I’m late posting the reading plan for July and I want to apologize. As things personally have to be dealt with I was distracted. But distraction is not necessarily a good thing. So here is the reading place for July. Feel free to share this post and download the reading plan.
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Blessing (Quaker Brides)
An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.
Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal―or challenged him to consider the lives of others.
The subject of this book was very intriguing to me. It caught my attention that it was written in about Cincinnati in the 1840’s. I had never read a book where one of the main characters was Quaker and it was quite interesting. Since I am originally from Cincinnati it was really cool to read about this time period in that area. I’ve always loved history and the fact that Mrs. Cote included the history of the area in the back of the book was right up my alley. In fact so intrigued me that I actually went online to learn more. I like books that can do that whether fiction or not.
The two main characters, Blessing and Gerard are as different as night and day. Yet, they are unusually drawn to one another. I love how they each develop their relationship with one another while also changing individually. They learn and grow from each other. You can see how the people around you can seem one way to you and then when your perspective changes how they are perceived completely different than once thought.
I love how during this time period the Underground Railroad was going strong and as well as women’s right were being thrown into the mix. You never think of these two things going hand in hand yet they were being talked about and there were conferences going at the same time.
It is a very interesting story and my first book by Lyn Cote. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. This book is not just fluff. There is substance to it. It is a great book and one I think you will enjoy.
As many of you know, I’ve only lived in TN for 2.5 years. Not that I haven’t lived in the state before, as a girl from the age of 3 to the age of 10 we lived in Scott County TN. We moved around a lot when I was growing up. However, I lived in the Greenville, SC area for 12 years. Two of my children were born there and I always considered it home. At least I did until about 1.5 years ago.
Yeah even though I lived in the Knoxville area for more than 2 years it took at least a year for me to consider it “home”. When we moved to TN I felt like I left my home behind. I was sad and upset and then the terrible happened. My dad dies. I was hurt and ready to turn around and run back to SC where things were familiar and comfortable.
In my spirit I knew I couldn’t do it. I knew God had us in Knoxville for a reason. He still does. He has not released us from this area as of yet. But I wanted to just run back for “safety’s” sake. But that is not what God wants. Before long Knoxville started pushing its way into my heart. When it happened, I’m not sure, but it did.
This past weekend we went to South Carolina and as I enjoyed catching up with our friends and seeing the places we used to spend time at, it became so clear to me that Greenville, SC was no longer home for me. Yes its beautiful, but I didn’t feel the same way about it that I used to. In fact my heart rejoiced as we crossed the TN state line and I was once again on “my” side of the mountains. I didn’t have the longing I once did for our house and home in SC in fact my desire and longing was for Knoxville.
Growing up my heart always longed for a “home”. I don’t ever regret the life that I lived and I do enjoy traveling to new places but I wanted some place that I could always go back to. Of course, I have called different states my home over time. So God reveals to me that “Home” is where he has me at different times but my real home is always with Him. Home is staying in the will of God for my life. Not living where others think we should live. Not a place where I grew up or my spouse grew up. Home is where God is. That is all there is to it.
Our work in SC is over. Our work in TN has already begun and we will continue to be led by the Lord and do what He is calling us to do. I learned that as long as I stay in God’s will for my life that I will always feel at “home” doing what we must do. I need to stop putting so much emotion in a physical place and start putting my ALL into His work that He has given me.
As I look forward to my next trip to connect with our friends in SC I am content on doing what God has called me to do here. I am content in living in God’s will.
This past week we spent a few days back in Greenville, SC. Of course we couldn’t go to the area without going to Falls Park. It’s one of our favorite places to walk and enjoy time outdoors. And its right in the middle of downtown. It’s beautiful. So this weeks Project 52 is from our weekend there. Enjoy!
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The Woods Edge by Lori Benton (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers)
At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?
The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.
On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.
When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?
As a lover of history especially early American history this book was perfect for me. The time period, the characters, the background was so intriguing. This book was well researched and the story was captivating. This time period was full of uncertainty between people groups and Lori shows that clearly in this book.
The characters of Two Hawk’s and Anna and their struggle with the truth and their relationship keeps you going back for more. In your mind you are constantly wondering if it will all work out. I love that she writes in a way that does not fully give away the story. You don’t know when reading it if it will work out or not or how things will play out. She leaves enough mystery in it for all of us.
I will warn you that this book is the beginning of a series. So there are some things that are not going to be tied up by the end. One thing is certainly clear. I’m ready for this ride to continue.
