To: Michael and Uncle Wayne.

Life is so unexpected. Some people live long lives while others pass away young. You just never know when it will be your time. My cousin Michael 30 and Great Uncle Wayne 80’s passed away this week. There are so many feelings of sadness with that, but I’d rather remember some good memories of them both.

Michael:

I remember how we used to record commercials when we were younger on the massive camcorder and watch them back. How you always had to play with a million girl cousins but never minded and always made it so fun!! How we used to have a big sleepover at Grandma Brenda’s house for all the cousins. You were such a smart and funny person. Being at the lake in the summer and tubing is one of my favorite memories. It still makes me laugh. You would yell to my dad medium speed and he would act like he couldn’t hear you and say what!!! Speed demon??? And make waves that were so massive we would be scared to death. When u got back on the boat soaking wet because you definitely fell in, you’d say.. I said MEDIUM!! I will miss you & Love ya.

Uncle Wayne:

You had a really hard life, but you would never know it if you asked him. He was paralyzed from a trucking accident, but always had the best outlook on life and a very positive person from all of my memories. It was so inspiring to me! I Love you!

Life is short. Treasure it and the people in it.

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The Weavers Daughter

I love reading historical books, even though these are fiction I love that they do have fact in them. I love learning about how things worked back then, in this book it was about weaving wool. It had a little Romeo and Juliet feel to it. There were two families that competed against each other in the weaving world. Girl meets boy and you know the rest. I think the big take away from this was not being the person who you’re supposed to be based on other people’s opinions. There’s someone special God has destined you to be, it may disappoint others but ultimately you should remain true to who you are. I really like all the books I’ve read by her so far! I think it’s truly crazy back then for certain sins to be condoned while others would cast you out for a lifetime. I’m actually glad I don’t live back then. Women had it rough! Your life was mostly marry or be poor. I enjoyed it, and can’t wait to read more by her.

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Eat A Little Better

So I really thought this cookbook would be awesome because he was a chef to the Obamas. It ended up being a lot of vegetable only dishes and a lot of them actually looked kind of unappetizing. Overall I really wasn’t impressed with this one and couldn’t really find a recipe I wanted to make. It could also be that my palate just isn’t that refined and I enjoy more simple meals too! I don’t enjoy cooking really complex dishes. Cooking is hard enough, let’s not complicate it more.

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Winning Miss Winthrop

I recently got my hands on Carolyn Millers new series, I always enjoy her books!! This one had a different feel from her last series and I think it’s safe to say no story of hers ever feels the same. The whole book you wonder what exactly happened three years ago between these two characters and slowly throughout the book you will find out exactly what happened that night. That definitely kept me interested. I also love how real her books are, misunderstanding can lead to so many things going wrong. I think misconceptions aid to that as well. I think it was very applicable to our lives today when you assume anything you’re not allowing room for the truth but only your own thoughts. It’s always best to see things for what they are and seek out the truth instead of going through life assuming you know other people’s thoughts and motives. The character of the mom felt similar to the pride and prejudice mom, while it fit so well in the book I can’t believe women actually acted like that! I also love that when an accident happened the main guy character wasn’t magically there, it felt far more realistic. This book actually made me think about life back then in a new light. Life back then would be no fun if you weren’t wealthy. The conditions at the inn really sank in to me. If something tragic happened and you lost all of your money life really would just be surviving. It seems back then there was no inbetween… thriving or surviving. I’m more thankful for the middle class now! My only thing I felt it may of been lacking a bit was more scenes with them together, other than that I really loved the book!! It felt genuine and real which is so hard to find in books!

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A Most Noble Heir

This was a great surprise, I’ve never read anything by this author before so I never know if I’ll like it or not. I really liked it! I finished it in 2 days, it was one of those books that just keep you interested the whole book. My only criticism is that one of the twists was super obvious and I wish it wouldn’t been a bit more hidden. Other than that I really liked this one. The biggest twist I somehow didn’t get right away which is surprising because it wasn’t that hard to figure out. I loved the characters and it flowed so well. The writing was great and it was never boring. So many books lately about the middle of the book I can’t seem to want to keep reading, this was not the case! Highly recommend this one! Also I was sick so that may be why I flew through this one.

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Keturah

This was a good book, it is set in the West Indies which I thought was really cool because I have yet to read many set there. I enjoyed learning a bit about sugarcane and the island weather. I think this book does a good job of putting your head in the mind of a slave at that time as well as in the mistress of the plantation. Some things were a bit hard to picture like the whole idea of how Keturah’s plantation was laid out. I still don’t quite understand that. What picture I loved was the waterfall and beach scenes those I feel like she did a great job of transporting you and I feel like I can see those! I think their first kiss scene was a bit unrealistic in the book. I did like how their relationship was a slow progression. I think most times u don’t just flip a switch from saying you never want to marry to all the sudden you do. I think that was kinda unrealistic as well. I really liked the character of Gray! I like that he was a bit wild when she knew him but he was becoming his own person in God. It was also cool to see how his relationship with Phillip played out. I loved the part about her dad I won’t spoil what it was but I liked how it made even parents humans. Just being a new mom it’s a tough job and you don’t always get it right. It’s nice to see the process of forgiveness there and that truly it’s God role to be your protector ultimately not mans. This one ended on a good note but I feel like there is so much more to the story just based on hints here and there. I can’t wait to read more.

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God Made the World

This book was so cute! It was such a simplistic and easy way to see how God formed the world in 7 days! The illustrations in this one were very different than your normal book more geometric and I really liked that. Sometimes it seems so difficult to break down such hard concepts such as creation to tell a child because it’s so complex. This did a great job of simplifying it well!

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Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

I grew up reading these, so I already knew I liked this author. I think these books are so cute because they have a stinker brother and sister that typically do the wrong thing first and after a lesson realize it’s best to do the right thing. For so many kids simply telling them the right thing to do isn’t enough, they have to learn the hard way. I think this series is great for those kids! In this book there were some simple lessons for kids: letting others go first, telling the truth, being thankful for what you have and everyone makes mistakes and needs forgiveness. It’s a collection of four stories that have already been published put all together.

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A Passionate Hope

This was a new author for me, and I wanted to read something in a different era. This is her interpretation of the story of Hannah in the Bible. As odd as this sounds.. because it feels so juvenile of a lesson, I actually learned the purpose of praying before you eat. I’ve always known yes you should be thankful for your food. I guess I never realized back then how much you relied on the harvest and how easily it could be a famine. They also gave God the first fruits of their crops letting God know that they trusted him to provide for all of their food. I think now we are all so spoiled because I don’t see a famine coming anytime soon so I forget to be thankful for how very blessed I am! I just love being able to go back in time and see things from a different perspective, I think it always helps me understand the Bible more. I think this book was so well written and I loved all the depth that was in it! I’ll definitely be reading the other books in this series. I recommend this book for sure. I also learned I would never want to be sister wives with anyone because I wouldn’t be as kind as Hannah!

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Easter Love Letters from God

This book was so cute, it tells the Easter story in a way that is clearly understood for young ones. It has lift the flap “letters” that are so sweet that better supply the story and a space at the end where you can write your own letter back to God. It has verses throughout that are small and easy to memorize. Although the story of the crucification is something hard to illustrate they really did a great job not making it too scary or graphic. If you’re looking for a way to read the easter story to your kids this book was so sweet.

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