What Made Roman Smile Again

Roma. New smile_Chernigov

This past Christmas season was extra special for a young man in Ukraine. A 19-year-old young man named Roman.

Unfortunately, at a very young age, Roman lost both of his parents. He was sent to an orphanage and later met local Christians who minister to children and young adults within the orphanage walls and after they age out.

Roman is a very curious kid by nature. He has asked many questions about life, about people, and about God. Another characteristic about Roman anyone would quickly notice is that he would rarely smile, displaying a tight-lipped frown on a somewhat gloomy face. Knowing the hardships of life he had faced, it didn’t come as too much of a surprise.

This past September, as he entered a tech school to become a builder, he was invited to attend a Bible Study at a Lifesong Transition Home. He gladly accepted and started to attend. Although, he wasn’t quite as quick to accept the invitations that were offered to attend church.The Lifesong staff started to pray for his repentance, as they sensed he was seeking the Lord.

As the staff continued to get to know Roman better, they discovered that his lack of smile had a reason behind it. Roman didn’t have any front teeth! Our staff connected him to a charitable dentist who helped Roman at a minimal charge to bring his smile back. And guess what? Roman decided it was time to start smiling again. Shortly after, right around Christmas, he began to walk in fellowship with God, believing in Jesus as his Savior! And now, as you can see in the picture above, he hasn’t stopped smiling!

Thanks be to God for drawing this young man to Himself! Please pray for Roman as he starts his walk with Christ, that He would be filled with the Spirit and walk in His Truth!

Learn more about the lives changing in Ukraine at www.lifesongfororphans.org/countries/ukraine.

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Saturday Snippets

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy sitting at the computer on a Saturday morning and seeing what kind of interesting things I can find.

I thought I would keep a record of what I find so Saturday Snippets was born. :D Why not, right?


So, if you like sitting and reading too, feel free to grab a cup of something hot and read along with me! :D

1. I read about this guy that printed a bunch of film that was from WWII…Woah.. Can you imagine? He was the first one to ever see these photos..I do love the whole idea as he has printed other found film too, check out the galleries!  The Rescued Film

2. 100 Reasons Why Homeschooling is Good – The title says it all. ;)

3. I don’t drink tea, but dang, I kind of want the teacup and saucer at the top…hehehe.

4. I know quite a few Great Dane owners and I am always drawn to them myself, the dogs, not the owners, lol… So I got a little chuckle out of this guy getting ready for a nap. :D

5. Have you heard about butt skipping? I hadn’t…until I watched this guy.. Ftr, it is like jump rope, but you do it with your butt, lol. Apparently he wants to beat the record..which is currently held by a student in Pennsylvania. :shrug:

6. So, how many of you are on a Friends binge on Netflix? :D I know there are a couple episodes that we missed, which is crazy, but now I want to start from the beginning again! Here are some clips that I had a giggle over watching again.. I love the sandwich one. hahaa!!

7. Hair. It causes so much grief in our house, lol. But I read this article and just took a deep breath and let it out slow.. Ahhh.. Yes, someone else gets it.. :)

8. I just love this story. People are fun. Watch the video with Styx in it. :)

9. Parent child lookalikes.. Some are eerily similar! Kinda cool.

10. Have you heard of the stock photobomber? You have to check it out….

Ok, that’s enough time being wasted. I guess we can all get back to the rest of our day. I hope you have a great weekend!! :)


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Jleer jeans {Review and Giveaway!}

For those that know me at all…you know that I am just not a purse person. I know it isn’t very ‘girly’, but it is just awkward for me. I don’t ever need much stuff and so it just seems redundant to have to carry around a purse for just a couple things. You may be wondering where I keep the stuff I do need then… In my pockets!

I have an iphone and a few months ago got an OtterBox  case for it that stores a few credit cards. I have my license, my main debit card, my Target debit card and my health insurance card in there. Priorities, right? :D This thing comes in so handy though…There were a few times before that I showed up to places without my debit card because I forgot to put it in my pocket and man, that was awkward..

Anyway, I typically put my phone in my back pocket, like a lot of people. I am so thankful that I haven’t had a phone land in the toilet! :phew: But I have had it fall out a couple times. One time as I was hopping the fence to feed the goats it fell right in the mud. Ick. Glad I don’t take many calls on it, but still. I did end up getting it all clean, thankfully.

