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A - Z Homemaking Meme

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Today I am introducing a fun get-to-know you meme. I saw Barbara at Stray Thoughts had this posted, and actually her & I are a lot alike. Be sure to go read her's as well. You may just find a new friend :)
Please let me know if you do this so I can come read yours.

(A) Aprons - Y/N If Y what does your favorite look like?
This is an apron I won. I forget where/how I won it.


(B) Baking - Favorite thing to bake.
Cookies and Brownies. I don't cook cakes or homemade pies. Baking is just not my thing.

(C) Clothesline - Y/N?
No, however I don't get these new fangled, computerized dryers that sanitize your towels.

(D) Donuts - Have you ever made them?
Yes, years ago...with biscuit dough. So I cheated!

(E) Everyday - One homemaking thing you do everyday.
Cooking, and actually I love it. I always cook from recipes and it's always something different.

(F) Freezer - Do you have a separate deep freeze?
No, and I have been thinking on this lately. However, we don't have a pl…

Hodgepodge Questions ~ 184

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It's time for Hodgepodge Questions from Joyce at `From This Side of the Pond`. This is my first hodgepodge since I started blogging, again.

(1) "Summer is like childhood. It's full of warm memories and gone too soon." ~ Kellie Elmore
Agree or disagree? Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood.
A- Agree.. Almost every summer we went camping. The highlight of camping was Fort Wilderness at Disney World in Florida. This was back in the 70's and I was free to come and go at will. I rode my bike all around the campground and visited the Park at will.

(2) Are you a fan of auto racing - NASCAR, Indy, Stock, Grand Prix, etc. Ever been to a race in person?
Any desire to do this? Do you know a lot about cars? Do you notice any particular makes and models when you're out and about?
A- First, I have been to dirt car races with my husband. But, I'm not a big fan of auto racing. It's not on my bucket list to do again. It was interesting and I …

Top Ten Authors I Own Most Books Of

It's Top Ten Day at The Broke and the Bookish. Today we list our top ten authors.
So, as I sit I wonder if I should also choose books from my Kindle.

I would love to hear about your top ten authors you own the most books of.
Did you include Kindle books? Paperback books? Hardback books? Nook books?

I'll only be listing my Kindle books today. It's taking me longer than I thought.

(1) Karen Kingsbury ~ 13 books

(2) Tracie Peterson ~ 10 books

(3) Jane Austen ~ 9 books

(4) Lynn Austen ~ 9 books

(5) Jerry B. Jenkins ~ 6 books

(6) Max Lucado ~ 6 books

(7) Beth Moore ~ 6 books

(8) T. D. Jakes ~ 5 books

(9) Catherine Palmer ~ 5 books

(10) Kay Marshall Strom ~ 5 books

I am linking up today with Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish.
I am also linking up with Cozy Reading Spot.

Monday Mingle (July 28)

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** What new hobby or skill would you like to learn? **I have inherited my mom's yarn and crochet hooks.So, I would love to master crocheting, as she did.I would love to make doilies, ripple afghans, etc.I am joining Monday Mingle at Life of Meg.So what would you like to learn? I am also linking up to Wordless Wednesday @Crafty Spices.

Sunday Praise (1)

I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays

Mad Libs with Book Titles

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Hi all, I was going through my Bloglovin` blog roll and saw on Deco My Heart that JoyAnne had done a Mad Libs with Book Titles, it looked like fun. So I thought I would give it a try...
Let me know if you decide to participate. I'd love to read your answers. Thanks

 In school I was: Against All Odds

People might be surprised I'm: Almost Perfect (:

I will never be: Always the Baker, Never the Bride

My fantasy job is: The Keeper

At the end of a long day: Awakening Mercy

I hate it when: Betrayed

Wish I had: A Better Way To Think

My family reunions are: Between Sundays

At a party you'd find me with: The Bird-Woman of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

I've never been to: Brazil: A Culinary Journey

A happy day includes: The Good Life

Motto I live by: Goodness and Mercy

On my bucket list: Gone to Green

In my next life, I want to be: The Dog Next Door

Linking up with Cozy Reading Spot, Make My Saturday Sweet, SITS Sharefest

Ten books I read in 2014

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(1) Kingdom Journeys Seth Barnes

