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Saturday, September 28, 2013

October Unprocessed Challenge

October Unprocessed 2013 sponsored by Bob's Red Mill
I'm taking the challenge.. The October Unprocessed Challenge that is! What does this mean? It means ditching anything processed in your kitchen and eating unprocessed for the month of October starting this Tuesday..

Back in 2005, we started adding real foods into our diets. As the years have progressed more and more of our foods have been whole, real and mostly organic.

This past year I've really taken our eating habits seriously and we are 95% unprocessed. I now want to take this October Challenge to bring our family to 100%. I've been reading labels like a mad women everytime I buy groceries and have decided on buying fresh organic fruits and veggies and making most everything from scratch. I was making my own bread and through this challenge I will get myself back into doing that which I miss doing anyway so I'm looking forward to it.

What does this challenge mean to me?

Absolute awareness of EVERYTHING that goes into our mouth. From our water (I've just purchased a filtered waterbottle and will be getting a filtered pitcher for the refrigerator. Hubby has an under the sink filtration system to install, hopefully we will get that in by the 1st) to all foods that come into our home. I think this challenge will be what I need to set my habits to the top of my priority list so we can have optimum health and fitness. I know I'm already on my way to success with all the steps I've already taken over the years so having a month of really being aware will definitely be helpful.

I am also looking into adopting the use of essential oils but am just currently investigating and researching this to find out what we actually need for optimum immune health.

So how can you join in?

Well, it's not too late to jump aboard and to take this challenge.. Click HERE to get more info and to sign up for the challenge. What a great way to start eating healthy, eliminating bad toxic food from your life and to find out that your health and life can be richer, and full of so much more energy because you're fueling your body with real food your body craves..

With this challenge I will continue to exercise a minimum of 5 days a week with three days of cardio and 2 days of weights.. Just eating unprocessed foods is just a step in overall health. Detoxing your life by drinking filtered water, exercising, and using non toxic body care products will help in so many ways..

I look forward to writing more about this topic, this challenge and about healthy eating/lifestyles.. This is my passion to help people and to draw attention to the things that are taking away from our health and shortening our lives.. Until then.. check out this great challenge by clicking the link above to get started.

Please leave a comment if you are planning on joining. Would love to follow you with encouragement throughout the month..

Ephesians Study- Lesson Two Review

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ
Ephesians- Lesson Two
Sit and Pray
This week's study takes us on the journey of prayer.  I love the second and third line in the devotional of this week's study that states "Daily devotions are admirable but they do not guarantee victory in our trials. It is possible to pray several hours each morning and forget God the rest of the day."
She goes on with telling us how to live an attitude of prayer by including God in our inner conversations from our hearts throughout the entire day. Instead of taking a few minutes here and to stop what we are doing, she helps us understand the importance of all day prayer as we tackle our daily lives and tasks.
I know I struggle daily with putting God first and sharing my everything with Him. I end up just praying for others at the end of the day and during mealtimes and leaving him out of the rest of me. I fall victim of feeling like I should 'set aside' time with Him instead of having a heart conversation with Him throughout the day. Speaking to Him like I would a friend on the phone or someone over my home while I clean my house or do my daily chores.
My own flesh hinders me in having a deeper relationship with God. I keep finding other things to take up my time and leave God out of the equation.
This quote above is something that I need to remind myself of daily. I should pray not because I'm forced to, but because I need and desire to. To know there is something bigger and better than me and this world is absolutely awe striking.

This week's video is brief but packs wonderful information that will help us have a more intimate relationship with God. In Ephesians 1:19 it talks about Resurrection Power.
What is Resurrection Power?
Resurrection power is the power to overcome the greatest trials and tribulations you will ever come across.
Paul tells the Ephesians, he has been praying they would be aware of the immeasurable greatness the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is at their disposal. This kind of power is not just for those in Bible times but for us today as well. We must be aware of the power of God today in our own lives, allowing Him to release His fantastic resurrection power in us now.
Sue mentions in the video for Lesson Two that- Four times within the scripture it states greek terms that describe this kind of power
This kind of power is available to us. Power to overcome our past baggage, to love those that don't love in return, to overcome fear and difficult stuff that's happening in our lives. We need to know God through personal connection/experience.
To talk, love and listen to God.

