Friday, February 26, 2010

Life in general,

Things are getting better between me and Doug. We are getting down to the nitty gritty of our problems and it's hard but at least we know we are getting somewhere. I can't wait to be done with the healing and get down to the business of building.

I must say that as the days go by I am absolutely loving being able to stay at home. I am slowly (VERY slowly lol) getting this house in shape and getting rid of the clutter we have accumulated. I have made my home management binder and let me say, I don't know what I would do without it. I HIGHLY recommend one. I have spots for my everyday cleaning, weekly deep cleaning, monthly cleaning, recipes, coupons, and a calendar. It's everything I need all in one spot.

I never thought I would love being a homemaker but I really do. I am more fulfilled doing for my family than I ever was striving to "have it all". There is time for me to have a job, a career but my children are only small once. I am so grateful to the Lord that he opened my eyes to what I really want in my life. I am so grateful to my husband that he wants me with our children just as much as I do.

I don't actually know if anyone reads this but if I come across great tips for the home I'll be sharing them here. Also, my book reviews will be here too. If you are reading this I hope you have a fantastic day! God bless :)

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10

Kaledioscope by Patsy Clairmont

I got this book in the mail yesterday and I was so enthralled with it that I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing yesterday. This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Patsy writes with such straight forward wit and charm that you can't help but get what she is saying. I also liked that Patsy didn't shy away from revealing herself and her struggles in the book. It really makes you feel like you can connect with what she is saying because she has been right where you are.

I really liked two things about the setup of the book. One, was that the proverbs she covered weren't in order. For me, it made it more personal. Like she just went through and picked the ones she really liked. Two, the chapters weren't long. They were each 4 or 5 pages long. So the whole book just felt short and to the point. There wasn't a lot of filler just a straight message in each chapter.

I would highly recommend this book to someone who wants to understand Proberbs a little better. It's really a fun, snappy book and the message really gets across. You don't feel like you didn't learn anything at the end of the book. You walk away having really got the message that the author was trying to convey.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My first review for booksneeze.com

The first book I reviewed was How to Reach Your Full Potential for God by Charles F. Stanley. This book took me a couple of months to get through and was a hard read. Not because it was a hard read but because it prompted me in spirit to set the book down and pick up and read my Bible. This book made me want to reach out to God and have him counsel me.

One of the first concepts of the book that really touched me was when the author talked about having a "settled-for" life. This concept was explained as people settling for what they have and never striving for the best that they can be or the best that God can give them. I look around at myself and the people closest to me and I realize we have all done this. We have all settled. Whatever the reason for it, fear or stubbornness or any other emotion, we all settle when we don't have to.

There were a few chapters in this book that I had a hard time with. The chapter about a balanced schedule seemed, to me, to go around in circles. I had a hard time with this chapter because I felt I didn't really get anything out of it. It was as if the author was trying to say the same thing in multiple ways.

Overall, I thought this was a very well written, thoughtful book that had a lot of suggestions for seeking to have the Lord in the forefront of your life.