series. 

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Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Legos and Kitty's

 We all know that kitty's and Lego's are a really bad mix. The crashing of them falling off the table in the middle of the night is terrifying to my son. It's usually the biggest Lego set that took 2 Lego books to build. 

I hear him in tears in the middle of the night. The cat dashing for a hide out knowing that she is in trouble.

For some crazy reason Mercy knows when a new Lego set has been added to his Lego table. She always has to investigate the newest set in the wee hours of the night. Maybe she wants to see what has keep his attention for a few hours the previous day.
 Little Man found a better distraction for Mercy when he gets a new set. He gives Mercy the box to attack. Then it wears her out and she takes a nice long snooze in the wee hours of the night and in the day time in the Lego box. Of course it helps putting a toy in the box for her.
 Then the crazy mom with a camera has to wake her from her deep sleep with a flashing of the camera. It was just too cute to resist snapping a few pictures of the little Lego terror.
Now she is ready to play again.

The nights she stalks Little Man's Lego's as she sleeps with him for several hours in the night. Bug's door is closed at night. In the day Bug's Lego's are the target of her attack. She ruined Bug's Elf Lego set-again. I repaired it before she knew that Mercy opened her door and knocked it off her table. Shh don't tell her! It really upsets her when the cat attacks her sets as its hard for Bug to put them back together. Sometimes I am tempted to try super glue!

I saved her Elf set without her knowing it. I tried to take a camera in her room but, it had her asking too many questions. I gave up with the pictures and fixed her set while she watched a movie. Little Man helped me also keep Bug distracted.

Mercy got off the hook this time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Verse of the Week Psalms 150

 This is one of many favorite verses in our house. Bug has got it down with memorizing it. The rest of us are still working on memorizing it.

Counting Pinecones

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jesus Today Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young Book Review

Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.

About Sarah Young: 

Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus CallingJesus TodayJesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.
Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.  

My Thoughts:
This is a really impressive devotion for kids. I haven’t read any of Sarah Young’s previous titles. She has quite a few for both adults and kids. 

Jesus Today has 150 devotions covered in 368 pages. Each of the devotions has several scriptures that are included for that particular day. It’s a hardcover book with a ribbon bookmark. It’s also a nice compact size to slip into your backpack. It’s recommended for ages 6-10.

The language is suitable for the intended age. The scriptures are from the International Children’s Bible version. All the scriptures are indexed in the back of the book.

I like that it is not dated for each day of the year. It just drives me crazy if a day is missed and I get confused with where I ended even if I mark it.
I started reading this with my kids every morning after our Bible time before we started school to them. Both my kids have enjoyed the devotions. They are practical and have opened up some good conversations with my kids.

This would make a nice addition to add to your kids Bible time. It would also be a nice gift.

I have really enjoyed this and will continue reading this with my kids in our daily routine.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Field Trip with Chance Rides

Last week our homeschool group went on a field trip to Chance Rides. It's located in Wichita. KS. After almost 12 years of living here I never noticed the building even though it towers over all other buildings right off on of the main highway.
We were delighted as a homeschool group to be the first school group to tour the manufacturer. At first my kids weren't too excited about it when I told them about it. That changed quickly after a few minutes. What kid both young and old doesn't enjoy amusement parks.
 We all had to wear safety googles during the tour of the manufacturer. My son thought that was cool.
 Walking past all the ride parts for roller coasters and other larger rides.
My daughter's favorite was the carousal area which they call the, "horse barn". Which was a favorite area of mine too. I was amazed at the details and who would of known how much goes into one of the animals.
 This is what you walk into when you enter the horse barn. Wow, I love all the details that go into this room. I just wanted to grab a paint brush and fill in all the details. How fun would that be.
 This carousal horse sits on top of one of the entrance. It's been there forever according to the tour guide. He's not even sure how or why it got up there. Obviously, its been up there a long time with the dust coating it. The mommy in me wanting to clean it so it would shine like a beacon into the wonders in the area we stepped into.
 Amazing all the work that goes into of the animals from casting the mold, or creating a unique mold for the first time. Painting is done by spraying and the small details by hand.
We head back to another building to see other amusement rides.

If you watched the video then could you imagine having a family night like this at work?
They turned on the neon lights for the kids to see.
The steel roller coasters have always been my favorite.
 Parking lot shuttles that you see at zoos and amusement parks.
 Chance Rides makes a lot of different rides.
 A favorite ride for many generations the steam engines that you see in parks, malls, amusement parks, and other places.
As a person who likes to take pictures these lights caught my eye.

Knowing my family they will probably always look to see if by chance the ride was created by Chance Rides.

You can learn about the history of the company here or maybe you want a mini amusement park in your back yard! You can watch more videos on YouTube by searching for Chance Rides or on their website.

I'm glad they opened their doors to our homeschool group. My kids loved it. My son had lots of questions about he engineering behind it. I might have a budding engineer in the future.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang Book Review

This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city's most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.

Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.

My Thoughts:

Who says kids are the only one who enjoy coloring! I just don’t like the themes of the kids coloring books. Then of course, I’m a bit crazy about cats. What girl doesn’t dream of visiting Paris!

This book is around 10“x 10”. It has a nice size and shape for coloring pages. The pages are a nice quality and thick for all medians of coloring. My pages didn’t bleed through with a marker or water color crayons.

The pictures are delightful. Some of the designs are on one page. Other pages are set up in a two-page layout. The designs are unique in that some pages are super busy with lots of details. While some of the designs have a lot of open blank space on the page.

Not every page has Paris scenery on it. I would say less than a dozen pages. The majority is of cats doing what cats do.

One thing that I didn’t like about this book is that the pages are not perforated and that some of the scenery goes into the book the book binding. Since the book doesn’t lay out flat it is hard to get to some places to color.

Overall, this was a fun and adorable coloring book that I have really enjoyed. I enjoyed all the different cat breeds in this book.

This would make a purr-fect gift for a cat lover.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Blogging for Books- Waterbrook for free in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and were not subject to editing from the publisher.


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