Friday, March 17, 2017

Iditarod Fun Facts!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! 

Over the last week and a half I have been following the Iditarod. It has been a lot of fun and I've been following it with a friend so that has made it even more fun! Well, on Tuesday the 14th, Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod. This was his 3rd win.
There are still some mushers racing, but the majority of them have finished.
Today I am going to be sharing some fun facts about the Iditarod. :)

-- During the even years they take the northern route which is 975 miles and during the odd years they take the southern route which is 998 miles. They used to only take the northern trail but after several years the Iditarod Board of Directors thought it would be best to have a southern route because the smaller villages were being heavily impacted. In taking the southern route the mushers would be able to go through the ghost town of Iditarod and other smaller villages would be able to participate in the race.

-- Each team averages 16 dogs, which means that over 1,000 dogs leave Anchorage for Nome

--There are 26 checkpoints on the northern route, the first in Anchorage and the last in Nome. On the southern route, there are 27 checkpoints.

-- In 1973 the first Iditarod was run in honor of The Great Serum Race and to save the dog sled culture and Alaskan huskies which were being phased out because of the introduction of snow mobiles. Thirty-five mushers started the race but only twenty-two finished. Dick Wilmarth was the first to finish, it took him twenty days.

-- Rick Swenson is the only five time winner of the Iditarod. His lead dog, Andy, lived for almost 20 years and led the musher’s team to victory four times. After Andy died he was stuffed and is on display at the Iditarod Headquarters. Rick Swenson’s son is named after the dog.
Rick Swenson won in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1991. He is now the only person to win the Iditarod in three different decades, a record that will probably never be broken.

--The largest number of mushers to finish a single race was in 2004. 77 mushers completed the race that year.

--The 1991 race was the coldest on record, with wind-chill temperatures falling to minus 62 degrees. 

-- The closest finish was in 1978. Dick Mackey finished one second ahead of Rick Swenson. Dick Mackey’s time was 14 days, 18 hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds. The winner was decided by the nose of the lead dog across the finish line.

-- Dallas Seavey is the youngest musher to have ever entered the Iditarod. He turned 18 on March 4, 2005, the day that the race started.
He is also the youngest musher to have won the race. His first win was in 2012 at the age of 25.

-- In the first official race, in 1973, John Schultz won the Red Lantern award, coming in at 32d 5h 9m 1s. The longest time to ever complete the race. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Question of Honor Blog Tour

Today is the release day for Jesseca Wheaton's newest book, A Question of Honor. This is such a great book! I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it! :)

About the Book:
A man. A child. A war.  
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.  
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.  
Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

~My Review~
A Question of Honor is such a great book! I really, really enjoyed it. It is my favorite book by Jesseca Wheaton. It's set in France and Germany in 1940. The characters were all wonderful and very well written. This book almost made me cry in a certain spot, and I hardly ever cry during books. The story was wrapped up pretty well so there wasn't any huge cliffhanger, but there was a couple things that never did get figured out so it definitely makes you want to read book 2.
I cannot wait until book 2 comes out!! :)

About the Author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Wednesday: March 1st
Angela Watt -- Review/Author Interview @ The Peculiar Messenger 
Faith Potts -- Author Interview @ Stories by Firefly

Thursday: March 2nd
Kellyn Roth -- Review @ Reveries Reviews
Faith Potts -- Review @ Stories by Firefly
Kaitlyn K.--Book spotlight/Author interview @ Twin Thoughts

Friday: March 3rd
Deborah C.--Book Spotlight @ Reading in June
Soleil B.-- Book Spotlight @ Reviews by Soleil
Victoria Lynn: Book Spotlight/Review @ Ruffles and Grace
Brianna Henderson -- Review/Author Interview @ Ramblings of a Pilgrim on the Way
Anika -- Review/Author Interview/Book Spotlight @ Anika's Avenue
Rebekah Ashleigh -- Review @ Rebekah Ashleigh

Saturday: March 4th
Livi Jane--Review @ Living for the Other Side
Victoria Lynn -- Author Interview @ Ruffles and Grace
Emily Putzke -- Author Interview @ Taking Dictation
Julia Ryan -- Review @ The Barefoot Gal
 Rebekah Eddy -- Book Spotlight/Author interview @ Rebekah's Remarks  

You can also enter a giveaway to win a copy of A Question of Honor!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Princess and I Blog Tour

Today I am participating in Rebekah Eddy's blog tour for her newest book, The Princess and I. I have not read this book yet, but I'm excited to. It comes out this Friday, the 3rd.

About the Book:
Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

About the Author:

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.
To learn more about Rebekah you can visit her blog, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Highlights

February seemed to go by pretty fast for me. I'm pretty excited that spring is almost here!
All of the snow that we had finally melted. We had snow for two months! We've had some spring weather the last few weeks. We have gotten a couple more snow showers though, but it always melts really quickly.

