Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wonderful Wednesdays!

That's the title I'm going with for Wednesdays! :) What's so wonderful about Wednesday? Well, for today, it's because it's Halloween! I understand not all Christians celebrate this holiday. My family does, however. We carve pumpkins, get the boys costumes, and normally go trick or treating. One year for Halloween, my boys dressed up at the Marx Brothers. That was a lot of fun to see! They each resembled the Marx brothers quite well!
This year, we have a Lord of the Rings theme going on. Garrison is Gandalf, Gage is a Cave Troll, and Gavin is Gimli. It's going to be a fun night! We're meeting at my house along with some dear friends we don't get to see very often, the Wakefields. We're hoping Chris' mom joins us, too. We'll be walking the neighborhood, going from house to house to stock up on candy for me.....er....the boys. :)  Then, we'll head over to the Wakefields' neighborhood and hit up more houses for the scrumpious treats.
I look forward to the evening! It will certainly be a blast, spending time with family and friends! So, on this Wonderful Wednesday, I bid you all a very Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tickled Tuesdays

Yep! That's the name of my blog posts on Tuesdays! I decided to name it Tickled Tuesdays because I am tickled to share with you some of my favorite authors!
I love reading. I always have. I had a camp counselor tell me I should be in a speed reading program. I read books pretty quickly, but retain what I read. I normally think about them after I've finished them and process what I just read. I recently finished a book by Bonnie Blythe. I'm currently reading another one by her, as well.
I read my first book of Bonnie's, Texas Whirlwind, and I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed the fact Emma Hayes adopted two little girls on her own. Here's the blurb for the book:
A summer storm in Galveston mirrors the whirlwind of problems Emma Hayes encounters after she adopts Haitian twin girls and runs into her old high school love-ending in a battle for custody when strangers contest the adoption. Is it true that she bought love with her ready-made family or can she trust the One that the even wind and waves obey?

I've also read her Cascade Bride Series and am anxiously awaiting the third and final book in the series. That one is about romance, yes, but also about three sisters hurt from the past and hopefully reconciling. I have four sisters, so this one really jumped out at me.

I finished Restorations yesterday. Again, another great book by Ms. Blythe! I really loved the part about Sara's aunt toward the end. I won't spoil it, so you'll just have to read it yourself. :)  I found the struggle Sara had to go to deal with toward the end very appropriate, as well. Trusting, forgiving, loving, all vital in a relationship. Here's that blurb:
In a small Oregon community, Sara Andersen finds herself in possession of an old farmhouse in desperate need of renovations. Brian Farris is a builder who is new in town, but intimately acquainted with Sara. His purpose is not to restore only the house, but his relationship with her. The only problem is that Sara doesn't believe Brian has undergone any soulful renovations of his own.

And finally, I am reading Dearly Loved by Bonnie. I just started this morning, but I have no doubt I'll be finished with it well before the end of the week.

If you want to read some good, thoughtful Christian romance books, these are a great read! Bonnie's an excellent writer and you can really picture what she's trying to say! I found all of her books on Amazon.com. :)

Thanks, Bonnie, for writing what the Lord puts on your heart! I love reading about it!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Matters

So I've decided to hopefully update my blog once a day with a theme. Today, it's Monday Matters. That could very well change as time goes on, but so far, that's what I have.
I liked the term Monday Matters for a few reasons. One, Mondays do matter. They begin the week for most people who work Monday through Friday. They begin the school week for my boys. They also begin a time of writing for me, since I normally don't have time over the weekend. Mondays, they really do matter.
Second, I liked the term Monday Matters because I can also write anything that I feel matters. I believe a lot in this world matters. These are my beliefs, and I don't want to force them down anyone's throat. So at any time you feel like it, just stop reading if you do not agree with me or if I'm making you angry.
I believe in Jesus. God matters to me. I love Him, serve Him, follow Him. He is the center of who I am. Most certainly, I am not perfect. I look to the One who is, though, and trust Him with my life.
I believe in family and the value of my family. I love spending time with them, hearing their laughter, seeing their hearts, and having conversations with them. I love my husband and the man he is and continues to become. My love for him grows daily as I see him turn into the man God intended him to be. To quote an old television show, Family Matters.
I believe in investing in others. That matters. Not being so self centered to think the world revolves around them. And I don't. I see a hurting world who needs love and compassion.
I believe in praying for others. Wild fires, severe storms, earthquakes, sicknesses, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs just to name a few things. I believe in praying for whoever asks on facebook, blogs, emails, telephone calls, texts, in person. Whatever. I stop what I'm doing to pray. God may not answer how I want Him to, but I will go before His throne on behalf of others. It matters.
I believe in friendships. God never meant for us to live in this world alone. Our hearts are made to have close relationships. So, I will work on establishing and building up those friendships. Because friendship matters. Whether you live near me or several thousand miles away, I desire to build up our friendship.
These are just a few things that matter to me. How about you? What matters in your life, in your world?