Monthly Archives: May 2013

Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot


As we were packing up books, Mom handed me a book and asked me if I wanted to read it. I looked at the cover, Passion and Purity. “Yeah, sure I’ll read it.” Needless to say, I finished it in one day. Very uncharacteristic of me. If you’re looking for a good book on purity and/or relationships, this one is excellent. I have read two other books, It’s (Not That) Complicated and Before You Meet Prince Charming Both were very good, and very helpful. However, the difference in Passion and Purity is that author Elisabeth Elliot is telling her own story. She explains some of the struggles she went through. Struggles like falling in love with a guy, but not knowing how he feels about you, waiting for the right guy, how do you know if he is the right guy, when you are in a relationship, how physical is too physical, etc. Struggles that most teenage girls, or even single women struggle with. So many purity books just give tips or dos and don’ts. It was wonderful to read one that went through her own story. And it was a beautiful story. I would highly recommend it.

I was not compensated for this review.


Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Book Review


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Pants on the Ground? Allons-y!


Mom and I always enjoy the times we get to fellowship with different exhibitors when we are at homeschool conventions. We love to go out to dinner after convention hours. My only request was that we not have Mexican food. I am not a huge fan of it, although it’s Mom’s favorite. We ended up needing a ride back to the hotel though, so we were stuck at the liberty of whatever the exhibitor taking us wanted. They, of course, wanted Mexican. Well, I just went with the flow. As it turned out, we ended up eating with a British couple. Like, legit Brits. Like, moved to the U.S. from London 6 months ago. Lets just say, awesome. It was fun to talk to them. We talked about the differences between American English and British English. I.E. She asked for a “sachet” of sugar to go in her tea. A napkin is called a “serviette”. It was very interesting to hear. The word that made for the most interesting conversation was the word, “pants.” Pants, in the UK, would be what we call…

20130524-003359.jpg We decided that definitely brought new meaning to the song “Pants on the Ground.”


Of course, how could you not meet British people and talk about Doctor Who??? If you have not watched Doctor Who, you are missing out!

For those of you who are Whovians and would like to know, my favorite Doctor is Eleven (Matt Smith). I just don’t get Ten (David Tennant)

20130524-001216.jpg “Allons-y!”

My favorite companion is most definitely Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

20130524-001453.jpg “Raggedy Man, I remember you and you are Late. For. My. Wedding!”

And… My ABSOLUTE favorite character is River Song (Alex Kingston).

20130524-002309.jpg “Hello, Sweetie.” Oh! Oops. “Spoilers.”

Also, if you are a Whovian you NEED to watch this video with David Tennant and Catharine Tate (or Ten and Donna Noble) But, if you aren’t a Whovian, it won’t make total sense, as a fair warning.

What’s your opinion of British culture?


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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Just For Fun


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“There’s pride in every American heart.”


“I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died and gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly stand up, next to you, and defend her still today. But there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the U.S.A.”

The first time I heard that song was when Kristy Lee Cook sang it on American Idol in 2008. (Watch the video of her performance here.) I was 13. It gave me chills, I have never been that emotionally moved by a song sung on American Idol before. However, the words really didn’t mean that much to me.

My home church does an ENORMOUS 4th of July celebration every year. We had never been before, but in 2010, unfortunately the last year they did it, I happened to be in the choir that sang during the fireworks show. I had a fun rehearsing the patriotic songs we would be singing. It was a blast to take part in. I am so thankful I had that opportunity. At one point, they had each of the different branches of the military stand, active duty and veteran. Again, it really didn’t mean anything to me.

To be honest, I have always been fairly patriotic, but never really thought or cared much about our service men and women. Only recently has that changed.

During the last two years we have become friends with a family with three boys, one Army veteran, one in active duty Army, and one who was enlisted into the Army. I didn’t know the older two sons very well, but the common obsession with horses grew a general friendship between me and the youngest son. I also am really close to his momma. Because I knew that he’d be leaving soon, I kind of grew an interest in all things military. (Not an obsession yet, but pretty close. πŸ˜‰) I have become extremely patriotic through all of it. I honestly get chills walking past a man (or woman) in uniform in the airport. Once you know someone in the Army, it suddenly becomes very real. Especially, watching his family deal with his absence now. You realize, that these men and women put their life on the line and go through a lot of hard work, with families at home, simply to protect our freedom. What a gift this is! Why don’t we ever take the time to thank them in person? (I must admit, I have a hard time going up to people, so I am guilty of this too.) It really means a lot to them to be thanked. Being in the military takes a toll on them, physically and mentally. They have given up a lot. For you.

