Friday, April 17, 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Review)

This review is for the book "The Inn at Ocean's Edge"" by Colleen Coble. This is the first book by Colleen Coble that I have read, although I have heard her name many times before, so I am not sure why I have not read any of her books. I love suspense novels and I thought this was a great one.

Claire Dellamare goes to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business deal and immediately starts having odd sensations. She finds out rather quickly that she actually disappeared from that hotel when she was four years old, only to reappear one year later. Claire has never remembered this part of her life, and apparently her parents don't want her to remember. In her journey to find out what happened to her she has to also solve the mysterious disappearance of Luke Rocco's mother that same year.

I liked the twists and turns of this book, and I enjoyed the writing. I would love to read more by Colleen Coble.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Experience the Impossible (Review)

This review is for the book "Experience the Impossible" by Bill Johnson. This book is chapter after chapter of discussions on faith, hope and love. Each chapter is a short devotional about one of those three topics, and includes a prayer at the end of the chapter as well a confession to make. I felt like each chapter was down to earth and really made sense. Bill Johnson is a great writer and the book was really enjoyable. I would recommend this as a daily devotional for anyone who wants to grow in any of these three aspects.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Videos of the Kids

These are some videos that the kids wanted me to take and show everyone on my blog!

I LOVE the hands on the hips at the end of this video!! (It's only 11 seconds long)


This one is Brianna playing soccer. It's 1:50 long and VERY shaky because I was playing with her while taping.

This video cracks me up because it shows the difference between Hunter and Brianna. Hunter wants to play after Brianna is done, but he immediately gets distracted by a spider - which he crushes with his boot - and then is totally done playing after just one kick. I love it!


A friend gave the kids the idea to stand on the slide and make tunnels, and they had a lot of fun doing their new trick.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

When Mercy Rains (Review)

This review is for the book "When Mercy Rains" by Kim Vogel Sawyer. This is the first book in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. I suppose I should preface this review by saying that I do enjoy Amish fiction, and I enjoy Mennonite fiction as well. In this story, Suzanne Zimmerman was sent away from her Mennonite community when she became pregnant at seventeen. The plan was to return to the community after she had the baby, but in this story, we find that twenty years later, Suzanne is only just now returning - with a daughter. Her family resents her because they don't understand why she stayed away, her mother's health is failing terribly, and her baby's father is still in town, so Suzanne certainly has a lot to deal with in her old community.

I think the story is great because it offers a tale of redemption and love. It also has a little twist at the end that I didn't expect. I really enjoy Sawyer's writing style. This is not the first book I have read by her and I have yet to be disappointed.

Thank you to WaterBrook Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Victory Through the Lamb (Review)

This review is for the book "Victory Through the Lamb" by Mark Wilson. The front cover of this book declares it as "A guide to Revelation in plain language" and I think that is a very accurate description of this book.

Each chapter begins with a story of a martyr, some scriptural stories and some historical stories. The author then goes straight into translating specific scripture in Revelation. The end of the chapter is used for picking apart the scripture and explaining it using lots of other scripture and insight. There are so many things I learned from this book because Wilson explains it all in a down-to-earth way that is easy to read and understand. I think this is a great commentary to read if you are interested in the book of Revelation.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kindergarten - Day 106 and Day 107

Day 106:

Hunter loves building with his gears!

Hunter's school work:

Hunter also enjoys Imaginets magnets!

We talked about how God heals (remembering the story about Naaman). The kids each got some saran wrap. I drew a circle in permanent marker on the saran wrap. The saran wrap represented skin and the circle was a "sore". The kids colored over the "sore" with a brown washable marker. Then I let them rub oil on the saran wrap. I told them that our skin gets dirty and oily. Then we got water on paper towels and washed off the dirt, but the oil wasn't removed. Next, we added soap to the water and washed our "skin" again. The oil was removed this time, but not the "sore". The point is that water can wash away some things, soap can wash away even more impurities, but only God can truly heal our bodies. (From Hearts of Dakota, Little Hearts for His Glory)

 Day 107:

 Hunter's school work:

We were getting ready to talk about kitchen chemistry in Magic School Bus, so we did a "volcano" experiment by mixing baking soda and vinegar in a bottle and letting it overflow. I added red food coloring just to make it more visible.