At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer

I got the opportunity to read this book this past month. It’s a brand new series by Karen Witemeyer and I’m really looking forward to reading the other books. If you like christian historic fiction this is a book for you. It’s a very easy read and I like that she adds a little humor into the book. Here is the review I posted on GoodReads for this book.

You can purchase this books whereever books are sold.

Disclaimer: I recieved a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a fun story based in our Historic past. I loved the camradarie between the characters. I love that they can be light hearted with each other. It makes it refreshing to read.

I love that the female characters are very strong and not portrayed as weak but strong women who trust God. There are so many directions I expected the story to take but it didn’t. So there is some unpredictability in the story as well.

It’s good, its clean, its fun and would make a great weekend read. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series as each of the Horsemen have their own unique personality which makes it hard to picture how a girl will grab their hearts.



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Things I’ve learned in quarantine thus far…

Number 1… I have two sides. The introvert side of me enjoys quiet mornings before my kids are up doing their Zoom college classes and homeschool work. I get to spend some time in prayer and in the Word with my cup of coffee which is a vital part of my day because after kids get up side two comes out. That is the extroverted side of me that tries to keep everyone motivated and arguments to a minimal.

Number 2 … As much as I love my home I need to be outside. Outside is good. Outside keeps me sane. Outside loves me… oh wait… is that…. pollen? (*sneezes* runs back inside.) …. Inside is good. I love the inside.

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Number 3 … I can only read so much. I can only do so many puzzles. I can only color so many coloring books. I can only clean… wait what?

Number 4 … Apparently when you have nothing to do shopping online is additctive. My hubby needs this thing to end ASAP cause I need to STOP shopping. Oh is that FedEx in the neighborhood?

Number 5 … I am like Ariel… I want to be where the people are. I am also like Jasmine…. I need a whole new world. Maybe even like Elsa … I may need to go into the Unknown and hide.

Number 6 …. Ummmm I’m not sure but I’m sure I can think of something for next time. 🙂

Hope you have a great safe-at-home day and giggle just a little.

Focus & Word of the Year

It’s amazing to me how God can get your attention just by the little things that go on in life. For me it is just little drops of things that will get into my mind and not go away.

This year I really felt like I needed to go back to a Word that I had a few years ago, Love. For my word of the year. Mainly because I felt like there is still so much more to learning to really love people than just what I got out of it. Love goes so much deeper than an emotion or feeling. Love is an action that you choose to do on a daily basis. So for 2019 I decided I really needed to focus on that again.

Of course for the whole of 2019 I have felt that I really needed to just get things into focus over all. Business wise, school, family, ministry, etc. I’m just trying to really hear the voice of God well so I can be a success. It’s about learning to say no to things so that I can do the things that he has called me to do well. It’s about seriously seeking the Lord to find out what he wants from me and what I can do for Him.

My word of the year is Love but my priority is to Focus. Focus on the important and letting go of what isn’t. Focus on relationships and letting go of things. Focus on my family and letting go of the distractions. I can not do the one thing God has called me to do (be a wife and mom) well if I do not focus on that.

Even though I am a mom, my kids are of the ages that they are taking care of themselves a bit more and I can focus on ministry and others areas. I’ve bee able to focus more on singing, writing and organizing.

He has also allowed me to start a business that I enjoy and I can set time to focus on that as well. But He is my first priority, my family comes next and then everything else. He has helped me to focus on the right balance and do the right things. I’m not perfect and don’t have it down yet. In all honesty I probably never really will but… I’m a work in progress and I see myself stressing less.

Blessings dear friends….

2018/2019 Curriculum Choices and Plans

So this year I only had to plan our school year around two kids. For the past 13 school years I’ve had to work with 3 and now my oldest is starting her freshman year of college. It’s amazing to me how the time flies when you are busy living life.

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I’m so excited for Sierra’s new adventure.

So this year I will be homeschooling 2 kids. So here is my kids and what we will be doing for this year. I am taking advantage of as much online stuff as possible this year.

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Hope – Senior

 

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Angel – 8th Grade

 

We will throw in some unit studies, work books/sheets and field trips but that is the overall plan for this school year.

We will start our official school year on August 27th. When will you start? What are you using for your curriculum choices this year?

Jeremy Camp “The Answer” review

I was super excited to get the opportunity to listen to and review Jeremy Camp’s new album “The Answer”. And guess what? TODAY is RELEASE DAY for this album. Yay!!!

If you have never heard of Jeremy Camp let me just say you have been living under a rock. He is such a talented musician. I’ve been listening to him for years. Pretty much since he hit the Christian music industry as I follow a lot of music. Many of his songs I’ve considered hard core worship music. Jeremy has always had a great sound and you can see his growth from each album. His stuff is always encouraging and uplifting.unnamed

This album has 11 new songs that are all amazing but I have to say one of my favorites is “My Defender” as I believe that we are never left alone and that Jesus always comes to our defense.

