May 18, 2015

Adventures in Saying Yes | Book Review


Written by Carl Medearis about his family's real life adventures in saying "yes" to Jesus, I found this an interesting, thought provoking read from the beginning.  The writing style is engaging and fun to read.  Although mostly told by Carl, there are also parts written by his wife, Chris, and their three adult children.

Not just about their unique life, this book encourages you to exchange fear for faith.  I know I find it easier to be fearful rather than faithful.  It's something that the Lord has been working on in me for quite some time.  The main point is to turn the control over to God and trust Him.

I found this book to be very encouraging, and it was extremely interesting to read about the Medearis' life in Beriut and their ministry in the Middle East to the Muslims.  Definitely on my recommended reading list!

: : I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. : :

May 4, 2015

Remember me?

Hi. Remember me?  I blogged here once upon a time.

Seriously, that blogging break was much longer than I intended it to be!  But, life happens.

This past month of been packed full of life.  The farm has been busy with 17 lambs born this year.  So many cuties running around!  We also bought pigs for the first time - four of them. I believe they were about 15-20 lbs a month ago, and now they're probably about 50 lbs.  Yikes! They are extremely amusing...especially figuring out the electric fence.  I'm not sorry when I tell you that I laugh every time they touch the fence and squeal.  Yes, I get a charge out of that...pun intended.  I couldn't resist.

My dear Kellie got married on May 2nd.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding.  And I forgot to bring my camera.  *face palm*  So, no pictures to share.  I'm sure you'll see tons of pictures on her blog after they get back from their honeymoon.

But the most exciting new life, is the addition that will be making an appearance on approximately November 28th.  Yes, we're having a baby!!  And you can blame baby for my long absence.  :grin:  I have been sick, sick, sick for over a month now.  Morning sickness is no joke!  Except, it's not just in the morning.  It's all day sickness for me.  But it will pass.  I'm very much looking forward to the 2nd trimester, believe me!

And I believe that catches you, my faithful readers, all up to date! 
Sorry there are no pictures - I haven't picked up my camera for a long time.  Far too long.

So, tell me what's been going on with you?
Anything new in your life?
I want to know!

p.s.
May the Fourth be with you.
Happy May the Fourth!!  

March 16, 2015

Photo-a-Day + Link-up | March {week two}

ONE | I was inspired by the early morning light flickering through the trees and by Lisa's photo last week.

TWO | Cooking breakfast in my favorite Le Creuset skillet.

THREE | Gold, glittery, magic happened.  It was awesome.

FOUR | My nieces came over to my house for the day.  We had a wonderful day, and they were such good girls, but yikes! they sure wiped me out!

FIVE | Little girl aftermath.  They loved making necklaces and playing with my miniature tea set. Loving the bokeh created by the pearl beads!

SIX | One drop of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water really helps to relieve my headaches!  It's also great for helping you to be more alert and energetic.

SEVEN | Lunch at Noodle Express with my sweetheart. :)

I feel like I say this all the time, but last week was insanely busy.  And insanely fun.  We're talking "spending hours in the shoe store with your friends trying on ridiculous high heels" fun.  And this week will be just about equally so as I finish preparations for Kellie's bridal shower.  It's going to be fabulous!

All that being said, I've decided to take a break from the photo-a-day posts and link-ups until April.
Sometimes, real life (and dishes, and cleaning, and party planning) demand your attention.  I think my creative juices will benefit from a break as well. *smile*

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Now it's your turn!  
Post your photo-a-day pictures on your blog, then share the link in the link-y below!

Link-up Rules:
Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin', or email - so you can keep updated on link-up info!
Include a link to my blog in your post.
Please link to your photo post, not your blog home page.
Most of all, have fun exploring and sharing the world around you through your camera lens!

Feel free to share your photo a day posts for each week in March in this link-y.
It will be open until April 3rd, and I'd love to see what you've been up to while I'm on my break.

I'll see you all in April!

March 7, 2015

Photo-a-Day + Link-up | March {week one}


ONE | One of my favorite things about this time of year - robin's eggs malted candies.

TWO | Finished up the crochet pattern I was working on.  That project was much more involved than I thought it would be.

THREE | Shipped on of the laptop sleeves to Australia this week!

And that's all there is...this week was insane and I didn't pick up my camera very often.

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Now it's your turn!  
Post your photo-a-day pictures on your blog, then share the link in the link-y below!

Link-up Rules:
Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin', or email - so you can keep updated on link-up info!
Include a link to my blog in your post.
Please link to your photo post, not your blog home page.
Most of all, have fun exploring and sharing the world around you through your camera lens!

This link-y will be open until March 13th, so you have a whole week to get your post up and share your photos.

I hope you all were more faithful to take photos every day this week than I was!