(2) Coming Back Stronger Drew Brees

(3) Heaven is for Real Todd Burpo

(4) I Still Believe Jeremy Camp

(5) The Apothecary's Daughter Julie Klassen

(6) Cast of Characters Max Lucado

(7) He Chose the Nails Max Lucado

(8) Against All Odds Chuck Norris

(9) Stars Collide Janice Thompson

(10) Made To Crave Lysa Terkeurst

I am linking up to Cozy Reading Spot and Inspire Me Monday

Wordless Wednesday - our cats

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Top: Mr. M'Now Center: Smokey & Mimi Bottom: Mimi
The righteous care for the needs of their animals (Proverbs 12:10a ~ NIV)
I'm linking up with Wordless Wednesday on Create With Joy and Picture Perfect Party

Review: Spoken For

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60142-597-3
Release: 4/15/14
Christian Living/Relationships/Single Living
Purchase: Waterbrook Multnomah




Author Spotlight:









Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the much-loved Christy Miller Series and co-author of Praying for Your Future Husband, has had more than 4.5 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her frequent speaking engagements have taken her around the globe. Robin and her husband live in Hawaii and have a grown son and daughter. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=74963



My Thoughts:

         The prevailing message in this book is the all-encompassing Love of Christ. There are no special requirements or duties necessary. He loves us just as we are, for who we are.
         Each chapter ends with a section of "What do you think" questions. There are "What God says about you" verses, and a sprinkling of biblical quotes throughout the book. The authors challenged me to dig deeper i…

Monday Mingle (July 21)

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** If you had a $100 to splurge on anything, what would you pick? **If I had an extra $100 I would splurge on bath products during the Semi-Annual sale, and fill my house with good books. The above is just a sampling of what I like.I am joining Monday Mingle at Life of Meg.So, what would you splurge on?

Friday Finds (July 18)

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Should Be Reading.


(1) Wherever the River RunsKelly Minter

(2) A Broken Kind of Beautiful Katie Ganshert

(3) Dynamic Women of the Bible  Ruth A Tucker

(4) Child of MineDavid & Beverly Lewis

(5) The RevealingSuzanne Woods Fisher

(6) UndetectedDee Henderson

(7) Atlas Girl  Emily T. Wierenga

(8) Finding Spiritual Whitespace Bonnie Gray

(9) Grace For the Good Girl  Emily P Freeman


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!


I'm linking up withShould Be Reading, Cozy Reading Spot, The SITS Sharefest

Make A Carrot Clarinet

I found this amazing video at Renewed Daily. My husband is a musician.
Perhaps he'll try his hand at making his own `Carrot clarinet`
Please let me know if you give this a try and have a great weekend!
I'm linking up with Friendship Friday at Create With Joy.


Book Blogger Quiz

I found this Book Blogger Quiz on Musings from a BookMammal
All you do is answer the questions:


(1)What are your top three book pet hates?
(a) When a novel, I really like, ends and there is not a sequel. 
(b) When someone borrows a book, and it's damaged when they return it.
(c) When I win a book and it never comes...


(2)  Describe your perfect reading spot.
I love to curl up on my couch, listen to music & read.


(3)  When was the last time you cried during a book?
I do not remember. A book may sadden me, but I usually don't cry.


(4) How many books are on your bedside table?
0ne...I usually keep my books in the living room.


(5) What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?
I usually don't eat while reading. Afraid I'll smear the pages.


(6) Name three books you would recommend to everyone.
This is really hard since there are several I like.

(a) Life Without Limits (Nick Vujicic)
(b) Always True (James MacDonald)
(c) The Chasm (Randy Alcorn)


(7) Write how much books mean to …

Teaser Tuesday: Spoken For

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
 Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  My Teasers:
God's love is manifested in many ways. He thoughtfully handcrafted each of us.

Book: Spoken For Author(s): Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke Format: Paperback  (pg #55)

I'm linking up with Friendship Friday at Create With Joy.

Left or Right Brained

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You Are 40% Left Brained, 60% Right BrainedThe left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports. Are You Right or Left Brained? Blogthings: 100's of Fun, Free Quizzes!

A-Z Bookish Questionnaire

I found this questionnaire while reading Stray Thoughts blog. It looked interesting so I decided I would do it.

Author you've read the most books from: Karen Kingsbury...I have read physical books & listened to audio books.

Best sequel ever: Little House on the Prairie series.