So, imagine my excitement when I was asked to review a new style of jeans! It comes with its own phone pocket, in the front on the leg!!! What!?! I know! I was waiting (not so) patiently to get them in the mail. The company is Jleer and they are based out of NC, Charlotte in fact. How fun!

They came! And look, each pair of jeans comes in a protective bag. I love that!

Jleer denim dust bagI rushed right away to try them on since sometimes it is hit or miss when ordering clothes online when you aren’t familiar with the brand.. And they fit perfect!! LOVE them. They mention that they have a similar fit to Lucky brand denim and that’s what I went with and it matched exactly. They are a tad long on me though and I am…around 5’4″ or 5’5″. That’s with no shoes though.

We had days of freezing weather, a mini ice storm and then a lot of rain, so it took me a few days to be able to get photos! It was still overcast on and off the day that I took them though..and windy!! Brrr, especially with my sweater that let in all of that wind!!

I ordered The Skinny Mary-Skinny Leg Medium Wash jeans. The jeans are darker than I thought they would be, according to the website…unless I was sent a different color. But it was hard to choose the color anyway, so I am fine with them either way. Here are some detail shots..it was pretty cloudy for these and the color is kind of off but you can see them better in the outside shots..

Jleer denim detail

Jleer denim detailI love the little hang tags on everything because those are exactly what I did. Keys in the normal pocket, phone in the leg pocket.

I couldn’t decide what to pair them with.. Even though it is winter, I didn’t choose my tall boots because I thought you could see more of the jeans if I wore these shoes. The fit was great, they are so comfortable…and I absolutely love the smart pocket. LOVE!!!

Check it out.. (And don’t mind me…I never said I was a fashion model…and it was freezing!! And that hair…lol.)

My Own Green Grass Jleer jeans

My Own Green Grass Jleer jeansMy Own Green Grass Jleer jeans

This image shows a closer view of where your phone goes. I prefer the right hand side, just because it felt better. That is odd because I usually keep it in the back left pocket.. But it is so safe in these front pockets! My Own Green Grass Jleer jeans

A definite plus is that Jeffy likes the jeans on me….definitely a keeper. hehehe…

If you would like to win your own pair, enter the contest below!! I am so excited about these!!

I was provided a pair of jeans for my honest review. Jleer jeans {Review and Giveaway!}
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What we are eating this week..

WhatsForDinner-MyOwnGreenGrassOne of our goals for this year is to have more dinners together as a family. We may not all sit at the same table, but at least we are all eating together. There were a number of reasons we wanted to start this, so the beginning of the year seemed a good a time as any. And no, it isn’t a resolution. :P lol

I thought I would keep track of what we plan to eat each week, if anything, to help me plan further weeks and also to realize when a dish just doesn’t go over very well. I am hoping to try one new meal a week because as it sits right now, we just don’t eat much variety…

So, here is what we are eating this week..


I had some sweet apple chicken sausage that I got at Trader Joe’s and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I looked online and found this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. I left out the spinach because I know it would gross everyone out, and I didn’t have that much left anyway. I ended up cooking the onion/garlic a little bit too long because it took me a little longer to cut up the apple than I thought…so it had a sort of burnt smell to it.. That, and the flavor of the beans were a little new to me. Jeffy ate it up and had seconds, which was surprising because of the ‘chunks’….I liked it, but I think next time I will be more careful on the timing and maybe add less beans.


This is today… We are going to attempt to make BBQ Bruchetta. I have mentioned that we first tried it at a local restaurant and you can read about that here. So, I figure it should be pretty easy…bread, meat, cheese, sauce.. I know there is just something about getting it at the restaurant though.. If it turns out, I am sure it will be a regular addition to our menu! Here is a photo from the one we got at Dickie Do’s BBQ restaurant. Gotta love phone pics of food, right? :)

BBQ BruchettaWednesday

For this day, we are making a beef dish. It was the one I talked about making last week, with the asparagus. It is Ginger Beef Stir-Fry. I got the recipe from Hello Fresh, a box ingredient delivery service. We usually make it with rice, but I think this time we may try some Asian noodles. I realized today that we only had 1/2 cup of rice left and that doesn’t help anyone. The rice we use is somewhat hard to find, so I didn’t feel like running all over town to get it. Our local co-op had the noodles when I went there today, so it just worked out.


