Thursday Things

Long time, no see!! I have been sat at my computer working on photos and yearbooks and more photos… If I am not doing school, I am here on the computer…

I thought I would do a quick Thursday Things since it has been a while!

1. I have been craving strawberries like crazy lately! Our local strawberry patch is opening later than normal because of the wacky weather we had…but these are a great thing to snack on! I grab a handful and it takes my craving away! I had to laugh at the serving size as being the whole bag! I couldn’t imagine!! :D Someone mentioned to me to try the pineapple, I will definitely be looking for that next time!

2. Yes, another Trader Joe’s product.. I can’t help it!! I was so excited to find this and add it to my morning shake. So yummy!! I used to add flax all the time, but I couldn’t resist the added blueberries!!

3. FOUR DAY WEEKEND, YO!! Ok, it hasn’t happened yet, but it officially started today, so….we are going to enjoy it! Well, I am going to be working on photos and such, and Jeffy and the kids are going to be building a structure to put the ducks in….but still.. ;)

ham sliders

4. These ham sliders. OH my goodness. I had thought to make some sliders with the leftover ham anyway, but I looked online to see if anyone had anything special for a recipe. I found one and kind of used the ingredients suggested and brushed it on top. AMAZING!! I will definitely make these again with any leftover ham we have. :) I mixed some honey mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and some melted butter, brushed it on top of each roll and stuck it in the toaster over for ten minutes or so.


This song has seemed to keep popping up lately, it’s been in my head because of it…  Who doesn’t want to be ok anyway, right?


Let me know what you have enjoyed about this last week, or if you have any favorites from Trader Joe’s! :)


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What I read in March

Woah, life has been a little crazy here the last week or so! But, great news, we got another vehicle…so I haven’t been stranded at home!! Woohoo!!

It seemed like I read a lot last month, probably because of being home all month! ha!

Anyway, here is what I read in March. As usual, let me know if you have read any of these, or if you have any new titles! I usually just grab books off the library shelves, but I always enjoy reading recommended books! :)

Again, I will write what I thought of each book at the end of the description…


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

What I thought: This book made the circuit of my friends. Over and over I saw them reading it and going on about it. I started it and didn’t get into it right away, but a few more pages in and I was hooked. The photographs in the book went so well with the story, it made you believe that there really were all of these children from years ago. :) I liked this book and am looking forward to the sequel!


Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain – Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

What I thought: This was a fantastic book. There were parts that seemed to go on for a bit, but I thought in the end they really added to the story. The book kind of ended in a spot that I wasn’t ready for it to end. It was interesting reading about this time period, I haven’t read many books that are. I love that it is loosely based in North Carolina too. I could imagine what a lot of what she described looked like…


You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle – For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they’re real life.

The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There’d be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.

Now sixteen, Justine doesn’t feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.

But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what’s on film. They’ve all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else’s eyes.

Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what’s personal and what’s public aren’t always clear.

What I thought: This was a cute story that I really enjoyed! The characters were a great mix and I liked how they interacted. In the end I wanted to keep reading to see what else happened. I was also curious if they were going to have another book when the characters are 22 years old.. :)


Full Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Becca thought her life was over when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement. It didn’t help when he used her as his excuse: “How else is a guy like me supposed to send his daughter to college?” She and her mother fled their town and their notoriety, started over, and vowed never to let anyone know about their past.

Now a senior in high school, Becca has spent the last four years hiding in anonymity. But when it’s time to apply to colleges and for financial aid, her mother gives her a rude awakening: If she applies, her past may be revealed to the world

But Becca has already applied for a full-ride scholarship. And as she begins to probe deeper into the secrets of her past, she discovers that she and her mother might be in danger of more than simple discovery – by revealing the truth about their past, she might be putting their very lives in jeopardy.

What I thought: This is another story line that I enjoyed. It had some turns that you didn’t expect, but had you rooting for the main character throughout the story. I stayed up late to finish this one…


The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford – Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia–a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she’s been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?

As June approaches–when Laura must return to the United States–Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She’s only nineteen and doesn’t think she’s ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn’t she take it?

What I thought: This book was…ok. I liked it enough I suppose. I was interested in reading how life was in Russia in the 80′s, but some of the story seemed a little cheesy. It didn’t end how I thought, but in a way, I guess it did. Ha!


Minders by Michele Jaffe – A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

What I thought: This was kind of a crazy book. I really enjoyed reading it though. The main character, for most of the book, is inside the mind of another character. It just gets kind of interesting.  I could easily see this becoming a movie somehow. I know some people didn’t care for the story line, but I liked it!