Currently reading: Spoken For ( Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke)

Drink of choice while reading: water

E-reader or physical book: It depends on my mood. I like my Kindle for convenience. But, I like physical books that you can touch and smell.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school? Not sure

Glad you gave this book a chance: Living without Limits (Nick Vujicic)
Review here

Hidden gem book: The Silent Gift (Michael Landon Jr. & Cindy Kelley)
Review Here

Just finished: Another Summer (Rebecca Stevenson)
Review here

Kind of books you won't read: Nothing with foul language, horror books, certain mysteries

Longest book you've read: War & Peace (Leo Tols…

WWW...Wednesdays (1)

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To play along, answer 3 questions and visit http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

(1) What are you currently reading?
`Spoken For` by Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke
Review coming soon.

 (2) What did you recently finish reading?
`Another Summer`  by Rebecca Stevenson
 You may find review here
`Life Without Limits` by Nick Vujicic.
You may find review here.

(3) What do you think you'll read next?
 `Everything` by Mary DeMuth

Teaser Tuesday: Uncertain Times

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  My Teasers: St. Vrain nodded thoughtfully. After drawing deeply on the cigar he exhaled a cloud of smoke and flicked the ashes toward the tin cup that served as an ashtray.  Book: Uncertain Times Format: Kindle (13%) Author: r. William Rogers Series: Arkansas Valley Book one: Toward A New Beginning Book two: Uncertain Times Book three: Shattered Dreams Book four: Mustang Justice Book five: Shiloh Ranch Book Six: Rails Along The Valley Book seven: Kindled Faith

My Library (revised)

My Library post shares the idea of skimming our bookshelves to find examples of each category.
This post will contain paperback, hardback or e-books. I saw this idea while I was visiting Musings From A BookMammal  

Books Read
(1) Another Summer (Rebecca Stevenson)
(2) Life Without Limits (Nick Vujicic)


Intending to Read
(1) Love Finds You in Deadwood South Dakota (Tracey Cross)
(2) The Perfecting Storm (Angel H. Davis)


Half-Read
(1) Trusting God: Even When Life hurts (Jerry Bridges)
(2) Transforming Grace (Jerry Bridges)


Pretend I've Read
(1) How To Read A Book (Adler & Doren)
(2) Boundaries (Cloud & Townsend)

Saving for When I have Time
(1) Yukon Quest (Tracie Peterson)
(2) Desert Roses (Tracie Peterson)

Will Never Read
(1) The Birth of Britain (Churchill)


Purely For show
(1) How to Roast a Lamb (Michael Psilakis)


Read, But Can't Remember A Single Thing about It
(1) War & Peace (Leo Tolstoy)


I'm linking up with Fellowship Friday's Friendship Friday&#…

Review: Another Summer

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Price: $1.99
Format: Kindle
Release: 6/15/2014
Length: 142 pages (estimated)
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Contemporary Romance








          As the novel opens, Tracy Ratcliffe, literary agent, comes to Wentworth Cove, Maine for a relaxing vacation. It turns out to be a vacation full of suspense.  It's interesting to note that a few people believe they have seen her before. This opens up a mystery that arouses suspicion about her mother's past.
         I began this novel after lunch and finished reading it in 5 hours. It grabbed my attention from the start. This story is set in a small town, and it brought back memories of the small town I grew up in. This is a clean romantic novel, only one part made me feel uncomfortable. However, there is no foul language which one might associate with books of this genre. The overall message is inspiring. The novel does end with a twist. I'll give it 5* out of a possible 5*.
       I would recommend this novel to adult readers of roma…

The Book Test

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You are a DreamerYou tend to have your head in the clouds. You love to be drawn in to a whole other world.

You are a sensitive person. You find it easy to be emotionally affected by books.

You are a person with a few deep interests. If you're drawn to something, you learn everything about it.

You are a person who values your possessions. You tend to have fewer things but of higher quality. The Book Test Blogthings: 100's of Fun, Free Quizzes!

WWW...Wednesdays (#76)

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To play along, answer 3 questions and visit http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

(1) What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading `Life Without Limits` by Nick Vujicic.
You may read my review here
This is my 2nd time reading this book.

(2) What did you recently finish reading?
`Wonderstruck` by Margaret Feinberg

(3) What do you think you'll read next?
I'll read `Spoken For` by Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke
Review coming either in July or August.

Teaser Tuesday: Life Without Limits

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  My Teasers:
(1) If you don't shine from within, it may be because you rely on others to validate you, to give you confidence, and to make you feel appreciated.
(2) You should love yourself as a reflection of God's love and as someone put on this earth to make a unique contribution.
Book: Life Without Limits Author: Nick Vujicic Page # 78
You may purchase this book through Amazon.com