Thursdays are pretty much just whatever days. We have our church small group meetings and by the time Jeffy gets home and does bird chores and showers, there just isn’t much time for a big dinner. I usually have pb&j on toast or something small…especially since our small group usually has a bunch of goodies being served too. ;)


This day we will be having a pork meal that I don’t even know where I got the recipe. I have been making it for ages though. You take a pork tenderloin and cut it into one inch slices. Pound it out so that they are about the same thickness. Coat both sides with Laughing Cow cheese, we use a flavored kind, and then dip in bread crumbs. We alternate between bread crumbs and panko. Or sometimes mix both together. Then we bake it for 20-30 minutes. I can never remember. Everyone likes this meal, so I know it will be a good family meal.

SO, that is the plan for this week. I am hoping it all works out. I am not sure what our plans are for the weekend. We like to have bigger lunches on the weekends rather than dinners.

I love having ideas though! What are your favorite family dinners? We have sensory issues that we try and work around, but everyone has to at least try what is made. At least they are old enough to do that without too much fussing. Jeffy included. ;)

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Homeschool Planet

A lot of you know that a few months back I had lost everything on one of my computer hard drives. :sigh: Yes, I would always tell my clients to back up everything…and look what happened.. Anyway, that led to me giving that computer to the kids and also my desk. I bought a little laptop and now do my computing anywhere I want to. And that means that I don’t have my little organization system anymore! Sure, that ‘organization system’ consisted of a lot of sticky notes and a little calendar at my desk, but it worked for me then…for the most part.

I soon realized that taking my laptop wherever I wanted didn’t leave room for sticky notes and calendars! Luckily, right around the same time, I was asked to review Homeschool Planet. What a lifesaver. I don’t even know where to begin to describe all of what this includes! I will try!

Homeschool Planet logoFirst of all, there is a calendar. This was fantastic for me when I first logged on because I can input things for each person. Or, for two people. However many people. So, for the Sundays that Jeffy and I volunteer at church I can put that in there and it will show up for both of us. There are different categories that are color coded as well. Orthodontist visits are a different color than church functions, etc.

Homeschool Planet CalendarYou can put in how long something is going to take and it fills in the appropriate space for you on the calendar. It sends me reminders via email any time something is going on. If you provide emails for anyone else mentioned on your calendar, it will send them reminders as well! That comes in handy!

There is the calendar view, like what is shown above, as well as a planner view, which is more like what you would see in a spiral bound planner notebook. Both views are helpful for different things. You can also choose to view the calendar by the day, week or the month.

So, I had used that for a couple months and then we started school at the beginning of the year. Woah.. Complete game changer! I can input all of their subjects and those are color coded as well.. You choose what you want to count as far as grades and how you want the grades to look. I am choosing to only count quizzes and tests for grading since they don’t really have homework to grade.

I can type in their new test grades and it keeps track and computes the new overall grade for the class. That is just not something I have been doing because I just don’t have time, and this does it in a second! Love that. So, I can post their scores every month so they can see where they are in each class. Or, they can log in themselves with their own login information. For example, I can look at Lauren’s grade report and this is what it shows me.

LaurenGradesHa, keep in mind we just started school on the 5th and haven’t done anything since the beginning of October.. Ahh, I know she will get the grades up higher. Anyway..it keeps track of everything that I put in, and I love how organized it is.

There are so many features to mention on the school section but, like I said, we just started school a couple weeks ago and I am still learning all of them. I waited longer than I normally do for a review, just for this reason. I do like what I have seen so far! You can check out this quick YouTube video on their website that gives an overview of a lot of features here: Overview of Homeschool Planet

WidgetsAs far as the general layout, it is very easy on the eyes, which I love. You can choose which background you like as well as choose from a variety of widgets. Daily quotes and bible verses, the weather and a look up widget too, that you can choose what you want to use to do the looking. Google, Bible, dictionary, movies, Amazon…quite a few choices. There is also To-Do lists and shopping lists. You can text the shopping list to your husband if he is on his way home from work and is going to stop at the store. So much better than spouting off a bunch of stuff hoping that he remembers….ha!

I know that I left out a lot of stuff, but what is great is that you can get a free 30 day trial to check it out for yourself! You can click on the link here to find out more about that. After the trial it is $65 for the year, or you can do monthly payments as well. I love that the trial doesn’t even ask for a credit card, so there is no risk if you decide not to continue.