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech – “How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. “I could tell you an extensively strange story,” I warned.
“Oh, good!” Gram said. “Delicious!”
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

What I thought: We read this during school for our monthly book. I sooo enjoyed this book and the kids did too. Had some humor in it, which was really nice. I loved all of the characters and finally understood where the story was going towards the end, I was pleasantly surprised, although that wasn’t the story line I had hoped for. Loved it!


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My little life (for the moment) story

My little life (for the moment) story.

A few months ago we had a very cold day. Freezing. Warnings going on that if you were dumb enough to be outside without protection, frost bite may be a new part of life… I happened to wake up early that morning, and I guess Jeffy had left for work earlier than normal too. I sent him a text telling him about the weather…why did I do that, he had already been out in it. Whatever… He proceeded to text me back saying his truck had stopped working a little over five miles down the road. He had been out there in it with no gloves or anything trying to fix it. Ugh. So I volunteered to meet him and figure it out.


Jen cold

Well, like I said, this has been a few months now….and his truck still does not work. We have been a one vehicle family this whole time. There are days that we have orthodontist appointments or meetings that I have to attend though, so I have to wake at the butt crack of dawn to drive with Jeffy to work and drive back home again so I can have the vehicle for the day. Of course I pick him up at the end of the day as well. ;) We can only do that so many times with gas prices and all that nasty…plus, I just don’t like waking up that early to get up and go. :ahem:

It was ok for a while…you know, we had snow and more snow…and ice…and more ice.. Who wants to drive in that, anyway?

But it’s been so long now. We all have a serious case of cabin fever. I feel like Groundhog Day, where the day keeps repeating over and over. We pretty much have the same day five days a week.

Jen un-bored cupcake

There aren’t any friends that live close by. I could try inviting people over, but I hardly know anyone that would want to come over and it is so muddy anymore, any kids would be stuck inside. :P

The kids have been playing the xbox and their ipods to death once school is over. I fully support it, because what do I do? I go on Facebook and Pinterest.  (How many new profile pics can I add to Facebook, eh?) When I am done with that, I read the backlog of blogs that are in my Bloglovin’ feed. I never run out of things to do online…but…it.all.starts.sounding.the.exact.same.

Things are getting kinda wacky in these here parts. Would you like to meet my new friend?

Jen's new friend:sigh:

There is hope in sight, but I am not holding my breath.

Y’all don’t even realize how much I look forward to the weekends, when I know we will at least get out of the house to go to church.

These four walls are starting to close in.

Help??? :P

Jen bored to deathWhy, when people pretend they have died, do they stick out their tongue? It’s something that you do when you are a kid…I don’t get it. But here…I did it. Whatever. lol