Ephesians 3: 20-21 are called a doxology or a benediction. Have you heard these verses before, maybe at the end of a church service? What do they mean?
I would love to hear what you got out of this week's Lesson. Please leave a comment below.
Check back next Saturday for my thoughts on next week's lesson three-"Sit Down to Work"
You can follow along the discussions at the Facebook Page- The Discover Together Series- HERE..
I've received a free copy of this bible study in exchange for a weekly post reviewing my own thoughts on the subject matter. No other compensation was given

Friday, September 27, 2013

Made to Last by Melissa Tagg

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Made to Last
Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
Melissa Tagg


A Word From The Author:

I’m a former reporter turned author who loves all things funny and romancey. My debut novel, a romantic comedy titled Made to Last, releases from Bethany House in September 2013. In addition to my nonprofit day job, I’m also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for novelists.

It all started when my dad, at the ripe old age of sixteen, picked up my mom up for their first date. She was thirteen. Thirteen!* Dad drove a cherry red car up the lane to my grandparents big ol’ green house and honked his horn…whereupon Mom jumped out of the apple tree she’d been waiting in and off they went…fishing. True story. (I’d give more details, but I’m saving it for a novella I plan to entitle Two Leaves. Mom, I really hope you read this.)

Four years of college, a few trips abroad and a stint as a reporter later, that dream is soon to be a reality. My debut novel, a romantic comedy titled Made to Last, is now out from Bethany House. Book two, Here to Stay, comes out on May 1, 2014.

In between writing and staring out the window brainstorming, I also work as a grant-writer at one of Iowa’s largest private nonprofits and serve as the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for novelists founded by Susan May Warren.

And I love, love, love talking about finding our purpose and identity in Christ. (And well, okay, food, old movies, boots and scarves, my awesome nephew Ollie, and, fine, Tim Tebow, too.)

My Thoughts on This Book:
 What a fantastic debut novel from a new must read author. This book grabbed me from page one. Her characters come to life on the page and they blend well throughout. Miranda is in a jam. She mentions she's married when she's not and now the day comes where she has to find herself a man (husband) to help her ratings of the show she stars in. Can she pull of this charade without getting hurt? You'll have to find out by reading this awesome story.. You can't miss it..


Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Made to Last, go HERE.

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quilts of Love- Raw Edges by Sandra Bricker

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Raw Edge
Abingdon Press (September 17, 2013)
Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The Big 5-OH! was released by Abingdon Press in the Spring of 2010, and the novel was very well-received, garnering a couple of nibbles from Hollywood.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride was released by Abingdon Press in September 2010. With its phenomenal reviews, the novel spawned a series of three more books based on the popular cast of characters at The Tanglewood Inn, a wedding destination hotel in historic Roswell, Georgia. The series cemented Sandie's spot in publishing as a flagship author of Laugh-Out-Loud romantic comedy for the inspirational market.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

My Thoughts on this Book:
   Cancer affects many lives each day and many families are left without their loved ones. Sandra does an amazing job telling two stories. One from the perspective of a cancer survivor, Annabelle and the other from the widowed husband of an ovarian cancer victim, Gray with his daughter Sadie. Feeling the pain of losing his wife just one year before, he finds himself helping out with a memory quilt to dedicate to those lost and survived ovarian cancer. All to help his daughter Sadie find closure and to remember her mother. He wasn't looking at all for love but will he come out of this experience with more than a finished quilt??
Pull at your heartstrings kind of book for sure. You will curl up and the characters will come to life before your eyes.. Well written and a delight to read..


Grayson McDonough has no use for teal ribbons, 5k runs, or ovarian cancer support groups now that his beautiful wife Jenna is gone. But their nine-year-old daughter Sadie seems to need the connection. When Annabelle Curtis, the beautiful cancer survivor organizing the memory quilt project for the Ovacome support group, begins to bring out the silly and fun side of his precious daughter again, Gray must set aside his own grief to support the healing of Sadie’s young heart. But is there hope for Gray’s heart too along the way?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Raw Edge, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:

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

Truth Seekers-The Machine by Bill Myers

Truth Seekers- The Machine by Bill Myers
About the Book:
For ages 10 to 14, Truth Seekers is a fast-paced, thoughtful, and funny new series using a 21st century approach to sharing ancient Bible truths.

