Wednesday, June 14, 2017

All is Bright - Adult Coloring Book

I LOVE coloring books!  Always have, and (probably) always will.  I received this book back before Christmas, and somehow doing a review on it skipped my mind.  But everyone likes to think about Christmas in June, right?  😎  And since this is an advent type coloring book, I'm giving you plenty of notice so you can purchase it before December is here.  Wait....did I just say purchase it?  I sure did! That's right, you're going to want to run right out (or let your fingers do the shopping) and grab a copy for yourself (and a friend) today!  Like seriously, stop what you're doing and follow this link: Purchase a copy from Amazon.

Now, let's get down to business.  The coloring pages are absolutely stunning through out this book. The pictures are different enough to provide a wide variety of options, but your not going to need to choose which you color on which day.  "All is Bright" is a devotional that you spend time in each day throughout the month of December.  That's right!  A page a day to color!  What makes this a devotional you might ask?  Each day includes a page of "devotional" type material, a short story, scripture, and/or passages to think on.

I highly recommend this book for your loved ones during the busy time of's a great way to slow down and reflect on what truly matters during the Christmas season.  This would be a great gift to give to a college student or an elderly loved one.

**I was provided with a copy of this book for my honest opinion and give this item 5 stars**

Farmer's Market Mishap - Wanda Brunstetter

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date:  June 1, 2017
Pages:  208

About the book (Amazon): 

Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.
Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her.  Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?

How did Thelma meet her husband?  Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.

My thoughts...

While lately it seems the Christian Fiction genre is inundated with Amish novels, I normally tend to steer clear of these types of books (unless I have a connection with the author).  But let me tell you...I LOVED this book!  It could have been the sweet story line, the twins that take center stage, or even just the plain (see what I did there?) simple truths that are shared throughout the story.

"The Famers' Market Mishap" is book 2 in a series, and I did a review on the first one, "The Lopsided Christmas Cake".  Whenever I enjoy the first novel in a series, I tend to follow up with the 2nd one when it comes out just to see if the first one was a fluke, or if the series is worth continuing.  This one was definitely worth it.

If you're looking for a nice, quick (and short) read, I highly recommend this book (and the first if you haven't read it!).  Purchase a copy for yourself (and a friend) from Amazon.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

End of the School Year

Ah...the final day of school; it's bitter sweet to say the least.  With this year ending, it means our oldest will only have 2 final years of high school left, ack....where has the time gone?  Our girls  will enter their last year of middle school, with a total of  5 school years remaining.  But I'm not going to think on that this morning.  Today I'm going to relish in the fact that I will not have to set an alarm for 5 am for the next 2 months.  No more poking and prodding the kids to get up and get moving.  No more rushing them in to bed at night making sure they've completed their homework.  Instead, we'll enjoy the long summer days and stay up way to late creating memories that will last a lifetime.  And that my friends, is why I welcome the last day of school.

Are you also celebrating the end of the school year?  Check out these songs worthy of celebrations...