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I am a mother who works full-time but who is also a chauffer, chef, seamstress, fitness instructor, teacher, maid, gardener, runner, organization expert, salesperson, secretary and wife. I love my family and life is always busy but fun! Come along with me for the ride:-)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess, The Story of Diamond Rio, was a story of true success. While not necessarily written from the Christian perspective, this book teaches about endurance, sticking together and overcoming negative things that come across your path. It is a story of never giving up and never blaming the other members of the group – the group was one and is one – making decisions together for the better whole of the common good.

This country group who has been together for over 20 years has been through many ups and downs – several of which would have caused other groups to give it all up. I am a country music fan but never knew of the hardships and issues they have had. Each member comes from a different part of the US and they have very varied backgrounds – some childhood backgrounds affecting who they were and are today. The book talks about the group’s hardships but then each member’s story is told in detail so that the reader understands them as individuals – just not as a whole.

Fields of Grace

With their eldest son about to be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America with their three sons and Reinhardt's adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the voyage, their hopeful dreams turn to dust. Can they maintain the faith of their fathers in a new land?

Kim Vogel Sawyer has written a wonderful story. Fields of Grace is a historical novel about a Mennonite family who comes to America from a Russian village called Gnadenfield. Along the way tragedy strikes and the remaining members of the family struggle to stay together and remain strong in their Faith. They learn real-life lessons about God's love, Grace, Faith and being thankful. This heartwarming story demonstrates to it's readers what having a true relationship with God is like. No one who reads this book will be disappointed and everyone who reads this book will be enriched by the lessons it teaches.

Monday, September 21, 2009

100 (95) Days To Christmas !!

Thanks to my friend, Deanna, I found the coolest website to help prepare for Christmas this year. Go to this site and sign up. You will receive a daily email with tips and reminders! Each email tells you how many days you have left until Santa comes.

You can also load your Gift Lists and your BUDGET as well as join a group for sharing ideas! They also have a cool giveaway - I hope you check it out - I know I'm glad that I did.


Wanda M

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Jesus Book

The statement on the front of The Jesus Book by Stephen Elkins is true. It is “the ultimate who, what, when, where and why book” about Jesus. It is broken down into chapters that cover those exact topics (who, what where, when and why) and the chapters are broken down into short stories that are easy to understand and fun to read. The book includes a CD of wonderful children’s hymns for your child to listen to and sing with.
I no longer have smaller children but I would have used this book when my children were younger. The pictures are beautiful and match each story. Not only is this a good book for daily devotional reading but it is a great tool to keep for those questions that children often ask unexpectedly. This book uses stories from both the Old Testament and New Testament so it also gives a very comprehensive and complete picture of Jesus’s entire life – including the prophecies leading up to his birth.
I would recommend this book for any new parents – and even for Grandparents to keep in their libraries for when grandchildren visit. You will not be disappointed!


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