Saturday, June 22, 2024


I am NOT a fan of summer.

It is too hot.

And there are bugs.

And did I mention the heat?!?!

So, I had three Junior Novelizations to read this week...I got two of them done.

Wish (the Disney movie) and The Garfield Movie.  We often will snag the jr. novels as a way to preview a new movie in which we aren't certain if the content/language will appeal to our family or not.  We have found it to be more reliable than reading reviews.  

I am SUPER excited to see The Garfield Movie - it looks to be a really, really cute storyline.  I did not get Inside Out 2 jr. novel read yet...hope to tomorrow.  I also hope to get back to my TBR list, there are soooo many I need/want to get read. 

We actually had a pretty bumpy week this week, so I also pulled out 8 Class Pet + 1 Squirrel / 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde and you know what?  No matter how old we get, how many times we read this book, it is always a favorite.  

I finished the Old Testament chronological and am now reading the New Testament.  I decided to follow the Blue Letter Bible chronological plan for the New Testament portion (I followed an app called "reading plan" up until now). 

Here is hoping to a better week ahead than the one we just walked through.  💖

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Update on what I read this week and where I am in my Bible reading...

First of all, I read Spying on Miss Mueller by Eve Bunting and I was NOT impressed with this book.  I kept thinking it would get better.  

It didn't.

Second of all, I am days away from completing the Old Testament portion of the chronological plan I am following, and will then begin the New Testament.  I had originally planned on joining the Christ Kirk NT summer reading plan and read concurrently until I finished the Old Testament...but that just did not work.  

And that is ok.  

I have absolutely LOVED reading chronologically.   God's faithfulness is INCREDIBLE.  It is SO SO SO incredible.  I have always struggled to make Bible reading a daily habit - most of my adult life - but this time through is different.  I find myself excited to wake up in the morning and pull out my Bible and to spend time with God in His Word.  

I am using a NIV journal Bible, with lines in the margins for me to take notes, write down observations and questions.  I used super fine point colored pens and underline what pops out at me (sometimes that means literally the entire chapter!).  What I find incredibly interesting is that there are several books of the Bible you don't read the chapters in order.  Jeremiah and Daniel pop to mind first.  Literally I read some of the later chapters before heading back to the middle and you know what?  It made all the difference in the world.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Happy Anniversary!

I cannot believe it has been twenty-four years!!  I love you SO very much and am SO incredibly grateful that I get to be your wife.  You are our everything.  💖💖💖 Happy Anniversary ❣

Friday, June 7, 2024


HESED and the Mystery of God's Lovingkindness by Michael Card

I cannot remember how or where that I first heard of the word HESED but I do remember thinking WOW - I HAVE to learn more.  It is a Hebrew Word that cannot actually be translated accurately - so it has an entire list of possibilities of what it could (and is) translated to in our Bibles, with lovingkindness being the most favored.  I LOVE this word.  I googled it last year and long story short stumbled on this book (and a workbook) on Amazon.  I finally ordered it last summer when I realized it was on sale (only to get it and realize I had accidentally ordered the workbook.  😶 Funny enough, I JUST realized that the workbook is not even by the same author as the book - ha!)  

It has taken me a long time to carve out time to read this book because I wanted to enjoy it - not rush through it and I am so glad that I waited.  Because this book IS amazing!  It is SO so SO good.  

This week I also read Sincerely, Secretary of Doom (High Court of the Coffee Bean Book 2) by Jennifer Kropf

I was SO SO excited for this book to release...but it took the first fifteen chapters for me to get in to the story.  I am not sure if it was because I was so distracted with things going on, busy prepping and driving to appointments etc;, or what, but I almost put it down several times.  Then finally chapter sixteen turned the tide and I am SO happy I pushed through.  It is a good book and I just heard the audio book was released (thankfully with the same narrator as the first one), so I am excited to give it a listen later this month!

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Shoe Leather For Our Life Journey by Edwin W. Thomas

I was given this book by a sweet, sweet lady in my Bible study.  She is friends with the author and highly recommended it.  I wanted to pre-read it quickly so that we can use it as a summer study together, so that's what I did.  

There were four things that bothered me (and I feel silly mentioning them, because they are small things overall and I LOVED the book, but these four things still stuck with me once I closed the last page, so I wanted to note them down).

1) on pg. 25 the author refers to Boaz and Ruth : "An old tradition has it that Boaz took Ruth to be his bride..." this is a curious choice of words since the Bible is inerrant (and the author states that repeatedly throughout the book) and the Bible states that Boaz took Ruth as his wife (Ruth 4:13)

2) on pg. 35 the author says "Jesus took it to be a three-day picture miracle of His own resurrection from the Tomb..." when referring to Jonah in the belly of the whale.  Again, a curious choice of wording that almost seems to cast doubt.  Jesus pointed out that it was a picture of His own suffering and miracle resurrection - and the author even cites Matthew 12:40 here.

3) on pg. 51 "Christ could not have survived this spearing but most likely had already died." The author was commenting on John 19:33-34 when he wrote this and the verse LITERALLY starts with "But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead already..." so I realized at this point all three examples are either just awkwardly worded OR I mis-read them (I do that a lot).  

4) this one bothered me personally (and very likely will bother absolutely no one else) but on page 17 for some reason when referring to the Mosaic covenant he calls it something else.  

BUT aside from those four things this book is SO SO good.  I would recommend it and will teach it this summer even.  I HIGHLY recommend reading it.  My favorite chapters are Chapter Two : Walk Through the Bible (Big Picture) and his explanations of the Fruit of the Spirit in Chapter Five : Our Ever-Present Traveling Companion.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

How to Steal a Dog...and one more

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
This is THE cutest book.  This book was one that one of mine read and said, "You have to read this!" So, I did.  

Oh my - this is such a good book.  This is the second book by Barbara O'Connor that I have read and I really REALLY really like her writing style.  

Georgianna and her mom and little brother, Toby, have fallen on some hard times.  REALLY hard.  Their dad up and left and now they live out of a car...with no end in sight.  So, with despair eating away at what little resolve Georgianna had left, she comes up with an outrageously bad idea...Toby and her need to steal a dog and collect the reward money.  Because that reward money will be just the ticket out of their beat up, stinky old car and into a real live home.

HIGHLY recommend.

Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B Jones

This is my second or third time through this story.  It is pretty cute.  Some of the side comments I felt like she could have left out, but overall, I have enjoyed Jenny B Jones as an author.  The mystery is very cozy and Paisley is just the perfect amount of awkward, making this a cute and easy read.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

A Quiet Place in the Country

by T.E. Kinsey

A Lady Hardcastle mystery.

I don't remember how I stumbled upon this book.  I think Audible had it on sale one time, you know the sales that offer the first in a series for super cheap to get you hooked?  Well, since we traveled this past week, I popped in my headphones on the long drive (seriously it was such a looooong drive) and immediately was soon drawn into the story.  It helped the miles pass by and kept me awake when it was my turn to drive.  

Lady Hardcastle and her ladies' maid (Miss Armstrong) move to the countryside for a quieter life.  All is going swimmingly until they step through a clearing and come upon a dead body.  My favorite, favorite part of this book is that it is told from the perspective of the companion/maid Miss Armstrong and she is so funny!  I love how Lady Hardcastle and her interact - their conversations and witty repartee are utterly delightful.  I also absolutely LOVE the narrator - she does a spectacular job.  Highly recommend this book!!