May 28, 2015

A Love Like Ours | Book Review

Lyndie and Jake were inseparable friends as children.  But when Lyndie's family moves away, it will be years before they meet again.  Twenty, to be exact. Now adults, they've become very different people.  But there's one thing they still have in common - horses.  After being injured while serving his country in Iraq with the Marines, Jake struggles with PTSD.  Now working as a Thoroughbred trainer, he spends most of his time alone and avoids relationships.  But with Lyndie back in his life and exercising the horses he trains, how long will that last?  

An excellent spring/summer read, I read this book in one day.  There was no way I could put it aside for later once I'd begun.  Truthfully, I think the cover is quite sappy (although the colors are lovely), but the plot and sub-plots more then compensated for that.  Jake reminded me very much of the tall, dark, and brooding characters from Jane Austen's books (Mr. Darcy, anyone?).  I'm sure that was intentional.  Lyndie was sweet.  Sweet, caring, and thoughtful.  And she loves horses, so how could I not like her?  I especially enjoyed the interaction between Lyndie's family.  Her only sister is confined to a wheelchair because of health problems, and over the years she has helped to grow their faith.  Yes, I loved their family.  And unlike much of Christian Fiction, the faith they showed was not wishy-washy.  This was a great book and I will be seeking out other titles by Becky Wade.

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

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!

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