Saturday, October 30, 2010

Six Word Saturday

Excited that I'll be babysitting tonight!

So really, who gets excited about babysitting?! haha...I've babysat a few children and I love doing it but this little girl I'll be with tonight holds a special place in my heart! Maybe it's the fact that she wakes up the morning I'm going to be coming and says to her dad, What day is it? And he'll say Saturday. She'll say YEAH! Today is the day Kasey comes and it's going to be AWESOME! haha. Maybe that's it. But I am excited about it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary.

But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love... even when He is silent.

My review - I liked this book pretty good. Took me a few chapters to get into it but once I got sucked into it I liked it. I hated how Penny's parents treated her. Whether or not she was their true daughter or not, they still treated her like crap. And I pinned her and Roy from the get go. And I loved the ending for all the characters. I also liked the time period in which the book was set. I've always thought the Holocaust was an interest time in history.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Mayhem

Join Us for Monday Mayhem1. Are you living the dream?? Yep. I'm saved by the grace of God, God sent me a wonderful husband and I love my family!
2. Is this what you imagined your life would be like? Hum...Kind of...I'd like a few children but they will come when God wants them to...
3. I'm coming for dinner, what will you make for me?? Probably Honey Mustard Chicken cause I know it's good :)
4. What's your favorite cuss word? Not really into using cuss words.
5. Tell me one thing you would change about anyone's blog and why? Nothing...I love seeing other people's blog and wondering how I can improve mine to look as good as theirs! :)
6. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve? Music that starts as soon as the page is loaded.
7. What's your favorite tv show this season? I need a new show! :) House, The Event, and Parenthood - it's my new favorite :)
8. What's your favorite 'down' time {nothing computer related}? Reading...If you've ever read my blog before you'd know I like to read...I ALWAYS have a book with me :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Six Word Saturday

Trying to remember God's in control! :)

He's in control of everything and not just some of the time but ALL of the time! So thankful!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins: #195 we go!
1. Wow, it's already October!?!
2. You are beautiful.
3. My favorite way to start a day is sleeping in :).
4. My husband came home and he walked in the door holding a pumpkin.
5. I look out my window and see my backyard and my nice cover porch that we had covered last year.
6. My momma is what I've been thinking about lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to resting, crocheting and reading, tomorrow my plans include laundry and reading and Sunday, I want to go to church, spend time with family and of course take a nap! :)


Amber Morn by Brandilyn Collins

 The whole thing couldn’t have taken more than sixty seconds.

Bailey hung on to the counter, dazed. If she let go, she’d collapse—and the twitching fingers of one of the gunmen would pull a trigger. The rest of her group huddled in frozen shock.

Dear God, tell me this is a dream …

The shooter’s teeth clenched. “Anybody who moves is dead.”

On a beautiful Saturday morning the nationally read “Scenes and Beans” bloggers gather at Java Joint for a special celebration. Chaos erupts when three gunmen burst in and take them all hostage. One person is shot and dumped outside.

Police Chief Vince Edwards must negotiate with the desperate trio. The gunmen insist on communicating through the “comments” section of the blog—so all the world can hear their story. What they demand, Vince can’t possibly provide. But if he doesn’t, over a dozen beloved Kanner Lake citizens will die …

My Review - This book was good from the beginning. It upset me a few times in how stupid the people could be. I can say that I'm going to miss the Kanner Lake citizens. I wish I could have learned more about Bailey and her husband, John. But also about S-man and Leslie. AND lastly of Carla and her daughter, Brittany. All that being said it couldn't have ended any better. I loved the ending, yes I said I loved it! (I hardly ever love endings of books, movies or anything really!)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monday Mayhem

Welcome to Monday Mayhem- the best place to be on the slowest day of the week.
Today we are celebrating the five best pieces of advice. For each prompt, give your best advice. Be sure to have fun and visit the other participants.

1. Someone playing this meme has music playing on their site and it is disrupting what you have playing on your computer while you play this wonderful meme. What's your best advice to people who auto-play music on their site? Stop...It's annoying...If you must have music on your site then have it in a little side bar where if I feel like hearing it then I'll push play...
2. What is your best advice to someone thinking about getting married? Let him handle his family and you handle your family. Which basically means if your mom makes him mad then you need to handle it not him. Or the other way around. That was the best advice anyone gave me before I got married.

3. What's your best advice for someone wanting to purchase a new phone? Research before you buy. And find about two or three phones that interest you and then research to see which one is the best! :)

4. What's your best advice to offer to the younger generation? Stop texting so much and enjoy the small things in life. Enjoy sitting on the front porch with your family and not texting.

5. What's your best advice for anyone wanting to buy a car? Save, save, save...And buy used. Save as much money as you possibly can to either pay a nice down payment OR just pay in full with cash for the car. That's our goal next time we buy a car.
6.What's the best advice to give to everyone? Love your family and enjoy each other. Take many pictures and spend time together. Also tell each other you love each other every chance you get!

