by adustyframe ~ July 16th, 2016

Throughout these past several years, I have been asked to pray for a woman dealing with hard circumstances in her marriage.

Whether it’s sin on her husband’s part, minimal finances, abuse, hopelessness, wives who admit their own sin or any other reason, I’ve been privileged to pray with  and for these women as they learn to depend on God.

I’ve been thankful that I can encourage them to obey God and to honor their marriage covenants.

I’ve been blessed to see prayers answered and watch them grow closer to God.

I’ve also considered it a privilege to keep their requests private. I know that sharing deep painful prayer requests like these is never easy.

It’s hard to know if it’s ok to share things that aren’t pretty. It’s not easy to be completely vulnerable with requests that are heartbreaking.

I know from personal experience that sometimes after sharing a deeply private request, it can feel awkward. You hope they really are trustworthy with your request. You hope they aren’t looking at you thinking “oh my!” You hope that they don’t look down smugly at you now that they know something less than perfect about you or your marriage. You hope and pray that they won’t spill your beans.

That part stinks because unfortunately some people are not listening to prayer requests and the cry from broken hearts in order to pray and encourage and support. They’re listening in order to bring it up later.

Unfortunately, I also know from personal experience how it feels to find out something I shared with someone I assumed was trustworthy is shared far and wide. It hurts on a very deep level. It also makes one wonder if being vulnerable is worth it.

Because I know how difficult it is to share deeply private prayer requests and because I know how it feels to have a prayer request used against me as a weapon, I am so very careful when someone asks me to pray for them or with them. I keep their heartache and tears close to my heart and I pray for them every time they come to mind.  But using their request as a weapon or ammo or a story to tell to a group or another person? Never.

I think of the people who prayed and prayed with me and the people who cried with me and I know that I am thankful for their true heart to bring my requests before God. When someone shares with me, I am thankful that I can show the love of Christ in their life by keeping their requests private.

Isn’t it amazing that we can take these requests to God and know He hears? Isn’t it amazing to find people who want to pray with you when you’re hurting?

God is good!



Back To School?

by adustyframe ~ July 14th, 2016

This fall starts my 11th year of homeschooling! I can hardly believe that. What a journey it’s been.

We have followed a Charlotte Mason approach the entire time although these high school years have been a little more challenging for me to follow a particular schedule. I’ve done some cobbling.

I haven’t started on this fall’s work yet. I probably should pretty soon. I saw another homeschool mom at church on Sunday and she asked if I started planning yet. I said  that I haven’t and that I’m enjoying a break a little too much. Thankfully, she admitted that she hadn’t started yet either. ;)

The only things I have lined up so far is James’ math tutor–I officially reached my limits of teaching math last year– and a chemistry tutor. I’m excited for the support in these two areas.

Everything else needs my attention to dig in and line up and schedule….soon……soon!

Any other homeschool moms enjoying summer too much or are you already done planning?


Some Prison Links

by adustyframe ~ July 10th, 2016

Here are some links I’ve seen recently and not shared~


9 year old boy saves allowance to buy books for inmates (awww!!!)


Prisoners make quilts for grieving families



My child’s father is in prison but she’s still just a kid……..(thoughts and feelings we’ve lived with)

 And I realized, for the first time, that this was the thing I had been fighting most against — not the shame of having an incarcerated parent, but the sadness of a child missing a parent who is not here.”

You serve your time, earn your freedom, then the job market shuts the door in your face  (this is called second prison and it’s real)

Learn more about Second Prison




by adustyframe ~ July 7th, 2016

I read this article  There’s a lady at the gym and she hates me on  Lysa TerKeurst’s blog today  and it resonated with me.

I’ve made this mistake and others have made this mistake about me!

Like she says in her post, there are those who make it clear that they don’t like you either by words or emails or messages. But when we don’t know for certain, we should not assume.

I interacted once with someone who talked about horrible homeschoolers in a public space but in the end, it wasn’t that the people were actually horrible to this person.