In book one, The Machine, twin siblings Jake and Jennifer have just lost their mother and are not thrilled about moving to Israel to stay with their seldom seen archaeologist dad. They don't yet understand how "all things work together for good to those who love God." But they will when a machine their father invented points them to the Truth.
Thoughts on this Book:
My 14 yr old son read and reviewed this book. Here is his thoughts.. "It has a lot of fun characters. A good storyline. It has cool nicknacks and inventions. The beginning is about two kids, Jake and Jennifer. The mom dies (it just explains about it) and the shadow that follows her around the whole book"

About the Author:
Bill Myers is an accomplished writer and film director whose work has won more than sixty national and international awards including the C. S. Lewis Honor Award. Among his best-selling releases for kids are The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle and The Forbidden Door. He has sold more than eight million books and videos and lives with two cats, two kids, one dog, and one wife near Hollywood, California.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ephesians Study-Lesson One Review

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ
Ephesians- Lesson One
Learn to Sit

Historical Background of Ephesians:
Paul wrote Ephesians to help us understand who we are in Jesus Christ, and why He created us. Paul wrote this letter while under house arrest in Rome. He wrote it to his beloved Ephesians.

Ephesus was a wonderful city. Tourists from all over came to see the Temple of Artemis, which housed the thirty seven breasted fertility goddess. Because of her influence, perversion was big business, including public baths, cult prostitution, homosexuality and bestiality. The Ephesians incorporated black magic into their religion. When Paul put a church here he knew that he was placing it in Satan's den.

This book of the bible speaks many times about spiritual warfare. At the time of this letter, the Ephesians were only six years old in Christ, with many saved from the occult.

Introduction VIDEO

 In the above Introduction Video, she goes over 3 basic words that help us understand our Christian life.
  • Sit- Our position in Christ
    Ephesians 2:6
  • Walk- Our life in the World
    Ephesians 4:1
  • Stand- Our attitude to the enemy
    Ephesians 6:11-12
While watching the above video, what stood out to me the most was when she spoke about being seated in Christ- in His heavenly realm. That in our Christian walk, we try to walk and stand before we sit in Christ, which can't be done.
In today's society, interest in the alternative spirituality such as Wicca and goddess worship is growing here in America. TV, talk shows, reality shows, news, is all hammered with this. Psychics have their own shows, ghost hunters, TV show "Supernatural" and so much more. Magic, witchcraft, the occult, mother goddess, and people claiming to be spiritual. These are just a few topics Christian's are facing and discussing in today's world.
This book more than any other in the Bible helps us to understand and provides insight into this battle. Satan wants to destroy our lives and the world around us. This book helps us arm ourselves in God's way for spiritual warfare.
Many Christian woman, including myself don't really know the reasons we are here on earth. Paul, gives us what we need to live a wonderful Christian life. Everything you read in this letter is full of meaning and significance.

Lesson One VIDEO

This video above helps us understand a little about this week's lesson from the author.

 Verse 2- discusses Grace and Peace..
Grace and Peace go hand and hand. Without grace you can't experience peace.
Grace means-
unearned favor, unearned gifts, never as merit for work performed.
God gives grace through His son, which we can't earn. We don't deserve and will never merit.

Peace means-
to join, a state of untroubled tranquility, a state of harmony and well being.
Peace with God refers to peace of salvation. Man's sin separates us from God, it's removed through faith in God's gracious work in Christ.
In verse 3 it says we are "blessed in the heavenly realms". This confused me at first. I actually took some time to look it up to better understand what God was saying here.

When are you in the heavenly realms? Consider this quote from J. Vernon McGee. #DiscoverTogether
So the question is- What does it mean to be blessing in the heavenly realms?
Heavenly realms passages describe the fantastic honor that God blesses Christians. "Realms" refers to an environment, a spiritual one. The "heavenly realm" verses project Christians as already being in heaven. A preview of the glory that God bestows on us. A heavenly realm does not refer to a physical location but of a spiritual reality. It's a great way of telling us that this world is not the only reality. A larger reality where Christ is exalted as Lord. As believers we live here on earth physically, and also recieve spiritual blessings from a higher plane.
In verse 6 it tells us in reality that we are positionally seated with Christ in the highest heavenly realm. In this realm with Christ, Satan can't defeat us. How wonderful is that!!!