I definitely recommend picking this book up before leaving for vacation or as a pool side read.
My oldest two daughters are in high school this fall. GeekGirl is going into 10th grade and Princess will be in 9th. It’s really hard to believe the time has just flown by since we started blogging back in 2006 when I was in my second year of homeschooling GeekGirl (1st grade) and Princess (K-5). My youngest, Boo, was only 1.5 yrs old and it seems like such a long time ago.
This journey has been a good one and each year as we evaluate how our school has gone and what we should do in the coming year I still can not deny that I love homeschooling. The years have not always been easy and we have had to overcome some obstacles but with the grace of God we have done it and will continue to do it.
As I have stated the older two are in high-school and as I see young women on a daily basis go off on their own whether moving out to become independent adults or getting married, they are lacking the skills that used to be taught in the home by their mother’s and even the basics taught in a home economics class in school. Our society is not teaching this anymore. In fact whether or not you decide you want to be a stay at home mom or you want to work outside the home all women (and men) should learn basic housekeeping and bookkeeping skills.
Because of this lack of skills being taught today I decided I wanted my girls to know how to manage a home. So I am developing a home economics program for them and others to use to teach their kids to be able to live an independent life.
Here is where you come in. I have put together a survey to get an idea of the top two things that you wish you had known when you moved out or got married. If you wouldn’t mind filling this survey out I would greatly appreciate it. Also at the end I will be giving you the opportunity to sign up to receive updates on the Home Economics curriculum as I develop it.
Thank you all so much for your time and your input.
Hello all, I have a couple things for you today. I’m not posting a review today. Why? Well, because I’m not finished reading all the review books I have at the moment AND I needed to take some time off. Real life has caught up and has taken me away from getting some things done quicker than others which includes reading as quickly as I normally do. However, in the coming months I will be posting some more reviews but after August I think I may slow down on them. We shall see. There are a few things I will be focusing on in the months ahead and I need to refocus. Anyway, I am asking that you do something for me. I have a quick 10 question survey I would love for you to take. I’m trying to get my blogging lined up with where my heart is and I need some input from you. If you wouldn’t mind filling out this survey below I would be eternally appreciative to you.
Thank you so very much for filling out the survey and letting me know some important things about you, my beloved readers.
Project 52 weeks 23 and 24 were very very very hectic. I worked, we had the Perry Stone conference at my church. Went straight into VBS and then I worked some more. During all that my phone decided that it didn’t want to receive texts anymore. We tried everything before having to reset my phone back to factory standards. The good thing was that I already set my settings to back up automatically so I didn’t lose my most important stuff. However because of how busy the last couples weeks have been I didn’t take any pictures since resetting my phone. Crazy I know.
That said this photo represents the last couple of weeks where I have squeezed in some reading time.
So how have your past couple of weeks been?
Hello friends today I have a fun giveaway for you. Pirates Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. It’s a follow up movie to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure.
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization. They’re new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence. With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon. If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age. It’s a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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I love finding new movies that are family friendly and especially ones that have a good message in them. This movie is safe for the whole family. There is no language in it but some minor violence. Definitely no gore. I must admit some of the acting is a bit cheesy but for the most part the story itself is really cute. It kind of gave me that whole Spy Kids feel without the budget.
There are a few familiar faces in it. You will see Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Frank Collison (Oh Brother Where Art Thou) and Kenton Duty (Disney’s Shake It Up).
My overall opinion is it’s a good family movie for all ages.
You can check out the PureFlix site to find out how you can purchase a copy of this movie and don’t forget to enter to win by filling out the gleam widget below. (If you reading this by email or in a reader you may have to click the link below to enter.)
Contest is only valid in the US and Canada. Giveaway ends at midnight EDT June 19th.
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The Creator’s of the awesome Bible series What’s in the Bible is doing a really special giveaway for dad’s. They are giving away an Apple Watch for one awesome out-of-this-world Dad. (you can click the image above to enter for your chance win.)
Also going on right now you can save 40% on the What’s in the Bible New Testament DVD’s with coupon code: SUMMER.
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#2: Now and Forever
By Mary Connealy / Bethany House
Shannon Wilde is the middle sister–and the one who loves animals. She’s established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine…until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!
Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.
As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.
I’m a fan of light hearted romantic comedies when it comes to TV and movies. Mary Connealy gives me that in book form. Now and Forever is book 2 in the Wild at Heart series and it continues exactly where the first book leaves off.
