Saturday, December 28, 2013

Reading for Christmas

This month I enjoyed and found the season enriched by two books that became available in the fall.  Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift was a wonderful read that brought me encouragement during a season of challenge and mild disappointment.  (Hubby's company did not get the job that would have brought him home from Canada)  And The Woman of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs was a gentle read that was comforting and quieting for my before bed read.

As I finished reading "The Women of Christmas" I was very surprised by the direction my thoughts went.  There is a study guide at the end that I decided to simply read through instead of grabbing pen and paper as I often do.  There is this ~ "What things in your life seem to hard to handle?  Make a list.  Then write across the top your favorite translation of Luke 1:37.  If you truly believe that nothing is impossible with God, what must you do right now to embrace that reality."

Sweet encouragement, the realization that even while I grieved and gave thanks and pressed on through this Christmas season without much Christmas spirit, that God had gone before me again.  He had lead me through this book to this place in the study guide to gently ask me to trust Him,  to Believe that He is at work and He has not forgotten us.

Also from the study guide of The Women of Christmas I got a start on my goal setting and planning for the new year.  I am excited to spend some time looking over my goals for 2013 without beating myself up for what isn't accomplished and to look forward with hope and anticipation for what God is doing instead.

Another book, that was sent to me for review, "The War on Christmas, Battles in Faith, Tradition and Religious Expression" was started and set aside.  Maybe it was because of all that has been going on around us, I just could not press on with this book.  Maybe when life is pressing in it isn't the right time to try and read this particular kind of book. I am putting it on my nightstand with the thought that I may read though it from time to time.

I hope this holiday season for you has been a joyful celebration of that everlasting gift Jesus came to fulfill the very first Christmas.  What a comfort I continue to find in the parallels between his Birth – in a messy, dirty stable and my life, messy, broken life.  The tremendous hope that comes from His love for each of us settles the dust a little and allows me to just rest and breathe.

Thanks be to God for His immeasurable gift.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sponsorship Request

Jill over at Compassion Family received word recently that two of her correspondent children have lost their financial sponsors.  She is hoping that someone in our blogging community can help find sponsors for these two precious children.



Click over to Jill's blog for details!

Hope

"The mattering part is never what isn't.  The mattering part is never the chopped-off stump.  It isn't what dream has been cut down, what hope has been cut off, what part of the heart has been cut out.

The tender mattering part is-- you have a Tree."  Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur

It's a quiet Saturday here at By Quiet Waters and I'm enjoying having a stuffed turkey in the oven, kids quietly puttering and the opportunity to clear off some of my to-dos.  As I was doing some online decluttering I found a review that I neglected to post.

As Silver Refined (Answers to Life's Disappointments) by Kay Arthur

Maybe the reason this post was "shelved" for a while is because I struggled greatly to get through this book.  Not at all becuase it is poorly written or irrelevant.  But because when life is busy or I am deeply focused on a particular thing other things just do not "stick".

The analogy to the refiner's work on silver is a beautiful one and I do hope to approach this book again in the future, to soak up the word pictures and spend time reflecting on the Refiner, His fire and the outcome of the Refiner's Fire.

This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books (WaterBrook Press, Multnomah Books and Shaw Books) in exchange for my thoughts and opinions.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Domestic Violence

As a woman, a mother, a daughter, and an adult survivor of horrific childhood abuse I so appreciate others who have the courage and ability to communicate well and share their story.



Shine the light in the dark places.  Speak life.  These words are taking on a deeper meaning today.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Give Them Grace

There are scores of parenting books available, and I've read more than a handful of them.  Often looking for that "formula" that will enable me to raise daughters who won't make the mistakes that I've made, and maybe even, won't make mistakes.

But if I've found any formulas in the pages of those books, not much has really stuck in my mind.  And while I do have some very amazing wonderful daughters...there is one big thing they inherited from their Momma.  We are selfish, broken sinners. 

Last spring I read Because He Loves Me with GraceLaced and Grace Full Momma and gleaned so much from the book.  Some of what I read in that book has even changed the way I mark up my Bible.  But most of all, a deeper understanding of who I am because Jesus loves me has changed the way I think and live.  Elyse Fitzpatrick wrote in such a way that I am sure the book was written specifically for me.
Looking for a book to read this fall, I decided to see what our library had of Elyse Fitzpatrick's books.  There were two, and the one that really caught my eye was this Give Them Grace, dazzling your kids with the love of Jesus.

