Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings
How is it the beginning of July already?  Summer is going so fast, it will be "back to school" time before too long.

Here is my thankful list for this week...

~ my husband having a day off of work on Friday. We have a lot to do at home, and I'm glad he can be here.  I had forgotten he was off so it was a fun surprise!

~ my boy having fun at my Mom's house.  He helped them tear down their old porch and start rebuilding it, which he really enjoyed.  He trimmed some branches away from the roof which he thought was fun.  They roasted marshmallows too and went swimming.

~ the smiles of others when they see our baby boy.  Everyone says what a cute baby he is and how much hair he has.  He brings many smiles to others.

~ being able to take naps when Titus does.  Some days I feel so tired and am glad I have been able to rest.  I get grouchy without sleep!

~ reading time while I feed Titus.  I will post a review soon of A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer.

~ enjoying the days of summer. I love being home with my boys.

Have a day of blessings!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Love Letters

I have read many books by Beverly Lewis and recently finished another one called The Love Letters.

Marlena is staying with her grandmother during the summer after the death of her grandfather.  She enjoys being with her grandmother but also looks forward to returning home to her family and beau Nat.  Marlena is asked to care for baby Angela Rose, the daughter of her sister Luella (who left the Amish faith) when Luella is in the hospital.  Marlena feels the baby will only be with them a short time.  They have a difficult start together, but Marlena quickly becomes attached to the baby girl.  What will happen to baby Angela Rose when Luella dies and her father is overseas in the war?

Marlena has a lot to deal with internally as she is at her grandmother's home.  She attends a Mennonite church which Marlena attends while she is there.  Her beau who is Old Order Amish, however, does not approve of this.  Marlena feels torn with the new things she is learning and the things she has been taught her entire life.

Another character of this book is a young man nicknamed Small Jay.  He lives near Marlena's grandmother. Small Jay befriends a man he finds living in an old mill. Their friendship is a big part of this book as well.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to you.

This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I am appreciative of the extra time they gave me for this review with the recent birth of my son.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It's been a fun few days here!  I'm feeling thankful for so many things.  What's on your thankful list?

~ having a good trip traveling with my husband when he had to go to a conference.  It was a nice trip and to be able to be away for a little bit. It was a learning experience for us as Titus' first longer trip.  We discovered some things we'd do different next time.

~ my big boy enjoying a fun time at STEAM camp this week. He has done all sorts of things including taking a computer apart, used some power tools, and tried on a hazmat suit.

~ my growing baby boy. He had his check up this week.  He's gained 3 pounds and 3 inches since his 2 week check up. The doctor commented on how well he was holding up his head and the other things we told her he is doing.

~ enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean. We went for just a short time one evening while on our trip, and it was so nice.

~ my Mom coming this week.  I'd asked her if she'd be able to come on the day Titus went to the doctor because he was getting his shots and I was nervous about how he'd react.  She did so much to help us while she was here.  I had done some laundry from our trip on Monday but she did the rest and ironed.  Then she went to the store and got a few things we needed.  Then she and Caleb made us supper.  The next day she worked more and also had us a supper in the crock pot.  I enjoyed her visit and company.

~ a fun day with my sister in law and nieces. We had lunch, went to the park, and got snow cones.  The girls were so cute with baby Titus. It was so fun to see them, and I was so glad they came.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings
~  my husband helping with the baby. He always gets up in the night when I need him and does whatever help I need.

~ my boy having fun swimming. He has gotten so confident in the water after swim lessons. I remember when he was younger when he did not enjoy the water. It was fun to see him swim across the pool today.

~ seeing my baby boy getting bigger. I'm thankful he's growing!  He goes for his two month check up next week along with shots so say a prayer for him and me!

~ my Dad and the role he has played in my life. I've heard of so many in recent years who have lost their Dads.

~ eating out with our church family.  Each month they pick a Monday night to eat out.  A different restaurant is chosen each month.  We were able to go this week and enjoyed going.  It was also the week for the fellowship lunch after services Sunday which is always good.

~ rainy days and seeing lakes filling up that had been so empty and dry.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Nobody's Cuter than You

About the book:
There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments.

 From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”

My thoughts:
I am so glad I got to listen to this third book by Melanie Shankle. She's written one about motherhood and another about marriage. This one is about friendship.  It pretty much went through her life, sharing stories about the friendships she's had at different stages.   I enjoyed hearing her stories and could relate to so many of the feelings evoked by these various situations. I found myself thinking about my own friends and lessons I learned through the years because of the situations she shared about her friendships. Friends are important in all stages of life, and this book was a reminder of that to me.  We can learn from our friends and support each other through the happy and sad times of life.

This audiobook is read by the Melanie Shankle. I always seem to enjoy the books more when they are read by the author. She adds more emotion to the reading since they are her own words.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to you.

This book was provided by christianaudio reviewers program in exchange for my review.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

We have had an enjoyable first week of summer vacation. I've so enjoyed having my boy home from school. We are so proud of him and the great year he had in 5th grade. He did well academically and also had many responsibilities through the year.

This week I'm thankful for...
~  my husband working to provide for us and that I'm able to stay home.

~ all the help my boy gave while we went grocery shopping this week. He pushed his baby brother in the stroller and loaded and unloaded the groceries plus put most of them away when we got home while I fed Titus. (We went because I needed to see if I could make it through a shopping trip now as I've not been since before Titus was born.  And we made it but I was sore.)

~  Tomorrow will be two months since our baby boy was born. He is such a blessing!  It's so fun to watch him change and grow. I'm thankful he is healthy and growing, it just goes so very fast though.  We sort of have a routine now, and he loves having Caleb home.  The other morning his face lit up with a big smile when he saw his big brother. It was the sweetest thing.

~ meals in the crock pot with enough for leftovers.

~ watching old shows online with my boy. I showed him $100,00 Pyramid and Webster. It was fun to watch them together and hear his laugh.

~ wonderful message last Sunday at church on Phillipians 4:8---What are you thinking about?

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Simple Prayer

I have another wonderful book by Amy Clipston to share with you today.  I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed this story.  A Simple Prayer is the 4th book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. (I reviewed A Hopeful Heart here previously.)

This book is mainly about Linda Zook and Aaron Ebersol.

Linda is a grown Amish woman who lives with her uncle because her parents were killed in a buggy accident when she was a child.  Her uncle is very bitter towards Linda even though she does everything to take care of him and the home.  She is very lonely in her situation and wonders if life will ever be different.  She begins working at the bed and breakfast and enjoys helping there and develops a friendship with the owner.

Aaron returns home after leaving 17 years before.  He finds out his mother is ill so he comes home.  He is unsure how his return will be received because he hasn't heard from his family during this time even though he tried to contact them through letters.  While some family members accept him, others do not.   Was it a mistake for Aaron to return?

Aaron stays at the bed and breakfast and chats with Linda about his return home and how his family treats him. Linda is surprised to receive any attention from him. Linda does not want to get close to him because he is not Amish and will be leaving soon.

This is a good book that people will be able to relate to because of the common problem of strained relationships between family members. I liked the way the characters tried to work through their problems. It is also a story of friendship and the value of having someone believe in you.

I enjoyed this story, and I hope you will check out this book as well as others by Amy Clipston.  Find out more at her website.

I received an advanced copy of this book as part of the Bakery Bunch.

Have a day of blessings!