Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Four Eyes"

Earlier in this month I mentioned that I had went to the doctor for a check up. I praise the Lord that I am 100% healthy. However, he did mention that I have to go to the eye doctor for a check up. 

For some time my eyes have been bothering me and I would also get headaches so I have been keeping my eye sight in prayer. When my doctor mentioned me going to the eye doctor my first thought was.... Glasses. I really have been praying for my eyesight to go back to 20/20 so I would not need glasses. I wanted to be able to use my mustard seed faith and move mountains, well change my eyesight. I know when one wears glasses your eyesight gets weaker and dependent on your glasses. I do NOT want to wear glasses. After many tears in prayer about my eyes, my mother said once I get glasses and actually see all I have been missing out in that my prayers will be more fervent. I hope so.

Do not get me wrong I have no objection to people wearing glasses. A lot of people that I know wear glasses. I just do not want them for me. My eye appointment is for December 15. I will still be praying for a change in my eyesight, but if nothing changes I will have to share a picture of the "new" me. I pray that you may keep my eye sight in prayer. I know I'm not the only one who wants their vision back to perfection so pray for all the people you know as well.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Review- An Amish Wedding

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Rose Bender is no ordinary Amish girl. She dreams of adventure and excitement in her life. She is happy to be engaged to her best friend Luke Lantz, but feels like something lacks. Luke and Rose have been best friends for many years that she already knows him so well. Her acceptance to his proposal would please both families. The two rich lands run parallel from each other, and she would bring a woman's touch to Luke's motherless home. Rose's young heart wishes that her fiancé was more romantic and mysterious instead of placid, faithful, and secure. As if Luke heard what her heart desired, he starts acting different. Rose is concerned and enjoying the "new" Luke. What is Lukes' secret? Will Rose find out? Will his secret tear them apart? What could be perfect about this secret?

Naomi had not thought about marriage for awhile, but with the sudden wedding fever, she longs for someone special. She is content with her thriving baking business and is happy for her little sister, Priscilla's, upcoming wedding. What more could she ask for, but her heart still yearns for her own love story. Chester, Priscilla's fiancé, invites his cousin to the wedding. As soon as Naomi and Zeke meet, they form a strong and unlikely bond. Will there be another wedding for the Amish community? Or will an obstacle from Naomi's' past detain their perfect match

Priscilla is always neat and in control of everything. She is ecstatic about her upcoming wedding to her sweetheart, Chester. She has planned her wedding ever since she was sixteen, and after three years she is ready for her perfect wedding. Much to her dismay things are not going as she planned. Problems seem to arise rapidly; an attendant with poison ivy, problems with the new house, a failed celery crop, and a torn wedding dress. What ever happened to her perfect wedding? As more problems arise, the couple wonder if the problems are a sign from God to cancel the wedding. Will Priscilla learn to leave everything, even the small details, up to the Lord so he can bring about His perfect plan?

The Amish Wedding trilogy was a wonderful collaboration of three amazing writers in one. I enjoyed the fact that all three stories shared the same characters. The book felt as if it was written by one author not three. The first story Perfect Secret by Kelly Long was my favorite story out of the three. It was very suspenseful and intriguing. I thought the romance was a little too graphic. The characters and plot were very well described that you could easily picture the characters. This story threw more than one curveball at me. 
The second story Perfect Match by Kathleen Fuller was my least favorite of the three. It was very interesting, but compared to the first it lacked a certain spark. I thought the romance was kind of predictable. I liked the fact that Zeke actually prayed and waited for God to bring him the perfect wife.  I thought that was sweet. 
The last book Perfect Plan by Beth Wiseman was my second favorite. I thought this was the most humorous and biblically based book. I laughed so much with each new calamity befalling the couple. This story taught the best message: Never allow something to rob you of your peace. Overall the three stories were very good. I recommend it to all readers! 

