Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Iditarod 2018

The first couple Iditarod mushers have made it to the finish line in Nome! Joar Leifseth Ulsom won 1st place. He completed the race in 9d 12h 0m 0s.
The Iditarod is so much fun to follow! I admit that when my mom first said that we were going to follow the Iditarod for school that it didn’t sound very fun. I ended up having the most fun with it though! :)
During the Iditarod my younger brothers and I do the reading Iditarod. That is where you read a certain amount of pages based on how many miles the Iditarod is. Like when they take the northern route which is 975 miles we would read 975 pages and the same with the southern route. It is a fun, friendly competition that we enjoy doing each year. We always look forward to seeing which of us wins that.
If you have never followed the Iditarod before then I highly encourage you to do so! It starts the first Saturday in March with the ceremonial start and then the re-start is the next day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

To Get to You // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle. Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it. When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past. A story of new beginnings and second chances.

To Get to You is such a good book! A friend of mine told me how good this book was so, of course, I had to read it. I’m so glad I did! I had only read one other book by Joanne Bischof, but this is definitely my favorite. The story follows Riley, an eighteen year old. His dad is a pro surfer, but Riley doesn’t exactly like his father a whole lot since he left Riley and his mom when Riley was a kid. When Riley finds out that his friends father is in the hospital in New Mexico he sets off from California to be with his friend Becca and her family. Riley’s car breaks down and his only option left is to ask his dad for help. So Riley, his dad, and his dads friend set off on a road trip. There is some tension in the book because of strained relationships, but it has those heartfelt moments too. I was thinking that there was going to be quite a bit of faith content, but there really wasn’t. It was a story about grace and redemption, but not too much faith content at all. Also the book is only written from Riley’s point of view. That was different for me since pretty much all of the books I read are from the girl and sometimes the girl and guys point of view. I really enjoyed To Get to You though and I’m glad I read it!

I give this book 9 R's out of 10

Monday, March 5, 2018

Literary Dinner Party Tag

I was tagged for the Literary Dinner Party Tag by Victoria from Victoria's Book Nook. Thanks for tagging me! This tag was fun, but a little hard at times too. ;)

1. A Character who likes/can cook.
Jan Blake from the Tearoom Mysteries. She does most of the baking for the tearoom that her and her cousin run.

2. A Character who has money to fund this party.    
Christy Miller’s Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob. They are definitely on the rich side.


3. A Character that might cause a scene.
Fern Sedano from Dylan’s Story. Yes, Fern could definitely cause a scene. She has been know to be a bit difficult.

4. A Character who is amusing.
I’m going to go with a couple characters. Millie Keith’s siblings. All 7 of them are so fun and definitely amusing. :)

5. A Character who is super popular.
Elsie Dinsmore. She is pretty popular. It seems like pretty much everyone, whether they’ve read the books or not, has heard of Elsie Dinsmore.

6. One Villain. 
Procopio the Red-handed from Courageous Love. He was really horrible.

7. One couple who doesn't have to be romantic.
Andi and Riley. These two are so fun.

8. One Hero.
Charles Landreth. There have been several times when Charles has helped Millie out and has been her hero. :)

9. One Under-appreciated Character.
Laylie Colbert. She is a fun character and more people need to read her story. Especially if you’ve read the Millie books.

10. One Character of your own choosing.
Sallie Riehl because she is so sweet and fun.

I'm not going to tag anyone, but feel free to do this one if you want! :D

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Liebster Award!

I was tagged for the Liebster Award by Shantelle from Between the Pages of this Bookish Life. Thanks for tagging me, Shantelle, I had fun doing it!


--Thank the person who nominated you
--Answer the 11 questions they gave you
--Name 11 facts about yourself
--Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know
--Give them 11 questions to answer

11 facts about me:
~This will be my 7th year following the Iditarod
~I’ve worn glasses since I was 7 years old
~My sister told me this past Christmas that I was the most Christmasy person she knew. I took that  as a great compliment :)
~I love the snow
~I wore braces for 3 years
~The beach is one of my absolute favorite places to be
~I run a book club for girls 8-12
~I’ve read the A Life of Faith: Millie Keith series 6 times in 8 years
~I am the babysitter for our homeschool group
~I am going to be a bridesmaid this summer!
~Scattergories is one of my favorite games to play

1. What's your favorite historical era?
The Oregon Trail. I just really enjoy learning about that time.

2. Last song you listened to?
Different by Micah Tyler

3. Four of your favorite blogs?
Stories by Firefly, Chosen Vessels, Victoria’s Book Nook, and Between the Pages of this Bookish Life. I also like my siblings blogs and a few others too! ;)

4. Do you have any food allergies?
Unfortunately yes. I am sensitive to both gluten and dairy.

5. One thing on your "bucket list"?
One thing I really want to do it to go to Alaska. I want to visit the Iditarod Race Headquarters and other places.