The person said because of the way they were dressed she knew they were the type of homeschoolers that were judging her.

Who knows? Maybe they were judging.

Or maybe they were just their with their friends and didn’t know anything about this person. Perhaps they would have loved to get to know them if only they weren’t judged for judging!

I’ve been touched by assumptions and most of the time it’s ugly. I attempt to not be that person in other people’s lives. I simply don’t know what I don’t know and if I don’t know, I shouldn’t assume.

What about you? Is it easy for you to assume things that are going on that are actually not happening? Have you ever had anyone assume things about you?

Did you have a chance to read the article? What did you think?



by adustyframe ~ June 30th, 2016

A couple years ago, we had a big big garden. It was my first ever big garden and I was so excited.

But the garden flooded a couple times before it was able to get established. The weeds took over. I mean TOOK OVER. It was like a wilderness.

Little guy was small and I wasn’t feeling up to par.

I didn’t feel well at all last year and I don’t think I even planted my flower pots that I enjoy in the summer. Basil and tomatoes were the only things we planted last year.

This year, we have two tomatoes, basil, thyme, stevia, lemon balm, spearmint, lots of geraniums, rhubarb, and green beans. Nathan chose to plant green beans.

The day we planted them, he was poking around in the dirt playing with the seeds and I thought perhaps nothing would grow but they’re doing nicely. I also see a few beans growing farther down the garden that he must have transported.

The rhubarb is an heirloom variety that looks good! We have lived here since the day we were married and I could have had a huge rhubarb patch but every year I put off planting it or I wasn’t sure where I wanted it. (Rhubarb is sort of an ugly plant!). This year, I decided I must start my rhubarb patch so we’ll see how it does.

3 years ago, we planted raspberries. They’re a late variety so we get them in August. Last year, we got quite a few so I’m hoping this year will be even more.

We also planted strawberries around the same time and they spread a little last year, but they’re really spreading nicely and sending new plants! Nathan considers it is personal strawberry patch. He crawls around looking for ripe strawberries and picks them all even if they have the slightest amount of red on them. I don’t mind. I think it’s cute how much he loves finding a berry. He squeals with excitement and pops them in his mouth. Hopefully in a year or two, it will produce tons of berries but for now it’s just a few a day so Nathan can have them.

We’re hoping to plant some blueberries but we keep putting it off. Maybe I should run to the garden center and see if they have any left and just at least get them home and we can put them in planters soon.


What kind of gardening are you doing this year?


Medical Judgement~Richard Mabry ~ Book Review

by adustyframe ~ June 20th, 2016



About the book:

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

About the author:


Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

My thoughts:

I have to admit that I get excited when I see a Dr. Mabry book up for review. I have really enjoyed all his books. Although, I sometimes wonder, how can such a nice Christian man write such creepy books! (ha! just kidding)

The story line is great and kept me guessing the entire book. It included some heart stopping moments and twists and turns that I did not expect.

A great story and a good read from an excellent author. James even read it too.

He says, “It was alright! I didn’t like the ending though it should have gone on longer.” He felt it wrapped up the story line too quickly!

Any book that my reluctant reader teenage son reads til the end is a good one in my book!

To see what other reviewers thought, check out this page.  and enter to win the giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 

 Medical Judgment Richard Mabry


Beat The Heat

by adustyframe ~ June 20th, 2016

What are you doing to beat the heat? It’s not horribly hot here but it’s definitely warm.

Nathan and I are about to head out to the Dollar Store to find some pool toys for his little blow up pool. I sit outside with him and put my feet in while he plays. It may not be fancy but it cools me off!

I’m also planning to make some popsicles with coconut water and berries. I usually make some lemonade or apple juice pops (low staining!) but this recipe looked good. I’ll probably cut the berries smaller for little guy.

