Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Just For Fun

Hey friends.

For fun....

What's your favorite dessert???

Mine is Banana Pudding and Peach Cobbler. It is a tie in this area.

What's yours?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Chat- Visitng Granny and Beach Fun

We had a good visit with my granny. We enjoyed way too much food. I made a strawberry cake and it was good. We enjoyed watching Little House on the Prairie, Walton's, and Mystery Hallmark movies. I don't have cable TV (although we do watch movies and documentaries) so it was a treat to catch up with old episodes. Oh, and we watched Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. I haven't seen that show in forever. It was a treat.

I took the kids to the beach for a little bit. My granny lives 13 miles from the beach. It was cloudy and chilly. The water there is murky and brown because of barrier islands. But we still get a feel of beach when we go. Overall the trip was fun and a nice break from laundry, cleaning, and chores. We simply relaxed, read, talked, and watched shows. Oh....and ATE!

Sunday we enjoyed church, had lunch with friends of ours that are soon to be leaving for Greece for missionary work. After that we came home and relaxed. The weather was gorgeous. I had to giggle as I sat out by the lake enjoying a book (Wuthering Heights) for the afternoon after my previous post of Cozy Inspiration. I was totally soaking up the sun!!! I wrote that post Saturday and scheduled it for Sunday not realizing it would be like summer. Oh well...seize the moment in your in, right?

I am not setting goals really this week other than keeping our home running and school. My husband's birthday is this week. Plus, I have had a hard time with all my goals due to our daily living and I am going to just take a break for the remainder of February and work on our daily flow.
I will do our Friday Challenge of putting together a Emergency Kit.

Do you have any plans this week?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cozy Dreaming

I love all things that remind me of cozy. As winter is beginning to wrap up (slowly for some more than others) I want to enjoy these last few weeks of the slower pace, cozy living, and simplicity that usually this time of year brings.

I will be honest it has been super warm where I live here. We have only used our fire place ONE TIME this year. It has been to warm to use it. Blooms are already on the trees and Dogwoods have already bloomed and to be honest it is really strange because it is February. It is crazy weather in my area. Cozy can sometimes be distracted due to the nice weather that makes people think Spring is already here.

But while I can I am going to relish the cozy movies, books, snuggles, baking, and blankets until I can't no longer. Usually, Spring brings BUSY. Planting gardens, showers, Easter, Mother's Day, weddings, graduations, deeper cleaning, and yard work.

Here is some inspiration to stay in the moment of cozy even if it is warm outside and everyone is MOWING their yards in February!!!!

                                                  What a dreamy sitting area!


                                                All day I would do this if I could.

                                             I just love the happy red that pops out!

                                        That view!!!! I could lay here all day!!!!

                                          Another dream! Look at this reading nook!!!!!

Yes, Miss Jane you are so right. There really is such enjoyment in a good book. Books just speak to me cozy! I love books!!! I love reading!!!!

Books I am planning to get cozy and read is Wuthering Heights and Jane Austen's collections.

Movies or shows that I am planning on cozying up to watch are Victoria and Ireland's Famous Castles.

All images where found by google image search and they are for pure inspiration of cozy.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review-The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book Review for The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher


In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It’s a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn’s shipboard romance to blossom.
But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World–isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father–his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not – bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not.
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?


The Newcomer was a wonderful read.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters and I felt as if I was right there along side them in their journeys. Each of them having their on struggles, growing pains, and lessons.  It was neat to see how all of it came together. Anna seemed a pillar of strength at the same time set her in her ways. I felt so torn for Bairn as he was trying to decide if Amish life was for him. He was born Amish but kidnapped as a younger child and then reunited with his family as an adult. After living a life totally different from the Amish I could feel his torn nature trying to make the best decision that would fit him. The romance between Anna and him feels pure but very strained. She is a solid Amish woman in love with him and she feels this restless nature that Amish life may not be for him.

