Monday, August 18, 2014

Learning Curve

Well- the last month and a half has been a huge learning curve for me. I went back to work in a completely different field, work completely different hours, and sent all the kids to school. I like my job. But it is harder than I ever would have thought. Just for the record Activity Directors really don't get to play all day. They work really hard and take work home every night just like everyone else. The hours were hard to adjust to as well. Up between 5:15- 5:30, kids up at 6, kids on the bus at 6:30, and me pulling out to head to work as soon as the bus pulls away. Work from 7:15- 4 (or later) everyday. Come home and get the kids from my mother-in-law because the bus drops off a whole 30 minutes earlier than it did last year. I am still trying to figure out housework and laundry with all the homework, practices, and other work that goes on. I am definitely for hiring someone to come clean my house multiple times a week- especially if the wash clothes and iron them.

Miles has started school and thrown me a curve ball. He doesn't talk about it. He hates going. And he is the baby who is not a baby anymore. But he still wants to be a baby. He wants to be carried, he wants to sleep with us at night, and he wants to stay at home. He does not want to grow up. The other three loved school and wanted to be big boys. Miles- not so much.

Josh is a challenge too. My "Mom gut" tells me that there is something going on but state regulations make it hard to even get something happening at schools these days. I am definitely going to become "that mom" that the school hates to see coming before long.

It makes me grateful that the older two are relatively "easy". Other than a really bad attitude on one that is.

I am going to be writing more regularly now that I have a better footing in my life. So I certainly hope that y'all are  going to keep reading. :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

"A Bouquet of Love"- {a review}

Bouquet of Love, A (Weddings by Design Book #4): A Novel reminds me of "A Big Fat Greek Wedding". Which is funny because there are multiple references to it throughout the book.

Cassia and her family move to Galveston, Texas to open a new restaurant. As Cassia's father enters into a feud with another restaurant owner, Cassia finds her dream job, wonderful friends, and her dream guy. But she has to keep it all under wraps because of her father's feud. The hilarity of the family dynamics and Cassia's determination to hold onto all she has found, make this book worth ever minute that you read it.

This is the third book in a series that I am definitely going to go back and read from the beginning but is also a wonderful stand alone novel. As we reach the end of the summer and as the kids head back to school, this book is for the enjoyment of moms and grandmas who are for the first time in months getting to read a book and for those of us who just need to read something fun after a long day at work and fighting over homework.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Wherever the River Runs" {a review}

I know that it seems like I only pop in to post reviews here lately BUT I really am excited about this book. (And I will back to regular blogging next week.)
My first introduction to the (in)Bloom bookclub was Kelly Minter's "The Fitting Room". I immediately liked her style of writing and her way with words. When "Wherever the River Runs" became available I was ready for a new book written by her.

In "Wherever the River Runs", Minter takes the reader to the Amazon and a forgotten people who love Jesus with a deep seated passion that everyone can learn from. With appalling conditions and numerous tragedies the people of the Amazon were eager to here about Jesus and to show others what he has done for them. It is clear that with their love and passion, Minter saw past the circumstances and saw what God and Jesus can do in this world. Minter has an uncanny way of bringing the reader along on the journey and having them feel the passion felt by the members of this trip.

I am so excited to be able to offer this book to one of y'all. If you are a fan of Hentown Mama on Facebook or a subscriber to the newsletter you are already entered. If you aren't go like us or subscribe to the newsletter and you will be entered to win. I will notify the winner on Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get your kids reading this summer

I love when books for kids combine history or an important lesson with a fun story. Imagination Station books never disappoint.

Patrick and Beth land on a ship during the Revolutionary War. They quickly learn that life on a ship in no easy job. When their ship is captured they learn how prisoners of war are not always treated fairly and help plan a daring escape. Will it work? 

Valuable lessons are learned through this book. And my children loved this book. Both of my middle children like Imagination Station books and were excited to see this one come in the mail. I think that this is one for every household and every age. 

**I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

"Death Takes A Ride" {a review}

You know by now that I love mysteries and I love to find new authors. "Death Takes a Ride" is definitely a fun new mystery to read.

Cate Kinkaid is a private eye who tends to have trouble find her. When she goes to pick up a friend and witnesses a murder she falls deeper into a case than she feels comfortable with. When the killer gets too close for comfort, Cate learns what she is really made of.

I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to picking up more from the series. I actually started reading this the day before I started my new job so it took me longer to read than normal. But it was definitely not the book- it was all me and adjusting to the new job.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Adventures!

You know, Miles starts school at the end of July. So I have been thinking really hard about getting a job when he starts. I put out some feelers and didn't really hear of anything so I just wasn't going to push it. And then I got an email. I sent them the requested information and soon got a phone call. So after working for 3 days in this new job- I am going to announce it. I am the new Activities Director for a local nursing home. I have so many ideas and can't wait to see how they go. I am also excited to be able to incorporate my Physical Therapy background into this new job. Don't worry- Hentown Mama is not going anywhere. I will still write to encourage you, tell you of awesome books and products, and also talk about my family. It will definitely not be 5 days a week but after school starts back and I am better adjusted to working outside of the home again I will start posting again more regularly.

So here's to new adventures and building new "community".

Monday, June 23, 2014

Family and Home {and a review}

I don't think that anyone will argue that family is important. And there is more to family than just blood. My family is a diverse collection of blood, marriage, and friends. As my parents only child together, I always wanted a big family when I grew up. But I also learned in high school that you can make a family out of your friends. Being a band geek, we had a family. We were together all the time. And for 5 months we were with each other more than with our "real" families. I still have people who are family from those years in my life. Brothers and sisters who the years melt away with when we see each other and it's just like we never left. Then there are those work families. I was blessed for 7 years with the best family anyone could ever ask for. It was also home. And when I left there I didn't lose the family we had made. I still have it. And then I have my sisters. The ones that Holley Gerth brought together almost 2 years ago. If you don't believe that an online community can really be close and have real connections I am here to prove you wrong. Family is a mixture of blood and friends. For me that makes a world of difference.
Family that comes from friends is special. You make the choices that lead you to them. But then there is that one bond that links you with someone forever.
John and I have an amazing family. We have four boys of our own. Two of our dearest friends are his sister and her husband. We are close to his parents and my mom and working on re-building a relationship with my dad. We have built a home where all of those people are welcome at a moments notice and no matter what my home is where ever John and the boys are. We have not traveled that far away from home but I know that where ever we do go, I am taking home with me.
I just finished reading "Atlas Girl" by Emily Wierenga. Emily has traveled the world over, battled anorexia, and become the parent to her parent- all to find love, Jesus, and home. "Atlas Girl" is a memoir written with such care and love that you feel her story to your very core. I stayed up late, procrastinated on some important things, and could not put this book down. I cried, I laughed, and I loved the heart of this girl writing this book. I'm telling you that this book will change how you view home and relationships around you.

***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.