Friday, March 31, 2017

March Highlights

March is now over, but spring has definitely arrived! The weather has been really beautiful lately. We've had a couple rainy days, but for the most part it's been very clear and sunny. The crocuses have already come and gone and now the tulips are trying to bloom. Flowers are one of my favorite things about spring!

--A couple weeks ago we got some chicks. We got some chicks that will be meat birds, but we also got five chicks that will be laying hens. The five laying chicks are all Ameraucanas. I got to name one of them. I named her Willow after the Iditarod checkpoint.

--Speaking of the Iditarod, that took place this month as well. I followed it this year with a friend and it was a lot of fun.

--We celebrated one of my brothers birthdays.

--I started attending a Bible study with a friend.

--My book club is continuing to go well. It is so much fun! :)

I was able to get quite a bit of reading done. I read 10 books this month.
Millie’s Reluctant Sacrifice by Martha Finley, adapted by Kersten Hamilton
Tenney by Kellen Hertz
Tenney in the Key of Friendship by Kellen Hertz
Drums of Change by Janette Oke
Holly’s Heart volume 1 by Beverly Lewis
Dandelion Dust by Faith L. Potts
Burning Secrets by Rebecca Adams
Andi Saddles Up by Susan K. Marlow
Andi Under the Big Top by Susan K. Marlow
Your Heart's Desire by Melody Carlson

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!

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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.