Encouraging Young Readers

6 Ways to Encourage Young Readers, Part 2 of Raising Readers

This is Part 2 of Raising Readers.  If you haven’t read Part 1, go on over and then come right back. Kids are amazing.  They can learn and comprehend so much more than we give them credit for.  Building good habits young will benefit them throughout their entire lives.  One of the habits I’ve tried [...]

Raising Readers

How to Raise Readers, because reading is the basis of all education

I love to read and I wanted to raise my children to be readers. My husband isn’t a big reader.  He always opts to watch the movie, but the movie is never as good as the book.  Ever.  Reading doesn’t come naturally to him, so he reserves it for the Bible.  I honestly don’t think [...]

Left Neglected – Book Review

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova - Book Review

Left Neglected, written by the author of Still Alice, is a book you should consider checking out.  It is the story of Sarah Nickerson and her traumatic brain injury. If you know anything about Lisa Genova, the author, you’ll know she holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University, so it makes perfect sense that [...]

Book Review – A Paris Wife

A Paris Wife - Book Review

I’ve decided not to summarize the entire book when I do a review, because summaries are a dime a dozen. Whenever I want to read a book, I look to find out what other readers thought of the book, so that’s what I’m giving you – my thougts.   A Paris Wife sucked me in [...]

Lessons from Madame Chic – Book Review

Lessons from Madame Chic 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris - A Book Review

Lessons from Madame Chic is a book about the many life lessons Jennifer Scott learned while living in Paris as an exchange student. The topics in this book cover just about everything that is a part of our daily lives as women, except parenting. It’s super quick and easy to read with summaries at the [...]

Saturday Night Stars – Link Party #4

Here’s the deal.  This link party is a time to celebrate you, your blog, and your words.  I’m not even asking you to link back to my blog. My desire is to create a resource for all of us, a place to find the best posts in blogland. You just show up to the party [...]

Sunday’s Favorites {around the web} #1

must reads

This week I read some amazing blogs from all around the world. I thought I would share my favorites. Culture or Bible? by CBC Portugal Missions 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality by Edie from Life in Grace {Loved her 31 series on hospitality.  It was my favorite series.  Now she’s offering an eBook, [...]

Whatcha Readin’? – Lobster Rolls & Blueberry Pie

Lobster ROlls and Blueberry Pie

I go to the library all the time.  Sometimes I go with a list in my hand or a specific book in my head.  Other times I peruse the aisles, picking up this book or that.  Once in a while, when I know I’ll be there for a good long while, I collect a stack [...]

Book Review – One Thousand Gifts Devotional

one thousand gifts deovtional

If you are not familiar with Ann Voskamp, you need click right over to her blog and fall in love with her writing. Ann is so much more than a sentence can describe.  She is a farmer’s wife, a mother, a homeschooler, a writer, a follower of Jesus, and a giver of thanks.  She took [...]

anything, part two

To read anything, part one click HERE. _____________________________________________________ In her book, Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God and my Soul, Jennie Allen tells of the time she and her husband prayed anything.  They offered themselves, their possessions, and their family up to God for His service.  Their decision wasn’t made lightly, and did not [...]

anything, part one

anything cover

What if you told God you would do anything – and He took you up on it? That’s the question Jennie Allen asks in her book Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God and my Soul. I don’t do many book reviews on my blog.  I love to read, but I’m sort of finicky.  I [...]

This One is Personal


Today I get to be a guest on my friend’s blog, The Alliterate Author.  I’ve known Alissa and her family for about twelve years.  Her sister babysat my son when he was just a wee little lad.  Now he’s on the verge of the terrible teens and my friend is a newlywed.  She and her [...]

Fiction Friday – Picture This

judy garland

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”  ~ Judy Garland  Chapter 4  Tony sat on a park bench, far enough away not to get in the way, but close enough to see the curve of Lacy’s bottom in her [...]

Take a Leap & Visit Me


If you’d like to read my review of the book Still Alice, I was featured a couple of weeks ago on Fancy Little Things.  I should have told you the day my post went up, but well, I’m bad with dates.  I wish I had a better excuse. Click HERE for the review. Take the [...]

The Age of The e-Reader


My husband surprised me with a nook for my birthday/Valentines Day.  Although I adore my nook, I love my husband more.  The fact that he strayed from our usual twenty-dollar gifts made me all the more excited. Back in February we attempted to do a joint vlog and showcase my nook; however, Regis & Kelly [...]

It’s Coming to a Blog Near You


Fiction Friday Dum, dum, dum, DUM! Fiction Friday begins next week! Write a piece of fiction – short or long, good or bad, funny or serious – we’ll read it and provide feedback.  We are not critiques, but cheerleaders, encouraging you to write, write, WRITE. Please spread the word.  Tell your friends, family, neighbors and [...]