Sep 242015

I received a copy of God Made All of Me through Litfuse in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation was received.

Sexual abuse is unfortunately an issue in our world. The statistics are very high that you or someone you love has been or will be sexually abused during their lifetime. Something has got to change those numbers. 1443149281811-676180443

This book may help you to protect your children.

In God Made All of Me by Justin and Lyndsey Holcomb, your child learns that it is OK to say no about being touched on ways they don’t want like a hug from Grandma, to reporting someone trying to touch them sexually. The book is written in a story form of parents having the safe touch/bad touch talk with their children. Proper terms for body parts are used. This book is a good springboard for parents to teach their children what is and isn’t ok for others to do to them and to give children body autonomy.

The illustrations are bright and simple. They aren’t very complex. And no private areas are illustrated. Children are seen in bathing suits to show that those areas are private parts, and the girl is in a two peice for illustrative purposes.

This is a great book for parents of preschool and early elementary aged children. I just wish there was a book for girls and a separate book for boys.

Aug 282015

readyd tanSo much has happened in the last many, many months.

Our neighborhood has gone downhill rapidly. Drug busts are becoming commonplace, random fires, police foot chases through my backyard…This summer it got crazy. Too crazy. So HubbaHubba and I decided it was time to seriously start looking for a new place to live. We’ve lived here for 7 and a half years. After a good month of looking, searching online and talking with our Realtor, we found the perfect place. Kind of out in the country. We found a terrific deal on just under 4 acres on a quiet country lane. We close two weeks from today. And we can’t be more excited. Now to finish packing (quite the adventure with a very mobile 10 month old) and getting ready for the move. We want the move to go swiftly so hopefully this house can be emptied, the necessary repainting done and on the market asap.

Anyone in the market for an investment property? I’ve got a house we can let go of for a bargain…Word of advice, don’t just buy a house to get out of renting, don’t settle on a house to get out of renting, and really research the neighborhood…And if for any reason, you get a hitch in your spirit about said house you are considering, listen to it. We have learned our lesson over this many times over in the last seven years. We should have been more patient. We should have heeded the signs that maybe this wasn’t the right decision to have made.

But we can’t be more excited over moving in two weeks. I have a countdown timer going on my phone. With just under 4 acres, we are planning on having a running homestead eventually. First we are moving in, then this winter we hope to finish off the chicken coop. It currently doesn’t have a door. In the spring, we plan on chickens. I am wanting Marans and Americaunas for sure. The Bigs are begging for a pet pig. After we get the chickens up and running, in two or three years, I’m debating between dairy goats or honey bees. I’m not totally sure I want to mess with both nor if I would have room for both. I’m also thinking of raising composting worms to sell for composting and as bait. Our property is fairly close to a campground and several fishing holes.

So, as I ease my way back into writing regularly, I’ll be adding the topics of homesteading and chickens to things to discuss along with homeschooling, hopefully reviewing things again for you all and the random topic that I feel needs to be discussed.

Thanks for bearing with me during the craziness of being pregnant and the postpartum period.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go scrounge lunch before I go clean out the fridge. We have a Bountiful Baskets pick up tonight and I need room in my fridge for the ten pounds of plums I bought…Along with the regular basket of produce…YUM! And my fridge is disgusting. And I want it clean for when we move it. It’s going along with.

Apr 032015

Wow. I haven’t written since June of last year. I’m sorry. I’m working on writing again. Now that I’ve had a cute baby and we are getting used to having her in our lives (man, it’s been a long while since we’ve had an infant in our home…)

So don’t totally give up yet on reading here. I will be returning. Hopefully shortly.

Jun 222014

Logo for Odyssey Adventure Club

Did you grow up listening to Adventures in Odyssey as a child? I have to admit I did occasionally.
Did you know that it is still going strong and you can now share with your children the fun of Odyssey?

My kids love listening to Odyssey. I mean they absolutely love it and would spend all day doing so if they were allowed (hey, must have time for school and chores in there somewhere, right?) And they were thrilled to find out about the Odyssey Adventure Club from Focus on the Family.

In OAC you can listen to all the Odyssey adventures you desire in the online library, play games and have a lot of fun. You can get your first month for only five dollars!

My kids beg to listen to the stories and so enjoy this. I enjoy having something they can listen to without me worrying about questionable content.

The OAC also has games, web quests, a daily devotional and a ton of fun.

Apr 292014

I received the book A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson for the purposes of this review and promotion. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson takes you back in time to the days of cattle ranching in Texas and banking in Denver in the late 1800s. After facing a massive loss, Marty Dandridge Olson decides to answer an ad in her paper to become a mail order bride up in Denver. She sees no other way to escape the memories of her ranch and to perhaps move on with her life. So she packs up and takes off for a marriage of convenience to Jake Wythe. Jake has to marry to satisfy his boss as a person high up in Morgan Bank, he isn’t seen as responsible unless he has a wife.

Adventure abounds on the trip to Denver and Jake learns that Marty is more than she seems at first glance. Can Jake’s position at the bank be saved by this marriage, or will his marriage cause him to lose his job? Will Marty fit in with the society she is expected to keep? Will Jake and Marty learn to love each other?

Tracie Peterson weaves a tale of two strangers trying to fit into roles they don’t belong in. You get drawn into the story and find yourself rooting for Jake and Marty to succeed not just together, but that they find where they belong.

Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson’s 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie’s new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.


One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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