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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Martha, A book review

Martha: a Novel by Diana Wallis Taylor

Martha's life is taking care of her family.  Her father Ephraim, brother Lazarus, and sister Mary are her life.  She has dreams of being married, but it seems that no one will have her, so she is content to just take care of her family.

This book is a fictional novel based on Biblical Characters.  Please keep that in mind when you consider reading it.  I have read many Biblical based novels in the pasted and have found that some are closely related to scripture to make you either upset with the authors writing or you are thrilled with it.

The story of Martha in the Bible is one of a woman so involved with serving her family. In this book it is the same thing, Martha  has taken over the household duties after her mother passes away.    You will find similarities to the Bible  as you read.  You will read how Martha and her family meet  Jesus.  You will read about the dangers of being a follower of Christ.    This novel was not so unrealistic that you can't picture what life was like for her and her family.  This is a compelling story of Martha.  

On the back cover of the book, it states " Follow Martha as she navigates the complicated worlds of family, faith, and love.... and you'll never read her story the same way again."  This might be one of the truest statements I've read...
I know that I will never read it the same way as I had before.
You never know what God has planned for your life, just as Martha....

This book is available at your local bookstore! Check it out

Friday, June 24, 2011

Creativity

Are you creative?  I can be when I put my mind to it.  Which brings me to this post.

About a month ago, I bought a new purse at a local store.  The purse has lasted only a few weeks.  It already has started to fall apart. 

So I decided to try and make me a purse.  I can sew, but have never tried my hand at purse making.   

Tell me what you think!  

I made this small plaid purse with brown polka dot.   I kinda think it needs a pink flower to finish it off.  Anyway, Kalyn loves it and tells me it is hers.



This one is the one I made for me.  I love the way it came out.   I just don't hope anyone thinks it is a diaper bag.....lol......

Anyway, Janelle has informed me that she needs one now.... 

I'm wondering how creative I can become with the next one?


Friday, June 17, 2011

Chasing Sunsets


Sometimes you get a second chance at your first love
Kimberly Tucker's life hasn't turned out the way she thought it would. While her ex is living it up, she struggles to understand what went wrong. When her two sons end up spending five weeks of summer vacation with their father, Kim plans a respite at the family vacation home on tiny Cedar Key. As she revisits the long-forgotten past, she discovers that treasures in life are often buried, and sometimes you do get a second chance at love.
Let yourself get swept away to an island retreat of warm tropical breezes, sandy beaches, and the most glorious sunsets you can imagine. 


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Kimberly reminds me of so many woman out there.  One who has gotten a divorce, not know what has gone wrong.  Kim travels to Cedar Key, planning on staying only a week.... well we will see....

This book is another refreshing story!  Since I read so much, I tend to sometimes see other story plots that are similar, but this one was new to me....  Imagine yourself setting by a pool, relaxing , reading this wonderful story... You will love it.

One thing I really liked is that the two divorced adults are not spiteful, yes Kim has problems at the beginning of the story with her ex, but she soon begins to find closer and becomes very civil  with him.  During the story, Kim finds out who she is.

This is a wonderful story that will be sure to please any reader.

Chasing Sunsets is available now at your local book store!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Truth Camp Here we come!

Every summer our church sends all the youth and kids to camp.  It is a week of fun, fun, fun, with an emphasis on walking closer to God.
My girls wanted to go so bad, but with finances the way they are, I did not know if we could make it or not.
I decided to ask my family if they would like to sponsor the girls and I.  ( everyone has to pay, even the adults)  The cost for camp is $110 a piece, so I was looking at over $300 for us all!
I love my family, they pitched in  and with the help of my parents church sponsoring us, WE MADE ALL THE FUNDS NEEDED!

PRAISE THE LORD!

I am just so happy to know that my girls will be able to experience camp this year.

So Truth Camp here we come!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Unit Studies

I have never been one just to do unit studies with my girls for school.  I just bought whole curriculum with everything we needed for the year.
Well, I have decided that since finances are tight to just make my own unit studies for some of the subject matter.   I have been working on stuff for my oldest.  Next year she will be doing her life skills studies, and I wanted to make sure she knew the importance of budgeting, saving, how shop on a budget and so on.
I'm working like a mad lady these days, but hopefully I will be able to get it all done by August.

I'll share them with you later on,
until then
Shelby

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Great Catch

She wants to change the world.

He wants to change her mind.
It's the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When Emily Graham's meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the resort guests, the spunky suffragist is determined to politely decline each and every suitor. She has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy life.
Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.
When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?

The perfect summer novel, A Great Catch will enchant you with its breezy setting and endearing characters.
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When I began reading this book, I was so surprised!  It is a fun, refreshing book that is great to read this summer. Emily is so feisty! She wants to change the world, well the world for women. She is so involved in reform of women, that she does not want any man to tell her what to do.... hahaha.... little does she know that Carter finds her enchanting and sets out to prove to her that she does need a man. 

This book was so fun to read... I can't tell you enough how much I so enjoyed reading this book.  I was so delighted with the story line. It is not a deep, dark, story with death or anything like that.  It is a book that has  a great story, but with fun, light hearted characters.

Have fun reading!
Shelby


A Great Catch is available in May, at any bookstore!

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Scripture of the Month

1 Thessalonians 5:24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

He is faithful to do all He has promised in his Word. I'm so glad that he is faithful to meet our needs and to give us our wants. There is no one Greater than OUR LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!