This is not an easy post for me to write. I have been trying to figure out the words to do this post with. Last summer I struggled with the death of Det. Orozco but it inspired me to write about my blue family when I was suppose to write about my family (you can view that post HERE ). It was hard. It was my home town. I watched my husband struggle as a sister was taken to soon.
Then Elizabeth, Mike and Sloan from Humanizing the Badge put together a beautiful tribute to Det. Orozco and other officers. Dear Officer brought back so may emotions, so many tears. There is a picture right of the bat of a gentleman who removed his hard hat and knelt as the procession for Det. Orozco went by. An image that stuck in my mind from the day of her funeral. The honor, the respect. The tears came again. The book is a series of letters, to officers, to the families, to the rookie spouse. All full of love and emotions, and images that just hit you. Yes, I cried some more while reading this book.
My goal this summer is to do more reading and so far I have been doing a good job about that. But normally I read Historical Fiction. I love history so those are more my style. But I wanted to try something new this time. So I received a copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble.
You may have read some of Colleen’s other books such as her Journey of the Heart series and even a kids book called The Blessings Jar. I personally have not because, again, I normally stick with historical fiction. But I thought I would try her new book. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge.
First of all- Let me start by saying that by talking about this book doesn’t mean I am having issues in my marriage. But as I have learn in the almost 12 years of being married- a couple can always grow and learn and better themselves. No one is perfect, and no marriage is perfect. So there is always room for improvement and to grow. And if you have God involved that growth will become your most amazing adventure yet.
Now that summer break is upon us I am looking forward to doing some reading. I started out with the new book with Jep and Jessica Robertson. First I love watching Duck Dynasty. It is one of the few shows out there that actually show a family having fun with out being vulger. I also love how they stand up for their values. So I thought this book would be interesting to read. But it was different than I thought it would be.
The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God is a book about some trials that Jep and Jessica Robertson went through both on their own, and as a couple. It starts with talking about their childhoods, how they grew up. Then it goes into the struggles, from Jep’s addiction to Jessica’s struggle with self worth. The beginning of each chapter has a title with who is telling the story. That way it is easy to follow. It talks about the falls, the being lifted, most importantly- the forgiving. That is the part that stands out to me most:
“But since she is a child of God Almighty, she is forgiven…………………..She is forgiven, and her sins have been washed clean by the blood of Christ.”
To me that hit home. We all have our sins, no one is perfect- but as we become Children of God and accept him as our Savior- we are forgiven.
While reading through this I honestly felt like I was sitting in a room with them just having a conversation. I could not put it down. The way they told their side of the story was easy to follow as if they are just talking to each other. The other thing that captivated me was their struggles. I know it sounds weird but while reading it I sat there thinking how I could seriously relate. It was full of honesty and love. But it is how they over came their struggles. At one point Jessica talked about their marriage by putting it clearly “God must be the center of our marriage” and later refers to God being the glue in the relationship. I flashed back to my own at times rocky marriage and thought- yes that is true! Only once we allowed God into our home more than what we were did our marriage suffer. Her chapter on forgiveness is one of the most powerful ones in my opinion.
This book is truly an inspirational book. When reading through it I felt as if I could over come anything just like they did. You can sense their love for God above all, but their love for each other. You get a sense of hope, love and you want to have the relationship with God that they have. I highly recommend reading the book as one of your summer reads!
You can purchase your copy of The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God from Family Christian Stores. The book will be released June 23rd so get your pre-order in today!
~ I received an advance copy of the book in order to facilitate an honest review. The above thoughts are my own an honest opinions!~
Happy Summertime! I am so glad we are finally out of school for the summer and can not wait to explore, create, and have fun!
One of the things we are working on this summer is being resourceful with the items we use. I am trying to teach my kids how to respect the world around them as God created it. So when asked if I could review Disney Go Green: A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle featuring my favorite- Mickey Mouse- I could not pass it up!