Some of my highlights from February are:

~The book club. Last month I mentioned that I started a book club for young girls 8-12. Well, last month was mostly a get-to-know-you day. So the meeting this month was our first"official" one where we discussed the book, did some activities that related to the book and some other fun things. :) I've been having a lot of fun with it.

~This event actually happened in January, but I forgot to mention it last month. I hosted a movie party. I had a couple friends over and we watched Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. We also had dinner and, of course, visited.

~I really enjoy English Country dancing and I usually go dancing once a month, but this month I was able to go a couple of times. It's always a lot of fun.

~Valentine's Day. My family and I really didn't do much for Valentine's Day, but I did give Valentine candy to everyone in my family.

~When Calls the Heart Blog party! My friend Faith and I hosted a When Calls the Heart blog party. It was a ton of fun!! :D

~When Calls the Heart season 4 has started!! It has been super good so far, but that is all I'll say because I don't want to give anything away to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. ;)

I didn't get as much reading done this month as I did last month, but I still read some fun books. I read:
Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Measure of a Heart by Janette Oke
The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene
Ellie by Mary Christner Borntrager
To a Tea by Vera Dodge

My favorite would have to be Courageous Love. It was SO good! I just love the Circle C books. The rest of the books were great too.

How was your month? Did you do anything fun?

I'm looking forward to all that March will bring. :) I'm super excited for our flowers to bloom!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Iditarod 2017

The Iditarod is coming up really soon! I'm super excited! The ceremonial start is on Saturday, March 4th, and the re-start is on March 5th. The Iditarod is a sled dog race that takes place in Alaska each year that starts on the first Saturday of March. Last year I did a post on the history of the Iditarod. If you're interested, you can read that post here.
This will be my 6th year following the Iditarod. It is so much fun! The first year I did it was for school. My mom had my siblings and I do it. I'll admit, I thought it sounded pretty boring to follow a sled dog race. Well, I was definitely wrong! I had so much fun and I've been following the Iditarod each year since then!
Each year I always choose a couple of mushers to follow throughout the race. I check and see how they're doing through the race and everything. The Iditarod usually lasts about 11 days for everybody to finish, but the winner usually only takes about 8 days.
If you've never heard of the Iditarod or have never followed it I highly recommend that you do! To learn more about the Iditarod you can visit their website here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Priceless // Movie Review

About the Movie:
Desperate and at a crossroads, James agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash – no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, James is compelled to help two frightened sisters who are unaware of the danger that awaits them in this inspiring tale of love, strength, and redemption.
Rated PG-13

You can see a trailer to this movie here.

I had somewhat high hopes for this movie after seeing the trailer. Plus I really like the song Priceless by For King and Country. :)

Well, a little ways into the movie I wasn't as sure if I'd like it or not, but after it was over I ended up liking it.
I would not recommend that young teens watch this movie without a parent because it deals with human trafficking and prostitution. For older viewers though, this is a good movie that you should watch. It deals with a topic that is not in the mainstream news, but is an issue that people deal with in our world on a daily basis.

I give this movie 8 out of 10 R's.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

When Calls the Heart Blog Party! ~ Day 6

Toady is the last day of the When Calls the Heart blog party. It has been so much fun!!! :)

I hope you all enjoyed mine and Faith's posts! I know that we both had a ton of fun as we partied like Hearties! ;)

Now I am going to leave you with a bunch of fun, random, When Calls the Heart pictures! Some of the pictures have a little caption and others don't.

I love how a lot of the episodes always start and end with Elizabeth writing in her journal. 

Frank and Cody praying for Becky's recovery. 

Moving in

Dinner in the jail! This part was so sweet!

Rosemary directs the children in the Founder's Day Play.

Elizabeth's cake that she made for the miner games and auction. I love how Jack and Billy Hamilton had a bidding war over her cake. 

Elizabeth giving Jack and Billy a talking to after they completely embarrassed her.

"Keep your man busy so he isn't in a tizzy."

Rosemary and Elizabeth presenting their chicken fried stake dinners to Jack.

Bill helping Cody grip the baseball the right way. 

I love this scene! Frank and Abigail are playing a game of darts and Frank's helping Abigail hold the dart right. Little does he know she's a pro at the game. ;)

"I never said I was a beginner."

 Finding the "Wanted" poster on the cafĂ© door. 

Jack and Rip


Abigail: "Rosemary, you're stunning. Trust me"
Rosemary: "Really? Because I was going for breathtaking. I guess stunning will just have to do."

I hope all enjoyed this week as much as Faith and I did!! :D