I am looking forward to discovering more what it can do, especially as we get further along in our school year! If you would like to see what other people had to say about Homeschool Planet, you can check that out here. Let me know if you try it and how you like it! And if you already use it, let me know your tips! :)

I was provided the service in exchange for my honest review.
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Thursday Things

This has just been a crazy week!

We had a lot of freezing rain the other day and that caused a bunch of issues on our roads. Jeffy couldn’t even go to work, although he did work from home all day. The kids were supposed to have an orthodontist appointment and we had all intentions of going since we have a 4wd, but the roads were still icy 30 minutes before we were to leave and even though Jeffy was home, he was working…so I didn’t feel safe driving myself. We rescheduled for another day, so that is good..

On a good note, here are my Thursday Things for the week! :)

jesus calling for kids

First of all we finished our first week of school last week and it went great! A couple long days, but I think it is all going to be doable for us! I am actually learning a bunch of new stuff along with the kids. Looking forward to all of the experiments and other things that we are going to do.. Now, we just need to find Ryan a microscope somewhere!!

But I have enjoyed the Jesus Calling book that we got. It is especially for kids and I love how easy it is to read and it gives examples of things they may be going through…

six scoops ice cream

Another thing that I have enjoyed this week is this ice cream. It is by Six Scoops ice cream, which is local to North Carolina. I just love the taste of it! The kids don’t like it as much because they say the chocolate chips taste like dark chocolate…but…I just say, more for me!! :D (forgive the blurry phone pic, I was cold, lol)

lauren with chickys

Chicky Bird is the bird on the right in this pic. Mini Chicky is on the left, it is his son. Yes, we are very original with names. If you had as many birds as we do, you don’t tend to get all that specific. Anyway, Chicky Bird got attacked by something the other day. Came home late and when I was going to get him in the coop I noticed he was covered in blood. Just everywhere. Now, he is our main rooster, surprisingly enough, but he can be a pretty tough guy. (I mean, look at the spurs on his feet!) We will never know what attacked him or what actually went down.. But I am just happy that he survived! We let him outside with the rest of the birds the next day and he just hid under the barn all day and he just did not want to go back in the coop with the rest of the birds at bedtime. So we have been keeping him in the bathroom and he is doing really well!! We are going to put him out again tomorrow and see how he does. I am sure it has made a difference getting food and vitamins and we sprayed his wounds to help them heal..

Bath & Body Works candleI ordered some candles from Bath & Body Works and we have been burning candles like crazy around here. We haven’t done that in ages! I really like the cinnamon sugared doughnut flavor! The kids are enjoying them too.

Last is this song.. Happily Ever After by He Is We. It is just totally catchy and I love the video too, I just watched it for the first time as I was looking for it to put up here. :) Pretty cute. It’s like a rom-com movie all wrapped up in a video…

So, there are my Thursday Things! Let me know what you enjoyed about this past week!! :)





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Thursday Things

Woah, our first week of school is almost over! That went fast! I am looking forward to doing our main curriculum hopefully next week to see how that changes our work load and what adjustments we may need to make!

I had a bunch of things to list for this week, but I think I will just keep it simple…no need to get all crazy up in here… ;)

Here are this weeks Thursday Things!

First thing….I made a beef with rice dish, and I typically put some asparagus in there for myself. Jeffy saved two for himself and actually said that he didn’t mind it.. Whaaa?!?! That is huge for my sensory challenged Jeffy… Ahhh…

Next is this granola…which is grain free.. It is called Renola. I got the Cinnamon Nut flavor, since I am a nut for cinnamon..ha…and I really liked it. Almonds, pecans, and cashews are mixed with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and raisins, and they toss it all together with cinnamon and smooth vanilla extract. Just pretty yummy!