So, I want to thank you, men and women, of all military branches, for putting your lives on the line, for us, for our freedom. I am praying for you and your families. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


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I’ll Catch You, Just Trust Me


We have all played the “Trust Game” at some point in our childhood. The game that was fun in thought, but was absolutely terrifying when you actually played it. You know what game I’m referring to, right? The one where a friend stands behind you, while you fall back into their arms, hoping they’ll still be there when you land. You have to blindly trust your friend, know that they had your back. Literally. It probably was a good way to weed out the bad friends, the ones who let you fall. You also knew you could trust the good friends now, you knew that they’d be there to catch you when you fell, and in the end, you came up laughing and grew closer.

I feel like I am playing the Trust Game this year. At the beginning of the year, I just had this feeling of “This is going to be a great year.” Mom had begun to feel really stressed at one point and I told her that I felt that way. She said, “That’s great. Just keep hanging on to that.” And I have. However, we’re only in May, not even halfway through the year yet, and I have had to trust God blindly more than ever.

I am not one for change. I like steadiness, or at the very least, I like to know when things are goings to occur. I am not flexible. I am a legalistic, black and white, this-is-the-way-it’s-gonna-be-and-ain’t-nobody-changing-it kind of person. I work really well off of checklists. God, however, does not provide that kind of checklist. At our church they have a saying, “The only constant here is change.” Boy, does that resonate in my life right now!

About 9 months ago we moved into a new house. We were all very excited, because each of us got our own rooms (5 kids, including me, in my family.) and we were FINALLY living in the country! Over the years we have moved probably 10-12 times. We were hoping that this is where we’d stay. (Obviously, that is until we got married and/or moved out.) I got blessed with a job I wasn’t even looking for, feeding a senator’s horses and dogs. Everything finally felt normal and steady again.

About 3 weeks after I got the job, Mom told me she wanted to keep me informed on something. The short story is that things have changed with the house and we will have to move again. My plans were that I would have my job over the summer, save up money for a truck and learn to drive so that I could still get to my job when we moved. And then I was informed that I wouldn’t have the job over the summer…

So, basically, we’re just along for the ride, knowing that God has it all planned out, and that we’ll come out stronger in the end. An interesting thing is that, as well as I don’t handle change, I am honestly okay with it. I mean, at some times it tests me, but for the most part, I feel like I am handling it pretty well.

We decided 2013 is the year to learn the valuable lesson of trusting the Lord through whatever He has for us. This year is going to be completely different. Every aspect of it will be different, but we know He’ll be there to catch us when we fall.

What are you learning this year? Are you able to trust Him, no matter the cost?

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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Worldview


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When in Texas…


When Mom and I travel, we try to find places to eat that you can’t find anywhere else. A friend posted on Facebook about her trip to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. It looked like the kind of food I love to eat, so we thought we’d give it a go.

Your first reaction is regarding the scenery. It’s like PopRocks for your eyes! You can’t ignore it! (The lighting is really dark inside, so excuse the poor quality of photography.)








Pictures don’t do it justice. Very unique and complete awesomeness.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the food. You don’t get a menu to order off of. Instead, your waitress tells you the 5 choices of meat, chicken tenders, chicken fried steak, catfish, fried chicken or grilled chicken. Each meat costs $11.99, unless you order the catfish which costs $12.99. (Kids meals are the same meat choices but smaller portions and cost 3.99.) Along with your meat you get served unlimited biscuits (with sorghum and honey), green beans, corn and mashed potatoes and gravy. We ordered the catfish and the chicken fried steak. Both were great, as well as all of the sides. We don’t normally order a dessert, but we did end up getting apple cobbler. We decided they needed wheelchairs to roll us out on, because we were so stuffed!