Oh the load that has slipped off my shoulders.  It isn't for me to find a formula to ensure that my daughters follow Jesus and live a life of sweet joy, peace and love.  It is for me to show them the grace that has been showered upon me, upon each one of us, and to continually point to Jesus.

 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Maker of the Starry Sky

Have just a few minutes?  Head over to Shaun Groves blog and listen to this.

Maker of the starry sky
When all is bleak and broken
With your pow’r through us make bright

amen.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Do Good


“The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.  Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.   Give your best anyway.  In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Teresa

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Popping In

FOR TODAY, just popping in a for a little bit

Outside my window...a beautiful sunset that turned our part of the Rocky Mountains a glorious orange.

I am thinking... that we will give this hair style a try soon!
 

I am thankful...a Can Do handyman wise husband

In the kitchen...tiny little corn on the cobs fresh from the garden, steak on the grill and roasted potatoes

I am creating...30 cross stitched Hammer Jesse Tree ornaments.  Wanna join in for a Jesse Tree ornament exchange?

I am reading...If by Amy Carmichael, Sense and Sensibility, 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential and Discipline, the Glad Surrender.

I am looking forward to...How great our house will look when the work on the exterior is completed this next week.

I am learning...to remember with joy and gratitude the years I had with my daughters fully at home.  And to remember to give thanks for the opportunities they have for some classes away from home this year.


This blog has been mostly quiet since just before school began.  I just don't see how regular blogging fits in this new season.  But I hope to pop in and spend a while from time to time. 

 

Friday, August 16, 2013

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore was well received in our household.  I love the modern look to the cover and through, something that definitely caught the eyes of each of the ladies in our home.

There have been some good conversation from the book, I love whenever something prompts my daughters to dig deep and express the thoughts on their minds.  In particular was the daughter who found that although the author is seeking to encourage girls, all of the girls pictured throughout the book looked "perfect."  Yes, we have more than a tad bit of insecurity during these middle school and early high school years.

I give a two thumbs up for this book, and hope that it helps many other moms and daughters find where insecurity flees and security is found.

This book was sent to me by Tyndale Publishing exchange for my thoughtful opinion.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Count Your Blessings, Count Them One by One


Lists are always flowing from any pen or pencil I can get a hold of.  Lately there's been so many lists to make and mark off that counting stopped for a bit.  But a quiet Friday afternoon was just the time to pick up the counting list and start back up.

So far, in 2013, 246 gifts counted, written down, but know, there are many many more acknowledged each day.

Interesting conversation that keeps my mind engage
Safely missing the accident I nearly drove into
Echos of truth spoke in love
JoyNess’ sweet soft voice after breakfast and a clean diaper, sounding like she sings along with the hymns playing
Wide eye wonder
Listening to music, drumming on the keyboard, while typing up a story ~ another word girl in the house!
3 miles on the bike
New season lessons
Learning to shoot

my new pistol
Hugs from the youngest, all throughout the day
Hearing my dad’s excitement at my new endeavors
A warm welcome from the AWANA leaders
A new friend, signing up to be my teacher’s aide
3 way calls with my girl and my Builder
Friends who have “been there, done that” and tell me the story when they see the dent in my van.  Leaving me with no shame, no condemnation
A dream, a goal, and a plan to get there

prayer around the camp, sinners from a long line of sinners, forgiven and praying for others

sweet cousins roasting Twizzlers

the perfect marshmallow contest continues
hiking to the top, all from the littlest to the biggers, mom, nanas, dads & uncles conquering the scrambling rocks together



tubes floating, bouncing in the water
kids laughing
momma chortling
first sunflower bloom in the garden

Friday, August 9, 2013

Giveaway Winners

Kathy f and Terry are the winners of the Back to School Giveaway.  Winners have been emailed.  Congratulations!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

FOR SALE!


 
 

 


All-Day Charlotte Mason Seminar on DVD, DVD +Seminar Book ~ $28 ppd (US only)  In gently used clean condition.

Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education in 5 Simple Steps, DVD + Seminar Book ~ $20.00, ppd (US only)  This one has the BLUE cover.

Laying Down the Rail Workshop DVD and spiral Habit Handbook $25.00, ppd (US only) 

This ONLY includes the original handbook.  Evidently there is a newer version with a child's companion book.  I do NOT have that.


 

July

Loads of fun and soaking up summer is happening!

At the Top

Our girl loves to hang her feet over the edge


Roasted Twizzlers


Geo Cache Treasures









Monday, August 5, 2013

Scripture Memory

This week one of my goals is to decide on our Scripture Memory passages.  A few years ago we learned Psalm 100 as a song and I love how often my daughters break out singing the Psalm. 

Today I am thrilled to share with you a site I found with many Psalm, whole and portion, as well as other passages from the Old and New Testament, put to music.  Pretty music.  Take a look at Esther Mui's website here.

Here is a sampling...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Things I Learned in July

Lessons from July 2013

  • Each year out from heart surgery, I feel stronger and more adventurous physically and emotionally.  Wonder what I'll be doing in 10 more years!

  • Sisters grieve differently.  It is okay. 

  • This symbol
     does not mean minivans

  • It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. Pr. 19:2

  • When I value being "home", my children catch that same value.  Three summer activities were cancelled in favor of more time at home and to join in celebrating a sister's event.  Those decisions also provided time to rest, to work on projects, and to let an injury heal.



 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's Almost that Time! Back to School & a Giveaway

Back To School Time is upon many of our friends, although we are not starting back for the most part until after Labor Day.



And it is a time of back to school shopping.

Maybe your child has a swim bag that needs stocking, or a student heading off to college who has a long list of supply needs.

I have a little something to save you a few pennies at the cash register.

We have 2 coupons for FREE Dial Body Wash to giveaway.  So, we'll have 2 winners, 1 coupon each.  See the Rafflecopter widget below.

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The drawing will be on August 9.

linking up with Hip Homeschool Moms

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Fire Sword Opens Today

The Fire Sword opened today.  The stars arrived in fashion, dressed for the red carpet, via limo.  We had a wonderful time at the opening showing!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beyond the Book Report ~ Giveaway Winner

Leslie has the winning entry for this giveaway.  Contact me by email with your mailing address Leslie!

Ragged Hope, Cynthia Ruchti

"Where do we find hope when it's clouded by the ashes of other people's choices? 


What do you do when your life is affected by someone else's choices? Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else, everything is wrong? This insightful and hope-giving guide will comfort, support, and encourage you through whatever situation you must face. 
 

While each story in this book offers hope and has inspiring points, it is a difficult book to read.  More than likely, each one of us has our own story of survival in the midst of other peoples choices and consequences that storm our lives.  But, pushing past the shock and the tactics of survival, we have a choice to make.  Choosing to live in the midst of the fallout from other people's choices is possible by refusing bitterness, by looking up.  Because, "the fallout of other people's destructive choices becomes more toxic, more suffocating, when our response is equally caustic.  We don't climb out of an ash heap by piling more ash." 

Each chapter of this book highlights a lifegiving response to the trauma created by the actions of others.  A few questions follow each chapter, which I found helpful as I think how I can be a better friend to others going through particular tough times.  And loud and clear is a reminder of the importance of not allowing any bitterness to take root.  More than "hope in the midst of trial" reading, I recommend this book as a tool to glean from for ministering others.

Thank you Litfuse Publicity, for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my opinion.
 
 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Being Distinct

Pantheism is a creed not so much false as hopelessly behind the times.  Once, before creation, it would have been true to say that everything was God.  But God created:  He caused things to be other than Himself that, being distinct, they might learn to love Him, and achieve union instead of mere sameness.

Made for Heaven, by C.S. Lewis

This Moment

This Moment
 
A moment of adventure girl triumph
 
Working together with my daughters
 
and
 
Celebrating fire starting success, in the rain.
 
 
Echo Lake, Mount Evans
 
linking with Amanda and Amy

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Big Year for Lily, Book 3 of the Lily Lapp Series


Lily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

What a fun story this is!  When the book arrived and I took it out of the packaging I had to hide it from my kids so I could read it first.  The cover totally caught the eyes of my daughters. 