To conclude this week's lesson, we must learn to sit, and to rest in Christ. At the beginning of our spiritual walk with Christ, we must find our place of rest.

In addition to Ephesians 1:4-14 here are some other scriptures that work alongside what we've just read this week.

  • John 1:12- You are a child of God
  • 1 Peter 2:9- You are a member of God's royal priesthood
  • Romans 8:17- Your are a joint heir with Christ
  • 2 Corinithians 5:17- You are a new creature in Christ
  • John 15:15- You are a friend of Christ
  • 1 John 5:18- You are born of God and the enemy cannot touch you
  • Romans 8:1- You are free from condemnation
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21-22- You are established, anointed, and sealed by God
  • 1 Thess. 4:15-18- You will be with the Lord forever
Come join in the Facebook Discussion at The Discover Together Series page

Please check back next Saturday for Lesson Two in Review of this Bible Study on Ephesians.

I'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below..

I've received a free copy of this bible study in exchange for a weekly post reviewing my own thoughts on the subject matter. No other compensation was given 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fired Up by Mary Connealy

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fired Up
(Bethany House March 1,
Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.

My Thoughts on This Book:
This book picks up right where Book 1 leaves off. This time the storyline is focusing on Broken Wheel's doctor, Dare Riker and newcomer, widow, Glynna and her two children. Tragedy seems to be hitting Dare at every turn, and he starts to suspect that maybe all these things happening are not accidents. While these are taking place he finds himself falling for Glynna but have obstacles in the way before he can truly call her his own..
Loved Book 1, now love Book 2.. Can't wait to read the next book from Mary Connealy. Great author, with gripping storyline and wonderful characters you can't wait to know better..


Rollicking Wild West Adventure and Romance from Bestselling Author Mary Connealy

Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she's terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner--never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can't help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna's diner into Dare's back. Are Flint's cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna's son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fired Up, go HERE.

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

Monday, September 16, 2013

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Born of Persuasion
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013)
Jessica Dotta


Born in the wrong century–except for the fact that she really likes epidurals and washing machines–Jessica Dotta writes British Historicals with the humor like an Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area—where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write and work on PR. Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler–but the dog insists it’s a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says its no mystery to her as to why the dog won’t cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can’t win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate.

My Thoughts on This Book:
This was a fabulous read from start to finish. Gripping, detailed, full of lively characters, romance and suspense all packed into this story. What would you do if you were told that your family is gone, and someone owned you! You had no choice in how you will live or what you will do with your life. It's all up to a mystery guardian. Julia finds herself in a bad situation, trying to find a way to stay close to the area she grew up in without being shipped off to Scotland to do service work. The person she loved may not be the one to save her, another person, she doesn't know may be the ticket to keep herself from the grasps of the unknown, but will these choices be good or bad?? Scandal, lies, betrayal are just some of the things that happen within the pages of this gripping story..Love how she pulls you in leaving you the details necessary to keep you on your toes and never giving away details until it's just right. I'm sad that the next book won't be out until next Summer.. 5 stars all the way for another author on my gotta read list!


The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Born of Persuasion, go HERE.

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

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ephesians Bible Study Starts Monday

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ
I am getting really excited about starting this new online Bible Study where I will blog about my weekly lessons each week here on my blog. Starting this Monday, September 16th, through the week of November 11th I will be participating online with the author of this study, Sue Edwards, alongside hundreds of others. You too, can participate. It's not too late! Grab a copy of this at any local Christian Book Stores or go online to snag a copy.
After you got a copy in hand, head over to their Facebook page HERE to LIKE the page and follow alongside us each day/week.
Before you start the study, please go to watch the Introduction video found HERE.
Looking forward to doing this study and hope to find someone here on my blog that will be joining in. Please leave a comment below and would love to encourage and pray with you during this time..
My first post will be set next Saturday so keep an eye out for it.. Many Blessings <><

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Unforeseeable by Nancy Mehl

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2013)
Nancy Mehl


Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.