We got the game Agricola for Christmas and attempted it over the weekend. It was the craziest game to figure out. We were sat there watching You-tube after setting it all up and we still didn’t figure it out. We finally watched one guy explain it a little bit better and got more of an idea. I think by the time we were half way through, we all got it. It was too late for some of us to even think of winning at that point, but Kyle was a smarty pants and won! We are looking forward to playing again now that we understand it…

Puffy Stitch Crochet Hat, Crochet Hat, Pom Pom Hat, Teen Accessory, Fall & Winter Hat, Chocolate Truffle Hat, SpunCandy Hat

I got this hat around Christmas time and was finally able to wear it this past week. I was cold!! And it is soo wonderful! I knew it would be though.. :) My friend Melissa makes the best stuff. Check it all out here if you are interested.. OH, but you have to check out more of her stuff because she made this lamb that is just…so, so cute.. If there was any reason for me to buy it other than loving it, I would in an instant. I mean, that might be reason enough, but, I just can’t do it…So I am telling you all about it. :)

Last is this song.. Second Chances by Gregory Alan Isakov I have had it for quite a while but it has been playing pretty frequently on my phone lately. Jeffy liked it too and got off the cloud and ended up buying his whole album. Pretty good album, I am glad he did! :)

Anyway, that’s my little batch of things that I enjoyed about this past week. :) Let me know what you enjoyed!! I love the happy!


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Back to school!

Well, we started back to school yesterday! I let the kids sleep until 9:15 to get them used to waking up early. Yeah, a few of them have been sleeping until 11am or later the last few months of break…crazy kids.

In case you don’t know, for our homeschool we take the fall off…our school year is January-September, or thereabouts. It is very different than what everyone else I know does, but it works for us…at least for now.

Since I lost everything on my computer hard drive, we pretty much had to start from scratch on a lot of things…which was frustrating to say the least! We pretty much do all of our school together. The kids are fairly close enough in age that it just works for us. They do workbooks on their own level and this year, for the first time, they are doing science separately.

Here is a iphone pic of our table after school today. I told them we would finish and then eat lunch, so everyone kind of abandoned everything… During school the table is pretty much covered!

homeschool table aftermath

If you are curious in what curriculum we are doing this year, as of now, it is listed below!

Back to School! Curriculum choices:

  • Sequential Spelling – a lot of these are easy words for my kids…they are just great spellers. Every now and again they spell a word wrong though. ;) Plus, it is great to do first thing in the morning when they are still waking up after breakfast.
  • Life of Fred Elementary Physics – We are kind of behind in LoF because we started with easy books when I realized at the beginning of us homeschooling that the boys had issues with dividing.. And we were supposed to do this Physics book before we did Pre-Algebra, but, I think it worked out the way we are doing it. I think it helps me that we waited too…ha!
  • Cursive Handwriting is next and I just print things off the internet for that. I wasn’t going to teach it, but then I thought that was just silly..how would they ever learn to sign their name or read cursive writing from someone else? So we did it last year and are continuing it this year.
  • America the Beautiful by Notgrass – This is a pretty thorough curriculum I have discovered, I love it so far! I love all of the maps and that everything ties in together. I think they will learn a lot with it.
  • Bible stuff –  I am using the book 199 Favorite Bible Verses for Teens. I put a new one up every week that they can hopefully memorize or at least read every day. They are themed more towards teens, which I like. I also got the Jesus Calling Devotions for Kids book that we will do once or twice a week. Finally, we are doing the Draw to Learn by Notgrass and we are doing Acts. My kids love to draw and this will have to be our Art for this year due to our work load.
  • I have the books 100 Words Every Middle Schooler should know as well as the high school version. I put up a new word every day so that we can go over it. They may not use words like ‘aplomb’ in every day conversations right away, but at least they know what it means. ;)
  • Jump In by Sharon Watson –  This is a writing curriculum. I reviewed the high school version not that long ago, and I realized it was a little too advanced for all of them at the time so I purchased the younger version. Writing is not their favorite thing, other than little stories here and there, and this is for reluctant writers, so I think it will be perfect.
  • Apologia Science – Ryan is doing Biology and Kyle and Lauren are doing General Science. I know it will get kind of crazy with all of the experiments and such, with the rest of our work load, but I love Apologia sciences…
  • Christian Light Publications – they do workbooks for this, Math as well as Language Arts. Diagramming sentences for the win! ;)
  • A World of Adventure by Dorian Holt – Yes, this is our main curriculum for this year. We have never used this and I realize it is a huge undertaking, especially with all of the other things we are doing. But…we need to catch up on certain things and I am not ready to let those go.
  • I would like them to do languages on their own time. I do have books for French, Spanish and Latin in case they choose one of those and want an actual book instead of an app, but there are some great Language apps out there!
  • I also have a PE curriculum, but seriously, I just don’t know if we will get to it this year. It takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes every time we do it. I will have to see how it goes once we start doing WoA next week. (We aren’t doing it this week because I realized we didn’t have all of the ‘stuff’ that it requested.)

