Disagreements

by adustyframe ~ June 27th, 2016

Lately, I’ve been  noticing something about people. It’s happening with Christian people too.

I’m unsure what it is other than immaturity…physical, mental, spiritual immaturity? I don’t know.

Saturday was an example of this. On 3 different pages on Facebook, people deleted their comments or threads when someone disagreed with them. I’m not talking about name calling or ugly disagreeing. I’m talking about having a different opinion.

On one when people disagreed, the Bible verses and spiritual wrapping came out. “you can’t disagree with me because this is in the Bible.” or quoting Bible verses.

**Hear me on this one…..I am NOT saying it’s bad to quote the Bible. However, quoting the Bible AT people in order to be “right” when someone disagrees with you comes across as petty and immature at best.

Another one was when someone disagreed with a health issue. “I’m deleting this so you nuts can share your information.”

Another was a parenting issue and the person wasn’t willing to hear another side but painted certain people as villains if they didn’t agree.

I was wondering what was in the air on Saturday to see 3 different massive deletes in one day! I think it’s more a signs of the times.

If you don’t agree, you’re a “hater” you’re a “mean” person you’re difficult.

Again, I am not talking about ugly disagreements and harsh words—just disagreeing.

When did we get so thin skinned that we lash out at people who have a different opinion than we do? Unfortunately, I’ve seen this in church people as well.

I’m not sure what the answer is but I don’t get it!

 

Lizzie

Medical Judgement~Richard Mabry ~ Book Review

by adustyframe ~ June 20th, 2016

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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:

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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

Lizzie

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?

Lizzie

Knitting

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?

Lizzie

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?

 

Lizzie

Anchor In The Storm by Sarah Sundin~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ June 6th, 2016

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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:

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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.

 

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

Lizzie

When It Rains….

by adustyframe ~ June 1st, 2016

It pours.

Have you ever had one of those months?

We’ve had several weeks of one thing after another going wrong or breaking down or costing more than we thought it would cost.

Through it all, I’ve thought many times of when Lee was “away” and James and I lived on so very little.

Many of the things we need to fix or replace right now would have never ever been fixed without considerable help back then.

I think often of how thankful I am when  I’m able to fill up the gas tank now.

I’m so thankful that when money is tight and we have to buckle down it’s just a small thing.

In the past, our finances were so woefully small that even very little breakdowns and small fixes felt insurmountable.

But even in the lean times,  God provided for us. He met our needs and we did not lack for anything.

People shared and gave to us. People prayed for us. People supported us in so many ways.

We learned that we could thrive on very little.  We learned that God provides. We learned that He is always on time.

We learned how even the “smallest” gift (no gift is truly small!) encouraged us in the biggest ways.

We learned that being together is more valuable than anything else.

We learned that God is good all the time.

So, this “raining and pouring” month? It’s just a blip.

And even if it isn’t just a blip?  God is good.

 

Lizzie

Our Get Away

by adustyframe ~ May 26th, 2016

We had such a nice time on our get away. I wouldn’t have complained about an extra day but I’m not complaining about the time we had.

It was nice to just be “us” and not have to parent the whole time. Don’t get me wrong. I’m so privileged to have these two boys to parent. We are blessed beyond measure but I need a teensy break now and then and Lee and I need a little time to be spouses not parents. (Hmmm hope I’m making sense!)

We were able to go to a big flee market.

We had a nice meal out.

We used a gift certificate for lunch (free!)

We used a gift certificate for the hotel (free!)

It was an inexpensive get away that’s for sure.

The drive to drop the boys off and get to the hotel was a bit long just because there wasn’t really a straight shot but it was nice. We meandered and got to see some pretty sights.

Of course I cannot keep my eyes open in the car and so there wasn’t a ton of conversation on the drives!

At the hotel, we saw some neat sights–it’s in a secluded area. I wanted to sit in an Adirondack chair by the beach and read my book but chose to take a very big nap. If  we’d have been there one more day, those beach chairs and I would have had a meeting!

Now, I have to figure out how to make this happen sooner than later!

Lizzie

Happy Friday

by adustyframe ~ May 20th, 2016

Happy Friday!

What are your weekend plans?

 

My husband and I get to celebrate our anniversary with a night away. We are looking forward to time to rest and reconnect.

We’re thankful for his job, but it makes spending time together difficult!

What are you up to?

Lizzie

The Beautiful Pretender~Melanie Dickerson~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ May 18th, 2016

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About the book:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost? 

 

About the Author:

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Melanie Dickerson is the author of “The Healer’s Apprentice,” a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

 

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I can’t remember if I’ve ever read a book by this author but it was great!

The premise of the book is a little bit like a reality show! Ha. I don’t mean that offensively but that’s exactly what it seemed like to me but not in a bad way. It felt like I was watching a game. “Who will get the guy?” The rich guy by the way!

I wasn’t exactly sure if the things happening or some details were correct for the time period. I didn’t take the time to look up what puzzled me and now I’ve forgotten. I just am not quite sure that the historical background is as detailed as it may be in other historical novels I’ve enjoyed. This didn’t take away from the story which I did enjoy.

The characters are well written and enjoyable and if you’re looking for a different type of book by a great author check this one out.

If you’d like to know what other reviewers thought of this book, check out her page on Litfuse.

Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie’s blog.

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

Lizzie