If you are ever in Texas, be sure to check out the great food and awesome decor at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House! The one we were at was in downtown Arlington, next to Mellow Mushroom (our North Carolina fave), but they have 9 other locations scattered about Texas.




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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Pictures


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Glendale by Ann Goering


I just finished reading the book Glendale and am excited to review it, but first, let me tell you how I even came to learn that this book existed.

I was at a local homeschool convention and decided to do something beyond my comfort zone when I saw an author sitting at her booth. Her books looked interesting, but I couldn’t afford them at that time. A thought struck me; why not ask her if I could review one of her books on my blog? Bravely, the introverted me, walked over to her booth. She was in the middle of talking to someone else, but while she was talking, another woman (whom I later found out was also working that booth) came over, smiling. “Hi! Can I help you?” I looked up at her, a little shocked, because I thought she had walked over from a different booth and I found that kind of strange. “Um, well, I was just gonna ask her if she wanted me to review one of her books on my blog.” She grinned excitedly. “Oh! That’s great! Are you a writer?” “Um, yes.” I still was kind of weirded out. She then proceeded to tell me about this young writer’s conference this summer. (I have to admit, I think she’s got me convinced to at least check it out!) She told me to write down my blog address and email so she could send me the info. While I was writing, the other lady finished talking, and this woman explained what I was there for. (I might add that I was very relieved that she did the part that I was so nervous about! πŸ˜‰) The author turned to me and asked me a gazillion questions and even looked at my blog right there, on the spot, on her iPad. She eventually asked me if I read Kindle books. I told her I had Kindle on my iPad, but I preferred paper. (At that point I knew I wasn’t getting a paperback.) She offered to email me a code to get the book on Amazon for my Kindle and I accepted. That was a week ago and I still haven’t seen it.

However, I noticed another author’s booth. I thought, Hey, it worked once! Maybe it’ll work again! So I stopped by. I had never heard of the book series, or the author, so I asked what she wrote about. She said that they were romance novels. Well, that caught my attention. πŸ˜‰ After all, what teenage girl doesn’t enjoy romance stuff. 😜 I figured, she’s at a homeschool conference; most of us court, or at least believe in purity before marriage! Should be safe! So, I told her about my blog. She asked if I reviewed the usual way, by her giving me the book and me reviewing it. I told her I did. She appeared to not even think twice about it before handing me the first book in her series and thanking me!

So, lets get to the review, shall we? After all, that’s what this is all about!

I must admit that I was shocked at seeing the word “boobs” used repeatedly on the first couple pages. Not that that’s a bad word exactly, but as a “sheltered” homeschooler, it’s practically a four letter word! Just kidding, but it just isn’t said. (Made me blush writing it out, too. LOL) By the way, this is the story of 15 year old Jessica Cordel. Her parents just divorced, due to her father having an affaire. (The father’s new girlfriend has breast implants… to explain the “‘b’ word” usage. πŸ˜‰) Anyway, she and her mother, who she doesn’t exactly get along with, move to the small city of Glendale from D.C., where her cheating Senator father lives. City girl Jessi is not happy about the move. She has to change schools, make new friends, etc. She eventually meets a nice, Christian boy, 17 year old Joe Colby. She doesn’t understand his morals and views on relationships, but he’s attractive, and she is determined to make him her boyfriend. His only goal, although attracted to her, is to witness to her. Both of their lives change as they grow closer together, making each other their gods.

Overall, very good book. Well written. I believe that this was Ann Goering’s first novel, and I think I read that she wrote it in her senior year of high school. It held my attention and left me hanging. (The sign of a wise author. πŸ˜‰ It’s like a Lay’s chip, “You can’t have just one!” I want to read the next one, but I would have to buy it, because my library doesn’t have it.) It was a quick read. Most books take me about two weeks. I finished Glendale in two days. I will mention that the theme is kind of mature. Nothing graphic or inappropriate, but sex and abstinence are a constant theme throughout the book, as well as other current world issues. So, I would highly advise an age limit on this one. 15+ is probably safe.

You can buy Glendale here

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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Book Review


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