About the Book:
This book teaches us about recycling and sustainability. Here is a little snip it-
“This first Go Green book is for everyone whether they are new to the concept of sustainability or someone who’s lifestyle is green. The books three main focal points are; explaining sustainability in a simple and fun way, putting the concept into perspective for children and families and to show easy and fun steps to take in the green direction. All through the book are tips and fun facts connected to sustainability and the reader will find that not all is lost and a few easy steps will take the family in a new direction. “
Now Reading through this book you will find really fun ways to use what you have around you and why it is important. My daughter loved reading this as it is around her age level. One thing that was in there was using the earth to make your own watercolors. Either by using plants such as beets, or using the different types of soil. This is one thing I hope to try this summer with them. The other thing we have already started doing is recycling. But we go further- We are going to be raising our own chickens soon- so we plan on reusing egg crates for the eggs. I also want to take some 2 liter bottles and make some hanging lettuce pots with them (a friend of mine did this and so I was inspired- I mean who wouldn’t want fresh lettuce year round?!). And we have a few other ideas planned through out the summer.
You can check out Disney Go Green: A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle, which is the 1st in a series, by purchasing it on Amazon.com. It is available on either the Kindle or Hardcover.
~I received the above book in order to facilitate a review. No other form of compensation was exchanged. The above thoughts are my own and honest opinion. This post does contain affiliate links to Amazon.com where I may receive commissions for purchases made. ~
I have been in desperate need of a new book lately. But the problem is- I am picky- I am really only into Historical Fiction books, and even then- I am normally only into ones that take place during the Civil War or World War 2. I have got to be honest- those are hard to come by. But then I ran across a book called Last Chance for Justice by T.K. Thorne. This is actually a non fiction book, however, the cover alone had me intrigued. I was honestly hesitant to even reach out about this book because, well, there is a TON of anti Law Enforcement stuff out there and with me being a wife of a Popo I tend to watch what I bring into the house. Then I read more about the author. So let us start there.
My son has recently fallen in love with a series that I never would of thought he would be into! See, Little Man is a police, mechanic, science person. But the books that will have him drop everything to read is far from any of those! So I would like to introduce you to the The Puppy Place: Muttley written by Ellen Miles.
If you are first starting out on your gluten free journey you are probably finding yourself a ton of “What” questions. I know I did! What brand has the best bread? What brand has gluten free cereal? Where can I eat out? Where are some good Gluten Free Recipes? The list of questions running through your mind right now is understandably long. One of my biggest frustrations is that everything I knew and loved, was now off limits.
There are a lot of great resources out there and on here I try to post some help for you guys every now and then. But then I had someone contact me about a book. A wonderful little “Who, what, when and where” of Gluten Free living. Why on earth did I not know about this sooner?!?!
I introduce to you what I now think of as the little black book of Gluten Free living. The Gluten Free Buyer’s Guide (sponsor) started in 2010 as just a one page website with a few categories. Each year they continue to grow and continue adding new categories. Through out this book you will find the top breads, the top websites, the top blogs, and the tips to help you along in your journey! On categories that have been around they will include the prior year’s winner and runner up(s) so that you can see other options. Companies can submit products for a fee to be considered. Then when it comes time to picking the winner around Sept 1st they will open up some polls for people to vote on their favorite submission. Last year they had almost 3,000 people weigh in on their favorite brands! I would love to see how my blog fares in something like this! It would be quite an honor to be listed in the book!
You can learn more about the Buyers Guide HERE. Also check them out on Facebook to stay up to date on the awards and more! You can find this book on Amazon.com in the form of a paperback or ebook!
~I received a copy of the book in exchange for writing about it. No other form of compensation was exchanged. This post does contain an affiliate link to Amazon.com where I receive a commission from Amazon for every order purchased. The above thoughts are my own and honest opinions. ~
This summer Scholastic (sponsor) is reaching for the stars! They have brought back their Summer Reading Challenge in hopes to beat the 2013 World Record of 176,438,473 minutes. And by the looks of their page they can easily do that! I think this program is great because as a para I see it all to often where a child who doesn’t read during the summer falls behind on reading and has to redo some lessons. This helps keep them motivated and reading!
For some reason I have always been into WWII. That era and the people and what they went through has weighed heavily on my heart. As you have seen I have been doing some family research. The reason is because my Great Grandpa came over here to escape what was happening in Europe in 1914. He was finally able to bring his wife over here in 1921. I have learned recently that they came from a town/region that had a 437,000 Jewish people deported to AushwitzII-Birkeneau. To top it off I found a Ukrainian name on the list of those perished of someone who has a similar spelling of our last name. However, I have yet to connect the two.