I received this book for free from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Count Your Blessings

As you all know this was a very busy week. Thus was the week where the world celebrates Thanksgiving. We should thank God everyday for all His many blessings. I am thankful for spending time with my little sister. We played with Play-doh. I made an orange snowman, and Sara made some chicken Mc Nuggets.
 I am thankful for the beautiful Fall weather. I like the detailed design on this tree trunk.
 My aunt straightened my hair for thanksgiving. I really like the way my hair looks straight... and wavy. I will try to share another picture.
Thank You Jesus For All My Blessings!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book Review- Valley of Dreams

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Cassie Lockwoods' life has been completely surrounded in traveling with her father and performing in wild west shows. When her father dies, Cassie is heartbroken but is determined to go forward with life and fufill all her fathers dreams. All of a sudden her "Uncle" Jason, the shows manger, tells her the show will be closing down. Jason has led the show to debt and has fled, leaving Cassie alone. Hurt and abandoned Cassie determines to find the hidden valley her father always dreamed about.

Finding her Fathers valley is not an easy task. Cassie knows the valley is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The only other clue she has is to look for three huge stones that look like fingers on a giant hand. She travels with a Chief Sioux Indian who has acted on the show for twenty years. He has known her father many years before and knows his way around that familiar territory. Cassie also chooses her faithful friend and head wrangler, Micah to accompany her. All Cassie knows how to do is trick ride and sharp shoot. She does not know how to cook or hunt, but is determined to arrive at the valley before the wild winter sets in. Journey with the trio as they battle emotions, weather, robbers, and their pride. Will Cassie ever find her valley or will that be a forever dream?

Ransom is frustrated living in defeat. Ever since his father passed away their ranch has been failing. His brother, Lucas is tired of the ranch and ready to forget about it. He would love to sell it but his mother has completely and utterly forbade it. Is she keeping it for sentimental reasons or is she not telling Ransom the whole story?Despite their daily struggle, there are some days of partying, building, cooking and some obvious prayer to the One above. Will the Lord ever see them through this difficulty? 

I thought this book was a well written book. It was a great read. It was not romantic, action filled or suspenseful, but it was definitely a page turner. I was completely captivated with the story plot that I just had to finish the book. Cassie is such a brave fun loving character you will immediately befriend her. I think what makes this book so enjoyable is the down to earth characters. You immediately form a bond with them and want to see what becomes of them. Just when you think you know everything there is to the book there is a surprise ending. You definitely have to read the second book to complete the story. I would have like the story to have more action and romance. It being the first in a series I hope each book surpasses the next.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

If you would like you may purchase this book in CBD

Friday, November 18, 2011

Songs of Promises

I pray that you may be blessed with this song. I pray that we may all say "Yes" to the Lord's calling. Enjoy!

Count Your Blessings

Peace be with you. I thank the Lord for all the many blessings He has given me, both great and small.

1. I started reading An Amish Wedding so far so gut 8)
2. My cousin gave me a long jean skirt, those are usually hard to find.
3. On Wednesday a lot of people from our church visited our house. I felt like the Amish people having church at home. 
4. I am thankful for all the yummy lemonade I have drank this week.
5. My grandma is coming tomorrow from Ecuador!
6. Thanks to Aizess I found out that "Love Begins" is airing on TBN this Saturday at 11:00 p.m. and Love's Resounding Courage is giving on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. I am super excited! Thanks so much Aizess.

Praise the Lord for another wonderful week!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review- Mine is the Night

After her husbands fall at the battle of Falkirk, Elisabeth Kerr is left a widow. For having been opposed to the King, Elisabeth has lost everything-title, property, and fortune. Now Elisabeth travels with her mother-in-law, Majory, to Selkirk. Majory clings to the hope that a distant cousin will be able to help them in their impoverished state. Majory is haunted by the past, hates her present primitive conditions, and is scared about the future. 

Elisabeth, not being afraid of hard work uses her needle as a way to support her new family. Out of no where an unlikely hero steps into the picture. Lord Buchanan has everything to make him happy in life-money, gold, and a high position with the King. He lacks one thing though-a family. As Elisabeth sews for his household, he begins a friendship with her. As time progresses so do Lord Buchanans'  feelings for Elisabeth. Will his loyalty to the King hinder his growing affections? Will he chose a beautiful, wealthy, woman whose loyalty rests with the King? Is Elisabeth ready to mend her heart from the past? All the men in her life have betrayed her.  Is she ready to trust another?

Majory is feeling remorseful for all her past actions. She was a very stingy woman when she was rich. Now she believes the Lord is punishing her. Will Majory have a second chance to restore friendships,  her faith, and ultimately true love?