Anyway, that is pretty much all that we are doing! It is a lot I know! If you are loving some curriculum that I think I would like better, please let me know! I ordered a lot of this recently when I lost everything on my hard drive and a lot of it was spur of the moment decisions…

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What I read in December

Woah…I barely made my Goodreads goal of 60 books for 2014…but with reading two last chapters in a book last night I did in fact make my goal!! Yes! :)

I think I may stick with 60 as a goal for 2015, but I can always raise it. I am not going to lower it though…

I hope everyone had a great New Year celebration! Let me know some of your favorite books that you read in 2014!! :)

Here is what I read in December!


The Furies by Natalie Haynes – When you open up, who will you let in?

When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she’s taken on.

There is one class – a group of five teenagers – who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, she even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her…

What I thought: The book started off well enough..but then it just kept going, much like a diary would. The big thing finally happened but then…pft…it just petered out. It was ok, overall.


Looking for Alaska by John Green – Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

What I thought: Well, I enjoyed the story. I think I thought there would be more to it though. I did like how you got to know the main character…


The Giver by Lois Lowry – Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

What I thought: Ok, the ending sucked. We even watched the movie to see what they would do with it and…ugh. The book was good until the end though! Interesting!


Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook – As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared: they were both adopted.

Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom, but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.

Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this story. Not overly so, but it was still enjoyable… You see how the main character changes throughout the story which I appreciate.


Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis – What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved, so broken by the people and the children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Her story is like Mother Teresa’s in that she has given up everything—at such a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, has gone on to adopt 14 children during her time in Uganda, and she completely trusts God for daily provision for her and her family, which includes children with special needs.

To further her reach into the needs of Ugandans, Katie established Amazima Ministries. The ministry matches orphaned children with sponsors worldwide. Each sponsor’s $300/year provides schooling, school supplies, three hot meals a day, minor medical care, and spiritual encouragement. Katie expected to have forty children in the program; she had signed up 150 by January 2008; today it sponsors over 400. Another aspect of the ministry is a feeding program created for the displaced Karamojong people—Uganda’s poorest citizens. The program feeds lunch to over 1200 children Monday-Friday and sends them home with a plate for food; it also offers basic medical care, Bible study, and general health training.

Katie Davis, now 21, is more than fascinating, she’s inspiring, as she has wholeheartedly answered the call to serve.

What I thought – Wow…what a story. I can’t even imagine doing what she did right out of high school. The whole story was definitely inspiring…

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Thursday Things

So, the kids and I went on a field trip today and came home to our front door being open. Thankfully all is well. One cat was sat outside but ran back in when we pulled up. Very thankful that we didn’t let the birds out today as they would have wreaked havoc in our house! I can’t even imagine that mess…

Anyway…here are my Thursday Things. Let me know what your favorite things were for the week!!

Toms for Target beanie

First thing that I liked about this week is this hat! It is the Toms for Target beanie. I love the whole premise behind Toms and that so many other companies are doing something similar. And that it is a cute beanie is an extra! ;)

Happy birthday  jenniferAnother thing I liked about this week was my birthday! Well, my actual birthday was so uneventful. We mostly just sat around…ha! But the day before we made the drive to Richmond, VA, which is about 2.5 hours away. We went to a restaurant that we haven’t been to since we were in AZ, AND they have a Samurai Sam’s so Lauren was able to get her rice. They don’t sell sauce though, unfortunately. Now, I just have to wait for my mom to ship me the bottles that I bought while I was there.

ipad mini

Ahh, finally got an ipad mini. I look at Pinterest at night before bed to help me fall asleep and the words are just so stinking small.. So, this is helping that sooo much. Of course, one drawback is that I charge it by a window and we get a little draft that really makes it cold! I ordered a case and can’t wait for it to get here to make it a little warmer when I hold it. :)

brownies at ChristmasOk…seriously. National Brownie Day is the day after my birthday. Ahhhhhh… What planning. And I celebrated. Oh yes…I did… :) Look at that chocolatey goodness…

Last thing for this particular week is this video. This rooster is awesome, I want one just like it. We just had to get rid of seven roosters this week, so this was a fun video to watch this week. :)

Anyway, that’s my week! Again, let me know anything that was great about your week!! Love hearing it!


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