We drink lots of water and tea and iced coffee (one of my weaknesses!) and use our fans. Unfortunately, our house has never had air conditioning. On hot days, I do wonder why we’ve never saved up for central air, but realistically, we have other projects to spend money on and it’s only a few miserable days a year (usually!).

Another great strategy I have is to decide to go somewhere and blast the air in the car!

Check out my Pinterest “summer” board for some other fun ideas.

Do you have any great strategies?



by adustyframe ~ June 15th, 2016

I haven’t been knitting very much lately. I always want to but time runs out. Or else when I have time, I’m just too tired to concentrate.

I have several “want to knit” items lined up that I need to tackle pretty soon.

I joined a mystery knit along. I’ve never done this before but it’s pretty fun.

I have no idea what we’re knitting. Every two days, we get an email with a few rows of instructions.

I’m about 2 1/2 sets of instructions behind but I’m still having fun.

If I ever figure out what we’re knitting I’ll let you know!

Are you working on anything interesting?


What I’m Reading

by adustyframe ~ June 9th, 2016

I seem to go in spurts where I’m reading a lot or I’m not reading much of anything.

Right now, I’m in the reading a lot spurt.

Here are some “non-review” books that I’ve enjoyed lately.

Same Kind of Different As Me—very good! It was on my pile for a long time but I never picked it up. The other day, I started it and couldn’t put it down. It’s just a great story.

A Fatal Fleece–I found this in one of those little libraries people have in their yard. Little guy likes to check them out and we found one when we were on a walk. We got a bug book for him and this one for me. It’s really good. Sometimes when I am reading a new author, I’m not sure what to expect. This story is entertaining light reading but it’s well written.

I checked out another book from the series at the library. Even if you’re not a knitter you may enjoy these.

A recommendation from Lisa was The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society. Another knitting book! Again, this is not a cheesy knitting story. It’s well written and I enjoyed it so much that I checked out the 2nd book from the libary to get started as soon as I finish the 2nd book from the other knitting series! Are you following this? ! (lol!)

For a little more educational reading, I’m starting Consider This about teaching with Charlotte Mason methods.

I have a few on my kindle that I started to read and have not finished.

I’m also trying to keep up with the Old Testament  readings our church is doing together daily this year. I’m failing miserably at staying on track but at least I’m reading the Old Testament again.

What good books are you reading lately?



Anchor In The Storm by Sarah Sundin~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ June 6th, 2016



I think I’ve only read one or two books by this author, but I like historical fiction so I agreed to review it happily!

I must say it was really good. It’s one of those books that I figured would be good but was surprised at HOW good it was.

It had some elements that aren’t usually in historical fiction–at least not in the books that I read. So it seemed more interesting.

The main character has a disability and she’s a woman in a man’s occupation. Both of those elements added some twists that I enjoyed following.

The main soldier in the story suffered from experiences in the war and his struggles also added an unusual twist to the book.

Good job to Sarah for taking some tough story lines and creating an enjoyable story.

About the book:

One plucky female pharmacist + one high-society naval officer = romance—and danger

For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy–even if he is her brother’s best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves–and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

Sarah Sundin brings World War II to life, offering readers an intense experience they won’t soon forget.


About the Author:


Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including “Anchor in the Storm.” Her novel “Through Waters Deep” was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in “Where Treetops Glisten” was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.


In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Pharmacist Lillian Avery and Ensign Archer Vandenberg are about to find out in Sarah Sundin’s new book, Anchor in the Storm. During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

Celebrate the release of Sarah’s Anchor in the Storm by entering to win her All Hands on Deck Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A signed copy of Anchor in the Storm
  • Nautical tote bag lined with anchor fabric
  • Anchor necklace made from copper reclaimed from the USS Constitution in Boston during restoration
  • 365 Devotions for Hope by Karen Whiting
  • Shine: Nautical Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
  • “Hope Anchors the Soul” journal
  • Set of two nautical tea towels
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 8th. The winner will be announced June 9th on Sarah’s blog.

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 Disclaimer~I was given a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.