Wednesday, March 19, 2014


A few thoughts I had the other day as we prepared for Lily's arrival.

We are so blessed. As I lay here in the hospital waiting for Lily to show up, I can check Facebook and see all the people praying for us. I think about that house across town where my mother in law is keeping Ben. This isn't unusual for him because he and Nana have special time together regularly. In a hotel in the other direction, my parents are sleeping because they are preparing to be here in the morning for the delivery. They have their phones on just in case something happens tonight. We get to sit here in the hospital and relax before show time. We have so many people supporting us and allowing us the opportunity to enjoy a little down time and time to focus on Lily. God is so very good to us.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Purity Rallies Worked For Me

There seems to be a trend amongst bloggers, especially those that blog about faith. This trend is to disparage purity rallies. Maybe it isn't a big trend. Maybe it
is just in the few blogs I read.  So maybe I'm overstating the case and maybe not. I do know that I haven't read or heard many good things about them. So today I'm going to do something about that.

I attended two purity rallies as a teen. I remember some music and there was probably some preaching, but nothing that has stayed with me almost 20 years later. And I remember the commitment card. I don't remember feeling pressured into signing anything our promising anything. I don't remember feeling singled out or uncomfortable about any part of it.

What I do remember is feeling accepted. I remember feeling confirmation that I was okay and that my thoughts and opinions were okay. The type of guy I was waiting for thought the same thing and if he didn't, then I didn't need him. I remember those rallies making me feel better about the commitment I so desperately wanted to make, but was unsure of how to go about it. Those rallies made me feel like I was in the right track and that I could reach my goal.

Today I see so many kids selling themselves cheap to whomever will look their way. Sometimes it is a boyfriend or girlfriend. Sometimes it is the number of likes on Instagram or followers on Twitter. Society had told them they will find acceptance, love, and a general okayness in all these other things.  Where are the people that tell them they that they are already loved and accepted and good enough? Where are the people that tell them discovering who they are and living that out is what makes turn special and how they find happiness. Maybe purity rallies aren't the only answer and maybe they aren't the answer for everyone. But for some people they work and at least it is one voice in a sea of lies that speaks the truth. It is a place where they can see other kids their she and know they aren't they only one thinking, wondering, or wishing to make that commitment to their happiness and their future before making a commitment to the whims of a fickle society.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Couple Good Mysteries


I started the book slowly and put it down for awhile, but I did finally pick it up and decide to finish it. And I'm glad I did. Sarah, the main character, grew on me. I didn't like her much at first, but she turned into a strong likeable character. I did speed read through the last half of the book. When I discovered that there was treasure and not so much secrets that they were chasing, I started to speed read assuming I wouldn't like it. However, I really liked it and slowed down about 75% of the way through to read it carefully. The ending was not tied up into a neat bow and I'm glad it wasn't. The ending was satisfying, but not complete. However, a large part of the novel and the way Sarah was written make the 'incomplete' ending the right one and the preferred one. 

If you like stories of family secrets, read this. If you like strong female characters, read this. If you like a setting by the ocean in the British Isles, read this one. 

It is not free of pain and is free of excessive and unnecessary romance. I was pleased on both counts, but not everyone would agree with me. So be aware of those factors as well.

The Charter [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Hamer 

Kindle Price:$3.90
  • Print Length: 396 pages


I liked it more as I read more. At first, I thought the main character was a bit childish and so were some of the scenes. However, I kept reading and it got better. The characters were more likeable and the writing got better. There was still a scene or two that I thought were unnecessary. That is pretty minor. The characters went through some really painful things in the book or had lived through them. I have to admire an author who will write her characters through all that. Overall, a pleasant read in a great setting with great characters.

Firefly Beach [Kindle Edition]

Meira Pentermann Amy Feiman 

Print List Price:$11.00
Kindle Price:$2.99
You Save:$8.01 (73%)
  • Print Length: 332 pages

These are just a couple books that I read and enjoyed. I was not asked by anyone to read them or review them.

Good Stuff Saturday 3-8

A short list today as I had a busy week at work and didn't get to read too much.

A few photos: a volcano field and 40 pretty amazing photos from the past.

Kim always says awesome stuff. This one is gut wrenchingly honest and just what I needed to hear.

It's good to know that I'm not the only one that has these thoughts after a big awareness day.

I've always heard great things about Their Eyes Were Watching God, but this post put it on my to be read list.

And speaking of reading, this is a problem I worry about too. Anyone else have this problem?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pregnancy is fun

So as my pregnancy progresses, there are all kinds of fun things that happen. So I thought I would review some of them today for our enjoyment.

1. Small bladder
We all know that our bladders get smaller with more pressure as the baby gets bigger. Maybe you haven't been pregnant and don't realize this, but a smaller bladder means you pee on yourself more often. Like 2 weeks ago at my son's birthday party, I made it to the restroom and near the toilet. I really should learn to bring extra pants with me. I didn't that day, so I texted my husband to go get me more. That was fun. Then a few days later at Burger King, Ben and I were leaving. I was leaning over to buckle him in. That wasn't good for a full bladder. So I left a mess in that parking lot. Thankfully, I have a towel with me in case my water breaks. That came in handy. Then waking up one morning last week, I sat up and had to go! Once again, I made it close. So even from the sofa to the bathroom was too much for my little bladder.

2. Sleeplessness
And speaking of the sofa. I'm sleeping there about as much as I am in my bed. I start out in bed and wake up randomly in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. I can't go back to sleep, so I go to the living and try to find something entertaining on TV. I watch TV for a couple of hours and then get sleepy. So I lay down on the sofa because by that time I only have a couple hours before time to get ready for work. The sofa is not as comfortable as my bed, but by that time I'm too tired to go all the way back there.

3. Was that my water breaking?
Along the line of bladder issues, I have the constant concern of my water breaking. I really don't care if it breaks in public or not. I just want to make sure it is my water and not my bladder. So the other morning in my accident from the sofa to the bathroom, I had to check to make sure it was pee. I wasn't sure, so I woke up Drew. Yes, my husband is that amazing that he smelled to make sure it was pee just seconds after he woke up. And yes, I'm really not sure what my water breaking will be like. Even though I have one kid, my water was broken by the doctor. So I don't know what to expect when/if my water breaks.

4. Not being able to help out around the house
Maybe that sounds like a break, but mostly it makes me feel guilty. Of course there are some things I can still do, but there is plenty I can't do. Like last weekend when the dog got into something that made her sick. She puked 3 times in a few hours. That was nasty and then Drew had to clean it up all by himself. I felt so bad for him and there was nothing I could do. Bending over to clean something up is not happening being 39 weeks pregnant.

So dog puke, human pee, and a lack of sleep. Pregnancy is fun!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Good Stuff Saturday 3-1-14

After a couple busy weeks, which led to some silence on here, I have lots for you today and a couple posts planned for the upcoming week.

Photos of the week: Egret in the fog, a salt desert in Bolivia, Cave camping, Selfies from Disney characters, and some great comebacks from them too.

This is hard to hear, but let's make sure our going makes a difference.

This was refreshing to hear because love is the most important thing and sometimes we forget that.

And sometimes this is what love looks like.  And like this. And it sounds like this.

A couple more refreshing things to hear- connect to real people who really like you and not being 'cool' is okay.

Maybe following Jesus is about listening for him everywhere so he can teach us more.

Where do we find enough?