A Big Year for Lily was a quick read and soon I handed it to my 10 year old daughter.  She read it and asked me to see if our local library has Books 1 and 2 of the series.  The library does have the Lily series and Chica has been enjoying reading the books "in order".

While my children are pretty unfamiliar with Amish life, there were plenty of things in the thoughts of a 10 year old girl that created connections between my daughter and the main character.  It has been good to share this book with Chica and to also explore another culture through the story. 

Here are some thoughts from Chica.

"This was a really good book.  I understood how Lily felt very well.  I feel like I am a friend to Lily and like I know her.  I understood how Lily felt when she got into trouble.  Both of us get into trouble without trying to." 

The kind of trouble Chica finds herself in is usually a result of her curiosity and exuberance, not naughtiness, much like Lily.  She really is a good kid!



We received this book, A Big Year for Lily from Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for our opinion.





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Fire Sword

Our youngest daughter's movie debut!



Hope to see you there!

Beyond the Book Report from Analytical Grammar GIVEAWAY!

Analytical Grammar and Junior Analytical Grammar gave our daughters a firm footing in the world of English grammar.  This summer I've been researching ideas for writing/composition for the upcoming school year and received an email from AG that they have written Beyond the Book Report, a middle school language arts program the will mesh well with the 3 seasons of Analytical Grammar.

There are 3 seasons of Beyond the Book Report, and it is scheduled much like Analytical Grammar.  As a matter of fact, AG's website has a couple different schedules put together.

Season 1 of Beyond the Book Report includes three different sections:

The Basic Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Following a rubric
    Conflict, Point of View, Climax, Protagonist,Antagonist
    Paraphrase and summary
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on literary terms
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading Log
    Plot summary
    Paraphrase of favorite scene
    Study questions or crossword
    Literary Terms worksheet

The Pamphlet Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Elements of the plot, mood and tone, setting, genre
- Activity:
    Watch second video lecture on literary terms
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading log
    Pamphlet about the book (60 pts)
    Study questions or crossword

The News Article Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Headline, byline, dateline, inverted pyramid, lead
    Objectivity, bias, objective point of view
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on news writing
    Nursery rhyme news
    Exercise in bias detection
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading log
    News article on favorite scene
    Opposite bias news article, same scene
    Study questions/crossword

This is a solid writing curriculum that fits beautifully with the Analytical Grammar system and...

We have ONE COPY of Beyond the Book Report to giveaway this month!  The package will include

  • A computer DVD with video lectures for the teacher with specific day-by-day instructions for teaching the unit

  • All necessary hand-outs and notes

  • Foolproof grading rubrics that provide the student with “recipes” for writing and specific feedback for improvement 


  • The curriculum will be sent out by Analytical Grammar at the close of this giveaway ~ please make sure you check back for a winners announcement and respond to my email if you are the winner!

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    Friday, July 12, 2013

    This Moment

    This Moment ~ A refreshing moment in the fast moving days of summer.


    To see other moments in the splash days of summer, visit Amanda.

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Coffee for a Reason & GIVEAWAY


    I first heard of World's Greatest Beans and Bring Love In  from Mary over at Owlhaven.  While I didn't enter the giveaway, I did visit World's Greatest Beans on their facebook page.

    From there I learned about the work Levi & Jessie Benkert are doing on behalf of orphans in Ethiopia.  Here is a brief video explaining just what that is.





    World's Greatest Beans sells imported TOMOCA coffee with the intention to provide Ethiopian small businesses with revenue, jobs and hope.  They also partner with Bring Love In.

    To bring more attention to World's Greatest Beans and Bring Love In, I was sent ToMoCa coffee beans to try and to GIVE AWAY!  Let me tell you, this coffee is delicious.  We've enjoyed it so much more than our regular coffee.


    Here are the details
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    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    Happy Independence Day 2013!

     
    Hoping you are enjoying this Independence Day with ones you love.
    Remember to give thanks to the Lord for the freedom that we are celebrating this day.

