Thursday, August 4, 2011

Top 10: On a deserted island

I thought that this would be a fun, easy post. Then I realized that there are no power sources on this deserted island. Which makes things a little more challenging but still fun. Here's what I'd bring

1. Contact case and solution- I can't see a thing without my contacts. I'm liable to run into a coconut tree without them. 

2. Books-lots of books. Probably my favorite books like the Anne of Green Gables series, Harry Potter series and many many more (that still only counts as one right?)

3. My hubby-After I love him and he's my best friend. Besides I need someone to carry the firewood right? 

4. My drawing stuff.-I'm sure on this deserted island there is lots of wonderful stuff to draw and paint. So I'll need my watercolors, my charcole pencils and my drawing books. That still only counts as 1!
5. A journal -I'm sure there will be all kinds of things to talk about.  I mean I can't tallk to my husband the whole time! 

6. A sleeping bag-The thought of sleeping on sand or rocks does not appeal to me at all!

7. A lighter-I'm not gonna rub two sticks together. That would take too much time and I have better things to do
8. Sunscreen- I am very fair skinned.

9.  Tarp-I have no idea what the weather is gonna be like on this island. And I wanna be prepared

10. Hammock-to relax and enjoy life!

What 10 things would you bring with you if you were going to live on a deserted island? 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

VBS and Birthday

VBS this year was amazing but also exhausting. I help my friend Super Sharon teach the Bible Story all week. Our theme this year was Construction Incorporated. It was yet another time I was grateful to be married to an electrician who has a ton of tools! They came in handy. Each day we talked about a tool such a nails, screws, paint .ect and how God uses them to work in our lives. We had about 80 kids. We divided them up into three different age groups to teach. Super Sharon and I team taught. That way we were always there to help. Here's a picuture of Super Sharon and I in our construction get ups.

Now on to my birthday. I'd like to thank everyone for their wonderful birthday wishes. Super Sharon even made me a gluten free birthday cake and brought it to VBS. 

That was so sweet of her and tasty too. No gluten free cakes don't rise very much incase you are wondering. Yes I got some sweet gifts too but no tablet or Ipad. Instead I got a new dryer and hot water heater since they went out. Not the gifts I wanted but definitely needed. Well that's what's been going on with me. What's been going on with you?
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book Review: River's Song

I am reviewing this book for Glass Road Public Relations

Book Summary: 
Her relationship with her daughter in shambles and tensions mounting with her mother-in-law, Anna Larson returns to her childhood home on the banks of the Suislaw River to sort out her parent's belongings and put the pieces of her own life back together. 

Embracing her native heritage for the first time since childhood Anna transforms her old family home into Shining Waters Inn, a place she hopes will give her family a new beginning.

River's Song is Book One in the Inn at Shining Waters series.

My Review:
This book was a joy to read. It was light and enjoyable. Melody Carson made me feel like I was there along the bank of the Suislaw River. This book does a wonderful job of addressing faith and healing from abuse. It is a beautiful and well written story. The novel also does a great job of reminding us that God will provide for us in His own timing. I thought the ending of the story was rushed. I would have loved to have more details about the conclusion of the story. Still I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

The Author:

Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.

In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review: A short life well lived

I am reviewing this book for Glass Road Public Relations

Book Summary:
Brian O’Connor is a successful lawyer, loving husband, and devoted father. He also happens to be blind. Driven his entire life to be independent, Brian has achieved much, but he has been so busy proving his triumph over blindness that he hasn’t stopped to consider how his carefully crafted life can all come crashing down in an instant. When his young son is diagnosed with cancer, the long ensuing battle brings Brian to his knees as he comes to terms with his own limitations and his need for faith.

My Review:
This book tugged at my heart and was a page turner. Sometimes I had to remind myself that this book was fiction. Itis so well written that  you you can imagine this is areally happening to your family. I can't imagine going through what Brian O'Connor did. For those of us who have dealt with cancer it churns up some powerful emotions. But I love the book does not end in dispair but hope . My favorite quote from the book is that "evey momment I'm given need to be appreciated, espceically the ones I spend with those I love." I think that this book is an excellent read for anyone. 

The Author:
Tom Sullivan is an Emmy-nominated actor, singer, author, and producer, the "inconvenience" of being blind has never kept him from competing in a world where he has realized that to be equal, for him, meant that he must be better. His autobiography If you Could See What I Hear, was adapted into a major motion picture. Tom is now writing and producing for television and film. 

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