Book Review: Beyond All Dreams

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I have to confess. I read Beyond All Dreams back in January. Then with surgery, etc. I completely forgot about it. Until I was cleaning up for Abby's birthday party. Then I found it on my desk, almost falling off the back and hiding behind some other books. But, better late than never! :) Here is the description from the back cover. Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship … [Read more...]

Princess Birthday Party on a Budget

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Last year, Abby was really into Curious George so we had a Curious George themed birthday party. This year, while still likes that trouble causing monkey, she is very into princess things. So far, even though we've kept things mostly frugal, we've been able to go more "all out" on birthday parties due to extra income in March. This year we did not get that extra income. That combined with my surgery recovery made for a much simpler birthday party. However, I tend to think birthdays should be … [Read more...]

Book Review: Deadly Echos

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I think that Deadly Echos is the first book that I have read by Nancy Mehl. It is the second in her series, Finding Sanctuary. I generally like Christian suspense so I was eager to read this one. Here's is how the back cover describes the book. After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school. Sarah's joy at her recent reunion … [Read more...]

Frugal Date Night: Go Thrifting!

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frugal date night

Back in college when we were still dating, Matt and I would try to go out on a date about once a month. We saw each other every day as we lived in the same dorm building but going on an actual date was tough. We were starving college students after all. It was all about the frugal date night. We did a lot of free or cheap things like sub sandwiches at a local park (when it was warm enough) or go to a favorite restaurant, just for dessert. One of our favorite things to do was to go to Goodwill. … [Read more...]

Book Review: Finding Hope

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Finding Hope is the debut novel of blogger Elizabeth Diaz. It is set to be the first in a series called, Generations of Hope. Finding Hope takes place in the late 1970s and follows 19 year old Grace as she begins her journey as an adult out on her own. Grace loves sharing an apartment with her best friend, loves her job, and even finds love with a new co-worker. Grace's whole world comes crashing down when she finds out from troubling information about her boyfriend and then winds up pregnant … [Read more...]

The Silent Mommy War

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silent mommy war

We've all heard about "mommy wars." Those highly emotional arguments about how to feed your baby, how to discipline your child, should mommy work or not, where should baby sleep. The list goes on and on. Then there is what I like to call The Silent Mommy War. It's the one that doesn't get exposure. It's the one that no one thinks of as a big deal. It's the comparing of the "rough ages." You know the one I'm talking about. You're venting a little about how tired you are as you have been up … [Read more...]

Frugal Easter Ideas

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We don't tend to think of Easter as being an expensive holiday. We tend to only really think about Christmas as a big money spending holiday. But Easter can be. Between dying eggs, fillers for plastic eggs for Easter egg hunts, and Easter baskets. Not to mention Easter dinners. We all know that Easter isn't all about egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. We know that Easter is about celebrating the fact that Jesus is Lord. It's about remembering what He did for us. However, especially those of us … [Read more...]

Current Happenings- March

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(Some links in post are my affiliate links. To read more, go here.) I'm reading Deadly Echos for a review. I'll be perfectly honest. I haven't even started it yet. We are in "crunch time' for maple syrup season and most of my life consists of washing buckets, spiels, lids, etc. Not much time to read. We've had a free preview this month of Up Tv. We've been loving getting to watch Bringing Up Bates. The Bates family have 19 kids, just like the Dugger family on 19 Kids and Counting. I … [Read more...]

Waiting on the Lord

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Strength will rise when we wait upon the Lord. Do you have any idea how hard that is? After 6 weeks of no issues, Abby had another one of her prolapses. And I'm angry. Angry, upset, frustrated, sad, and disheartened. Full of questions. Why is this happening again when we worked so hard to get her healed? Why is their no treatment for this issue that will just heal her once and for all? Why is God allowing this to happen again? Why are we still being hit from all sides? Why can't we just catch … [Read more...]