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    pursuing better



    every flood of trouble remakes the landscape of your souls – making you better or bitter.

    every trouble is like a flood and you can either rise up on it or sink down in it

     
    And here is where I've found that the practice of giving thanks, day after day, month after month, year after year for 4+ years, is laying down the rails.  By practicing gratitude and recording the gifts my eyes are focused on looking for God's presence in the flood, even in the fire.
     
     
    I've mentioned before that I come from a long line of bitter women.  My mother once warned me years ago to not let bitterness take root.  For several years I prayed for relief from the bitterness that soured my eyes. 
     
    Giving thanks has been the antidote. 
     
    Anytime that sour taste rises in my throat and my eyes squint, I hear the question, where is grace in this?  And the hunt begins.
     
    A smattering of gifts found in the time of June fire and smoke;
     
    Frozen yogurt & daughters to share with
     
     
     
     A long walk through the neighborhood, with flower blooming all around
     
     
     Smoke free days after so many fires sent the smoke all over the Colorado front range
     
    Books selling, successful garage sale adding to the mission fund
     
     
    Popsicles and funny girls
     
    Rain in the middle of the night, pattering on the sky light
     
    Smoke clearing for the night of the Great American Backyard Campout
     
     
     
    Cloud art around the moon as I lay in the top coverless tent
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Reading Update ~ The First 6 Months

    As with any worthwhile endeavor, one must be purposeful to make time to read good books.  Several years ago I began to realize this and have tried to make sure time to read is built into my days.  This month I am excited to reflect on the books that have passed time with me the first half of 2013.

    Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

    The Mine by Henry McIntosh

    Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons

    Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer

    In the Presence of My Enemies ~ by Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill

    Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger. 

    Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

    Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

    Jessica's First Prayer by Hesba

    The Promise Box by

    The Cat that God Sent by Jim Kraus

    Cleaning House, A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma, my response here

    The BARE NAKED TRUTH, Dating, Waiting, and God's Purity Plan by Bekah Hamrick Martin, my review here

    Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn ~ Melanie Shankle


    Children's books
    Rock You Tonight by Emily Roussell ~ a sweet story that seems to be written more for the Momma than the little one she may be reading to.

    The Three Little Rabbits and the Bake Sale Pie by Nancy Nuce ~ a story that had Mae and I laughing hard at bedtime.  Delightful

    Only the Mountains do not Move by Jan Reynolds

    Jessica's First Prayer by Hesba Stretton

    Audiobooks
    Because He Loves Me (I listened while driving and reread the chapters on my kindle app)

    Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr

    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    Speak Life


    The message in Thursday's short post was in my email box earlier this week.  A sweet woman who has stepped in as a Godly mentor and encourager sends me messages like this from time to time.  I'm not sure she understands how lifegiving her words are to me.
     
    My own mother has disappeared into the depths of early onset Alzheimer's.  And even before that happened, there was very little "mother to daughter" torch passing.  God brought my mom a long way from the person she was, having grown up in the home that she did.  And she spoke life in the ways that she knew. 

    In this season where my mom is close by in a care facility, and we have 3 teen and preteen daughters at home AND our older daughter her daughter live with us, I often feel just swamped.  Linda speaks into this wonderful, hard, good, full crazy life of mine, in simple quiet ways, never asking for a response or reply. 

    Each time Linda speaks into my life, a balm is applied.  She didn't wait to be asked, she hasn't asked if it is "okay", she just speaks.

    Thank God for this precious older woman.  Linda, since I know that you read this blog from time to time, Thank You.

     

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    This Moment ~ Time with Mae

    {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
     

    Last weekend Mae and I had the opportunity to pass about 18 hours together, just the two of us.  We watched a couple "big kid" movies (Captain America and Pirates of the Carribean), went out for dinner and shared our meals, and explored Pier One.  It is very rare for any 2 people in our family to get time like this and I am very thankful.

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Validation



    "I don't really look to other mothers for validation on how I'm doing as a parent. I look to my children and my husband. If they are generally happy, relaxed, comfortable and engaged, I feel pretty good about how I'm doing....

    "If I see signs of frustration or stress or uneasiness in my family, there are alarm bells going off inside me telling me I need to be kinder, pay extra close attention, have more ideas, and offer more options."