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I have never been one that has a manicure. It seems like the second I am done painting my nails, something either messes it up shortly after, or it chips like the next day! Frustrating! I can’t remember the last time I painted my nails… I just remember I had to take it all off a day or two later. Blah. My friend Sarah suggested I try Jamberry! I had no idea what it was at first, but it seems like lately now I have been seeing it everywhere! I told her I would try it, but I couldn’t imagine what the end result would be, considering my past experiences with painting my nails.. Interesting facts about Jamberry I loved the sound of it all! I tried a magenta polka dot.. I know the color isn’t the greatest in this pic, but I was in the bathroom getting ready to do them when I took the pic… jamberry magenta polka All I needed were a few things that most females have. I got all that plus some out because I didn’t know for sure what all I would need…ha! jamberry suppliesSo…I wasn’t sure exactly what to do first…the directions on the back of the package looked easy enough! Number one said to push back cuticles and clean nails. Ok, that was definitely easy! Well, kind of…my cuticles haven’t been taken care of the last few years… But I did the best I could with what I had… Next it said to match the nail to the nail wrap that best fits. My friend told me that it is easier to go a little smaller than bigger, so you don’t have to do any trimming. I followed those directions and I have to agree with her. hehe… You are supposed to then peel off the nail wrap and warm it with a blow-dryer for a few seconds until soft. I cut mine in half before I did that. I don’t have very long fingernails, so it made sense not to use one whole wrap for one nail! I picked up the half of the wrap with the orange stick and held it to the blow-dryer and sure enough it got all flappy to where I knew it was ready to apply! (Do NOT touch the sticky part that goes on your nail…it just won’t work out…ha!) Then it says to press it onto your nail. I did that all the while pressing it down and out to cover the whole nail. It suggests to use the rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle. Next it mentions to trim the top with scissors and file off the remaining wrap and then just apply a little more heat and pressure to make sure it is bonded to the nail. I did as it suggested, but I also ended up using the clippers to trim as it was just easier for me and I liked the look of them better with a shorter nail. Done!! jamberry valentine's dayI did mine on Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be perfect with the colors.. :) Hence the love card and all…hehehe. So…my thoughts?? I was very surprised with how long they lasted!!  Dealing with the goats and chickens and cats and dogs…not to mention cleaning and kids and all of that…it was ten or eleven days  before I felt like I should take them off! And that was only because two of the fingers had a run in with a portable heater that I was moving and got lifted off. I didn’t have any more wraps of that size so I thought it would be silly to have those two fingers gone. I am sure I would have gotten a little more time out of them if that hadn’t happened.. I had even had an incident with a cheese grater two days after putting them on and they looked just fine!! I was impressed! There was a definite learning curve for my non-dominate hand. I am right handed and my left hand looked a LOT better than my right…haha! I imagine my next go around would be much smoother! I would also like to get my cuticles taken care of before I try them again. It would just be easier. But really, once I figured out that first nail, the rest were very easy! And faster than I thought! I can see why people would be addicted to them, there are so many options! You could do holiday colors…sports colors…outfit colors… The list goes on and on! I just now put some on my big toe and added polish to the other toes. I had some larger sized wraps leftover on the sheet, so I figured it would be fun, since the weather is going to be nice for a few days! It will be interesting to see how long the wraps last compared to the polish.. My friend Sarah is so excited about them she signed on to be a consultant! She agreed to give one of you lovely people reading this a $15 gift certificate to her Jamberry Store!! Come on, you HAVE to try these!!  Go check out the selection and see what I mean!! It is very easy to enter, just do a few things and boom, done!! You get more points the more you do, which ups your chances to win! Exciting, I know!! I would enter if I could…I have a definite selection already in mind to get next time!


jamberry party info   I was given a sheet of Jamberry wraps to try out for an honest review on my blog. This in no way alters my review as I gave my honest opinion.. :)

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Photo wall

So, my friend Misti has done a lovely photo wall in the last couple of houses she has been in. I have wanted to do something similar since I first saw hers!

I had taken advantage of a photo printing deal for 4×6′s at one cent each a while back and thought I would just use some of those pictures! I had them printed with a black border. I would normally do a white border, but for some reason I thought I would try the black. I actually like the black because with this project, my wall is very light and I think the black sets it off more.

It was just a mish mash of both old and new images, so the first thing I did was group them into content. Each child got their own pile, Jeffy and I had a pile and then and separate ones of us each got a pile. Scenery pics and other family members got a pile too.

I looked through the piles and noted that I had a lot more horizontal pictures than I did vertical, which was odd because I normally take more vertical. Hm..

I measured the area that I wanted to do the collage…it was going above the computer at my desk so I could look at it often..

With the measurements, it became apparent that it would look better and be visually pleasing if I used the horizontal images. I was able to do seven rows across and six down. If I didn’t have shelving to the one side, I could have gone bigger, but I think the size is perfect for the spot.

Picking out the images was the hard part. If I had an idea that I was going to do this project, I would have ordered different images. These had been in my ‘to print’ folder for a while though, so I thought I should just get it done. I have a fair amount of each child, of Jeffy and I, scenery and a couple other family pics. Some pics from years ago and some that were only a few months old. I had a handful of black and white images in there too, which I was able to put right in the middle alternating with the color images.

I arranged them out on the table first, to make sure I liked them. I did so many changes, I drove myself crazy. I finally just left it the way it was.

To put them up, I used glue dots. I don’t know if I grabbed the extra strength ones or what.. or maybe it is because the house is older.. But I went to reposition one of the pics and it had ripped off the paint underneath. SOoooo, if you want to try this, I suggest looking at the glue dots you purchase.. hahaha! We would be repainting this room eventually anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal to me.

I really like the way it turned out, and there are a lot of my favorite pictures in there. Some, I had to throw in to keep it even.

Jen Photo Wall

It seems like at least every week someone comments on one of the pictures. I love that. Most of the pictures on our walls are framed portrait style pics, so this is a nice change.

