Friday, January 12, 2018

Crazy Weather!

We have been having some weird weather lately. Last year at this time we had about a foot and a half of snow on the ground. It was just so cold and snowy and I was loving it!
Well, today it is bright and sunny. It’s 52 degrees and the flowers are blooming! I can’t believe it. It’s a beautiful day! I love this type of weather, but in the spring. In January I really love the snow, winter is one of my favorite seasons. So this is just really strange weather for us in Idaho to have in January!

Last year at this time.


What’s the weather like for you?

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello 2018!!!

2018 has arrived. That means a whole new year to try new things, make cherished memories, and a whole lot of other excitement!

2017 was a pretty good year. I started a book club, got my braces off after having them on for 3 years, celebrated my 21st birthday, and made some other great memories.
I'm looking forward to a new year though.

A couple things that I'm looking forward to in the new year is:
~A visit from a friend! In the spring a good friend of mine will be coming by!! I cannot wait!! :D
~Hopefully a vacation. ;) I'm not sure if this will happen or not, but I would definitely like to take a trip this year.
~When Calls the Heart season 5 will start up in February! Also I look forward to all the other When Calls the Heart fun that will happen. :)
~Spending quality time with family and making wonderful memories.
~Having fun times with friends.
~Reading great books and also participating in Rebekah Morris' reading challenge!
~Writing in my journal more often.
~Pursuing some things that I've been thinking about doing for awhile.
~Growing closer to God.
~and hopefully lots more! ;)

I can't wait to see all that 2018 has in store for me!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hallmark Christmas Movies, A Concert, and Christmas ~ My December Highlights

I can hardly believe that December is over. Tomorrow it will be 2018!!
December has been a good month.

--The month started off with a Christmas concert. I played my violin in the orchestra for the fourth year and enjoyed it very much. I always have a ton of fun, but this year I found out that being in an orchestra is something I would like to do more often. I'm hoping to look into another orchestra so I can be doing it more then just once a year. But I will definitely continue on with doing this Christmas one as well.

--Christmas movies! I had so much fun watching Christmas movies, mainly Hallmark Christmas movies. ;) I watched a lot of great ones. Including the newest When Calls the Heart The Christmas Wishing Tree!!!! It was so good. :)

--I had a girls night with some good friends. We had a ton of fun playing games, watching Christmas movies, including the When Calls the Heart one, and just having a wonderful time together!

--I participated for the third year in the 12 Days of Christmas blog party hosted by Faith. It is always so fun.

--We got snow on Christmas Eve and had a white Christmas!!! It snowed a couple times about the week before Christmas, but we only got a dusting. When it snowed on Christmas Eve we got about 3 inches. I'm so happy! The snow is still here too!

--I went sledding the other day. It was so fun. I got a new sled this year and it works great!

--My family and I made lots of Christmas treats this year. Some years we make more then others, but this year we did quite a bit of baking.

--Some of my family and I went over to some friends house for a a party and ornament exchange. Then the next day my sister and I went to our churches singles group Christmas party.

--Christmas! I had a great Christmas. It was such a nice day.

I read a lot of fun books, most of them being Christmas books!
The Christmas Star by Ace Collins
Tenney: A Song for the Season by Kellen Hertz
Dylan's Story by Rebekah A. Morris
First Christmas in America by Rebekah A. Morris
As in Olden Days by Jesseca Wheaton
Christmas Delays and Other Short Stories by Rebekah A. Morris
Christmas Eve at the Backdoor by Rebekah A. Morris
The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter
Home for Christmas by Rebekah A. Morris
A Christmas Disaster by Rebekah A. Morris
An Amish Family Christmas by Shelly Shepard Gray
Between Heaven and Hollywood by David A. R. White
Stealing Santa by Elizabeth Adams
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
Return to Sender by Janice Thompson

How was your December?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Bookish Recap Tag

Last year I did a fun end of the year book tag that Faith made and I decided to do it again this year.

// How many books did you read in 2017? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
I read 105 book this year.

// Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it?  
I wanted to try and read 100 books and I actually passed that.

// What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
My most read genre was contemporary. I read around 45 of those.
My least read genre is the same as last year, fantasy. I read 1 fantasy book. It actually hasn't come out yet, but you'll be hearing more about that book this coming year.

// What's five of your favorite books from 2017? 
I read lots of great books this year! I couldn't narrow it down to five so here's my top six favorites.
Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts
The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
The Proving by Beverly Lewis
Sandy Toes by Robin Jones Gunn
Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn
Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow

// What's five of your least favorite books from 2017? 
I really had a hard time picking out five of my least favorite books from this year.
When the Clouds Roll By by Myra Johnson -- This book wasn't a top favorite for me. It was okay, I liked the second book better. I read this with a friend though, so that made it fun! :)
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden -- There's nothing wrong with this book, I just thought it was a little boring.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo -- This book had some stuff in it that I didn't really think was necessary, especially for a children's book.
Brides of Alaska by Tracie Peterson -- I was really looking forward to this book, but I didn't really care for it all that much.
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber -- This book was made into a Hallmark Christmas movie and I really like the movie so I was curious about the book. Well, I didn't like the book too much. There was quite a bit of stuff that just wasn't very good and I can definitely say that the movie is way better.

