Sunday, February 28, 2016

From the Heart Stamps - Progressive Challenge February!

Hi friends!

For some odd reason, I'm locked out (temporarily!) of my regular blog so I'm posting on my book review blog!  It IS the year of Adventure, after all! :)

This card is from the Progressive Challenge at FTHS, designed by the talented artist Faith.  What delightful images she creates!  If you play along in the challenge, you are given the next month's image for free to continue playing along, and they are all adorable.  It's like a surprise in your emails once a month :)

This is actually my 2nd card - my first one didn't sit well with me after it was done so I started all over.  I like the contrasting colors of this one much better so here it is!

Hopefully I'll be back to blogging at the regular blogspot soon - if you'd like to join me here,
or if you are an avid reader like me, then I welcome you! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Book Review: Lots of knock-knock Jokes for Kids

Knock knock!
Who's there?
Ida who?
Ida like to be your friend!

Haha!  This book is a riot!  I have 4 children and you'd think I've heard every possible joke there is!  But this hilarious 121 page book, chock full of over 250 jokes is was one of the best times I've had hearing the kids tell the jokes page after page. 

This book is good, clean fun. 

Lots of laughs and giggles, geared towards the younger crowd, but even my 11 year old was howling with laughter at most of these original, laugh provoking funnies!

5 well deserved stars!

Disclosure :  I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this by the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review: An Amish Year

Bet Wiseman has done it again!  Such an incredibly faith-filled and wonderful author, tipping the pen to write a novel(s) that are as refreshing in faith as they are in proise!

Although I have read Beth's work previously, this novella of 4 stories contained new stories, new cast of characters that make you feel so at home - as if you knocked on their door and they invited you in to break bread and become part of their families.

While An Amish Year does contain one (possibly two?) repeat stories, this book overall has a wonderful flow as it follows Irma and Saul through their teenage years and beyond.  The surprising twist of why Irma originally breaks off her relationship with Saul is haunting and heartbreaking, but it weaves a tale to be told!  This book is faith strong and fast, heartbreak and redemption and, of course, love.

The recipe collection included in this book was an added bonus and wonderful surprise!

5 well deserved stars!

Book Jacket:

Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
A Love for Irma Rose
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer?  Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice. 
Patchwork Perfect
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever.  Will Eli be able to change her mind?
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

         I thank BookLook bloggers for the chance to review this book 
                        and my review is a positive opinion expressed by me on my own accord.