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Friday, February 17, 2017

Purple Happy Birthday


I haven't done a book review on here in a while so I thought it was time for one.

Last month I read the book Girl Defined by Bethany Baird and Kristen Clarke for the first time. I've read their blog now for quite a while but hadn't picked up the book yet. But once I read it, I really enjoyed it!

One of the main themes of the book was identity, which I really liked. Identity is something that I struggle with and this was a good book for me to read about it.

It also had a lot to do with the counterfeit women-hood of the world and tried to steer the readers toward Biblical women-hood.

I liked reading about their personal experiences and how vulnerable they are with their readers. (Vulnerability is big points in my book.)

I guess a good way to explain it would be to say it was very real. Real in how they presented the problem but also real with how they solved it.

It's definitely something I would recommend to teen girls who have open hearts to hear their message.

Also, did you know they're coming out with a second book?! So, this is quite exciting. Obviously it's still in the works so it probably won't be released til next year but it's something to look forward to.

Well, there's a short review for you all today :)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cover Reveal! (and happy Valentines Day!)


Happy Valentines Day everyone! :P And today I have another cover reveal for you all! It seems to be the season for publishing... :D

My friend Rebekah Eddy is publishing her book The Princess and I and it should be available after March 3.

Okay so I know you all are ready to see what the cover will be...


Yes, isn't it pretty! I love the color scheme...

Here's a quick synopsis if you'd like to learn more about the book:

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm. 

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

About the author:


Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating words on paper.

That's all I've got for today! Be sure to check out Rebekah's blog and her book when it comes out!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pink Happy Birthday


This kinda goes along with the last post...

I've talked on this blog before about my childcare job I do twice a week, and even though kids can be difficult sometimes, I do really enjoy my job. Because I've found that spending time with younger kids can be more fulfilling than hanging out with my peers.

Now, don't get me wrong; there's a lot of times where I would rather spend time with my peers than go to work.

But let me tell you why I like spending time with younger kids as well as my peers.

Kids take you as you are. They don't care about what you look like or how you act. You can be silly and weird with them and they like that. You don't have to put up a front with them. It's not like you have to act a certain way around them; you can simply be yourself.

Kids can affirm you. I know that as adults we're suppose to be mentoring and encouraging the younger ones, but often times I feel so encouraged by the younger ones around me. I have to say that I've probably gotten more love and encouragement from younger kids than I have my peers and other adults.

Kids normally don't expect anything. They don't expect you to be like they are. They're normally just happy  that you're there, with them.

Kids don't expect you to make conversation. They love to talk to you or they don't mind just chilling without talking at all. There's no such thing as an 'awkward silence' when you're with little ones.

Kids don't care what you think of them. They don't really have a filter and will just spout off whatever is on their mind. They're not concerned with looking silly or weird. And some of the things they say are... interesting. (Don't worry, we'll straighten them out when they get older. :D)

Ok this has been a long post so I guess it's time to wrap it up. But I'm curious; can you think of any other awesome attributes that kids have that we lose as we grow up?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Martin Hospitality


Today I'm participating in the blog tour for Martin Hospitality by my blogging friend Abigayle Claire! You can find her blog at The Left Handed Typist .
You may remember the cover reveal I did, and if so you've probably already seen the beautiful cover of this newly released book, but just in case you haven't yet I'll show it again.


My theory: You can't see enough of a beautifully illustrated book cover. :P

And now the synopsis:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.  
The Martins aren't the typical family - even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.  
When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?
You may remember that from the cover reveal as well. Hey, this is only my second blog tour so I'm still learning.

Ok, onward! Abigayle is doing a Goodreads giveaway so be sure to check it out!






Goodreads Book Giveaway

Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire

Martin Hospitality

by Abigayle Claire

Giveaway ends February 28, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

But the good news is, if you don't win the giveaway no worries because you can buy it on Amazon here!

And now, I bet you all wanna know a little bit more about the author. Well here we go.



Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn't completing stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn't for her), it was jotting down the ideas.

But in 2015, a story grabbed her - one that she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn't looked back since.

Writing is her ministry, freelance is her job, and reading her pastime - all of which prove that God really does know what He's doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand. 




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Friday, February 3, 2017

You are in my prayers


Hey everyone,

I'm back. I know *cheers* I mentioned in my last post that I kinda took an unofficial break from blogging. Not intentionally. I just didn't find time to blog. But here I am, finding time to bring you some more thoughts from my brain.

I'm been thinking about friendship recently. You see, after you graduate it's easy to get out of touch with your friends. I've found that especially true with me and maybe even more so since we're going to a new church.

And what I've been learning is this: I've taken my friends for granted. It's easy to take something for granted when you have it. And though I haven't lost any friendships per say, I definitely haven't been able to cultivate those friendships like I once could.

I know new friends are awesome but there's just something about the friendships that have taken you years to develop that make those friendships more special. Those relationships that have stood the test of time and those people who have been through all life's yucky things with me aren't something I want to lose.

Becoming an adult has new and exciting responsibilities, but when we get too busy for family and friends, it can be a lonely path. "No man is an island" (kudos if you got that reference :D).

God never designed us to be alone. As an introvert, I have to learn that. When you can surround yourself with godly Christian friends who are pointing you in the right direction, it definitely makes this journey easier.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Much Appreciated


This is me realizing I haven't posted in like a week and then realizing that it's practically the end of the month. *oops* #doublyrealizestwonotsocoolthings But for real I'm kinda wondering where January went...

Well, since it's the end of the month I have a compilation of some of my favorite posts from fellow bloggers this month so go ahead and check some of them out!

From the teens over @ Found Who I Am:
Get Excited About Your New Year's Resolution

From Amanda @ Scattered Journal Pages:
Seeing Resolutions in a New Light

From Girl Defined:
Why Staying Pure for Marriage Shouldn't Be the Goal
How to Be Intentionally Available Without Chasing Boys

From author and fellow blogger Nadine Brandes:
Your Age is an Attitude Not a Number

From my book dragon friend over at Furious Ever Afters:
Let's Stop Being Dark for No Reason

Sorry I didn't actually read that many blog posts this month because I wasn't on my laptop very much (as you can tell from my infrequent posting). But hopefully next month I'll have some more.

So, I guess you could say I took an unofficial break? One that even I was unaware of lol. Don't worry I'm back though and hope to be posting more recently, I've just had a lot on my plate so please be patient and stay tuned for the next post!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

with sympathy (and a cover reveal!!)


I don't think I've ever posted a sympathy card on this blog. Probably because this is the only one I've made. I guess they're not in very high demand. :P

Speaking of things that I've never done, today I have a cover reveal for you all! (which I don't think I've ever participated in before, but hey there's always a first time.)

My friend Abigayle Claire over at The Left-Handed Typist will be publishing her first book Martin Hospitality in about a month! I'm so excited to read this book when it releases. You are certainly welcome to check out this book on Amazon starting February 4.

I've heard lots of good things about it seeing that several of my friends and my brother had the privilege of beta reading it.

Okay, well that was a long introduction and I'm sure you're all ready to see Martin Hospitality's beautiful cover...

Here's the synopsis:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.    
The Martins aren't the typical family - even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.  
When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?

About the Author


 Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn't completing stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn't for her), it was jotting down the ideas.
But in 2015, a story grabbed her - one that she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn't looked back since.

Writing is her ministry, freelance is her job, and reading her pastime - all of which prove that God really does know what He's doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand. 



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The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings into the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called tree of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

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