Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!
I loved visiting Mammoth Cave with my hubby just before we had baby #3, so I was thrilled to stumble upon a novel about the Mammoth Cave area. Guide Me Home, written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a delightful novel set in the early 1900s. It's a great look at the culture of the times, from family ties to family responsibilities, to the dichotomy between rich/poor and educated/uneducated, to gender roles. It delves into the issues of guilt, forgiveness, independence, rebellion, faith, hope and salvation. I judged the book by it's cover, which wasn't very appealing, and almost set it aside. But I was immediately drawn into the story when I started reading. Very well-developed characters, beautiful descriptions of the cave/grounds, well thought-out plot, just enjoyable all the way around. I also appreciate Sawyer's well-researched descriptions of the cave and it's surroundings - it makes me want to visit again and learn more about the cave!
My read during our trip to Arizona this week was The Raven, a new release from Mike Nappa. This book was slow to start, but eventually intriguing. It’s an interesting look at business and
politics explored through the lens of a magician and 2 detectives. It’s also a long and deep look at bitterness
and revenge. One of the main characters,
The Raven, is pretty quirky. I almost
put the book down because he drove me a little crazy at the beginning of the
book. But there is development of the
character as well as redemption, as the story unfolds.
It's written in a time lapse format, starting in the present, then backtracking before going forward in the book again. It's narrated by several different characters. Parts are violent, but not too graphic. The story does have elements of suspense and several good twists.
From the publisher: "As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets whil…
Enjoyable novel - fresh ideas, well-written and easy to read. It's an easy novel to fall into - the characters are well-developed and the plot is very unique. Readers will enjoy the story line, the glimpses into time's past, and the redeeming story of twisted characters.
From the publisher: "Dani had planned to spy on Brett--so how did she end up on a date with him? Dani Prescott can't believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani's mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother's reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers w…
365 pocket morning prayers is subtitled strength and joy to begin each day. It is just that. 365 short but powerful reflections on scripture.
You'll find topics ranging from accountability, to forgiveness, to competition, to contentment to loneliness, to God's care, to motives. I laughed when I saw multiplication in the concordance, because my daughter has been spending so much time learning her multiplication tables. But I think they mean a different kind of multiplication. :) Each of the daily entries contains a title and an action, such as "A prayer about God's leading: Remembering the Past" or "A prayer about restraint: controlling my temper." Then there is a prayer to read, reflect upon and pray. Then there is a related scripture that you an meditate on or memorize.
The opening reflection of the prayer book talks about prayer as a privilege, the personal relationship that is nurtured by prayer, and the power of prayer. I would recommend t…