Crimson Eve by Brandilyn Collins

Carla stared at the gun and David Thornbyorn whatever his name was. Her mind fissured, one side pleading this was some sick joke, the other knowing it was not. Her throat ran dry, air backing up in her lungs. She swallowed.

Please. You must have the wrong person. There's no reason for someone to want me dead. I don't have any enemies.

Then you'd best rethink your friends.

Realtor Carla Radling shows an English gentleman a lakeside estate and finds herself facing a gun. Who has hired this assassin to kill her, and why?

Forced on the run, Carla must uncover the scathing secrets of her past. Secrets that could destroy some very powerful people. Perhaps even change the face of a nation

Crimson Eve is book three in the Kanner Lake Series. Set in a small lakeshore town in pristine northern Idaho, this series combines suspense and fast-paced action with intriguing, well-crafted characters and many an unexpected twist.

My review - I had guessed it through the whole book but that didn't take away how much I liked this book. I think I just liked Carla's character. I also liked how the book ended. Looking forward to the 4th and final book. Wondering how Kanner Lake can ever end though...

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Six Word Saturday

Need to upload pictures of vacation!
So I went on vacation from September 25th - October 3rd...We went to Chicago which was awesome and then when we got back to North Carolina we went to Topsail Island. It was so fun. But I really need to load my pictures on the computer and then post a blog of them too...That's on my to do list today! So visit back later and see them! :)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Thankful Thursday....

As I was doing my devotion this morning I started thinking what am I thankful for...So here's a few things....

1. My salvation
2. My family
3. Waking up this morning
4. Having a roof over my head
5. Having God's word to read

There are many more things I'm thankful for but what are you thankful for today?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Your music....

What kind of music do you listen to? Do you like rap, country, hip-hop, or christian????

Well, I listen to Christian radio majority of the time and I love it. God is amazing and He's given some people the amazing talent and gift of singing and actually sounding good. (Some people can just sing but it might not sound good - like me! haha) Anyhow, everyone has rough times in their lives. But have you ever been at that moment where all you need is a gentle reminder that God is in control of everything - and I mean EVERYTHING? At that point is when you should tune into a Christian station (which I hope you have a local Christian station) and just see what's on. Isn't it amazing that usually the song that is on is just the song that you are needing to hear to remind you of everything God has done and will do. And that He is in control, nobody else.

Christian music is so influential. It's like the artist get inside your brain and know what you are feeling, thinking and needing and put it to music. I honestly remember about two years ago my husband and I were going through a rough time finding a house to buy and how to spend the down payment that we had. Now I know people have bigger problems then buying a house but at this time that was my BIG problem. I remember turning on the radio and Crawl by Superchic[k] was playing and it just spoke to me. No matter what happens He's there - ALWAYS!

So tune into your local Christian station and thank the Lord that some people have that talent and gift to bring your music (even the people control what comes on the radio have talent!)

106.9 The Light

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?

My Review - I attempted to read this book and got to about the 3rd chapter but just couldn't keep reading. I know I'll probably be fussed or whatever for not caring for this book but I just didn't like it.

Coral Moon by Brandilyn Collins

The figure remained still as stone. Leslie couldn’t even detect a breath.

Spider fingers teased the back of her neck.

Leslie’s feet rooted to the pavement. She dropped her gaze to the driveway, seeking … what? Spatters of blood? Footprints? She saw nothing. Honed through her recent coverage of crime scene evidence, the testimony at last month’s trial, the reporter in Leslie spewed warnings: Notice everything, touch nothing.

Leslie Williams hurries out to her car on a typical workday morning—and discovers a dead body inside. Why was the corpse left for her to find? And what is the meaning of the message pinned to its chest?

In Coral Moon, the senseless murder of a beloved Kanner Lake citizen spirals the small Idaho town into a terrifying glimpse of spiritual forces beyond our world. What appears true seems impossible.

Or is it?

My Review - This is the second book in the series and it was much better then first. It had me guessing the whole time about who was doing the killing. But I also liked how Collins puts in little bits of a love story into the book. Moving on to the third book now...

Six Word Saturday

Sad vacation is just about over! :(

So tomorrow ends my vacation sort of. We're going to go home tomorrow but I don't go back to work til Tuesday. I'm going to take Monday as a cleaning and laundry I have to go to the dentist. But then Tuesday it's back to work! I actually miss the workers and children...We'll see if I'm saying that next week! 

Friday, October 01, 2010

Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins

Something sinuous in the water brushed against Paige’s knee. She jerked her leg away.

What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand.

Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers.


She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. Something solid bumped her wrist.

Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out.

Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night—and finds herself face to face with death.

Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice.

In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith’s first glimmer. One woman’s secrets unleash an entire town’s pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.

My Review - This book was just okay for me. When I first started it I had already figured out who was who. It got better towards the end which makes me think the second book will be just as good or a little better maybe then the first one.