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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One Word 2015

It's that time of year again. The time to choose my one word that I will focus on for the next year.. 2015. 

I've been living by the One Word approach since 2011 when my first word was Simplify. 2012 was Balance, and 2013 was Renew. Now hitting my fifth year, I really feel these words each year have truly helped form the person I am today.

One Word 2015

For 2015 my chosen word is STRENGTH.

I chose this word for several reasons. Physical and Mental. I've struggled since puberty with a self image issue. I've never liked myself physically and even though I was never overweight as a child, I never felt like I was good enough. After having three children and yo yo of weight off and on because of it, that self image problem just got worse in my head. Always worrying about what the scale said and basing my mood for the day on if it was a good number verses a bad one.

Too many years I've wasted worrying about my weight so this year my focus will be on my Strength. How far can I go physically to be stronger this year. Not worrying about how much my body weighs but how much I can lift, how far I can run, how long can I exercise to name a few. 

I'm also focusing on the strength of my will power. My strength as a mother. My strength as a wife. My emotional and spiritual strength. My strength to keep fighting for healthy food to eat, and the strength to train my children to be all they can be in their lives while having the strength to be there for all my family.

I look forward to seeing this word in action in my life this coming year.

Do you have a ONE WORD that helps you each year? I'd love to hear it.. Thanks for stopping by..

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Blog Goals

December is flying by. I can't believe we are almost mid month with Christmas just 14 days away. I haven't posted much over the past month because I'm trying to figure out where I want to go with the content of my blog for the future. Since my life has changed over the past year and isn't much the same as it was years ago when I started blogging, I find myself wanting to simplify my blog more and focus on key areas to write about.

In the new year, my main focuses are going to be on Health, Fitness, Organization and D.I.Y projects.

So what does this mean for the future of the blog as a reader?

Topics about Health:

Health meaning, unprocessed, real food, such as recipes, health tips, make from scratch ideas that will improve health. Articles that will help show the importance of eating healthy.

Topics about Fitness:

Fitness meaning, workout challenges, workouts that work and I've tried, fitness tips that work, my fitness journey,

Topics about Organization:

I think I'm a little obsessed with organization. Ever since I organized my home I can't live without  everything having a place. I look forward to adding ideas, projects and ways you too can get organized in your life

Topics about D.I.Y Projects:

I love doing things myself if I can. This not only saves money but improves my mind and helps me learn new things. This topic can mean anything from cake decorating tips, ideas, & photos, to household projects, crafting, you name it.

Topics I Will Write On But Not Frequently:

Right now my passion is to write about the topics I've listed above. Things that I've written about in the past were about my children and them growing up. Now that my season of raising kids is coming to an end in a few short year, having one adult and one a couple years from adulthood and the last entering his teen years this month, I feel like I'm ready to embark on more than momhood  and share my passions with others outside parenting. I will write about parenting teens when/if I find something interesting but this topic won't be something that I will write about often.

This year I'm come to realize that the love of literature has gone down. I'm not overjoyed like I was in years past about sitting down to read mainly due to my other hobbies taking up my free time. That doesn't mean I still won't find a great book to sit down and read, it just means it might take me a little longer to finish it. With that said, I will still continue to review Christian Fiction and Non Fiction books on occasion, but not like I did in the past.

Even though I'm a homeschool mother, I'm no longer going to post about our homeschooling adventures. Since I have just one more kid at home, schooling, one in public school and one adult, I feel this isn't an area that I really want to write about anymore. We are not using any spectacular curriculum and have let up on the hands on projects now that my youngest is in 7th grade.


I hope you all will stick around for the new blog content I'm looking forward to sharing with you in the New Year. If you are new to the blog, I hope the content I discussed here today is something that interests you and you would like to follow me.. I'd love to have you stop by.. 

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy 2015.. See you in the New Year....

Monday, November 24, 2014

Swept Away-Quilts of Love Series Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Abingdon Press (November 18, 2014)
Laura V. Hilton
Cindy Loven


Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas.