One of the pictures lost it’s sticky dot, so I need to put one back on there…but that’s easy enough! :)

I love love love looking at this when I am at the computer… :)

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Finish This

Looks like Wednesday is here!! I didn’t feel well the last couple of days, there was a fire outside that messed with my nose and such, just wasn’t fun!

But since I am feeling better and it is Wednesday, I thought I could sneak in a Finish This!

1. My favorite comfort food is: Chocolate. Specifically brownies. Although the restaurant down the way sells a Tuxedo Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory that is dang yummy. Chocolate chip cookies. Ice cream. Heck, even my calcium supplement is dark chocolate. ;)

Jen chocolate ice cream

2. My most memorable birthday was: Oh goodness. I am not the best when it comes to birthdays. The ones that are most memorable to me are the ones that were weird. Jeffy forgot my birthday once… One birthday I was tired of my friends shaking and guessing all of my gifts that I locked myself in the bathroom until they went home… Another birthday that was supposed to be a surprise, wasn’t, because I had found out what they were going to do.. I try not to celebrate birthdays much anymore, lol.

3. The best karaoke song is: Oh my gosh… I totally remember my friend Mary and I..oh, and her sister Niki too…can’t remember if there was anyone else or not. We got up at the State Fair on stage and did karaoke to one or two different songs. It was with a radio station and they made us tapes to take home. :D I am trying to remember what songs we sang. I think one might have been from Dirty Dancing? Oh heck, but either way, I do’nt know what the best song is, because I haven’t done it since, lol.

4. Boots make me feel: Protected. Yup. lol. I wear my rain boots most of the time outside now. With all the snow melting, and the rain, it has been pretty sloppy here. So…those protect me from the mess. They also protect me from Eduardo. Our rooster. Who does a fine job, but thinks we are all just big chickens and wants to rule us too. Pft. So, those protect my legs, for the most part, from his little attacks. My other boots, while more fashionable, have protected me from the cold weather. Brrr… Pair them with some thick warm socks and there ya go. Keep my feet warm 125% more than my Converse! ;)

5. I am grateful: For so many things. The health of our family at the moment though. So many people that I know aren’t so lucky. :(

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What I read in February

Looks like I only read four books last month..I am about half way through a book that I am reading now, so that will count for March I suppose..

I had someone suggest writing a little opinion about each book that I read. I have hesitated on doing that because I don’t want to put a feeling in someone’s mind about the book. There have been so many that I have seen get great reviews by people I know and I am just like…”huh???” after finishing it. Or the other way around! I may read a book that I loved and see that nobody else liked it, lol. But I will write a short snippet on what I thought of each book from now on! :)

What I read in February!


Wonder by R.J. Palacio – August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

What I thought: I loved this book. This book got great reviews from all of my friends that read it. I am normally not a fan of books that switch around character viewpoints throughout the book like this does, but in this one it just works. It doesn’t happen very often and there is a good part of the story told per character. I think this is a book that most people should read, both kids and adults. People are people, no matter what they look like…


All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg – A tender and wonderfully insightful story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women, from an extraordinary and unexpected debut novelist—the host of the #1 sports talk show in America, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For
Mike Greenberg

Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined…

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses, and the coffee breath, Scott still always winks at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of her. Naked.

Samantha’s newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband’s computer. She has been married for two days. She won’t be for much longer.

Katherine works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart fifteen years ago. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, and a stunning house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. So what if she has to see Phillip every single workday for the rest of her natural life? Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know one another, but all three are about to discover the conquering power of friendship—and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have one another.

What I thought: Well, this is another one of those books that switches characters around…lol. For me, it did it way too often and I had a hard time keeping it straight on who was who. Luckily it broke it down on the inside flap so I could keep referencing that little section. I did enjoy the stories of each woman, and I was a little surprised at how they all got together towards the end. I liked the book!


Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was something that could have happened but not something you hear much about. The writing really made you get into the main character, which I love. I wanted the story to keep going, which to me, is a sign of a great book. :)


Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson – At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.

Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice.

Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.

What I thought: This was another book I really liked. It kind of got off to an interesting start, to the point that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get into it or not. But as it went on, it got more interesting. Some parts got a little slow, but they picked back up again. You kind of know where the story is going to go, but the wait isn’t frustrating like how some books are…

Let me know if you have read any of these! Or, if you have any suggestions on what I should read in upcoming months! :)

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Five Minute Friday

A little late in the day, but Jeffy is playing a round of Zombies with Lauren so I have a few minutes…so I thought it a perfect amount of time for a Five Minute Friday. :)

The word for this week is: CHOOSE


I am awful at making decisions.