Seeing two opposites find love and healing in each other can be a fun and humorous adventure. This book is a light hearted read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It would make a great beach or poolside read as its not too deep. It’s a perfect mix of romance, adventure and comedy. I definitely recommend this if you want something lighthearted and easy to read.
I love the chemistry between Shannon and Tucker and in the background you can see the makings of the next book in the series, which will be coming out in October.
Check out my review of the first book here.
You can pick up a copy of this book at Christianbook.com (also available in eBook format).
In this age of technology were you can download a book in seconds or keep your schedule on your phones so its always at your fingertips. Yes I love that these things are available and I do read books on my Kindle Fire. However, in reality I’m a bit old fashioned. I love holding a book in my hand and turning the pages.
I absolutely love my paper planners and notebooks galore. I just can’t seem to get in the habit of getting the whole digital calendar under my control. I forget to use it or just fail to input my appointments yet you will see my paper calendar and planners all filled up in different colors and notes. I’m just that kind of girl.
I’ve had many people comment that they wouldn’t ever help me move again because of the amount of books I have. I just can’t help it. I like my books. Even though I didn’t get rid of ALL of my paper books I did go through the majority of them and sell them to a local used book store. I’m realizing that there is nothing wrong with liking books but I need to make sure that the ones I do keep are ones that I will read again or are books that I would regret getting rid of. I’ve got some autographed books that I love and will re-read so those stay. I’ve got books that are a bit older and that I want my kids to read so I keep those. I’ve also got all my Bible study books that I actually do use despite what people think. Plus all my Bible’s. I like Bible’s. I love seeing the Word of God in different translations and I like the features that different Bible’s have so I will keep my Bible’s.
So yeah, as much as I love technology and its ease of use, I am a bit old fashioned in some ways. So what are things that other’s think is a bit old fashioned that you just can’t help but love? Leave your answer in the comments below.
Project 52 weeks 21 and 22. Enjoy.
Week 21: We went hiking at Ijam’s Nature Center. It was absolutely beautiful. We hiked the river walk trail. I definitely want to go back and hike one of the other trails. Hubby and I were talking about doing one of the quarry trails next time.
Week 22: I did not take the photo below. My mom did. But it reflects this past week for me. My amazement that my girls are growing up. Of course this pic is missing our youngest, Boo. But it’s the fact that GeekGirl and Princess are no longer “little” girls and are turning into beautiful young women. This was taken after church this past Sunday. GeekGirl is finding that she is liking her “girly” side and Princess is just her casual self. lol I’m so very proud of them both.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks. Project 52. And remember to check out the Michael W Smith’s Giveaway (ends June 3rd).
Hello to all my lovely readers. It’s been a while since I posted an update. It seems that there has been so much going on lately. I can’t believe May is gone and we are in June. This past Friday we finished up our school for the year. GeekGirl finished her Freshman year and is now a rising Sophomore. Princess finished 8th grade and will be starting her freshman year of high school in September and Boo finished 4th grade and is now a 5th grader.
It’s so hard to believe that my kids are growing up so fast. I was thinking about it yesterday while at church. My baby is only in her children’s church for one more year then she moves up to the Middle school group in the youth group. Wow where did the time go?
Now I’m packing up our home yet again and looking for a house. So we are in the house hunt once again. That is stressful all by itself but I’m thankful that God will provide and open the door where we need to be. I’ve also been working at the retail location that I work at quite a bit because we are closing and several of our girls have moved on to other positions and so we are short handed and therefore time off will be a luxury. Of course I am thankful for this job and thankful for the girls that I have worked with. All of which I will miss terribly but at least one I get to see at church. That makes me happy.
God has been doing some awesome things in the life of myself and my husband. I look at some of things God has done in our life over the past year and its been amazing. To see where we were compared to where we are and to know that its just going to continue to get better. Doors are opening and we are prepared to walk through.
As the summer progresses I will try my best to keep up with the blogging but there is much to be done and time to spend with my family and as they are the most important thing to me I will not sacrifice that time with them as it is precious to me.
Now that I have you all updated I have the June reading plan ready for you. I hope you have enjoyed having this for you. Just click on the image to download and save the original size. (To download click the image and then right click and save to your computer.)
Also don’t forget to enter to win Michael W Smith’s new album “Sovereign” featuring the song “Sky Spills Over. You can enter by going to this post here. Giveaway ends June 3rd 11:59PM EDT.