6. One of your favorite Bible verses/passages?
Philippians 4: 4-13

7. Who's someone who inspires you?
I'm not really sure. Different people inspire me in different ways. :)

8. Best book you've read so far this year?
White as Snow by Janice Thompson

9. Best Christian living or non-fiction book you've read?
Between Heaven and Hollywood by David A.R. White and Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer

10. Something you're passionate about?
My book club. I really enjoy doing it and being with the girls. It's fun coming up with new books and planning the day.

11. Favorite household chore? 
Laundry. Laundry soap has such a great smell!

My questions:
1. What’s your favorite TV show?
2. If you had one day that you could do anything you wanted or go anywhere you wanted what would you do?
3. What’s your favorite hobby?
4. Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
5. Favorite day of the week?
6. If you could be any book or movie character for one day who would you choose to be and why?
7. What is your favorite childhood book?
8. When traveling, do you prefer flying or driving?
9. Have you ever had your wisdom teeth removed?
10. How often do you go to the library? 
11. If you could travel back in time to any time period what time would you go to and what would you do? 

I tag:
Blessing Counter 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Valentine's Day, A Blog Party, and When Calls the Heart!! ~ My February Highlights

February has come and gone. This month was great. A lot of fun things happened.

~Valentine's Day. I always really enjoy Valentine's Day. It's so fun and I love giving out Valentines.

~Snow!!!Yes, we got some snow this month. Last month with 50 degree weather a couple times to some snow this month. It snowed on Valentine's Day, but it barely lasted. The snow was gone later in the day, but it was pretty to watch coming down. A week after that we got a few inches of snow a couple different times and I was super excited. :D I had fun swinging in the snow, building a snowman with my brothers and throwing snowballs at each others.

~A good friend of mine got engaged! I am going to be one of her bridesmaids. I went wedding dress shopping with her and her mom and sisters (also bridesmaids). It was really fun.

~When Calls the Heart! Season 5 started and it's off to a great start. That's all I'll say for now though because I don't want to ruin it for my friends who haven't seen it yet. ;)

~Faith and I co-hosted the When Calls the Heart blog party again. It was so much fun!!

~I watched some other fun movies besides When Calls the Heart. I watch Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Traveled and my mom and I finished watching Cedar Cove.

The books I read in February were:
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Christy Miller volume 2 by Robin Jones Gunn
Love Needs No Words by Faith Potts
A Monumental Mystery by Amy Woods
Forget Not by Rebekah A. Morris
A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell
Whispers from the Past by Anne Marie Rodgers
To Get to You by Joanne Bischof

How was February for you?
Are you looking forward to spring coming soon?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Book Recommendations ~ Winter Books

There’s nothing better then a cold, snowy day!! It snowed this morning and the snowflakes were coming down fast and the wind was blowing. It was so fun. I went outside to swing and had fun doing so for quite sometime. I did it yesterday too! To me, being out in the snow is so refreshing and exhilarating!!
Today, I am here to recommend some of my favorite winter books. So whether you have snow and want to read a book to match the weather or you’re experiencing more spring weather, but wish winter would last longer, then this post is for you! ;)

White as Snow by Janice Thompson
Brianna Nichols hates football. Living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, makes this aversion a difficult one to have, midst all the diehard football fans. But Brianna has her reasons, and the men in Pittsburgh will have to adjust. So far she hasn't found a guy who can resist the pull of the game. Nor has she found one interesting enough to overlook that flaw. Until now. For Brandon Campbell the dream of a lifetime has just come true. He's been traded from Tampa and is about to become the quarterback for his all-time favorite team. Used to the adulation that professional athletes generally receive, Brady is intrigued by Brianna's apparent hostility to all things football. Brandon and Brianna have pasts they must overcome. Can God take those pasts and make them white as snow?

White as Snow is such a fun book! This is the second book in the Red, White, & Blue Weddings series, but it isn’t connected at all to the first book so this one could be read as a stand alone. “White as Snow” was really enjoyable. It had a good mix of funny, heartfelt, and sweet moments.

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke
Ariana loves her life-her parents, her little town, her job as the town's schoolteacher, her students. But one evening after classes are done and she prepares to hurry home before a blizzard hits, her whole life changes in an instant.
The two rough-looking men who abduct her and take her far from home and family make no response to her frantic questions- "Why me? What are you going to do? Where are you taking me?" Held hostage in a camp of bandits, Ariana's emotions swing between terror and boredom as days stretch into weeks.
And then the boss's son appears in the doorway of her cabin. Does this mean she will never see her mother and father again, the two who so lovingly adopted her as an infant and raised her as their own? Will she ever wear the wedding dress so carefully saved for her-her one link with her birth parents, now long dead?

I just love this book! In the beginning of the book there is a blizzard so this is definitely a snowy book. Aside from being a great snowy book, it is a captivating story with wonderful characters.

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated—until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country's treasure—and their lives. This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers.

Set in Norway during 1940 this book is quite good with a lot of snowy-ness to it!

Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke
George McMannus traveled night and day from his wilderness cabin when the tragic news that his daughter and son-in-law had died in a river accident. His only granddaughter, Kendra Marty, not yet four years old, had been left behind. McMannus was her only family, but what could a trapper, living alone in the backwoods, do to care for Kendra?
She was such a tiny thing, so small to have lost so much. He should have known from the first time he looked into those large green eyes that the two of them belonged together. The one small child, firmly clutching a worn rag doll, was his, and he was hers.
Papa Mac, as Kendra came to call him, knew her place was with him. But what kind of home, what kind of training, could he provide in a wilderness mountains and trees and rivers that no one had even named? Although he did not have answers, he felt he must at least try.

Another great Janette Oke book! This story is great and definitely a lovely book to read during the winter season.

Brides of Alaska by Tracie Peterson
Surviving the rugged frontier of Alaska is a daunting task. But even in that hostile wilderness God allows the tender flower of love to bloom. Follow the adventures and Romances of Julie, Beth, and Rita, women of different generations who share a common home.
Nurse Julie Eriksson cares for the victims of the 1925 diphtheria epidemic while Sam waits quietly, willing to give anything to see her save their own struggling relationship. Where is hope when they need it most?
Beth Hogan loses her beloved husband in World War II and returns to Alaska with her two sons only to find their remote village overrun by soldiers and civilians coming to build that Alcan Highway. Will she find a second chance at love when she meets August Eriksson?
Confident, independent Rita Eriksson travels to her hometown of Tok, Alaska, to enter the dogsled race. Her coach, Mark hopes and prays against all odds that he’ll become part of her dreams, too. Can their relationship survive the Iditarod race?

Brides of Alaska wasn’t near as good as I hoped it would be. This book has three stories in it. I really enjoyed reading about the Great Serum Race in the first book and reading about the Iditarod in book 3, but I didn’t really care for some of the main characters much.

Gift from the Storm by Rebekah A. Morris
One cold, dark evening a young stranger appears outside the Morgan home with two small children. Injured and on the verge of complete exhaustion, she will only say that her name is “Amy.”
Where did she come from? Who is she? And what has she been through? Dr. Justin Morgan and his family look for answers as they struggle to minister life and health to the needy ones in their midst.

This book was pretty fun, and pretty cold feeling what with the storm. I really also like how it also had a cozy feel to it too.

Do you like cold snowy days?
What's one of your favorite winter books?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

When Calls the Heart Blog Party ~ Day 6 ~ Pictures

Well, today is the last day of the When Calls the Heart blog party. I know that Faith and I had a ton of fun!! :D  I'm sure you found out that the both of us like to party like Hearties. ;)

Last year on the last day of the party I did a post with just a bunch of different random pictures from throughout the seasons. I am doing something similar today, but with just pictures from season four.

 Robert spying a "bear".

Elizabeth and Rosemary having a little heart-to-heart chat

Admiring Lee's new car

 Carson helping Cody with math.

That math trick is pretty cool. ;)

You don't want to miss Faith's last post so definitely be sure to head on over to her blog to check it out! :D

I hope you enjoyed this When Calls the Heart week! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

When Calls the Heart Blog Party ~ Day 5 ~ Episode Recap

The blog party is almost over. I can't believe it! It has been so much fun and I'm not quite ready for it to be almost over.

Today I will be doing a recap of Heart of the Community. When this one aired on TV it was two different episodes: Heart of the Community and Change of Heart.

~Abigail is still mayor but there is some tension going on because of the railroad. Towards the end of this one though is when Mr. Gowen re-becomes mayor.

~Elizabeth gets a new student. A cute little boy named Philip Cantrell. Philip’s mother died when he was a baby and his father, Shane, seems a bit distant from Philip.

~Rosemary has started working in Abigail’s Cafe except she’s starting to realize that it isn’t exactly her thing...

~Lee is starting to run behind on orders at the sawmill. The men are working over time and are having a hard time keeping up.

~The school doesn’t have enough school supplies and the children are having to share books. Elizabeth decides to have a carnival that her and the children put on to raise money for the school.

~There’s been talk of a group of stagecoach robbers, the Tate Brothers. Jack, Bill, and Frank head out to catch them. When they get back Abigail is not too happy with Frank. She was worried about what could’ve happened and a bit hurt that Frank didn’t let her know.
Unfortunately the disagreement leads to Franks and Abigail breaking up. (In the process of their breakup ended up breaking my heart.)

~Cody ends up writing a letter to Rosemary’s advice column about Abigail and Frank. All of those scenes are quite funny. Thankfully in the end Frank and Abigail make up and get back together!

~We meet Doug, a Mountie friend of Jack’s. Doug is leading a new division up to the Northern territories.

~The carnival is a success with a bake sale, games and fortune telling by Rosemary, as well as other things.

~A new person show up in town, Carson Shepherd. Shortly after his arrival he gets injured and can't do too much heavy work.

~Rosemary stops working in the cafe so Abigail needs to hire someone and Carson applies for the job and ends up getting the job as the cook.

Do you have a favorite episode from season 4?

Head on over to Faith's blog for her post of the day!!