Mine is the Night is a beautifully hand crafted Scottish twist to the Biblical love story of Ruth and Boaz. I enjoyed the story immensely. The author added many descriptions that livened up the story. This was definitely not a boring read. There were many a time when the author kept me in suspense. This was a beautiful, thrilling, and enjoyable book. The Kerr women are first introduced in the prequel Here Burns My Candle. It is not necessary to read the first, but to get a better grasp of the characters you may. There was not a thing that the author forgot to mention at the closing of this book. The end of this book was truly a sigh of contentment.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Songs of Praise

This is another very beautiful and powerful song. Hope you enjoy.

Count Your Blessings

Peace be with you this was a nice and relaxed week. The week started out with receiving my book Mine is the Night from Book Sneeze

Tuesday I received An Amish Wedding in the mail. Our car got a flat tire. I also went to the doctors for a check up. I got a TB shot. Afterwords, we visited my aunt and grandma.

Wednesday I went to  the dentist for some sealants for my teeth. 

Thursday was a regular church day. It was so cold in the night. Not really excited for the cold weather.

Friday we went to Staples with Kianna and my aunt. Had a good time chatting and trying out the Staples computers.

Overall I had a blessed week. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Egg In the Hole

Ingredients: - Eggs - Bread- Butter

 First you grab a cup (the bigger the better) and you make a hole in the center.

Your bread should look like this.

 Then, you sauté the pan with butter and the two pieces of bread as well.

 Next, you grab an egg and crack it in the middle. You wait until egg is thoroughly cooked.

 Your end result you look somewhat like this. I got this recipe from the "Pioneer Woman." It is super easy to make and enjoy. I hope you have an eggcellent breakfast :) 

Are You Hair or Thair ?

Many of you may not get the title but if you have a nice southern accent you should get it. For some time I noticed that my ends were a bit scraggily so I asked my mom if she could trim my ends. I remember during the process I was seeing a lot of hair drop. My mother kept on assuring me everything was fine. Lo and behold at the end my hair did not get trimmed it was ruthlessly cut off (Just kidding about the last part :) If you can see in the following picture my original hair length was the uncut piece to the right. My hair is now up to a regular short sleeved shirt. Before I cut my hair, I wanted to let my hair grow very long. I decided to make my hair grow "faster" with some natural remedies. First, I plan to do nothing out of the ordinary to my hair for 1 entire month then afterwards measure it to see how much it grew, from the mere 20 in. I have to begin with. The following month I will try the natural remedies and see how much my hair has grown since. I pray it is a significant amount! Hopefully some time this month I will remeasure my hair. 

 My thick, beautiful, wavy locks being cut off.

 Since my hair is so thick it is long process.

The Pictures were so graciously taken by my 6 year old sister, Sara.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Count Your Blessings

This was an interesting week.

Sunday was the day the children participated in our church service. Some welcomed, prayed, read the Bible and others praised God. The Holy Spirit chose me to bring the message for our congregation that service.

Monday started out with a prayer service at my church. We were lifting up the name of Jesus, while the enemy was being praised on that not holy halloween day. I also received the Valley of Dreams book.
Tuesday we stayed home and had family time.
On Wednesday we visited one of our brothers and sisters in Christ house. The message was a blessing, the fellow shipping was a blessing, and the cake and milk was as well. 
Thursday was a regular church day. Valley of dreams was so good that I finished reading it today.
Today for a homeschool treat we watched America the Story of Us.
I finally got to see the pictures my mother took in Ecuador. These are a few compared to many more that my mom took.

Song of Worship

Through the weeks I have continued with my prayer challenge. I really enjoy praying with music on, and thought I would start sharing some of my favorite songs with you. I usually start my prayers with this song. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, November 03, 2011


I can not believe that it has already snowed. On October 29, 2011 was the first snowfall for "winter." I remember almost every year I would hope for some snow on Christmas and It's along way until Christmas. I use to love the snow when I was younger, but now I think of all the coldness and work. I still enjoy the beautiful scenery, but I will think twice before I jump into it and get all drippy:) I was able to snap some pictures on my way to the laundry mat.

  "From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?"
Job 38:29
 "Fire and hail; snow and clouds; Stormy cloud, fulfilling His word;
Psalm 148:8"
 "Like the cold of snow in the time of  harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters."
Proverbs 25:13
"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing the seed to the sower and bread to the eater."
Isaiah 55:10