// What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is 'new', but that they became new to you this year.) 
I started reading some books by Janice Thompson. I’ve only read 3 of her books so far, but I’m enjoying them.

// What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 
The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
Sandy Toes by Robin Jones Gunn
Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn
Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna
Your Hearts Desire by Melody Carlson

// How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2017? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
Way too many! ;) I mean you can never have too many books, but I definitely bought a ton of books. I'm not sure on the exact number, but a lot of them didn't cost much because I got them at thrift stores. :)

// What's the longest book you read in 2017? 
The longest book that I read was The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter. It is 400 pages.

// What's the shortest book you read in 2017? 
The shortest book was The Mystery on the Train by Lydia Dyslin and it is 29 pages.

// What's your reading goal for 2018? 
I'm not sure yet! ;)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Between Heaven and Hollywood // Book Review

About the Book:
Between Heaven & Hollywood is David’s inspirational journey from the wheat fields of his Mennonite home outside of Dodge City Kansas, to the bright lights of Los Angeles. This story of perseverance will assure you that your dreams aren’t frivolous. They might be the most important part of your life. 

White has starred in more than twenty-five movies and produced forty films, including the blockbuster God’s Not Dead. He serves as a Managing Partner of Pure Flix, the largest faith-based movie studio in the world. With his signature wit and sidesplitting hilarity, David’s story of faithfulness, grounded in the biblical truth that no dream is too big for God, will inspire you to relentlessly pursue your dreams, and in the process, bring the reality of God’s kingdom a little closer to the here and now. 

God has planted a dream in your heart that is both unique to you and essential to the world. White reminds us that there is no one too common, too uneducated, too poor, too inexperienced, or too broken that he or she cannot be used by God.

When I saw that David A. R. White had written a book, I just knew I had to get it. I wanted it for two reasons. Because it's:

  1. written by David A. R. White and I really like his movies.
  2. about chasing your God-given dreams.

This book is so good! David A. R. White talks about how to go about pursuing your God-given dreams and how to know if they are actually God-given dreams or just your own dreams.
In this book he also talks about his life and his journey to Hollywood. This was especially fun since I really didn't know much about him before reading this book. It was fun to see how he went from growing up as a Mennonite in Kansas to acting and making movies. He went on to talk about getting to Hollywood and his early days there, making his first movie, meeting his wife, and lots of other things all while helping you figure out your dreams. It was also fun to see how Pure Flix was started and what their first movie was. I learned a lot of fun facts about David A. R. White's movies and I also learned how to tell if my dreams are God-given ones.

David A. R. White is also really funny and this book definitely had me laughing several times. Between Heaven and Hollywood is such a great book and definitely one that I would highly recommend.

One quote that I especially like is from p.128 and it says: "A God-given dream is a persistent and clinging thing that will not be wiped from your heart."

I give this book 10 R's out of 10

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!! ~2017~

Merry Christmas!!!! 🎄 I am so excited!!! :D I just love Christmas so much! Also, I was really dreaming of a white Christmas, and guess what? We got one!! =)
Christmas has so many different fun things about it: giving gifts, decorations, Christmas movies, music and books, and most importantly Jesus' birth. God sent His one and only Son down to earth so He could save us from our sins. That's amazing! Let's not forget that.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6 NASB

 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” — Luke 2:8-14 NASB

I have had so much fun participating in the 12 Days of Christmas! Thank you so much Faith for all the work you do to put into this each year!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Beloved Christmas Quilt // Book Review

Today is Christmas Eve!! I can hardly believe that Christmas is actually tomorrow!!
The 12 Days of Christmas blog party is almost over. I've had so much fun doing it once again. :)
I have another book review today.

From the Back Cover:
One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3
The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime.

Luella’s Promise by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook.

Karen’s Gift by Jean Brunstetter
Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges of managing three girls with one on the way. When life’s pressures rise, will Karen cave to her fears?

Roseanna’s Groom by Richelle Lynn Brunstetter
When the unexpected happens on the day of her wedding, Roseanna Allgyer can’t help blaming herself, despite not understanding why. Then an old friend returns to town, and she battles feeling for him—afraid of being hurt again.

The Beloved Christmas Quilt is a fun book. It has three connecting stories in it. I enjoyed all three stories, but I was a little disappointed because the stories weren't exactly Christmas ones. They were all good, I was just expecting Christmas stories.
The first book, Luella's Promise, started out during Christmas time, but the rest of the story was not about Christmas.
The second story, Karen's Gift, was probably my favorite. I enjoyed reading about Karen and her family. She had such sweet little girls and it was just an enjoyable story. The very end of the story took place at Christmas time.
Roseanna's Groom, is the last story and is also the author's first published story. I thought it was well written and I enjoyed it, although there were a few inconsistencies throughout the story.
So I really did enjoy this book, I just wished I had known that it wasn't really a Christmas book.

I give this book 8 R's out of 10