Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Duck Dynasty does Fiction

A series by John Luke and a Christmas book by Mrs. Kay- Duck Dynasty fiction is invading my house!!!!!

First up is a series co-authored by John Luke Robertson, "Willie's Redneck Time Machine". In this book you are Willie. So you get to call the shots. You get to enter a time machine and have a different adventure every time you read this book if you want! 

I have to say that while this really is a good book for my 4th grader- it was not so much the book for me. But that had nothing to do with the story or the writing. I am not the person who likes to flip around in a book to read a story. I want to start on page one and read straight through. My 4th grader on the other hand loved that part of the book. He liked being in control of the story and flipping all through the book.

This book is also part of a series. The titles in the series are: Willie's Redneck Time Machine, Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca, Sin in Space, Jase & the Deadliest Hunt. 

These books will make great Christmas presents for the boys in your life!

Hunter is from Chicago and has never even heard of the Robertsons. His mother enters him in a contest and by luck of the draw, Hunter gets to spend Christmas with the entire Robertson clan. Surrounded by the Robertsons, Hunter learns about life and faith through an unlikely adventure he didn't even want to go on. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a fan of the show and have enjoyed other books written by members of the Robertson family. I know that this book is a work of fiction but the essence of the family comes through loud and clear. Definitely a 5 star read. 

I want to give away a copy of each of these books to a lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section between now and Monday, October 20. I will then randomly chose a lucky winner. 

** I received a copy of each of these books for review and for a giveaway. All opinions are my own.**

Monday, October 13, 2014

Adventure- a Words Matter post

Adventure is how I approach everyday. I never know what exactly I am going to see or do. I have four boys and I work in a nursing home. Adventure is everywhere I turn. 

Adventure is waking up on a Saturday and loading your kids up for a trip to a local pumpkin patch. Adventure can simply be sitting down with a elderly resident and enjoying their stories of the past. Adventure is realizing that big or small, every moment matters and should be appreciated to the fullest. 

Living is the greatest adventure of them all. At least that's what I have been told. I think that being a mom is the greatest adventure of them all. But then there is so much more than that in this world. God gave me a great adventure with these four boys of mine. He also gave me the adventure of being a wife, a friend, a confidant, and a Christian. My heart is full and I look forward to the adventure of the everyday. From the child who tells me he loves me to the resident who calls me her "white daughter" to the friend who asks for prayers. Those are the everyday adventures that make life beautiful and make me thankful. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Deceived" {a review}

A child whose death was never explained, a body never found, and a mother who never gave up hope are the basis of a book by Irene Hannon titled "Deceived". When a chance encounter in a mall reawakens the hope that Kate has held onto for years that her son is still alive, a new friendship and random events open the door to answers she has long been seeking. 
This is the kind of book I love to read. I gladly give this book 5 stars and set it into my read again pile. Pick this book up and enjoy it with the beautiful fall weather and a cup of coffee. 

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Just in time for a new week.....

With this new job I don't really have a whole lot of time for reading BUT I was so excited about these two books that I made time for them.
Dan Wash and Gary Smalley have added to their Restoration series with "The Desire". This book follows Michelle and her husband in their journey to have a child of their own. While on a trip to Africa, Michelle's husband, Allen, meets a girl who changes his perspective on how that child will come into their lives. Michelle is not on board. So, when her mom meets a young, pregnant girl who wants to find a forever home, Michelle and Allen have to weigh their desire for a child of their own or a child who God wants to place in their arms. The surprising conclusion of this book is worth the wait. 

Now you know that I love anything that Holley Gerth puts out and her new book is no exception. I love how every time I read her words it is Holley speaking directly to me. And I love how much I needed this book when it came. Her words give encouragement in the dark hours and even on the good days. She is a mother of words and this is a new "daughter" to be proud of. 

I am excited about these new books and can't wait to hear what you think. 

**I received these books from the publisher in exchange for my reviews. All opinions are my own. **

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Georgia Aquarium, Cross County, and general musings

John and I took the boys to the GA Aquarium a couple of weeks ago. Let me just say that it was a "been there, done that, don't need to go back" type of thing. I was in shock at how GROWN people were acting. Shoving children out of the way, cutting in line, and being rude to everyone. I will admit that the exhibits were good and I enjoyed them but with all of the other going on around me I had a very hard time enjoying the whole experience. AND I didn't take my camera. I only had my phone. So I didn't take that many pictures.

Pacey had his first Cross Country meet last weekend. It was HOT. I was proud of all the kids for finishing. Especially since it was close to 100 degrees out there.

I have been nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I am in debating mode right now about completing it. I am not going to donate to the charity that they suggest. They fund embryotic stem cell research. And they get their "donors" from abortion. So I just can't. But then there is the whole dumping a bucket  of good clean water on my head and wasting it. I just can't see the point. I love that ALS is getting the attention but when clean water is so hard to come by around this world I can't justify wasting it.

We have gone through our first "bug" of the school year and we are now working on our second school related illness. If this keeps up, the doctor's office is going to make a killing off of us this year. Other than that all is going normally around here. See you soon.

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.