Seriously I love it. But don’t take my word for it. You can jump on over here and check it out for yourself.

It’s available TODAY on iTunes and in stores.

If you would like to learn more about Jeremy Camp and his music you can check out his about page on his website.

If you can’t see the video above you can click here to watch the music video “Word of Life”

Check out the video about the story behind the song “Word of Life”.

Watch the video for the title track “The Answer” here.

Of course I can’t leave this post without posting the video to my favorite song…. although they are all so good.

The video for “My Defender.”

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Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker review

Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless _225_350_Book.2334.coverhonesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.

Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change (“Everyone, be into this thing I’m into! Except when I’m not. Then everyone be cool.”) or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold.

My review:

Jen Hatmaker has a refreshing way of being blunt and brutally honest. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything she says but for the overall message of the book it is very good and very encouraging to see we are not alone. We don’t have to do life alone and the importance of friendships, love, forgiveness and the grace of God.

I found the book to be a refreshing read and I do recommend that you do not just take my word for it, read it for yourself. I like her honesty and the way she writes and I enjoyed the fact that she is real and not hiding behind a facade. Life is messy and as women we need to be full of moxie to get through. Lets lean on our tribe and do life together.

To purchase this book you can click here or on the image or title above.

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Unraveling by Sara Ella

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What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?

Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about—like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua’s finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something—or someone—is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections—and keep herself from falling for him in the process?

This is a great series. This is book 2 in the Unblemished Trilogy. You can read my review of the first book “Unblemished” by clicking here.

This second book takes you on another amazing adventure and I’m going to tell you that you are immediately thrown in to the adventure following El, Joshua and Ky as they have to figure out what they are supposed to do in order to help restore the Callings and the Reflections.

The twists and turns that this book takes surprised and intrigued me. It’s a great story. I really had a hard time putting this book down as I was intrigued by all the twists that I just had to see what happened next. I’m telling you that you will be pleasantly surprised by all that transpires.

I am excited about the next book in the trilogy as this one leaves you on a cliffhanger. Oh my and what a cliffhanger it is. I won’t spoil it for you but this is a must read series.

You can check out how to order this book by clicking on the title of the book in the quote or the image above.

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Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

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Shackled by Her Past, One Woman Searches for Healing, Forgiveness, and Love

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, the gentle rhythm of tending her family’s flock of sheep is slowly healing her mind and soul, but her precarious new peace is shattered when Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre. She’s not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days, but neither can she risk her attackers being released if she doesn’t tell her story.

As Hope struggles to make her choice, an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes an unexpected ray of light in her life. Perhaps she is still capable of love after all. But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission? Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?

The second book in the “Heart of the Frontier” series follows, Hope, the middle Flanagan sister. In the first book we saw how the attack on the mission she was in by a group of Indians affected her older sister, Grace. You can click here to read my review on the first book “Treasured Grace”.

Hope must heal in order to move forward in her life but she has to learn how. Enter, Lance, someone who also must learn to heal after having learn to hate for so long. How the stories and lives of the characters intertwine is remarkable. The power of forgiveness goes a long way not only in this fictional story based on some true events but also in reality.

I love how Ms. Peterson shows us the importance of forgiveness and how it really doesn’t hurt the one you hold a grudge against but it actually hurts you. I really enjoy reading books by Tracie Peterson. And I really enjoy reading fictional books that also have a back drop of real historical events.

Tracie has a way of intertwining the real with fiction in a way you don’t really know where one stops and the other begins. It flows well with each other. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in the series which will follow, Mercy, the youngest of the Flanagan sisters.

To find out how to get your own copy click on the image or book title above.

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

With You Always by Jody Hedlund

Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their 9780764218040Lives?

One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children’s Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society’s orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother’s shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn’t be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they’ve been working toward?

The book about this particular subject is very interesting. I found Jody Hedlund’s story about Elise and the struggles and immigrant families during this time in our country’s history as an intriguing back drop to the book. I am also enjoying that this is the first book in a new series that I am very likely to finish reading once the other books come out.

The characters are realistic and I can see this type of story play out during this time period. I feel that this could very have been a true story and yet it was not. Ms. Hedlund has done a fantastic job of making Elise and Thornton along with the other many characters as real as possible. There are still things that have been left undone in the story which lets you know that there is more yet to come.

If you enjoy good historical fiction stories then I recommend you pick this one up. It’s great fun and an easy read. You get caught up immediately into the worlds of Elise and Thornton.

You can purchase this book by clicking the book title or image above.

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ZonderKidz NIV Kid’s Visual Study Bible review

I did this as a video review as I wanted you to see all the features in this Bible. If you can not see the video below you can head over here to check it out on Youtube.

How to purchase:

ZonderKidz NIV Kids Visual Study Bible:
http://www.zondervan.com/niv-kids-vis…

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