My Thoughts On This Book:

Sara Jane finds out that her grandmother hires a 'mountain man' to help fix her house up. Trying to find reasons why he shouldn't be around, she ends up getting to know the new Mr. Fix It, Drew. Even though sparks fly between the two, Drew doesn't want to get involved because of his past. Sara decides to get to know him the only way she can, threw his hiking journals that he posted online. 

While she reads about Drew's past, grandma is trying to bring them together. Sara Jane starts to wonder if something is wrong with her grandmother as she begins to forget things and not making any sense. Can she understand and accept what's going on with Drew and her grandmother or can she find a way to love them both?


Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hunting Encounters More Than You Think

Hubby took the first week of November off so we could go out each day to hunt. With our hunting tags this year we could get white tail does or bucks and mule deer bucks. We were excited to broaden our reach because last year white tail was forbidden when a large population of them died due to a midge infestation.

The first days out, we saw bucks and deer galore, and had some opportunities to harvest a couple but conditions weren't ideal so we waited. We decided to find a really nice piece of state land about an hour northwest of where we live and explored it for a couple days. The first day we got there we saw a lot of white tails so knew it could be possible to find one to bring home so we kept scouting. 

After a day of scouting we ran out of light so we came back the next day and found another area in the state land. We saw them bright and early but were too late before they ran into the very thick brush on the edge of the field. We decided to come back that afternoon and set up where we saw them enter the brush, hoping they would re-emerge. After sitting quietly in a large section of sage brush, the light was waning and I thought it was getting too dark. I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to stand up where I was so I did. I looked in my binoculars around the area to see if deer were nearby so I wouldn't scare them. This took seconds... I then put the binoculars down to turn to my left, and about 50 yards away a small doe stood there and was staring at me. She looked at me, I looked at her and then seconds later two more does tried to emerge from the brush behind her, urging her to move into the field where I was because they didn't see me, she pivoted on her heels and took the two with her back into the brush.

I was so upset with myself because the buck was with them as he was that morning and I could of just waited two more minutes and they would of came out and I had a clear close up shot of them. After a minute to think on it, I decided to crouch down again to see if maybe the buck would come out since only one deer saw me. About 2 minutes after I lied back down, I heard three grunts coming from the brush to the left of me.

My first instinct was "That sounds just like a bear".. So I got up grabbed my gun, and binoculars and headed back to the truck to meet up with my hubby. He was waiting for me just around the brush area. I told him about my encounter and he thought it might be a buck letting me know he was there so I went back half way and crouched down next to the brush to get a good view of the field. A couple minutes later I heard heavy foot prints in the brush to my left. I couldn't see anything but heard twigs cracking and leaves rustling. I told myself.. I'm done! I don't know what that is, and don't want to find out..

We decided to call it a day and come back before sunrise and see if we could see the deer before they headed into the brush for their afternoon nap. As I settled into the same spot I was in that morning, a truck kept driving past me on the road nearby. After three passes I was getting irritated because I thought he was trying to disturb my hunt. After the third pass, he rolled his window down and got my attention.

He began explaining that a grizzly bear was found in this area two days ago and that just this morning was spotted wandering around in the brush.. After I was done talking to the local land owner, I high tailed it out of there and said I'm done! What I heard the evening before was exactly what I thought it was... A BEAR.. I thought it was probably a black bear though not a grizzly so I was a bit disturbed when I heard it was a grizzly.. A very scary encounter that put me on edge the rest of the week.

The next day hubby wanted to try some Forestry land where a friend told us white tailed does are. This area is also grizzly country so I didn't want to get out of the car after my encounter. Luckily we didn't get very far until hubby and I spotted three does and he was able to get a clean shot of one of them.

While my hubby took care of the deer I stood over him, one hand holding my gun the other bear spray because I didn't know if there was any nearby and some grizzlies know when they hear gun shots that there will be a gut pile to snack on.. We rushed and drug the deer out as quickly as we could.. WOW! This was a stressful hunting week for sure. I still have my tag left and hopefully I'll decide to go back out and try to fill it before hunting season is up on November 30th. 

It's so cold here after a snow and cold weather system moved in on Monday and gave us 3 inches of snow and negative temps to add to it. It doesn't look like the cold weather will be leaving us for at least another week so not sure if I'm ready to embark the cold to find a deer. We'll see!!!!