When I have to go somewhere the following day, sometimes I find myself waking up in the middle of the night trying to figure out what to wear in my head.

Jeffy always wants to know what I want to eat…Typical, right? Most times…I just can’t answer. Unless I am realllllly craving something in particular I just can’t choose.

As I sit looking around Facebook, I find myself making a side list of things that I need to get done. Then, I can’t decide which of those items on the list to do first…so I just continue on my little Facebook way…how many times can I hit refresh in five minutes anyway?

Then I start thinking about bigger choices that I actually did make.. Homeschooling.. Moving across the country and picking the state.. Getting yet more birds…lol.

Sometimes you just never know if the decision you made is the right one.. But all you can do is go with it. Do we really need 26 guineas? Probably not…but hey, let’s go with it and see what happens. ;)

I have to work on the decision making process..but I do know that once I have actually made the choice…I am usually quite happy with the results. :)

And come on…who couldn’t love another guinea? hehehe



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UGLee Ergonomic Pen Review and Giveaway!

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UGLee Ergonomic Pen Review and Giveaway!

As you might guess, I love all things quirky. So, when I had the chance to review this UGLee ergonomic pen I was intrigued!

UGLee Ergonomic PenWith homeschooling, I write…..a lot! I am correcting things, jot down ideas and oh, the amount of lists I write is crazy!

I usually just purchase the cheap pack of ten pens at whatever store I visit. They do the job but they just aren’t comfortable and I find myself making excuses to go do something else for a while.

When I took these pens out of the package I had no idea what the grip would feel like! It kind of reminds me of Jeffy’s fishing lures. Even has the little sparkly bits! :D Turns out it is made out of nylon…who knew? The pens themselves are very light! Turns out they weigh only 11 grams. The combination of the grip and lightness of the pen make writing very comfortable! I tend to change the way I hold pens frequently as I write and I find that I didn’t have to do that with these pens. They just sort of fit perfectly to your fingers…it’s kinda neat how that happens!

What is cool about these pens are that they can be refilled! So, once you purchase the pen once, all you have to do is use refills!

There are a bunch of informational videos on the website if you wanted to check them out, I found out some interesting things! UGLee Comfort Pen

I got three different pens and the kids all wanted to claim them right away, but I needed to write with them for a while in order to review them! One has disappeared and the other two have been claimed, so I can guess what happened to the lost one.. ;) Seems to me like I may need to buy two more so that everyone in the family can have one! They come in all sorts of colors! A three pack is only $19.99 so maybe that is the way to go! I think for refills I would get blue ink as I use that more…red is also available..

UGLee Ergonimic Pen

All in all, I really liked these pens and will keep on using them!

You can win your own set of three pens by entering below!! It’s super easy too!! :) You will love them!


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I don’t swear….I swear!

There are some oddities about me that I have mentioned here and there..I have had a few comments lately so I figured I would address them little by little.

The first one I am going to talk about is…

I don’t swear…I swear! hehe

Yep. I don’t swear, cuss, curse, say bad words, whatever you want to call it.

A lot of people can’t fathom it when they find out. Their gut reaction is to try and get me to say one of ‘those’ words, usually their own personal favorite.

It has been this way ever since I can remember. Sure, my mom has stories of when I was a baby running around saying a particular word after hearing someone else saying it…but by choice, I have never partaken in that particular language. ;)

You may be wondering why…and honestly, there is no good answer. When I was younger I said it was because God doesn’t like that language. As I got older…I realized *I* didn’t like that language!

The words aren’t helpful…they aren’t pretty…they almost always have a negative connotation. There aren’t any stories or conversations I have that NEED those words in them.

But, Jennifer, you may ask…what do you say when things happen, when you just have to say *something…

Welp…I bring you to this clip of Tim Hawkins the comedian.

I have chatted with Tim’s brother on the phone, have used one Tim’s songs on my photography website and have seen him in concert. I love Tim’s humor and how nice his brother is…

I have to laugh watching this because I found a few words that I say in there. Not very many..but still.

What do I say?
Flip. I say that one a lot.
Dang it. Yeah, that too..
Sometimes just an ARRRGHGHG comes out.

But really, I try not to say negative things.

Jen flower mouthSee, only pretty things come out of my mouth. ;)

You may think I am more than likely smoking that flower in mouth, but y’know, that’s a story for another day. hehe…

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