November 6, 2014

The Life

The Life

This is a great little Bible. I would say it would be especially good for new believers or young people. It is colorful and easy to read. Since it is NLT it is especially easy to read and for me preferable to KJV for new people to the church and/or young people. I think this Bible would be an excellent "welcome to our youth group gift" to new people at a church.

This Bible is all of John and Acts but has quite a bit of Luke interspersed as it relates to the story. It also has comments and questions where you can allow yourself to dig deeper.

Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

$10 Great Dates

Looking for more fun but don't have the money? Then this is the book for you. It has a years worth of weekly $10 date ideas. Obviously not all of them will be your cup of tea but I did find quite a few ideas that would work for us or could be easily modified to fit what E and I enjoy doing.

I especially liked some of the seasonal ideas. One involves going to festivals, another apple picking, and another looking at Christmas lights.

There were a few ideas in the book that honestly aren't something we would ever do for various reasons but the beauty of 52 ideas is that it is a pretty good chance that you'll still find quite a few good ideas or maybe be inspired to come up with some of your own. And even better many of the ideas don't even cost anything except maybe some gas money which if you're like me you don't calculate into your date budget but just your normal transportation budget.

I'd recommend this book for couples of any age or length of marriage. In fact it would even be good for engaged couples looking for some fun ideas too.

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

November 4, 2014

Kitchen update...

Our new home...

So I knew a new house would be a lot of work but really didn't fathom how MUCH work...

Some of what we've been working on has not been NECESSARY except to make ME happy...but here is what we've done with the kitchen. It isn't 100% finished (we still need to finish a piece of trim by the stove and do some touch up painting but it is pretty close!) Oh and I need to come up with something to decorate on top of the cabinets?!?



Who puts a fridge there? That is prime cabinet and counter top space!

But we do love the tile floor and the back splash!

And that is where the fridge will be...


This isn't really any different than before but shows the nice back splash...

My new cabinets and butcher block counter top! Eric did a great job of adding tons of work space!
And yes...I do have a lot of stuff on my counters...I'm not into putting stuff away so I just leave it out... Judge away!

We packed a lot into this empty corner! On the far right you'll see my birthday gift from 2 years ago. I found the idea on Pinterest and Eric built it for me! It holds so much and pushes in next to the fridge to be totally hidden!

September 28, 2014

The Story Keeper

The Story Keeper
by Lisa Wingate

This is really a story within a story. Jen works for a publisher in NYC and someone leaves a 20 year old book submission - or the first three chapters of one - on her desk. These chapters pull her in because they remind her of her childhood in North Carolina and the more she reads she realizes she recognizes the voice of the author. So she heads back to her hometown area to try to find out if she is right about the author and to convince him to publish the full story with her company.

Of course traveling back to her hometown area also includes revisiting her past. She visits her family and is forced to relive some very hard memories. She also meets some amazing new people too.

I enjoyed both Jen's story in the present and the manuscript she is reading. The manuscript was especially interesting because the main character, Sarra, is a Melungeon. I had never heard of these people and was fascinated by the idea of a tri-race. It saddened me to know that this group of people was so persecuted and abandoned.

Wingate tells some pretty amazing stories and is great with description. But stories within stories aren't my favorite type of book. I was glad that I enjoyed both stories separatey or I might have just skipped pages to read just one part of the book.

Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.