Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Because the Kids Aren’t Getting Any Younger

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Zachary, 10; Laurianna, 13; Kaleb, 8; McKenna, 12

So the kids are growing up. Proof positive in the picture above. In case you don’t recognize them - well, those are our four. It’s been a bit since I’ve shared a picture and looking at the family pictures on our wall in comparison - yikes.

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day and a chance to grab a few snapshots to document just how much they’ve grown and how beautiful (or handsome) they are becoming, both inside and out.

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McKenna would love to have you notice that yes, she IS taller than her older sister. This is the first time in a long time that she has worn her hair down, which we love!

These two girls can be the best of friends or drive each other crazy all in the span of 15 minutes. They are growing into beautiful young ladies (that in and of itself sounds too grown up!).

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And the boys - well, they aren’t so little anymore either. There’s a part of me that keeps thinking Kaleb is six. He’s eight. Sigh. It should be noted that Zachary wanted a pink shirt for Easter. He got plaid.

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Rick and I aren’t getting any younger either - but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. At all. This man is all sorts of amazing and I am blessed to have him and those crazy kids along for the ride.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Just Write

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Writing is something that I haven’t done here lately, because in truth - it all just feels overwhelming at times. Or that I don’t have anything consequential to really put into words.

{I’d say I don’t have any words, but if you know me, I never seem to lack for words.}

Life continues to move on. Our kids are growing. Trying to keep up with them and the many moods can honestly be quite exhausting. And rewarding. And frustrating.

This parenting thing isn’t always the easiest task. Especially because I find so many glaring faults of my own being mirrored in my children. The things that I am asking them to stop doing {for the upteenth time}, well - can you guess where many of those things were learned?

So sometimes it’s easier not to write. Much of me wants to just enjoy the time that I have with our family, which is why I haven’t written much.

But really, there has been lots to tell of {other than the chicken and the rabbit that died, or all the snow we’ve enjoyed, or the braces someone now has}.

While life has been happening, there is lots to write of - but sometimes this mom has a hard time putting it all into words that do it justice.


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Monday, January 20, 2014

When I Was Little

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This Christmas each of the girls received a Just Between Us journal for moms and daughters. And really - it has been fabulous. Rather than staring at a blank page, there are journal prompts for us to write back and forth with each other and get conversations started. Both girls have jumped into this with excitement and I love seeing what is on their minds and hearts, especially when their personalities begin showing through the ink.

{and p.s. this is posted with permission}

From one of my daughters this morning:

“When I was little I thought you were the best mom in the world. Now that I'm older, I know you are.

(I got that from a Hallmark card).

(But it's true).

(I also thought Santa was real).”

I may have laughed out loud at that journal entry. Because this girl just cracks me up at times, and this is just one of the many examples of her brain at work.

You have to love it.

Mom and Daughter Journal

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FREEBIES: 14 Free Books from Beth Moore

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There are FOURTEEN ebooks by Beth Moore that you can download for FREE through January 10, 2014! Here’s a quick listing so you can grab them before they are gone.

A Heart Like His - Beth Moore
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Believing God Day by Day - Beth Moore

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Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sound of Music LIVE

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One of my favorite movies growing up was the Sound of Music. Way back in the day {before we had DVDs to pull out and watch at any time}, I remember waiting for Julie Andrews to sing her heart out each year via our tiny television set. Our family now owns the Sound of Music on DVD and has watched it a few times, but I am SO very excited to see that NBC will be showing a LIVE version of The Sound of Music!
Thursday, December 5th at 8/7c, you can catch this 3 hour version of the stage production of The Sound of Music on your local NBC channel. This isn’t a remake of the movie {for those of you die-hard Julie Andrew fans}, but a full-scale musical based on the original Broadway musical. Carrie Underwood will be performing the leading role of Maria, and the characters boast many Broadway performers.
This is one tv production that I am truly excited to watch with the kids - LIVE, no less - and know that it will be family friendly. Do you have fond memories of the old Sound of Music movie growing up? Think you’ll be tuning in to watch this?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Unspoken by Dee Henderson {Book Review}

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here. Bishop runs a successful coin store, and when Charlotte Graham offers him first refusal of a massive coin collection that she has acquired from her grandfather’s estate. Bryce is intrigued not only by the coins, but by the circumstances surrounding the offer.

Charlotte is a very quiet and guarded. Years ago she was the victim of a kidnapping, and though eventually found and rescued, she has never spoken of the events that happened in the years she was missing. Reliving the events proves painful and no one has been let into that traumatic time in her life.

Despite her cautiousness, the story of her kidnapping is being told through the words of a reporter. Charlotte has to decide if she should break her silence or continue to push back the memories that haunt her. In the midst of it all, she struggles to close out her grandfather’s estate and hold on to her guarded life, while so much around her is no longer the quiet life she desires.

The kidnapping story opens up old wounds, but also causes questions to be raised in another crime that was committed during the same time. Charlotte is put in a position of needing to confront her past and possibly shed light on the situation, but will that vulnerability come with too high a price or is it better to leave some things unspoken?

My Thoughts on Unspoken

As with all of the other books I’ve read by Dee Henderson, Unspoken was one that I loved. While not a part of a series, there are characters that pop up from time to time from her other novels - which is fun for fans, but doesn’t lose any meaning for new readers who are picking up the book to read as a stand alone. Meeting and getting to know new characters is always fun, especially when the author does a wonderful job making them come to life on the page. Unspoken does pull in a few of the characters from Full Disclosure as they put together pieces from an unsolved murder years prior as more of Charlotte’s past comes to light.

The relationship between Bryce and Charlotte was slow to develop in some ways, mainly because of her past history and the issues surrounding her kidnapping. But - it was sweet to watch it unfold throughout the pages. While there is so much more that I could say about it, I do love the way that Henderson handled the decisions they made together. {Really, if I said more, it would spoil some things!}

The job Bryce holds as a coin dealer was interesting, although I have to admit that I was floored at the unlimited amount of funding that he seemed to have at his disposal to purchase the coin lots from Charlotte. I’m sure there is a huge market for coins, and it does make me curious to know more about it, but at times my eyes may have glassed over a bit at the description of the rare coins. It’s something I would like to see in person to truly grasp the magnitude of the collection.

Unspoken is a hefty 400+ page suspense novel that takes a little bit more to get into, but once started, it is hard to put down. Just be warned - you may find yourself curled up in a cozy spot and immune to the demands of your family. Overall, the story is one that is filled with the themes of restoration, healing, and patience - and one that I would recommend. 

Find Out More

You can pick up a copy of Unspoken by Dee Henderson via Amazon in either paperback or Kindle. Be sure to visit Dee Henderson's website as well.


This book was provided for review by Bethany House. All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.


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