Brave Beauty

I recently had the opportunity to review the Faithgirlz book Finding the Fearless You:  Brave Beauty.  This is an inspiring devotional book for girls between the ages of 8 and 12. There are 100 power-packed mini-chapters covering relevant topics such as self-worth, family, friends, value, forgiveness, salvation, loving difficult people, self-esteem, body changes, peer pressure; etc.

FaithGirlz: Hello Stars!

 I often agree to doing reviews for books I think my children would like. So, when the opportunity arose to review Hello Stars, I immediately thought of my daughter. Truth be told, once I started reading the book, I found myself drawn into the book---me, an adult!  Even though the audience is clearly young girls (likely tweens), I was personally blessed by this book.

Book Review for Love Letters From God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart

Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart is a beautifully written gem of a book sure to delight young girls. There are fourteen Bible stories represented in this book.  Each story shares the tale of a heroine from the Bible.

What Shoes are You Wearing Today?

So, there we were in the car, driving over an hour to get to my son's regularly scheduled appointment with his specialist.  Something was bothering me, irritating me, but I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what it was.  Did I turn the burners off?  My husband said I did.  Did I leave a curling wand on?  OK...we were safe there because I hadn't even USED a curling wand that morning. Did I leave water running somewhere in the house?

Let's Be A SelfLESS People

In today's world, it really seems like everyone is into "self."  Many people are out there on the Internet trying to  promote a certain PERSONA--usually a persona that appears happy, full of joy, and full of life.  Oftentimes that persona doesn't even really match who the person is in real life. (I have heard horror stories of people who have huge "followings" online but have a horrendous personal life that doesn't match what they try to show to the Cyber-World.)  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; etc.

The Search for Something Insignificant

A few months ago, we took a family road trip to another state.  It was the longest car ride we have had as a family to date.  (With the addition of a thunderstorm and some heavy rush hour traffic, the entire trip took twelve hours.)   A few hours into the ride, I realized that I hadn't taken the time to grab my morning cup of joe.

Thankful for Eileen Spinelli's Thankful book

Eileen Spinelli has written an absolutely delightful book:  Thankful.   The description on the book jacket says the following:  "Beloved children's author Eileen Spinelli and illustrator Archie Preston inspire children of all ages with Thankful, a whimsical picture book that celebrates the everyday blessings we find in our lives."  This book is, indeed, whimsical and inspirational.

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Kids in the Word

A few weeks ago, I participated in an online homeschool curriculum e-book sale.  As a result, I received a lot of really good online offers.  As a result of some of those offers, I found myself on some e-mail lists (of course).  One of the e-mail lists eventually pointed me to Kids in the Word. WHAT A GREAT WEBSITE!!! Per the "about" section on this blog, "Kids in the Word exists to inspire, encourage, and equip parents to instill a love for God and the Bible in their kids.

Memories from a Single Life

I love how God connects different people through usual and unusual circumstances.  Once upon a time, I was the homeschool evaluator for a wonderful family.  One of the children was the sweet Marisa Barnett.  Now, she's all grown up and living in South Africa.  Through Facebook, we've been able to reconnect--as adults--and it's been such a blessing to watch what God is doing in her life.  It's interesting seeing her walk through a certain stage of life that I remember quite vividly:  SINGLENESS.  Funny how that term often strikes fear or dread in one's heart.

Change Happens

Well, it's been a long time since I've posted.  Time has a way of...well...getting away from us sometimes.  Life happens, and when it does, we seem surprised.  Sometimes life is so encompassed within routine that the inevitable sneaks right in, snatches that routine away, and we're surprised.  Life has changed.  Yet, isn't life simply about change? If things stayed the same, we'd all be stagnant.  We need to change; therefore, things don't stay the same.


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