Then you have "The Newcomer" and this story begins to twist ever so much. Henrik seems perfect. Everything Anna would like in a man but her heart is truly in love with Bairn. But Bairn is still in limbo on what he wants and I was for sure that the story would end different and it blew my mind.

The author added some funny humor with Felix, Bairn's younger brother and this really lightens the book. I giggled a few times because he was so accident prone and was always causing problems. But he was so clueless to it.

Bairn and his parents have a unique relationship and at first I really thought the father was totally controlling and cold. But once again a turn of events twists things.

I felt the hardship of these people as they fought their way to America in hopes of freedom to worship and live peaceful hardworking lives. I enjoyed the way the author was realistic in their hardships on the boat to get over to America and the reality of how hard it was for immigrants that came to America. It opened my eyes to see again the beauty of the Freedom our Great Country (USA) offered so many people.

I enjoyed this book very much. It had the right balance of romance, mystery, heartache, growing pains, life lessons, and faith building in it. I really just enjoyed how she intertwined all the people and the relationships between them. Then she blew me away almost at the end with the outcome of  Henrik.

There really wasn't anything I didn't like other than it was drawn out a hair too long. I loved it other than that. It was interesting enough for me to keep reading it and looking forward to my time to do so. If it would have been any longer I may not have liked it as much.

I give this book 4 stars!


Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.
Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.
When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis, or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.


** I was given a free copy by Revell Publishers to review this book. No compensation was received.**

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Challenge- Emergency Kit

Hello everyone. I am going to be honest last weeks challenge of eating healthy didn't go as good as I planned. I tried but didn't succeed well. The lemon water gave my stomach horrible cramps. Since my gallbladder surgery very high acid things really bother me. Its weird.

This week we are going to get together a basic ER kit and have a plan for an ER. Go through your first aid kit and update if needed. Or make one if you don't have one. Put together a ER pack if bad weather or an unforseen event happens.

Here is an example....
Items to eat
Water bottles or jugs
First aid kit

You can add to this of course. I'm just giving a basic idea.


Check your fire alarms and any other alarms you have. Make sure they work and batteries are replaced.

Create an ER plan with the family. Make a spot to meet at in case of a ER.

You truly can never be prepared enough but it is nice to make sure you do have basics that can help during a time of need.

If you have kids at home let then help. Great learning.



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Little Love....Lots of Love

We had a wonderful day yesterday. Hannah  made us a yummy cake and the Chicken Parmesan was delish. We worked most of the day preparing food and dessert while we did school and art class. We went to the park for a little bit. I read some and the kids ran around wild. *Smiles* It was very pretty but today is cold and wet. I am glad we got out yesterday. Hannah finished a beautiful painting for a friend at art this week. I think she did a great job.

My husband surprised me with a floral arrangement. One I could keep year round. I love it. I was not expecting anything at all. I was really surprised. I love it so very much. It is my style and I love that I have a Spring arrangement for my coffee table.

I hope you all had a good day. I have a busy day ahead. School, home life, and I have been asked to teach in our children church tonight so I will be preparing for that. Tomorrow we will be heading to my grandma's to visit. It has been a while since we have been. The younger children and I are planning to visit this time until Saturday.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! Our special breakfast and plans.

Happy Valentine's Day! I made these simple cinnamon rolls made into a heart shape with icing and sprinkles for the kids breakfast. They loved it. Wish I could have had one. *Smiles* I am watching the waist.  My kids don't eat like this on a regular basis it was a special treat for them.

Today we will make a pan of brownies to take to the gas station down the road. I had a flat tire one day and I pulled into the shop connected to it and they helped me so much and didn't charge me. They even let my kids help the mechanics. It was a fun day.  They are always super nice.

We will have our family dinner tonight simply decorated with Valentines D├ęcor. We are having Chicken Parmesan, Penne, and Bread. Hannah is making us cupcakes.

Hope you have a special day. In prayer today I felt so amazed with the most powerful love of Jesus. He is the Best Love story ever told.