My Thoughts on this Book:
I've read all three of these books from this series and have to say this is the best of them all.  It seems like the town of Kingdom has bad news at every corner. In the third book to the series a serial killer is on the loose and gets closer than anyone in town wants to admit. While dealing with finding who is killing, a huge blizzard storm comes to the town and causes more than snowdrifts to the townfolk.
Jam packed full of suspense, love and keeps you on the edge of your seat from page one until the end. Loved it!!


Mystery, Romance, and Suspense Seamlessly Combined in a Mennonite Small-Town Setting

Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora's Cafe.

However, Callie's idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County's new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders' attempts to plan ahead couldn't prevent a threat like this.

Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he's telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she'd have to face some of her own past's skeletons.

As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.

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

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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Labor Day Weekend

On our way to Helena, MT on Saturday to do a Costco run, I got a hair-brained idea to take a trip to Idaho to go enjoy a day at Silverwood Theme Park. Yep.. Drove 89 miles south of town, completed our shopping trip inside Costco, purchased our theme passes there.. (Saved a ton of money doing it that way), drove 89 miles back north home.. THEN.. packed our goodies, asked our wonderful Idaho friends if we could camp at their house to save some money then found out they were already camping at their parents property just north of St. Maries, ID.. They were so awesome to say we could camp with them.
So, the same day as our Costco trip, we drove to the Coeur d'Alene area. A total of 8 hours driving in one day. We arrived in the dark, to set up our tent. Our wonderful friends helped us get all settled in and then enjoyed their company until almost 2 in the morning..
We awoke bright and early and headed to Silverwood to spend the day. This was the first time my youngest and my husband have ever been to Silverwood and only my 4th time so we found out there were a lot of new rides and waterslides since we were there last. It's been a good 6 years now..
Didn't take any pictures in the park because I didn't want to worry about my camera during the day but we ended up riding 7 rides, played a little at the waterpark and stood in an 1 hour and 15 minute line to ride ONE waterslide.. I now know why people go on separate days to enjoy Boulder Beach and then Silverwood Theme Park. You just can't do them both in one day..
We headed back to our 'campsite' and fell asleep early because I was beat.. Woke up early the next morning to enjoy the morning in fellowship with my good friends, then packed up and headed back to MT... It was a wonderful weekend and so glad we were able to enjoy it with old friends..
Now it's time to settle in for Winter which will probably be here up North in a blink of an eye.. It was a great weekend... 

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Hubby breaking down the tent before we head home. I never thought I'd say this but I've really come to enjoy camping. We did it twice this year and once last year. I hope to do it more next year and invest in some camping gear and maybe a bigger tent..

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A view of the area we were camping in with our friends and their families..

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DS14 playing on their tree swing...

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DS11 enjoying their tree fort
My DD18 stayed home in MT since she had to work over the weekend. She enjoyed the house all to herself. She got her ears pierced for the second time and she dyed her hair while we were gone.. I think she got used to the quiet house... hee hee....

First Day of School Photos

I'm a little behind in posting the kids first day of school photos..

DD18 started her first day on August 26th at Montana State University-Great Falls working towards her associates degree in Graphic Design

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The same day, DS11 started his homeschool year as a 6th grader

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Couple days later, on August 28th, DS14 started his Freshman Year at the local high school

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It's been interesting having all three of my children doing something different this year. We are in our 10th yr homeschooling and it's been years since I've only homeschooled one so this year is a little different for me having my oldest son in public school for the year.
I'm enjoying all the time I get to spend with my youngest and he's thriving well with him being the only one at home during the day.
My daughter goes to school three days a week and the rest of the week she's working so this is going to be a year where she's out of the house alot working/schooling. So far she's really loving her classes, teachers and work schedule..
DS14 is doing well with his classes. I was worried that he wouldn't fit in well but he seems to understand the classes, and the teachers are pretty nice for him. He's adjusting to waking up REALLY early since as a homeschooler we've never had to do that before. He's been coming home tired so it's going to be something to get used to for him.
It's a good start to the school year and look forward to posting some pics of DS11's school projects here as the year progresses...