    —Rippy Dusseldorp
     
     

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    DIAL Giveway AND More



    Dial brand is celebrating 65 years this year and they are giving away a year's supply of Dial Body Wash at their Facebook page.  The contest began at 12:00:00 PM ET on June 11, 2013 and ends on June 26 , 2013. 

     
    4 Free Body Wash coupons to give away, 1 each to 4 different winners
    this month.
     

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Black Forest Fire

    Black Forest is a close neighbor community to our city, Colorado Springs.  A fire started on Tuesday June 11 in the densely wooded area where many dear friends have made wonderful beautiful homes. 

    Wednesday while my daughters were at music lessons, I took a drive to see the fire from a safe distance, and to pray.

    What we could see from our neighborhood

    The Northern Plume


    We found out today that the first home Builder and I had together is destroyed.  I am thankful for the abundance of memories we, our older kids and our extended family have of good times there.

    Please think of those displaced by this fire, at this time about 41,000 people, those who already know they've lost their home  (at least 360 homes have been destroyed, including the homes of several in our homeschool community).  Pray for those caring for the animals that have been displaced, this is also an area full of horse owners and ranches.  Pray for Rain, for the wind to stop and for the safety of the Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement.  Pray for the family and friends of the two who died trying to evacuate.

    We will continue to see the goodness in the land of the living.

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    The BARE NAKED TRUTH

    About The Bare Naked Truth:"The Truth About Sex and Waiting . . . Uncovered Purity.

    "Sex. Boys. Waiting. There's something about those words that makes everything complex in a heartbeat, and raises more questions than answers.  Bekah Hamrick Martin knows the waiting game isn't easy or straight-forward. In The Bare Naked Truth, she lays everything on the table---including some embarrassing moments---as she explores the honest, naked truth behind what God means by purity. With additional entries from popular authors, you'll see the bare naked approach to waiting isn't always easy, but it's worth the risk."

    As a mom of daughters age 30, 24, 13, 12 and 11, purity is a topic that is often discussed.  While I appreciate the message Bekah Hamrick Martin shares in The Bare Naked Truth, the difference in personality between the author and myself is pretty extreme and I struggled with the book tremendously. 

    That said, I believe that Bekah Hamrick Martin has a wonderful love for young women and desires to reach them with the truth and hope, and with tools to maintain purity of body, mind and spirit.  I'm not sure that I will recommend this book to my younger daughters, but one of my older daughters is going to read it soon, and give me a younger woman's perspective.

    This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion by Litfuse Publicity.







    Friday, June 7, 2013

    This Week, June 2-7

  • In my life this week…
  • We had fun times of fellowship with friend this week.  Our daughters who are in the youth group are finding many opportunities for fun.  During one of these times I was able to slip out for pie & tea with a friend.  Delightful!

  • In our homeschool this week…Mae finished PreAlgebra!! and is in the process of taking the Saxon Placement Test.  She has done very well, and I might even say that Mae is enjoying mathematics, with Life of Fred math.  I feel confident that it is a solid math course, but want to see how what Mae has learned measures up with Saxon math.

  • Each child has a short list of things to complete, and I am pretty sure that tomorrow will be a stopping point for most things.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… This week volunteer works at the Ranch and all three daughters will be working this summer.  There has been a flurry of mending and ironing to get all ready.  We are heading to Denver early Saturday morning.  Builder is coming home for a week!  Actually 9 days.

  • My favorite thing this week was…hearing my daughter open up to me and share a deep hurt.  While it hurts to see her hurt, the fact that she is willing to trust and share with me brings me joy.

  • My kiddos favorite thing this week is probably "seeing the end near."

  • Things I’m working on…Quilts.  My grand nieces cousin quilt is FINISHED as of earlier today.  Next up is sewing the binding on a quilt for my grand daughter, then piecing together her cousin quilt.

  • I’m cooking…  No, I'm not cooking much!  The cooking part of our Meaningful Work summer is going beautifully!
    Taco Potatoes

    Corn Dog Muffins with Fruit Salad and Carrots

  • I’m grateful for…the whispers of my Father in the early morning.  Just this morning His words of peace and encouragement lingered with me all day.

  • I’m praying for…friends who are fighting illness, auto immune type things, safe travel for my Beloved.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…
    First Food


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