Sunday, December 14, 2014

William and Sarah's Baptisms

William told me in October that he would like to get baptized, but he didn't tell Pastor until November because I was busy getting things ready for Halloween.  That gave me time to get those things finished and then be able to work on the tatting for his special baptism keepsake.  Sarah decided she'd like to get baptized, too.

Here are some pictures of their baptism keepsakes:

I was in the room with the kids so I got an interesting point of view from the side while Dad was in the auditorium filming it.  I did screen captures for the "still" pictures.

I love the little wave William gave ☺

Here is the video:

We went to Pizza Hut to "celebrate" and got to use Book It coupons from school.   We had a gift for Sarah and William.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Carriage Ride 2014

We usually try to go to the free carriage rides on the Thursday that they offer them as it usually is less busy than the Friday.  But this year, Emily has a drawing class at the community center on Thursdays, so Friday it was!  We got there 20 minutes before it was supposed to start and 20 minutes later, we were back in the car ready to leave!  It was the fastest we have EVER gotten our ride!

Our horse, Katie

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book Review: "Love at Mistletoe Inn: A December Wedding Story" by Cindy Kirk

"Love at Mistletoe Inn" by Cindy Kirk is the first in a new "A Year of Weddings Novella" series.  I like how the titles for this year's series are more imaginative than last year's titles!  (Love at Mistletoe Inn vs A December Bride)

Hope Prentiss helps her Aunt Verna run Harmony Creek, their red barn used for weddings and other events.  Her parents had accumulated a lot of debt before they died and their home had been filled with arguments over money.  Hope is extra careful with money and scared of having the same type of marriage herself.

John Burke is back in Harmony after ten years away.  He has finally made himself successful and is ready to settle where it feels like home.  He also wants nothing more than to show Hope that he is a man she can trust and hopes she will find the love that they used to share.

When Hope comes home to find John there with Verna, it is as if the last ten years have vanished and she is the 18 year old girl who eloped with John instead of going to their prom.  To add to the dilemma, she discovers that they are still legally married!  As she spends time with John again, will she want to go through a divorce or will she find love at Mistletoe Inn?

Hope and John are realistic characters and face real life struggles and feelings.  I was a little surprised at the turn of events that lead to them not being able to just get an annulment, but it was what drove the rest of the story of whether they were going to make their marriage work.  Aunt Verna's planning of the "deployed couple" was pretty obvious it wasn't for "Luke and Laura".

"Love at Mistletoe Inn" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 1470 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502968266
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWW5CP6

and paperback:
  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1502968266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502968265
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches

I received a free eBook version from Booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are my own.

Santa Parade 2014

This year, it wasn't quite as cold for the Santa Parade.  As usual, my pictures are rather blurry due to the darkness!

Book Review: "The Princess Spy" by Melanie Dickerson

When "The Princess Spy" by Melanie Dickerson came up as available for review on Booklookbloggers, I knew I had to read it!  I had gotten "The Captive Maiden" previously to review and enjoyed is so much, I got all the rest of Melanie's books and read them, too!  So, I knew that I would love "The Princess Spy" as much as the other ones.

Three of Melanie's four other books follow the same family in Hagenheim, first with the parents, and then with each of the oldest two sons.  "The Princess Spy" is the oldest sister's story.   I audibly gasped when I realized that Melanie had also tied in the "The Merchant's Daughter" with this book!  My husband wondered what was going on!

Margaretha is supposed to be picking a suitor to marry, but she just isn't finding her "knight in shining armor".  She is sure her propensity for talking has scared off more than one suitor.  Her latest suitor, Lord Claybrook doesn't seem to mind her talking and gives her gifts.  Has she found the one she could marry?

Colin le Wyse comes from England chasing the man who murdered her sister's best friend.  Instead, he is beaten and left for dead just outside of Hagenheim.  Margaretha helps the healer tend to Colin's wounds and realizes that she is the only one who can communicate with him since she knows English.  When Colin warns her about Lord Claybrook, she doesn't believe him at first, but agrees to spy on him.  Will they be able to save Margaretha's family and warn her father of Claybrook's plan?

I liked how Colin and Margaretha's relationship grew throughout the book and how they matured in their faith in God.  There isn't a lot of time spent on talking about Margaretha's family as they were introduced in Melanie's other books.  There was plenty of action that takes place while Margaretha and Colin flee through the woods to find help while being chased by Claybrook's men.I enjoyed how Melanie portrayed the language barrier and how Margaretha kept having to interpret things for Colin.  (All except when Duke Wilhem was giving Colin directions near the end of the book, it didn't mention that she translated, so I wasn't sure if Duke Wilhem was speaking English which I doubted, or if Colin was understanding the German)  I was intrigued by the familiar looking woman that was mentioned on the last page!  Now I want to know who she is!!

"The Princess Spy" is very loosely a "re-telling" of the Princess and the Frog/ The Frog Prince.   It doesn't have as much of a re-telling of the fairy tale as Melanie's other books, but she couldn't really have a man that had been turned into a frog!   Also, Margaretha doesn't do a lot of spying, but she does do several heroic acts and is a strong, capable character.  "The Princess Spy" is listed as a Young Adult book, but I think older people would also enjoy it (I'm definitely not a teen!)

"The Princess Spy" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 2041 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310730988
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English

and paperback:
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310730988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310730989
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

I received a free paperback copy of "The Princess Spy" in exchange for my honest review from booklookbloggers.  The opinions are my own. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Math Night

The school hosts a "Math Night" where there are different games having to do with math.  The kids get "tickets" for doing the games that they can enter to win door prizes.  This year, they had people come in and share how they use math in their jobs.