Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Really Matters

It's almost 11pm and I should be sleeping. Instead, I'm eating cheese curls and (finally) writing this blog that's been rolling around in my head since Saturday. :) It all started after my son's 8th birthday party. (No, that's not true. Really, it started a few months ago when I was searching Pinterest and these crazy post-your-party-pictures-so-the-rest-of-us-can-feel-inadequate websites for ideas for the upcoming Nerf themed birthday. I found some really great ideas, which I used, and a whole lot of scrapbook-worthy photos, which I planned to take of my own successful celebration.) I uploaded all my pictures from the day and was quite distressed to see that I had very few of my own scrapbook-worthy shots. For one thing, the party was in our church gym and the lighting is terrible for pictures. So, since little boys with Nerf guns don't care to stand still for my camera, most of them turned out blurry. I also did not get any pre-party shots of everything set up so nicely before the chaos ensued. I don't even have a picture of Aedan with his (cup)cake!!  I  always get a picture of my kids with their cake before the party starts.  But, to be honest. the nerf disc bullet cupcake that the two older kids helped make just didn't meet my cake decorating standards, if you know what  I mean.  Aedan, however, thought they were amazing.  Which brings me to the point of this post.  As I was bemoaning my lack of perfect pictures, my hubby reminded me that the day was not about the pictures.  It was about celebrating an 8th birthday, and the birthday boy couldn't have been happier with how the day turned out.  I believe his exact words were, "That was the best birthday party ever!!"  And that, friends, is really what matters.  At least that's what I'll keep telling myself until Liana's birthday party in a few weeks. :)

The nerd disc bullet cupcakes

He is always happy to pose for the camera!

Everyone got a bullet holder with bullets and sunglasses (for safety).

Legos.  Lots and lots of legos.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Knowing God By Name - book review

Knowing God By Name by David Wilkerson was sent to me, free for review, by Chosen Books. This is not a book you read through quickly, so I am still working through it but I wanted to post my review anyway. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it has by far exceeded any expectations I had. Many people have studied, written about, and preached about the names of God, and I thought this might be just a repetition of what I've heard before. However, this is just not the case. Wilkerson does an excellent job explaining the names of God, while relating them to our everyday lives. Every time I have picked up this book, it has spoken directly to circumstances in my life at that moment. Maybe that's because God is God in every circumstance, but Wilkerson's writing is encouraging, not preachy or too scholarly. This is a good book for anyone who wants to know God on a deeper level!

For Such A Time - book review

I reviewed the book, For Such A Time by Kate Breslin, which I received for free from Bethany House. I was very excited to see a WWII historical fiction novel as one of my choices of books, and this one did NOT disappoint!! A modern-day Esther, Hadassah Benjamin is put in a unique situation when she is rescued from a concentration camp by a Nazi officer, who believes there was an error that mistakenly sent Hadassah, who is Jewish but has falsified papers under the name Stella Muller, to Daschau. The officer is in charge of a Jewish ghetto, and readers get a firsthand look at conditions for Jewish people under Hitler's regime. Disturbing, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking, this book challenges anyone who might think that one person simply cannot make a difference in the face of evil. It also offers insight into the mind of a Nazi officer, who does not fully agree with Hitler's cruelty, but feels powerless to stand against it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it, even if historical fiction isn't your first love. I hope that Ms. Breslin continues to write fiction, as her debut in this genre was definitely a success.

Tide and Tempest - book review

I have been on a reading spree, so I have a few books to review at once here. As always, I received Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig, from Bethany House in exchange for my review. This was the conclusion to the Edge of Freedom trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two, and this one was no different. Plenty of action and intrigue kept the story moving, and me on the edge of my seat more often than not. All throughout I was pulling for Tillie and Captain Morgan to end up together, and I did find myself getting frustrated at all the assumptions and lack of communication that kept them apart, but I also know it was necessary to the story line. I would have liked to see a little more elaboration on their spiritual transformation. It seemed a little lame to me. It was almost like it was put in as an afterthought to make it qualify as a Christian novel. But otherwise I really enjoyed the book, and I look forward to more from Ms. Ludwig.